Beneath the Tree #christmas #poverty #poetry

beneath the tree

We

looked

at pictures

colorful memories

 early morning squeals

mouth-watering scents

and glittery anticipation

this year

tradition shattered

I  looked  at  pictures

tear  fused  with  the ink

unrecognizable monochrome blurs

replaced     the     jolly    scene

journey into

unknown

packages empty

the air was- the same

The  pictures  looked  at me

questions   disturbing   balance

where         are             the?

why aren’t there?

shaking my head

I tossed the picture beneath the space

where the tree would have been

I decided to write a series of poems in contrast to the traditional Christmas. This is written  from the insider’s vantage point.

What’s Beneath Your Christmas Tree? #poetry #dark

the ring

What will you find beneath your tree this Christmas?

Romance?

or…

 a wonderland of snow

gifts elegantly circled with red satin bows

8 knives for carving

1 rope for climbing

perhaps…

 a lifeless form

beneath the fresh-cut Christmas Tree

Read my “festive” poem “Beneath the Christmas Tree”  over at Pen of the Damned.

pen of the damned

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected #photography

Flowers blooming in late November?

San Francisco looks more like spring…

The prompt this week at Word Press Photo challenge is Unexpected.

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  8. Weekly Photo Challenge – Unexpected | Just Snaps
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | Stephen Chapman
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Joy and Woe
  11. WPC: Unexpected | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  12. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected – Curiosity of Little Girl
  13. Rue eau de Robec | Empire of Lights
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | Steve Says….
  15. There he was… just a walkin’ down the street… | Galen911
  16. WordPress weekly photo challenge: Unexpected | Milka Pejovic
  17. Unextected connection | Detours by Deepali
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  19. The Eiffel Tower Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | mybeautfulthings
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | Lucid Gypsy
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  23. Crowded in like Animals | meandmymegapixels
  24. Unexpected | de Wets Wild
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | Hope* the happy hugger
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge : Unexpected | Moments In Life
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | roastbeefandrakija
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: UNEXPECTED | Lost in Translation
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | Cee’s Photography
  30. WordPress weekly photo challenge: unexpected – and 50% off my photo calendars | Perfecting Motherhood
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  32. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: UNEXPECTED IN THE DARK | SERENDIPITY
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  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | Elämän katupeili
  35. Photo Challenge: Unexpected. | Multifarious meanderings
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  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | yarnwuseleien
  38. A mom’s blog
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  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | Awl and Scribe
  42. Trapped | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: the Unexpected | paintedwords
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  45. Best Seat on the House | Monochrome
  46. Unexpected | About-One-Thing
  47. WPC: UNEXPECTED « MY WALL
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | Cali Girl Says…
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected | A chain of thoughts…
  50. So Totally Unexpected | Home’s Co

Beautiful Decay #poetry #nature #photography

guilded leaf

Color extinguished
During your fall
Short  lived in ecstasy
Sprung forth withal

You rediscovered
In a pile of leaves
Unique  lacy shape
Beauty your dream

Who’d ever thought
At the end of life’s day
 loveliness captured
In a Christmas display

Photograph: “Guilded Leaf” copyright L. Moon 2012

Decorating the tree (Flash Fiction in 160)

Last of the ornaments on the tree

Each one hanging free

doll with miniature shoes

a choo choo too

“Please turn on the lights”

“We can’t the lights weren’t hung right”

This is no fiction – the lights usually put away correctly were wound the wrong way so our kids when putting them on started from the wrong end (not their fault). The tree looks great.

Each week Monkey Man hosts a flash fiction in 160. It’s fast, its fun, it’s fiction!

Thanks to Sociotard for the beautiful photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9918311@N02/4134617794/