Scared to Fly

Written for:  Poets & Storytellers United
Weekly Scribblings #9 – Contagion  (posted by Magaly)
“You know what else can keep a mind from losing itself in a time of crisis? Creativity, and community, and ink-infused hope. So, dearest poets and storytellers, for our 9th Weekly Scribblings, I invite us to write new poetry or prose inspired by the idea of “Contagion”—social contagion, or metaphorical contagion, or biological contagion… Let your words spread positivity, or caution, or whatever you prefer… the choice is yours. If you go for prose, your entry should be 369 words or fewer.”

Flying through the air
headed towards fear
not knowing what lies
ahead in the case
in a virus still
with unknown questions
needing answers now
listening to Trump
but not knowing if
we can believe him
or trust no one now
leaving us alone
to figure out how
to leave home without
ever getting sick
being scared to fly.

©2020 CBialczak

Share your World

Melanie, thank you for the questions this week!


Are you a sweet, sour, tangy or other type of person?  Take that as you will! 😉

I am usually a sweet person. I can get tangy when feeling compelled but I typically laugh at myself and return to normal. I try not to be sour, at least not on the outside. I don’t mind sharing my problems but there is a line between expressing and whining, in my opinion.

Does the whole coronavirus phenomenon worry you?  Or are you more a “meh – it’s just another severe flu scare” type of person?

I am nervous about it in the sense that I just cancelled a flight and will now be driving south. I don’t want to be in such close quarters as an airplane when so many people could be carrying the virus and perhaps don’t wash hands, etc. like they should. I’m also a bit more concerned because so much is still unknown. I have people in my life who are elderly, who have suppressed immune systems, etc., as do most people, and I don’t want to be a carrier or someone to spread it unknowingly.

When was the last time you were snooping, and found something you wish you hadn’t?

This has been quite a long time. I think probably about 5 years or so I found an empty liquor bottle under my son’s bed. Needless to say, rest his soul, that was not the only bottle ever left there!

What’s the most pleasant sounding accent in your personal opinion?   Everyone has a pleasing accent to someone! 

What are my choices? Lol!

Questions from: Blogging Insights — Sizing Up Your Blog


1. Do you prefer writing long form or short form content? 

I prefer to write in a short form content. I find that when I start explaining too much or going into a topic too deeply, I run the risk of boring someone and/or divulging more information than originally planned.  

2. How long, in your opinion, is the ideal blog post? 

The ideal post can be any amount of words, I think some of it is the visual layout and spacial layout. If a post is just one long piece with no interruption it looks too wordy for someone to bother with. I think people read blogs to find connections. If you must read through an entire article to find the topic, you’ll lose people. I think that if someone shows interest then that might be a good time to elaborate further.  

3. What do you prefer reading, shorter or longer posts? 

I prefer shorter posts, however that being said, if the post has enough in it to keep my attention, I will read it no matter what it is about. Some people can get right to the topic, whereas, others drag it out. Unfortunately, blogging and suspense don’t work for me.  

4. What are the topics on which you would like to read longer posts (say, more than 1000 words)? 

I have read longer posts on topics that are more universal rather than personal. I think there are a lot of ways people can connect and through blogging, you are given an anonymous place to do so. I like to hear stories about real events, things that people have experienced.  


Gift: Word of the Day Challenge


Is it a Gift?

Is it a gift to fall asleep at night 

  • and dream of the people who are gone? 
  • and remember the places you’ve been? 
  • and talk to the dreams that are real in your head? 
  • and know that the monsters go away when you wake? 
  • and realize sleep rejuvenates? 

Is it a gift to awaken in the morning 

  • and realize it was all just a dream? 
  • and remember those who are gone aren’t coming back? 
  • and understand that dreams don’t always come true? 
  • and see the new sun of a new day? 
  • and think about all life has to offer? 

©2020 CBialczak

Give a gift 
to help lift 
up someone’s mood 
‘cause it feels good.  

Our Time

Still in bed, the sun is coming up

telling us to awaken and join

the rest of the world

as they go about

their daily plans.

But yet we lie awake

enjoying the time together




about everything

under the sun

thankful for this time

to be together

quiet time

time to comfort

time to cry

time to talk about the things

that get buried

during a day

where there are things to do

instead of think

or laugh or cry.

©2020 CBialczak