The Service


PHOTO PROMPT © Yvette Prior

 

All was set for the service.

Programs lounged on chairs in the next room. The adequately melancholy music played. Discrete tissue boxes rested at either end of the first row.

She waited as heels clicked on marble and black fabrics swished and the somber faces of acquaintances, rearranged for the occasion, nodded at her. She endured the hugs and shoulder pats and too-long handshakes. She breathed through the words.

The room quieted.

She rose and stared at the ornate urn on the dais before turning to face the living.

“You should know,” she began, “that Dad was not a good man.

 

 

For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers

 

 

Be Heartened

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Take heart

Even when reality

Would bleed it dry

With injustice

And stale pride.

Be heartened

By the strength

Of those who wait out

The belligerent

And will not see

Truth and decency

Denied.

 

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo challenge

 

Sophistry’s Secret

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Photo: Giovanni Pleitez; Pinterest

 

Once deception gains hold

And defended

As gold

It becomes a routine

For mis-truths

To be sold.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 6, 2018:

Sophistry

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Asseverate Assertively

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

When there’s no doubt in your heart

And truth is quite compelling,

Be firm

Be kind

And speak your mind,

For sooth is worth a telling.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 5, 2018:

Asseverate

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A Time’s Tome

 

 

There are tales in the making

Some so long, one might fear

Hope will drown in the swamps

Where the truth disappears.

But other tomes are unfolding

That the soul aches to hear:

Of corruption that ended

As justice grew near.

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 29, 2018:

Tome

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Meritorious Aim

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

Be the best

Make your quest

To put your spirit

To the test

So merit’s claim

Not empty fame

Becomes your aim.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 17, 2018:

Meritorious

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Peace Point

 


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Central Park, NYC (Photo: Na’ama Yehuda)

 

The more chaotic life becomes

With power hungers gaining ground,

The more determined then I am

To point the beauty that surrounds,

The heart and kindness that abound

And the true peace that won’t succumb.

 

 

For The Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge

Abrogate

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Summit (Photo: Amitai Asif)

 

You may wish to give new meaning

And claim lies as your own truth,

But even if you abrogate

Alliance

And turn away

From honor, sooth,

It does not undo long history

Nor turn the facts into

Fake news.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 11, 2018:

Abrogate

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Shenanigan

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Photo by Tookapic on Pexels.com

 

A trick elicits grins by design

But the smirks are clear sign

Of those who won’t admit

The high cost of deceit.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 9, 2018:

Shenanigan

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Boondoggle

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

Not all that splashes

Is worthy

Not all that glitters

Is gold

Beware those

In deepening swamps

Who won’t ethics uphold.

 

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 7, 2018:

Boondoggle

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