Grandiloquent: Word of the day challenge

Written for Melanie:



  1. pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.

How I am

Miss Grandiose they called me 
when I was really young. 
But now that I am older 
my opinions are so strong, 
that if they think I’m tempted 
by only the finer things 
They’re right about my boyfriend 
a grandiloquent human being.

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Close: Quadrille #101

d’Verse Pub is hosting:
Hey there, Poets-in-Residence! De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) here. It’s Quadrille Monday again (my favorite!)…when we pen poems of exactly 44 words (not counting the title), including one specific word provided.

Open your Heart

Close the door to sickness 
open your heart to appreciation. 

Close your eyes to pessimism 
open your heart to optimism. 

Close your mouth to negativity 
open your heart to positive thinking. 

Close your ears to bad news 
open your heart to faith and hope. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Three Things Challenge #170

Written for Pensitivity 101:

Your three things today are:


True Love

If you were to fight 
and there was some blood 
I’d look for the wound 
I’d bandage it good. 
I’d hug you real close 
and then let you cry 
before telling you 
it’s time for goodbye.  
You’d want to cry more 
to see me leave you 
but in the whole end 
you know my love’s true.  

©2020 CBialczak

Old Friends Haibun

When the world moves on but your life seems to stand still, comfort comes in the form of rest and meditation. No rehashing or blame can help heal you. The only thing you can do is the right thing, so that you know that what you do is good.

Old friends worn like me
Open to healing the hurt
Find solace in friends.

©2020 CBialczak

Written for Colleen’s poetry challenge:

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

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.