Conquest In Surrender

My spirit uplifted

positive, joyful

my body dispirited

riddled with autoimmune diseases

draining the life out of me

a battle that rages on

when in a flare up

the desire to be productive

to accomplish even 

one or two tasks

defeated by the physical drain

an emotional and mental toll

negative dark thoughts

slowly creep in and grow

in volume…only recourse

for this hard rugged path

surrender to the powerlessness

muster up the compassion

to be patient, still, and rest

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I have (MAS), Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome, which is defined as having three or more diagnosed autoimmune diseases.  I have wanted to blog about this for quite some time now through writing and using poetry.  This is my first attempt at doing this and I hope to continue as part of the healing process and helping others who suffer from chronic illnesses.  I want to thank V.J. at One Woman’s Quest and One Woman’s Quest II, who has inspired me through her journey with chronic illness.

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Stirring Within

Written In Response To:

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #97 – PROMPT:  This week, we will play around with – QUOTES – PREFERABLY AROUND WRITING, CREATIVITY OR WRITER’S BLOCK.  If you have a brilliant thought about something else, you are most welcome to share it in the form of a quote.  The choice of format is yours – text, jpeg, video or anything else.

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Stirring within…

a voice that must have its say

the writer’s soul.

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Tea, Gossip & Sin

Word Of The Day Challenge – Tea

Your Daily Word Prompt – Omit – April 23, 2019

Light Motiffs Three Things Challenge PL68 – Today’s prompt: black, hotel, cheater.

Titanic Check out those hats!

Every Wednesday morning after Bible study

the wives of the church leadership get together

at the local but for the “very elite only” hotel

for their weekly tea, gossip and sin session

where they talk about the sinners who don’t

measure up to their superior religious ways.


The requirement to join if worthy to be in their presence

was to take a vow to always drink only organic tea

with an absolute must to forever omit the refined sugar

drinking the tea with an all natural eloquence

proclaiming that the reason for this unusual vow

is to maintain what they call their “dainty figures.”


Now, there was a new wealthy member of the church

who appeared to meet the high standards required to

be invited to come and join their tea drinking clique.


At first all was going well then the ladies noticed

that the new woman’s figure was not remaining “dainty”

so they decided to find out what was going on…

it turns out she has been a cheater with a dark secret

she’s been drinking non-organic tea swimming in

an ocean of refined sugar every day at home!


When the ladies saw this they took a picture of her

and posted it on the church’s Facebook page, and then,

they of course black balled her from the tea drinking clique!


The poor woman had to spend every single Sunday living

down the humiliation of her sugar-tea addiction.

Oh the sin of it all!

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The Prison Of Silent Screams

Written In Response To:

Your Daily Word Prompt – Association – April 22, 2019

Word Of The Day Challenge – Fort

Long days, lonely nights. Too bad we're not allowed to scream ~Prince (artist unknown)

For many years she hid inside

The fort she built around her mind

To protect herself from the sharp tongues

Of the people who always surrounded her

And no one ever knew about her

Secret associations with voices from

Other realms of darkness and torment

She always appeared strong, confident,

Successful at whatever she strived to accomplish

It was how she survived the atrocities

Of her violent, degrading childhood

She was never allowed to speak about the

Devastation committed against her soul and body

Then one day, a tragedy happened that unleashed

The walls of her fort to become completely destroyed

It was then the voices from the other realms

Were able to take full control of her mind

Pulling her in so many directions and emotions that

It left her locked away in a prison of silent screams.

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Waiting To Exhale

Twittering Tales #132 – April 16, 2019

Each Tuesday Kat will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. 

After staying up all night to muster up the courage

to make the most important call of her life,

she left a message and stood outside

the booth staring at the phone

waiting in silent, bated breath for the phone

to ring and hear love return her call…

so she could finally exhale.

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Word Count:  278

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Photo Credit:  Luis Quintero on

Manufactured Discord

The Haunted Wordsmith Story Starter Challenge & Opposites Attract Challenge

Story Starter:  Today’s sentence: “Sitting on the front porch.”

Opposites Attract:  For this challenge, I provide one word and a list of its antonyms. The challenge is to use the prompt word AND one (or more) of its antonyms in some form of writing (or creative work). 

Today’s prompt: discord.

Antonyms: accord, agreement, concord, concordance, harmony, peace.

Here's to Spring sunrises, foggy mornings and coffee on the porch. Happy Saturday friends! I'll be taking care of a preemie lamb today.…

Sitting on the front porch sipping tea

inhaling fresh air and sunshine

basking in the peace and harmony

of nature’s ever so sweet symphony

thinking; does it get any better than this?

when all of a sudden I was startled

right out of my still state of mind

by some loud discord filled with words unkind

I could not believe what I was hearing

conversations like this don’t happen in this clearing

for we are a quiet, peace lovin’ folk out here

as I listened closer, I realized it was coming from

inside my house and went to investigate and found

my husband had all the way turned up the T.V. sound

because the forgetful old fool

forgot to put in his hearing aid tool!

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All I Can See

NaPoWriMo 2019 Challenge – Day 9

Twittering Tales #131 April 9, 2019

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. 

Bright lights,

airplane awaiting for clearance

to fly…

but all I can see

are the tears that fall

with the raindrops…endlessly,

as my lover sits in the airplane

waiting for his new life to take off

without me to never return again.

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228 Characters.

Fathom Not – Free Verse Poem

Secret Keeper Weekly Writing Challenge #139

Write A Poem OR Flash Fiction Using These 5 Words:

Write – Never – Place – Shock – Mark

Fathom Not

I could never fathom to mark a day
where writing poetry
would not be my soul’s sway

If I could no longer write
how would my heart
know love’s daylight

The shock of this would arouse
a great fear
my soul dying in silent sloughs

So I shall fathom not
to mark this day
that would bring spiritual fraught

Instead keep moving
to the rhythm of
the muse’s grooving

Each day I shall choose to write
that inspiration’s song
will keep away midnight

And alive inside this place in me
will eternally remain
the music of poetry

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