Monday, September 30, 2013

MAGPIE...Prompt #188

                                                       PHOTO/ Mark Haley

THANK YOU, Tess, at Magpie Tales...


As soon as the daylight
starts to bleed dry,
before red and blue
turn to purple
and die as grey,
I catch the rim of Venus,
reflect a gleam
that isn't mine to give.

Even as we hide
in the multitude of stars
and blades of grass,
we haggle our gifts again,

because memory says
there is a dawn,
and after seizing
the blessed boon,
I can awaken
as a Phoenix.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

MAGPIE...Prompt #187

                                              THE MOTH and the LAMP/ Cesar Santos

THANK YOU, Tess, at Magpie Tales...


It's the first singe
that wounds,
an illicit touch,

the pretense
that I will endure
past the ecstatic gasp,
beyond nature's bribe.

spent again.

I keep forgetting
the game,
as if breath
can be heaved in,

in rapture forever.

I stay
to be consumed.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

MAGPIE...Prompt #186

THANK YOU, Tess..for Magpie Tales...


You put me on the map
so to speak,

so good at sketching other's lives.

Lover, friend,
life partner,
I'm up to date.

Gave me form and figure,
colored me in with Crayolas,
but you went over the line,
let me bleed
into undisclosed territory.

Lucky me,
critics always ready to comment
with a saving grace.

Many salvaged me,
made me fit their hindsight.

I became a double doppelganger,
mirrors reflected an eternity of me,

but every karmic comeback
left room to be desired.
Still a babe
knocking at the door.

Just let me in.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

MAGPIE...Prompt #185

THANK YOU, Magpie Tales

"Oh waiter, please, I'll have some meat loaf, and some mashed potatoes.  A lot please...and oh yes, ketchup, please.  Thank you, sir."


2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 deg. F.   Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, egg and seasonings in a large bowl.

Shape into a loaf on shallow baking pan.  Pour ketchup over top.

Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until cooked through.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Serves 8.


3 1/2 lbs. Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes.
1/4 lb. sweet butter, cut into small chunks.
1 1/2 cups milk or cream
Salt and pepper to taste.

Cover potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil in a large pot.  Cook until tender, about 40 min., and drain immediately.

Use a potato ricer or electric mixer to mash the potatoes.  Add the butter and half the milk or cream and mix to a smooth puree.  Add more milk or cream if necessary.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serves 10.

You can have this in an hour.  Butter....cream...yes!!  This isn't the Orient Express.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

MAGPIE...Promt #184

ARTWORK/ Jeanie Tomanek
My inner dove
wakes me from a doze.
I find myself up a tree,
without an answer,
and what we call thought
passes in a flicker,
is waiting to be felled
like kindling.
This tree will fall
by art and aim.
I think to alight from a limb,
and if I land
in the vast
elemental sea,
pray I don't materialize
up the creek.
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