A Steller’s jay. Photo by Michael Anfang on Unsplash

Garden Rival

I called to the Steller’s jay
rooting for seeds in my shabby garden,
but he didn’t answer; he

just kept flittering hither and thither,
loudly shacking his territory with
a harsh “SHACK-Sheck-sheck-sheck-sheck!”

sifting the choicest bits
ahead of the luckless wrens and finches.

I didn’t think he was listening,


I came here to check on this month's prompt, and I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear about MDS Hall’s passing. I don’t have the words to convey my surprise and grief.

I didn’t know him very well, but Michael’s writing popped. His words made me feel like he’d be a fun hang, and I hate hanging out for folks, so that’s a pretty big deal for me.

I offer my deepest condolences to Michael’s surviving friends and family. Covid is just ripping lives right from our bosom, and each tragic loss is keenly felt.

Rest in peace, Michael David Saunders Hall.


Thrifty Word Challenge 100 #51: The Final Straw

Photo by Keira Burton from Pexels

Grievances folded
into a note,

passed to my
schoolyard crush;
my tormentor.

Couldn’t wrap
callow thoughts around
beauty behaving
so beastly.

This first time
wasn’t a love poem,
but final straw;

tersely heaped
at her feet,
depicting anguish

at her
humiliating deeds,
baring facts
with vicious cuts.

No expectations…

Tre, the quality of writing was magnificent as the story was emotionally devastating. I am left hollowed-out from reading this.

I don't know what I don't know -- you know, about God, angels, restless souls, and whatnot -- but I hope that whichever spirits commissioned you to pen their tragic collective sorrow -- I just hope they gained some semblance of solace in having their tale told through you, one of our best, most empathetic writers.

Barry Dawson Jr. IV

Medium Top Procrastinator. Guilty of writing under the influence. No, I’m not upset. My face always looks this way. INTP https://cosmicrubble.com/

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