Over the weekend, as I worked on the mega-challenge issued by Trifecta last week, I realized, as I peeked through my desktop folder creatively titled ‘blogs’, that there were some challenges that I didn’t finish in time, or read after the fact, but what looked interesting anyway.
So in honor of any that I missed (or will miss), I will designate these as “Better Late Than Never” or ‘BLTN’, which can also stand for Bacon Lettuce Tomato Nutella – but won’t.
This first one come to us via Jenny Matlock’s Challenges from a month ago. 100 words in addition to the six word prompt “You could have had it all”. I missed out by a day (well back then), but inspiration had hit when I read it, so why miss out on the chance to write something on it? Which is sort of what the prompt is about anyway, and hey pressure is off. Enjoy!
You could have had it all…
And I gave it (well, them) to you
Cleverly disguised as moments you would treasure forever
And recall, like talismans:
Your birthday, your kid’s, Uncle Pete’s age,
The day (rather night) you scored for the first time
but not the lucky girl’s (Susan Winnfield) birthday.
Weddings, graduations…six moments of joy and happiness
Could have been magnified 240 million times.
But, no, you chose the starting players’ numbers for the Miami Heat
Since they were winners – perfectly logical deduction!
That’s ok; with millions of players,
the odds would be that a mechanic from Swainsborough
Treasured those days more than you did.
This weekend’s Trifextra is the first of its kind. This weekend we only need 32 words from you, because we’re giving you the 33rd. Your challenge is to write anything you want, in whichever form you please, so long as your response is exactly 33 words and includes the word “mother.”
Good luck! And to those of you women with children who have called, will call, or already do call attention to your natural process of aging: happy Mother’s Day!
Keeping in mind that we are allowed to put up to 3 in an entry, I have some words over 2 short poems that immediately came to mind. These are truly personal, straight from the heart, and yes I will send her the link here, so she knows just how I feel.
Yes, Mom, it’s all out in the open.
You’ve always supported me, mother,
so why not on this?
Dammit that bug we found in Honey Nut Cheerios-
-that was 1981!
I’m older, wiser and over. Plus it may help lower cholesterol!
* * *
Don’t worry mother;
The cats are my ‘kids’,
But you’ll have ‘real’ grandkids some day
You can feed them tuna, on sandwiches!
And the toys you spoil them with
Won’t be catnip scented.
P.S. – Since you probably showed Dad— don’t worry Pop, I’ll cover you on June 17th 🙂
Yes I am in another writing challenge/assignment dealie.
This time it’s for the Trifecta Writing Challenge.
The current topic/theme – Lost. In 33 words. No pressure. The word lost can only appear in the title.
So here goes. Wish me luck. Better yet, try out the challenge for yourself as well, if you’re not coming from the site already 😉
One bump / broken grip / spin/ separation – an alien world. More bodies drift past, spirits looking, grimacing, and moving along. No care but for their own. I am someone’s own, he thought.