Class

Tuesday’s Chatter is hosted on Brew n Spew for your creative pleasure.  This week’s word is Swanky.

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The time had come
The time was right
For venturing out
Into the lights

Dresses that dazzle
Shimmering jewels
Photographers snapping
Those famous fools

Then dinner right after
At that swanky place
Cocktails and caviar
A prelude to scorn?

Conversation
Exhibition
Flirtation
Deception

Reality reveals
To every lad and lass
Money and fame
Doesn’t mean you have class

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FOWC With Fandango — Primitive

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The Primitive Woman

Sitting by the fire stitching
Late at night a labor of love
She provides her families wardrobe
With tedious work that strains her eyes.

Up in the morning before sunrise
Her day begins with cooking a meal
Feeding and dressing the children
Then out the door by her husband’s side.

Working the fields
They laugh with each other.
Their lives intertwined
Never to part.

Her faith in God is taught by example
With prayer, kindness, and love.
She teaches her children reading and writing
There are no schools for them to attend.

Hard work and long days
For the family she loves.
Finding joy in the struggles
Of the life, she leads.

A primitive woman
Lives a primitive life
I’m thankful I’m a modern woman
Living a modern life.

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Written in response to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC).  Fandango has started this prompt to take the place of the Daily Prompt from WordPress.  Click the link if you would like to join in.

Broken

Daily Prompt:  Broken

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Toys in pieces
Books ripped apart
Dolls with torn dresses
A life spent in tears.

Hope comes slowly
But steadily infuses
The soul of this child
From teachers at school.

Left by her mother
To fend for herself
Grandmother takes over
Mother’s role now filled.

She learns to forgive
The flaws of her mother
Finally believing
It wasn’t her fault.

Love from this woman
Heals the broken heart
And she grows up thankful
For Grandmother’s part.

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Comparisons

Daily Prompt:  Juxtapose

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Juxtaposed items
create a unique picture
with many bright colors
and a variety of shapes.

Like apples and oranges
bananas and mangos
they are the same
but also different.

They are all fruit
delicious and colorful
but each has its own flavor
that sets them apart

Art in its best form is
filled with juxtaposition
with little hints
they are the same.

Like apples and oranges
you can compare them
but watch for the differences
hidden within.

©Wanda M. Williams

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Weekly Tanka Challenge Week 49

This is my first attempt at tanka.

The Weekly Tanka Challenge is hosted on Ramblings of a Writer.  If you would like to give it a try, just click the link.

Weekly Tanka Challenge Week 49 Prompt  Animals & Sunshine.

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walking on the beach
watching the waves roll in
pipers being chased
summer sunshine warms my face
and animals warm my heart

Wanda

Ahh Spring

Daily Prompt:  Flaunt

Spring beckons us
To revel in her fragrance
As she flaunts her colorful beauty
Wantonly.

Shades of green abounding
As the earth awakens.
Cherry blossoms blooming
Almost overnight.
Pear trees displaying
Their dresses of white.

Shoots of daffodils and tulips
Are popping through the ground
While crocus and hyacinth
In royal colors found.

Bees busy pollinating
Blooms of every kind.
Birds are serenading
So a mate they may find.

Ahh! Spring!
So long awaited,
Brings confirmation
That Winter sleeps.

Wanda

 

 

 

 

Grief

Daily Prompt:  Constant

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I wander around
This big house
Still looking for you.
I have so much to tell you.

You went away
So suddenly, I had
No time to say goodbye.
You couldn’t help it
I know.

Grief is my new partner.
Keeping you present
In my heart and mind.
I miss you.
How do I get over
This pain?

I can’t let you go
No matter how much
It hurts.
There was still so much
living for us to do.

The anger, the sorrow,
The loneliness, the emptiness,
Have become my
Constant companion.

They have become
Like an old friend.
One I can depend on.
One I can sit with
And cry.

I pray that one day
I will reach acceptance,
Maybe even understanding.
Until then, I put
One foot in front
Of the other,
Take one day
At a time, and
Do the best that I can.

Wanda

Respect

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Daily Prompt:  Present

I sit alone quietly
Praying for peace.
Peace in the present
And in the future.
Violence has taken over
In our schools.
Children are dying.
Why is this so?
Has God left us
To walk this earth alone?
Or have we left God
Thinking we don’t need Him?
A foolish thought
I know.
He gave us life
To cherish and honor Him.
He made us in His image.
So why do we turn away
From His ways?

Are mortal pleasures and hate
More important than our
Immortal souls?
I think it is time
For God to be invited
Back into our lives,
Our schools, our government
And our world.
The time for self-gratification
Is long past.
It’s time we put others
Before ourselves.
Time for respect.
Respect for God, self, authority,
And for life itself.