Wednesday Challenge – For the Birds

I am about to stop feeding my birds for the summer.
The squirrels are eating all the food anyhow.
The hummingbirds will still get their sugar water.

This year I have seen:

Blue Jays
Tufted Titmice
House finches
Mourning Doves
Downy Woodpeckers
Hairy Woodpeckers
Northern Flickers
Red-Bellied Woodpeckers

I feel very lucky to have this many birds come to my yard!

Flying to my home
Feeding and visits welcome
please come back here soon

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Written for:

Have you ever lost a child?

Have you ever lost a child?
Have you had to say goodbye to a being that had nothing but love for you?
Have you ever had to think of all the things that still needed to be done?
Have you ever said that only a child should bury a parent, never the other way around?

If you have ever lost a child
you wouldn’t care
what they looked like,
what clothes they wore,
what lovers they had, or
what made them happy.
You would love that they were alive.

I would take my son back
no matter what choices he ever wanted to make
no matter what mistakes he ever made
no matter how many times he messed up.

Think about it.
Why hate a person while they are alive
when you can’t do anything but cry
when they are gone?

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Written for dVerse poets pub: Pride:

Pride: dVerse Poet’s pub


Our world

When we are born 
we are blessed if we have 
two arms and two legs, 
ten fingers and ten toes. 

When a baby is born  
missing one of the essential parts 
of what we consider normal 
Do we ridicule it? 
Do we say we no longer want it? 

For some this may be so 
but for those of us 
living in modern, civilized times 
we know better. 

When we are born  
we have white skin, brown skin or yellow skin 
we have skin in all shades and colors. 
We have eyes in all shades and colors. 

When a baby is born 
a different color than its siblings or parents 
a different shade of what you imagined 
is that a mark of deformity? 
Do we ridicule this baby for looking different? 
Do we say we no longer want it? 

For some this is so 
but for the ones who have compassion 
and love in their hearts 
they don’t see a shade different. 

When someone loves us 
Do we say it is bad to love? 
When someone looks up to us 
Do we say it is bad to admire? 

We may differ by actions 
but it is only actions  
that make one human 
different than another.  
Who are we to judge which is better?  

If we were sent to this world 
to hate 
to hurt 
to ridicule 
to ostracize 
we wouldn’t have a world here to be in.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Written for dVerse Poets pub:

Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Today’s prompt: Write a piece of prose around the word: “sirens”

Matthew held his ears tightly. Crouching closely to the ground, hidden by a pile of rubble, he prayed it would end soon. The sound of the sirens, although miles away, pierced his eardrums and made his stomach turn. It had been two days since he last saw his family.  He didn’t know if he was the one that left or if they were. He didn’t even know where he was. But he was a fighter and he was determined to find out the truth about what was happening and where he could find his family.  

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Written for Go Dog Go Cafe:

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