Have Mercy

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Photo: Inbar Asif

 

Have mercy

For those who have not

For those who don’t know how

And weren’t taught.

Have mercy

For your own lost corners

Where the words of others

Might’ve carved a hole

That is yet to get darned

And still exacts a toll.

Have mercy

For your

Need to hope

You’d make your

Spirit

Whole.

 

 

For The Daily Post

Transformed

transformation

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda, Central Park

 

The moment where the seasons

Shift.

The transmutation

Of the summer

Into fall

Already final

Even if not

Entirely

Complete.

 

 

For The Phoneography Challenge

Find a Home

 

 

The prompt for today was just too on point to ignore, when the paperback became available TODAY (!!!) and when so much of this novel is about what a home is, or what may at any moment become a place one is pushed out of or needs to run away from. The connection felt even more apt with how the holidays bring up for so many the very realities and stories of a home (or lack thereof).

“Apples in Applath” is a work of fiction, yet very real children do fall victim to policies and realities not of their choice or making. Also real is that what makes a home or family is not always immediately obvious; and that hope and wariness, need and conscience, often compete inside one’s soul as one seeks a safe space to call home.

I’m very excited for “Apples in Applath” – my fourth book and third novel. I hope you’ll check it out and share it with others who may find an interest. I hope that it may find a home in yours.

Even more so, my wish for you — and for all who are or once were children — is that you’ll always have a safe nest to call home.

 

For The Daily Post

No-Budge Sludge

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

There is sludge

That won’t budge

There is gumming of parts

So the muck

Becomes stuck

As so many now fudge

And prefer to hold grudge

‘Stead of clearing the gunk

Of those who claim truth is junk

Who treat lies

As their prize

And demise

As new highs.

 

 

For The Daily Post

In Particular

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Photo: Daniel Foy

 

She is deliberate. She takes her time.

Each line is drawn with distinct goal. Each color chosen with remarkable concentration. Each curve labored on in exact determination.

After all, the letters aren’t ‘just’ a prelude to a word expressed. It is none of it ‘just’ idle practice …

It is her name she’s working on, a profound soul-expression.

 

 

For The Daily Post

Atmosphere

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

It’s the light

It’s the mood

It’s the tone

In the air

It’s the frowning

Of brows

And the cold

Atmosphere

It’s the half-frozen

Words

And the

Brrr

Everywhere.

 

 

For The Daily Post

Mushroom Remedy

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

When problems seem to swell up

Overnight

And worry gives a boon

To fret and fright

It can help to remind

That while some puffy mushrooms

Do hold spite

Many are more air

Than actual might.

 

 

For The Daily Post

The Kitchen Sink

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Photo: Scott Umstattd via Unsplash

 

The house snored and stomachs sighed content

But pots and pans and ladle, towel, bowl and plate

Slept not a wink awaiting dawn inside the kitchen sink …

 

For Three Line Tales Week 94

Experimentalist

target practice belly style

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

If the distance’s too far

And the winning too tempting

There is always the tummy

To improve odds

Of aiming.

 

 

For The Photo Challenge