Opportunity in Five Minutes

It’s late, but I love to drift into dreamland from the pages of a book. I roll to my side, curl around my Kindle, tiny reading light spotlighting dark words on the pale gray screen. She watches me from the end of the bed, then steps slow, silent, one foot at a time,...

How To Make a Morning Person

It’s 5:30am, and I’m sitting at my laptop in the corner of our family room. Coffee steams on the side table. My dog snores across the room. It is quiet. I have never been a morning person. I also didn’t need quiet the way I do now. Being a parent has...

Real or Not Real? ~ Five Minute Friday

“Real or not real?” The lead characters in The Hunger Games resort to asking each other this as they try to sort out what really happened and what was poison-induced hallucination. “Real or not real?” I ask myself as I sit in the intensive care waiting room while our...

The Yin and Yang of Empty

Today’s Five-Minute-Friday writing prompt is “empty.” I wrote this poem a couple of years ago, and thought of it as soon as I read today’s prompt. Rather than write the same poem again (especially since I woke up with a pounding headache), I...