Definition of a House: A structure serving as a dwelling for one or more persons, especially for a family. It should have been an ordinary day, a day like any other in May, a Wednesday, not the beginning or the end of the week, not the struggle of a Monday or the excitement ofContinue reading “HOUSE AND HOME, A MEMOIR”


  Changing currents, currently, body and soul converging concurrently, control lost to illusion; divinity divining, dividing delusion directing hands of fate or falling me from faith, body leaning in bending to all beckoning. Was it I who let go of love’s hand or had fate decided so? Was there a choice, considered, consecrated, a confessionContinue reading “METAMORPHOSES”


For Jane’s Poetry challenge #45,from  it’s a rondelet this week, here goes… Heaven’s howling! Summer forsaken, storms converge, Heaven’s howling! We have flittered too long fowling, Nature forsaken, gods now purge Our wasted ways, our sloth, our splurge, Heaven’s howling! All Words by Damien B. Donnelly, inspiration by Jane  


It wasn’t front page breaking news or even in the supplement section. It wasn’t the sex scandal that scorched the headlines or bloody enough to have readers beat each other for a copy but it still found its way into black and white, pressed forever, or until the print faded, into a line between birthsContinue reading “BREAKING NEWS; A TINY STORY”


She was a married woman, with stars in her eyes, by the age of ten. She’d seen him in the back yard at 9 ¾ and in seconds had painted their future together. Mrs. Mulligan’s daughter would be Mrs. Michael Menkas and at 12 she dropped her bike at his gate and, upon his stoop,Continue reading “THE STARS, A SHORT LIFE/STORY”


    Curiosity curated around corners, in passageways of potted plants and lingering light, corners created for the curious, for passersby to peep into privacy in search of secrets neath shadows and dust, piggy banks with golden coins and cans worthy of Warhol. Dreams are dreamt in little lanes where light lingers on broken benchesContinue reading “CURIOUS CORNERS”


Another dawn… They keep coming! This is my second attempt at a ghazal for Jane Dougherty’s challenge:  My first attempt fell toward folly rather than regarding the principles of form so I’m back again, same picture, same theme, leaning more on the rules this time- I think. So a Ghazal is a love poem,Continue reading “DAWN II”


  White starlight light and lucent springs from ailing earth in quite corners of tended borders so fine and fair, fragility unfolding precious petals perhaps to soften the edges of darker days that have set shadows upon so many sunsets White starlight cradles beauty, a bold beacon blooming amid these burdens that bind us ToContinue reading “WHITE STARLIGHT”

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