Unsheltered

Seeker_by_Natline

Unsheltered

Adrift
On churning seas
I fight
For one more chance to breathe

Reaching
Into darkened maws
I rage
At the injustice of it all

Shattered
On distant shorelines
I succumb
Because it’s time.

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This is my submission for the very last Trifecta challenge. The challenge this week was to write exactly 33 words on whatever we wanted. Many, many thank yous to the fabulous Trifecta editors, as well as the wonderful people who have made it such an awesome community over the years!

If you’re looking for somewhere to go, please come join us at yeah write!

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Image credit: Natline @ deviantART

Ravenous

Firebox

Ravenous

I shovel love
Like a fireman shoveling coal
On a runaway train

Back breaking
Heart aching

I work until my tender is empty
But I cannot satisfy the bottomless pit
Screaming inside you.

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This is my submission for this week’s Trifecta challenge, which, unfortunately, is one of their last. The challenge this week was to write exactly 33 words, including the word satisfy (and using its third definition). Trifecta will be shutting down at the end of this month. I’m going to miss these 33-word challenges. Not only did they help me hone my skills as a writer, but they brought me in contact with a truly amazing community, for which I will always be grateful!

If you’re interested, I published a collection of my Trifecta challenge responses from last year in my book Fifty-two x 33: A Year in 33 Words, which is available on Lulu.com.

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Image credit:  Wikimedia Commons

It’s Not You

Griffon Vulture #1

It’s Not You

She left me on the edge of a barren land.
Emptiness stretched out as far as I could see.
Vultures circle as I follow the sun home.
I said I needed space, but that wasn’t what I meant.

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This is my submission for this week’s Trifecta writing challenge, in which we had to write 33 of our own words to precede the five they provided, which were “that wasn’t what I meant.”

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Image credit: Val Thoermer / Photoxpress.com

Getting Over You

Old Broken Window

Getting Over You

I know you won’t see me anymore
And it hurts.
Next time will be different, I vow
As I fill the hole you left
Soothed by the thump, thump, thump of my shovel.

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This is my submission for this week’s Trifecta writing challenge, in which they asked us for exactly 33 words about love gone wrong. And we were not allowed to use any of the following words:

love
sad
tears
wept
heart
pain

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Image credit: nexussevenPhotoXpress.com

Residue

or_l

Residue

Wading through layers of mottled reflections
Struggling to touch that single moment of clarity
Where you and I line up

But the wind shifts
Rippling the glass
And you slip out of reach.

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This is my submission for this week’s Trifecta writing challenge, in which they asked us to write 33 words inspired by image above.

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Image credit: Thomas Leuthard / Foter / CC BY

Bletchley Park

bletchley-park

Bletchley Park

She used to lay the doilies out
On holidays
And special occasions
Smoothing their edges with hands
Weathered by time

Visitors would smile and drop words
Like quaint and charming
Never looking past the surface
To the structure underneath

Each thread tells a story
Of commitment
And time gone by
Reminding her of all the pieces
That shaped her life

One day her lace will pass to me
And I will guard her legacy
Of love and loss
And everything she sacrificed
In service of her country.

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My paternal grandmother worked at Bletchley Park during WWII. She wasn’t allowed to tell anyone for fifty years (until the Official Secrets Act expired). I wrote this in her memory.

This is also my submission for this week’s Trifecta writing challenge. We had to write between 33 and 333 words, and include the third definition of the following word in our piece: quaint. The third definition is: a) unusual or different in character or appearance; odd;  b) pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar.

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Image credit: Bletchley Park, courtesy of Google Images