Life's Crossings

Babbles, voyages and others interesting things



The Struggle

 Hey guys!

I’ve decided to start participating in Today’s Author‘s WriteNow. Their prompt for May 16th was, ” He returned home from work to find an eviction notice tacked to the door.” Here’s what I came up with:



From sun up to sun down,
He works his fingers to the bones.
Grinding and slaving,
He alone is the sole provider for his family.
A widower with two children,
Working two jobs he does his best.

Getting off the city bus,
With a sweaty brow he staggers tiredly towards his complex.
A temporary safe haven from his ongoing storm.
Upon entering his building,
He finds an eviction notice tacked to the door.
“God please not again, not today. I just need a little latitude.”

He sighs deep, opens the door, and
Makes a beeline to the fridge and makes a phone call.
With a note left for his kids,
He’s back out the door and eating his dinner while mobile.
At the bus stop he prepares his self for another eight-hour shift.

He hunkers down for the 15 minute bus ride across town,
Mind and heart heavy he utters a prayer, and
Hope and wish for a breakthrough or a miracle.
A breakthrough that allows him to come out on top,
One that will never alert his children to how hard their father’s struggle really is.

© TNL, May 2014


Thanks for reading! 🙂


Stones of Life

Hey guys, I’ve been under the weather; but I’m back now! I intend to finish my NaPoWriMo challenge even though April 30th was a couple of weeks ago.

NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 24th: Write a poem that features walls, bricks, stones, arches, or the like. If that sounds a bit hard, remember that one of Robert Frost’s most famous poems was about a wall.



Laid out individual units bound by mortar,

Horizontally patterned by the hands of man.


Often left behind,

Like an echo in time.


Sturdy and sure, tired and true,

Qualities we look for in our fellow-man.


Holds together, supports and builds structure,

Protects its inhabitants against the storm.


We should emulate your characteristics,

Apply your support and protection to the people and environment.

© TNL, April 2014



Saturday Night

The Daily Post’s prompt for April 19th: S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT! What’s your favorite way to spend Saturday night?


The week is ending,

Time to unwind.

Turn up the laughter, and

Drink some wine.

Invite my girlfriends over, and

Let my hair down.

Put records on, and

Dance all around.

Cook good food.

Indulge in chocolate

While we catch up on gossip.

Take out the guitar, and

Have an impromptu concert

Then a second dessert.

Followed by more wine, and

Even more laughter.

We talk well into the night

Then promise to resume again next Saturday night.

© TNL, April 2014

A Day In The Sun

NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 17th: Write a poem in which you very specifically describe something in terms of at least three of the five senses.

The cool breeze tickling and soothing me,
Sun warming my skin,
Out in the middle in a sea of green,
Toes digging into soft St. Augustine grass,
A lick from my fury companion and our play fight begins,
We chase each other from left to right,
Round and round until we fall to the ground,
Pouncing, playfully growling and wagging her tail excitedly,
She unleashes the full effect of her charm,
Showing the underside of her belly,
I cave and show affection,
We take in the smell of roses and the child play,
We both sigh, perfectly content to soak up the sun.

© TNL, April 2014












*This is my lovely little puppy and the photo is from our photo session we had on Easter Sunday!


Laissez les bons temps rouler


NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 4th:
Write a lune. A lune is a sort of English-language variation on the haiku, meant to better render the tone of the Japanese haiku than the standard 5-7-5 format. The first line has three words. The second line has five, and the third line has three. You can write a poem that consists of just one stanza, or link many lune-stanzas together into a unified poem.

Laissez les bons temps rouler

Cayenne, garlic, Tony’s,
Onions, peppers, seafood and sausage,
I’ve gotta have.

A melting pot,
located at the very bottom,
Surrounded by Gulf.

Cotton, sugarcane, soybeans,
Magnolias, pelicans, Saints and fleur-de-lis,
Oh, Mardi Gas!

Humid, hot, sunny,
And shaped like a boot,
I am Louisiana.

© TNL, April 2014



NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 3rd:
Write a charm – a simple rhyming poem, in the style of a recipe-slash-nursery rhyme.

Pink FlowerPhotography

A pointer finger or a thumb will do,
Phones and tablets, point and shoot, and there’s digital, too.
With a left or right eye, big or small screen,
All memories can be captured with depth or crisp and clean.
Big or little moments, the ones we immortalize,
Are frozen little movies, that speak for themselves and don’t have to be verbalized.
Bright with color or neutral in black and white,
Positive or negative effects,
Each snapshot has the power of impact.

© TNL, April 2014







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