In Other Words — Invisible Injury

FD5300A3-5A76-4B67-97A2-47D721BDA967If you’ve ever suffered from a broken rib, then you’ll understand why I call it the invisible injury.

For at least a month after breaking a rib, simple, natural, everyday acts — coughing, sneezing, laughing, blowing your nose, or even pushing out a stubborn poop — can lead to excruciating pain.

You pray that no one comes up to you to give you a hug, to slap you on your back, or even to vigorously shake your hand.

And since you’re not wearing a cast, no one knows that you’ve got a broken rib.

At least when you have a broken arm or a broken leg, others can see that you’ve broken something, so, unlike with a broken rib, your injury is not invisible.


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 word “invisible.”

In Other Words — Random Intents

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Random thoughts

Random words

Random acts

Random deeds

With random intents, good or bad.


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 word “random.”

In Other Words — Give and Take

D0067F8A-28E8-4779-A2A9-356137A8A178Since I met you, you’ve caused me nothing but heartache.

You’ve done almost everything you could to make my heart break.

Now yow want me to take you back when you were no give and all take.

So I hope you’ll understand, since you made my life a total mess,

Why I am telling you no in five lines or less.


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 word “heartache.” Photo credit: Pexels@Picabay.

In Other Words — Handmade

6B4C796E-2A6F-481C-B696-6D9DEEC4B42A“We made these ties for you by ourselves for your birthday, Daddy,” his excited daughter said.

“Yeah, Daddy, they’re handmade by us,” his proud son added.

“Thank you so much, kids,” he said.

“Will you wear them at your office tomorrow and the next day?” his daughter asked.

“Of course he will, won’t you dear?” his wife responded, a sly smile on her face.


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 word “handmade.”

In Other Words — Out of Reach

pot of gold with rainbowShe is my secret treasure.

Although I cannot tell you who she is; she’d be furious with me.

I can tell you that she is dainty and that she is glamorous, the kind of woman who can inspire a man like me to be my very best.

But my secret treasure suffers from an unbridled wanderlust.

And I fear that, like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, my secret treasure will always be just out of my reach.


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 words “secret treasure.” I also included these one word prompts: Daily Addictions (furious and inspire), Your Daily Word Prompt (dainty and glamorous), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (wanderlust).