In Other Words — Tea Time Ritual

9F434163-10C0-4C58-BCCC-A148BF421BE0I always try to set up her afternoon tea in her favorite way.

I set the tea cup on a fresh doily, take her reading glasses out of their case, using the case as a holder for her spectacles, and open up whatever book she is reading to the page identified by her bookmark.

I do this each and every afternoon, just the way she likes it.

Because it’s our ritual and I know how particular she is, to the point of being persnickety.

Just as she was up until the day she died three years ago.


Written for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “favorite.” Photo credit: Esther Merbt from Pixabay.

In Other Words — The Journey

Needle in a HaystackTrying to find out who you are is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

You never take off your mask or lift up your veil.

You hide the real you from me while revealing only the person you want me to see and to believe you to be.

And worse yet, you’re hiding who you really are from yourself, as well.

Won’t you let me walk by your side in your journey down the path of self-discovery?


In other words Written for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “discovery.” Photo credit: S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay.

In Other Words — The Present

Cat licking its chops“I brought you a present, momma, and it’s delicious,” Cat said after entering the house through the open glass door that separates our family room from the backyard patio and dropping a not quite dead rat at my wife’s feet.

My wife screamed and dropped the cup of coffee she was holding, the cup smashing into dozens of ceramic pieces and shards upon hitting the hardwood floor, causing Cat to scramble away.

Upon hearing my wife’s scream and the crash of the coffee cup, I came running from the kitchen and saw my wife standing on a chair pointing to a large, not quite dead rat on the family room floor.

That’s when I saw Cat in the corner, preening himself and looking completely unconcerned about of anything having to do with the brouhaha.

I gave the cat a what did you do? look, at which point, Cat looked back at me, licked his lips, and said, “Who, me?”


In Other WordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “delicious.” Photo credit: Monika Schmidt from Pixabay.

In Other Words — Peanut Butter

4A4C00DB-931A-4554-8769-31FA88D0FAC8“Okay, that’s it,” Debra said, “I can’t believe you taught that goddam bird to sing that goddam song. It’s driving me crazy and you need to do something about it or I’m leaving you.”

“But, honey,” Stan said, “you know how much that parrot loves to eat peanut butter.”

“That doesn’t mean he needs to sing about it hour after hour, day in and day out,” Debra said. “So you choose, Stan, the parrot or me!”


In other wordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the words “peanut butter.” Photo credit: Mabel Amber, still incognito… from Pixabay.

In Other Words — Beyond Repair

4F22CEEA-4DA2-4B49-9B0B-39EDBFFC8189Ever since our first date, the chemistry between us was undeniable, and our relationship fell into a comfortable rhythm for both of us.

Yet the concept of true love has always been a nebulous one for me.

Sadly, over time, a fissure in our once beautiful relationship occurred, and that rift began to tear our love asunder.

And as much as it pains me to admit this, I lack the tools to repair our broken love.

I’m so, so sorry, but whatever this thing called love is supposed to be, I just don’t feel it anymore.


In other wordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “repair.” Photo credit: Steve Buissinne from Pixabay.

Also written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, where the challenge is to write about the word “sorry.”

And also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (date), Daily Addictions (rhythm), Word of the Day Challenge (love), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (nebulous), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fissure), and Your Daily Word Prompt (sunder).