A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Healthy Appetite

Healthy Appetite

Judy watched her son devour mouthful after mouthful without seeming to taste the food. She hated to see him do that to himself. If he didn’t slow down and eat less, he’d struggle later in life. She and her husband had explained to him that it was harder to lose weight as age increased, but he didn’t care.

To be young and foolish again. “Honey, don’t you want to slow down? Enjoy your food.”

He looked up and smiled, patting his semi-flat stomach. “No worries, Mom. I’ll work it off later.”

She sighed. Your uncle used to say that, too.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Moving On

Moving On

The world continued moving outside Todd’s window.

The birds fluttered about the birdbath, fighting for their preferred spots. Each bird was unique in their attitude, but one in particular caught his attention.

A lone sparrow missing a couple of tattered wing feathers banked and landed on the bath’s edge. The others ignored him as they continued playing and bathing, allowing him to go about his business. He ducked and wove his way through them like a prize father.

Todd turned his wheelchair from the window, wishing he had the sparrow’s courage, then sharing the bird’s loneliness wouldn’t hurt so much.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Drainage

Drainage

He watched as the bead of blood pushed its way through hair follicles and over pores as it left a long trail down a dangling limb.

It was one of the most enticing things he’d ever seen. Sometimes, it was the simple things in life that matter, he thought.

He licked his lips, envisioning the taste of fresh, bloodless meat. The mere thought aroused him to the point he looked into the glazed-over eyes of his prey hanging upside down from the cellar’s ceiling.

“Don’t worry, it won’t take much longer.”

The woman moaned, but was too weak to move.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Don Shaw

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner featuring Don Shaw! 🙂

Mother Must I by Don Shaw

Another school day, waking full of dread.
Another school day, of wishing i was dead.

Mother must i, utters from my lips,
rise and shine sleepy head, slapping at my hips.

Putting on clothes, the combing of my hair.
Going to school, is more than i can bare.

He would be there, with iron fist clenched.
Out the door i trudged , inch by inch.

Mother must i , utters from my lips.
Smiles and nods, behind her coffee sips.

Hate for another, fear, remorse, and guilt.
Pain in every hallway, a flowers look of wilt.

In my mind i am plotting,to end this senseless shame.
To some a house of learning, to me ensuring pain.

The calling of names, spitting in my face.
Shoved into walls, the inflected disgrace.

Who can save me, from education hell ?
Teachers are the witness , deaf ears hear no tale.

Mother must i, utters from my lips.
Out the classroom doorway, now in his grips.

He gave me a violent backhand, head hitting floor.
All the kids are laughing, calling to see more.

Slithering down the hallway, clawing to escape.
Another day of learning, bleeding was my fate.

Oh mother must i, utters from my lips.
Hallway sounds echo, my blood as it drips.

Awesome poem, Don! I remember those morning well. I can honestly say my parents’ gray hairs were because of me. lol Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Grudge

Grudge

“Ya know, you could always be the bigger person. It wouldn’t kill you or anything.” Jess walked alongside her lifelong friend, Marcus.

Marcus looked up as a car passed them. He shook his head and sighed. “Yeah, I know. But she went way overboard with that video.”

Jess nodded. “Yeah, she did, but at least you’ve gotten some offers, right?”

He snorted. “Sure, everyone wants ‘Senor Stub’ in another video. She’s such a bitch.”

“Want me to kick her ass?”

He shook his head. “Nah. Knowing her video is going to make me, and not her, money is a start.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Motivation Galore

Motivation Galore

Plausible… She stopped to stare at her computer screen and the word “plastic” flashing at her.

Backspacing, she retyped and paused to look.

“Pleased able” started back at her.

No wonder my muse doesn’t like me. I hate these conditions, too. Huffing, she tried again. P-l-a-u-s-i-b-l-e. You son of a—

“Pleated bull” flashed.

“Come on, I’ll give you a nice malware scanning if you work with me.” She bent to the task once more, and that time she smiled at seeing “plausible’ on the screen. “Yes! Thank you!”

Pleased, she fist-pumped the air and typed, “deniability.”

“Dental bill” awaited her.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: You Never Know

You Never Know

Mark ignored the crowd noise and time slowed as he drew closer to the goal. His team’s whole season came down to this one penalty shot against the league’s top goalie.

His eyes narrowed. His opponent was the reason the game was scoreless with less than a minute to play. If we go to overtime… He shook off the thought and tried to think of how to beat him.

At reaching the faceoff circles, he bent and flicked the puck nearly straight up into the air in front of him.

If I miss…

He waited, then swung, striking the puck.

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