Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dinner and a Show

Photo prompt courtesy of  BAR
     Annaliese and Nick raced with their parents trailing behind to the monkey exhibit.  The animal encounter was scheduled to start in exactly 2 minutes.  A crowd had already gathered to watch and the young family jockeyed for the best position.
     Meanwhile, two zoo keepers clothed in regulation khaki shorts and forest green polo shirts moved amongst the monkeys distributing corn cobs.

“Gus, mind your manners!  People are watching!”

“Aw, mom! People are always watching, and I am starving!” Gus scrambled to capture a few loose kernels that had fallen from his mother’s cob.

“Gus, don’t you DARE eat off the ground in front of company.  Wait for another cob.  The people will give you one.  Be patient!”

“5 second rule. No time for patience!  Every monkey for himself!” Gus squealed as he lunged.

     His mother chose to ignore his antics, preferring to enjoy her dinner instead.    After all, she knew you only fought the battles you could actually win.   Gus licked the ground, enjoying every last kernel oblivious. 

     The crowd watched transfixed.  The monkeys ate, then raced to their perches, swinging on the ropes, scaling the tree, and providing the entertainment the crowds had ultimately come to see.  Cameras snapped, cell phones raised in salute, to capture the moment for later, to share in Snap Chat, Face Book, or Twitter to the less fortunate souls who couldn’t be at the zoo today.

      Annaliese and Nick clapped delighted, while their parents encouraged them to move on to the next exhibit with the rest of the crowd.  More animals to see, more ground to cover, and only the beginning of their day at the zoo.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Light Extinguished


    Christa giggled constantly, her presence brightened a room.   Afraid of nothing, she attacked life with a zeal others envied.  

    Then one day she changed drastically.  Terrified of every shadow, tears replaced giggles.  She withdrew.  The light extinguished, the scars remain. Darkness prevails.

Birthday Haiku

festive occasion

an annual celebration

cake candles wishes
Inspired by the prompt at

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spark Haiku

instant attraction

glimmering passion ignites

instigating love

Inspired by the prompt at

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


     Ingredients assembled, pan perfectly greased.  Carefully measuring, mixing, and preheating for the suggested temperature.  Baking, the aroma is heavenly!  Timer dings: carefully, I retrieve my culinary masterpiece from the oven. Pandemonium, chaotic as the kids pursue dogs…colliding, splat…oh shit! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Parade of Chocolate Cakes

Photo courtesy of

     Another joyful birthday celebration. To celebrate what exactly?

Another year lived?

      Minutes to hours, days to years, time eternal, the circle of life continues.  One life ends, another begins.  Evolving, always carrying every hope and dream from one generation to the next with a continuous parade of chocolate cakes.

Linking up with the fiction challenge 'From 15 to 50'

Word prompt: eternal
Phrase prompt: circle of life
Photo prompt: shown above

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Unconditionally Yours

     Following birth, your cries silence at the mere sound of my voice. Instant recognition astounds me.   Bright animated eyes of wonder captivate; you reach for me.   My utter enchantment unleashes joyful tears. Overwhelmed by unbridled happiness, love, you possess my heart... absolutely.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Point Haiku

zero dimensions

individual details

the whole objective

Inspired by the prompt at