Writing With An Open Heart

They slow you down when you’re rushing.
They hold you tightly even when you’re not asking.
They fill your life with warmth and laughter.
They teach you to love a little deeper,

And to open up a little more.

As their light embraces you,

It could last for a tiny moment,
But in a world full of darkness,
These moments could last a lifetime.

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The Next Beatles Song, by Mark Tulin

Crow On The Wire

I keep waiting for the next Beatles song
sitting by the radio in my psychedelic
I know if I hear it first,
it will be groovy
and I’ll be totally in awe.

I know they broke up
fifty years ago,
but I still wait to hear
their shaggy-haired truth
that will send my rubber soul
bouncing into enlightenment.

Perhaps, when that day occurs,
I’ll wear my new bell bottoms
and desert boots to school,
seeing my old hippie friends
holding finely-rolled joints with legs crossed
on the schoolyard lawn.

I will greet my pals with a peace sign
to show how cool I am
and share my love of vinyl,
the Beatles,
and their brand new album
that would turn my life upside down.

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The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – February 11

Jo Hawk

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 42 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? If you didn’t, what stopped you? Self-doubt can leave you feeling like a deer in the headlights, petrified, off-balance, and powerless. Instead of using your precious minutes to type even a handful of words on the page, you allow yourself to be distracted.

Perhaps you stare at a blank screen, convinced your work recounts an incoherent trip along a winding road leading you nowhere. Your vivid imagination has forsaken you, leaving you in a void of uninspired darkness. You suspect you are a fraud who will never be good enough.

Breathe. Think about the adventure you want your audience to experience, explore your plot, meet…

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Are We Ever Prepared?

Writing With An Open Heart

Are we ever prepared for the masks?
That fall off people’s faces when least expected.

Are we ever prepared to face the things that haunt us?
To mourn the pieces of ourselves that will never return,

And then to openly embrace them.

Are we ever prepared for our lives to fall apart?
To end up in places we never imagined we’d be.

Are we ever prepared to move forward?
Even it means walking alone.

Are we ever prepared to keep reminding ourselves of the lessons we’ve learned?
To have enough faith to keep starting over,

Andtoleave some spacefor unexpected strength to come through.

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Daily Prompts- Gains and losses

Keep it alive

I am thinking

What do we gain

And what do we lose

How we calculate the net profit

A riddle that can be hard to solve

Man lives and dies, no eternity to spend

A short time by all accounts we’ve here

The crux of this enigma lies at the heart

Of the way we use the time granted to us

Life is circular, each birth connected to death

Every new day is born of the demise of yesterday

Many a moment wasted in our search

To find the true purpose of the gift called life

Why not take every opportunity offered

Use it in a way that your soul rejoices

And your spirits soar with the happiness of

Being kind

Being good

And best of all

Helping all creatures

Big or small, to find their own happiness

In response to the following prompts;




Gain, Rubbish…

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