In order to self-motivate and to ensure I write each day, I signed up for word of the day emails. Now, I get a word in my inbox every morning and by the end of the day write a new piece either incorporating the word or encapsulating its meaning.

That's the idea anyway.

Please enjoy.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

tenacious

fever dream
awoken by
tenacious cough
infection exhausted
sheets swarm
like snake cluster
rest brings respite


Friday, May 17, 2019

palimpsest

i am a floppy disk
obsolete palimpsest

and you are but a memory
of a first draft
of a file
saved
and saved
and saved
and deleted
and recovered
and rewritten
and moved
to a hard drive
on a different desk

Thursday, May 16, 2019

countermand

if i had a nickel for every time
my mouth countermanded
an order from my brain
and kept on with its refrain
i would have all the money
that every mint has ever made
were my blurting paid

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

glitch

the opportunity
to overthrow
a feature
not a glitch
democracy is
beautiful
even when
it is a bitch

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

borne

and so it passes
from person to person
like an air-borne pathogen
transforming annoyance to rage
at every stage increasing momentum
like an avalanche like a pandemic like a
hurricane of hate growing greater and greater
until we are destroyed in the asteroid-like impact

Monday, May 13, 2019

regale

gather ye round, sit ye down
and I will regale you
with a tale of damsels more
distressing than distressed,
where every knight must
do better than their best,
where wild beasts
from myth may roam
and the Fairefolk call
your home home,
where terror or triumph
behind each door awaits
the heroes herein who
fight the Fates
gather ye round by the fireside
for the shadows are deep
and while the storm rages
you must stay inside

Sunday, May 12, 2019

darling

time has washed away
the ache from memory
no more with regret
do I remember what was
but still a phantom twinge
as of a wound long healed
reminds me of a time
when given names were
never a whisper
or wished to be
I was just baby
you were my darling
and such we were
before distance made us
strangers with surnames