Five Lines or Less — Manifest Destiny

6AD88B82-7A79-4EAC-A9C9-2D2ACCE6BAD4I’m moving into a new home next week.

It will be the 17th home I’ve lived in.

Not counting dorms, apartments, and other temporary housing.

Three with my parents, two on my own, nine with my wife and kids, and three as empty nesters with my wife.

It seems that my life’s personal Manifest Destiny has been to live in many homes.


5 linesWritten for the Friday Five Lines or Less prompt from Patricia’s Place. The idea is to write a story or poem of five lines or less. This week’s word is “destiny.”

Five Lines or Less — Life

E1047F85-C5A5-4040-82E9-5AD24A657DCCThere was a time when I thought life was beautiful

There was a time when I thought life was wonderful

There was a time when I thought life was bountiful

Then you left me all alone

Now I think that life without you is dreadful.


5 linesWritten for the Friday Five Lines or Less prompt from Patricia’s Place. The idea is to write a story or poem of five lines or less. This week’s word is “beautiful.”

Five Lines or Less — Scary Times

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We are living in scary times.

A whole continent is burning.

The climate is becoming inhospitable.

The world is at the brink of war.

I’m afraid for the future of life on Earth.


5 linesWritten for the Friday Five Lines or Less prompt from Patricia’s Place. The idea is to write a story or poem of five lines or less. This week’s word is “afraid.”

Five Lines or Less — Brother and Sister

07E4208C-88C3-411F-859A-7A6CB74EB845“My sister and I have had more than our fair share of difficult exchanges about politics, and it’s a real shame that we just can’t seem to see eye-to-eye on anything,” Ted said.

“Your sister is one of the most popular girls at school,” Eric said, “so maybe you should give her the freedom to be herself.”

“You’re right, Eric,” Ted said. “I’ll give her some time — a decent interval of time, anyway — to see if we can get through it without arguing.”

“I’m sure, in the aftermath of the current political chaos,” Eric said, “you and your sister will, once again, get along famously.”


5 linesWritten for the Friday Five Lines or Less prompt from Patricia’s Place. The idea is to write a story or poem of five lines or less. This week’s word is “exchanges.” Also for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (sister), The Daily Spur (shame), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (popular), Word of the Day Challenge (freedom), Your Daily Word Prompt (interval), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (aftermath). Photo credit: Bonorganik.

Santa’s Favorite Ho

3E3AE923-AA60-446C-BA64-FC4B3CEB05EE“You want me to wear that to the holiday party?”

“Yeah, I bought it special for you to wear tonight. You’ll look amazing.”

“That is the ugliest sweater I have ever seen and there’s no way I’m wearing it.”

Oh come on, it’s pretty and it’s funny. You’ll be the hit of the party.”

You must be totally unhinged if you think I’m wearing a Christmas sweater that labels me as ‘Santa’s Favorite Ho.’”


Written for the First Line Friday prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, where the first line is, “That is the ugliest sweater I have ever seen.”

5 linesAlso written for the Friday Five Lines or Less prompt from Patricia’s Place. The idea is to write a story or poem of five lines or less. This week’s words is “holiday party.”

And for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (unhinged).