50 Word Thursday

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2020/04/03/50-word-thursday-66/

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“She was murdered,” Rabbit says. – Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody

Rabbit Cracks the case

Skunk jumped down from the tree trunk. He didn’t like the tail he saw, sticking out from under the fallen tree trunk. He couldn’t be sure but it looked like Squirrel’s tail.  

“Hey, Rabbit, you gotta come here!” Skunk yelled.  

Skunk pointed at Squirrel’s tail.  

“She was murdered,” Rabbit says 

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Surprise: Word of the Day Challenge

Written for Word of the Day: https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/surprise-2/

My Friend

Don’t be surprised if I show up today 
there are some things that I really must say. 

I want to be honest and firm about this 
I want to say everything, nothing to miss. 

Are you worried this is really the end 
Have no fear, my sweet dear, you’re always my friend.

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

 

Plague, Pestilence, and Pandemic

Today I would like you to take inspiration from the words like plague, pestilence, and pandemic, and write a poem to console us in this time of the Corona. https://dversepoets.com/2020/04/07/poetics-in-the-time-of-the-plague/

Sickness

Sometimes it’s rats and sometimes it’s fleas 
no matter the type, it’s an awful disease. 

No thought to the place of where it came from 
No idea if your actions were careless or dumb. 

So now here we sit with a virus to spread 
so many people, some who are dead. 

Keep your hands washed as told by the doc 
Soon this will end, and the sickness we’ll mock.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry 

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 172, #Poet’sChoice

For Colleen’s Challenge: https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/04/07/colleens-2020-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-172-poetschoice/

Riding on the Carousel

Like a child upon a steed 
having not a care or need 
Sitting high up in the seat 
stirrups hold your tiny feet. 

Ride along my mighty friend 
before the ride comes to an end. 
Find your treasure or your gold 
Find it soon, before you’re old.  

Laughter brings a happy sound 
as you ride around, around. 
Hold on tight so you don’t miss 
the views along this ride of bliss.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry (first published on PoetrySoup.com)

Curve: Discover Prompts Day 8

Written for: https://wordpress.com/discover-wordpress/category/discover-prompts/

That girl

By the curve of her body I knew that I was done 

no matter what she did she’d know that she had won. 

I didn’t think I was so damn weak before we met 

now that I am with her the weaker each day I get. 

she could do most anything without me getting mad 

it’s just that fair persona and swagger that she had.

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Perspicacity: Ragtag Daily Prompt

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/rdp-wednesday-perspicacity/

Megan knew by the look on the students face that there was something wrong. It was due to her perspicacity that she was able to figure out then the student was upset because he hadn’t studied for his test. She had always had this keen sense knowing because she was once one of those students who walked into an exam forgetting to study not remembering if she had read or not. Luckily Megan had made it through high school not having to worry about it because she was so bright. Megan hoped that by the end of this semester all her students would feel comfortable knowing that they learned what they needed to learn in class and that she would offer them as much help as they needed. 

Update from my desk: 04/08/2020

I won a Poetry Soup poetry contest for my poem Riding the Carousel! https://www.poetrysoup.com/me/ChristineB

Rainy day today. Yesterday was beautiful and sunny. Hoping to get some plants this weekend to spruce up the yard. It will all depend on the weather. I cried yesterday about it. This is going to be the first time in probably ten years that I buy my own flowers and vegetable plants. Usually Bob went with the kids for Mother’s Day, then last year because Bob had passed away Joey bought them all for me. Now Joey is gone too. David said he will buy them for me if I like him to. Not sure what I want to do yet!

Putting two pieces of furniture together today. I bought a cabinet for the living room, sort of to use as a liquor cabinet, since I don’t have one and honestly I need all the kitchen cabinet space I can get for kitchen stuff. The other piece is a pantry for the kitchen. Right now, after selling all of my furniture last year, I have nowhere to put containers and stuff like aluminum foil. I will use it for food too I presume. I will be busy with the building today.

My Blogging A to Z Challenge was themed: Education. It still is geared towards educating children but has taken on a bit of social education as well. I think it is important that we as adults handle this whole COVID-19 pandemic correctly with children so they don’t get overly traumatized.

I finished all of the book cases for my Bookstore miniature. Now I have to make ALL the little books. I just finished 10 little boxes that were in the directions. I will post pictures shortly.

Have a blessed day, stay indoors, stay away from others, stay healthy! And I offer you peace if you have lost someone to COVID-19.

Blogging A to Z April Challenge: G 04/08/2020

Giving makes you feel positive 

Right now everyone in the entire world is feeling the wrath of COVID-19. There are some areas that are less talked about, but I believe there is nowhere this virus has not spread. In these times, people are out of work and some are desperate. Giving seems like the right thing to do, but what if you are one of the people that is needy?

Teaching kids to give is a positive life lesson. The biggest thing to think about however, is not the size of your giving, but the feeling behind it. Perhaps your child is home and watching television, seeing how hard the doctors and nurses are working to keep people alive. What can a kid do to help? Here are some ideas:

  • Go onto social media and say thank you to doctors, nurses, first responders….Anyone that is out there helping people to survive this pandemic.
  • Write a thank you note to your local ER or police station. Sometimes just a quick thank you is enough for people to know they are appreciated.
  • Have your children go through their toys. Which ones do they barely play with? Donating them this minute might not be an option but if people are out of work for this long, the winter holidays are going to be tight for everyone.
  • Have older kids go through their clothes and shoes. For some people, Target is a good name brand while other people only like Holister or American Eagle. Well, when the going gets tough, like it is now, there will be many people looking for nice things.
  • Children can make posters saying thank you to our doctors, nurses, and first responders. These posters can be out in the yard, displayed in a front window, or displayed in a car. Anything to show appreciation.

So, these are just a few ideas. Teaching kids to give will also teach them to feel intrinsically good about themselves. (Merriam Webster – intrinsic: belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing)

We have a lot of time on our hands and many of us have something we can do, even if it is small, to show the hard-workers that they do matter. This in turn makes you feel good inside, knowing you may have brightened at least one person’s day. It does matter. Then share what you did! Spread your good intentions to others, like a chain reaction, it will grow. You don’t share to say, “Hey look I shared”, you share to say, “Hello! Is everyone out there realizing how much other people are doing?!”

“Go from ME to WE”: we are all in this together.

Share other ideas you have here or on other social media.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge

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https://fivedotoh.com/2020/04/06/fandangos-flash-fiction-challenge-60/

Amanda put her purse back in the closet. The delivery girl brought the food more quickly than she had thought it would come. Looking at the wrapped food, she could barely remember what she ordered. It was the only food she could get her hands on, she had no way of shopping and didn’t want to go out anyhow. Amanda wished she had someone to share all this food with.