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yearning spark of life
mournful beneath heavy snow
persistent doldrums

©Hélène Vaillant

*Here is a little something to inspire those of us still buried in snow:  Taken from The Rose lyrics…

“When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose”

Written in response to prompt:
BrewNSpew Cafe – March 11, 2019
Word of the week : doldrums

New Life




Written in response to prompt:  BrewNSpew Cafe 

Word of the week

marvel – (verb) – be filled with wonder or astonishment. Synonyms – stare, gape, goggle, admire, applaud.

marvel – (noun) – a wonderful or astonishing person or thing. Synonyms – wonder, miracle, spectacle, genius.


fresh new eyes marvel
at fingers, toes, voices, light,
soon walking, smiling

©Hélène Vaillant




Written for prompt at BrewNSpew Cafe:  

Word/expression of the week – finicky – (adjective) – fussy about one’s needs or requirements. Showing or requiring great attention to detail. Synonyms – overcritical, difficult, awkward, exacting, demanding, perfectionist.

Finicky   –  a  Cinquain – 2, 4, 6, 8, 2

settled in displeasure
misguided from reasonable


©Hélène Vaillant





Written for the BrewNSpew Cafe: 
Word/expression of the week – empty – (adjective) 


physical separation endures
your side of the bed empty
vacant chair at the dining table
alone on our loveseat
visiting with you at the nursing home
every second of every minute counts
holding hands, enjoyment, a moment
remembering this and that, laughter
tears flow when I leave
our vow taken so long ago
how can we find ourselves
here today, 56 years now passed
it all seems like yesterday


©Hélène Vaillant

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