No Fun

“You’ll bounce.” They said,

And so, I jumped. Without a

Doubt, I’d toughen up. “Boys

Don’t cry.” The big one said,

When I fell and bumped my head.

If these are friends, I’d rather

Have none, cause none of this

Is any doggone fun.

Children in Forest by Viktor Vasnetsov, 1874

– Written for dVerse Quadrille #48, prompt was “bounce.” WC 44. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Christmas Reminiscent

Little ones with wide eyes
Rejecting sleep with heavy sighs
Anticipation across the nation
Eagerly awaiting an overnight surprise

A sleigh on the roof
The tap of a reindeer hoof
It ‘twas a dream or so it seemed
Drowsy faces behold the proof

Underneath the Christmas tree
No sign of slumber left to see
When gifts are spied, it can’t be denied
“Santa came!” come shouts of glee.

child, christmas, time– Written for First Baptist Church of Worcester Poetry Fest Challenge 3: Free Verse (I ended up with a rhyme scheme anyway. I don’t know if it is an official form or not. That’s just the way the poetry flows sometimes 🙂 Photo from

Blogging U Photo Challenge: Connect

Child and sea lions connecting at the New England Aquarium, Boston, MA.

– Written for WordPress Blogging University, Photography: Developing Your Eye I, Day 5: Connect. Photo ©2016 Leara Morris-Clark.

The Green

Silent, in the night it came. Gliding and sliding along the shore, the green snaked toward the sleeping village. At dawn, it and the children vanished.

– Written for Shapeshifting 13 (#50). Color Green and Photo Prompt. WC 26. “The Green” was awarded 2nd place in this contest. Photo by AP Photo –