Monthly Archives: January 2018

Saturday with the Oracle

the mind knows

things, but

it is the

heart that


in a world of evil figureheads,

hacked information and easy microwave

brain access, I need a joy stick,

an avatar and a dragon to slay

a system where girls rule

and WiFi…must have that

the force is strong

flowers only bloom

in spring, withering

so easily from the

frost, but their roots

thrive through winter

cold, tendrils vining

long and deep into

the dark world always

beneath our feet

time does not stop

for cool-blooded men

who fiddle away the dreams

of thousands, but life

does go on for those

of us with love’s chant

singing in our heads…

we shall overcome


Magnetic Poetry Online

Enfant Terrible – Friday’s Word of the Day


Friday’s Word of the Day ay is enfant terrible. (Think French accent when you say it…”ahn-fahn te-ree-bluh”). It is defined as an outrageously outspoken or bold person who says and does indiscreet or irresponsible things; an incorrigible child, as one whose behavior is embarrassing.

As for the origin of this word, In  French enfant terrible means “terrible child,” one whose language and behavior are embarrassing to adults. From the beginning of the appearance of enfant terrible in English in the mid-19th century, the phrase has also referred to adults who embarrass or compromise their party or faction by outrageous speech or behavior, especially artists or other creative people notorious for their unconventional lifestyle.

As its definition states, enfant terrible is a French word that literally, translated means ‘terrible child’. While it may have originally been used to describe actual incorrigible children, it is more often used these days to describe unconventional adults, particularly artists and designers in the fashion industry whose eccentric lifestyles and actions are forgiven for the fact that there is an undercurrent of genius displayed in their creations. And then, there are politicians…

I know what you’re thinking. You are probably surprised that I did not immediately apply this word to our current E.T. in Chief. It is tempting and all too easy. I did try to avoid the obvious in order to explore the nuances of this interesting, albeit timely word. But since my enfant terrible brain keeps bringing it up, I’m not completely sure that genius is a part of the makeup of political enfant terribles. It is quite possible there are other factors in play such as greed, lust for power, privilege, narcissism that drive their enfant terrible behavior…less forgivable for the resulting chaos they create…but I digress. And I’m a day late. Admittedly, I was rapt in the yesterday’s news of a roomful of enfant terribles who voted to shut the government down. A fitting one-year anniversary gift for our E.T. in Chief.

At any rate here are three Haiku to make up for my naughtiness.

enfant terribles
need an audience to shock
captive to torture

tell it like it is…
find an enfant terrible
if you want the truth

big baby
enfant terrible


a hit and a miss

photo by Christopher Burns via Unsplash

The tennis court was littered with hundreds of balls.

“How long has he been at it?” asked an onlooker as Pete continued to execute perfect serves, one right after the other, each gliding smoothly over the net dropping just inside the baseline.

“All day, poor guy, I doubt he’ll ever get over the double fault that handed the win to his opponent at the National Championship!”


For Sonya’s Three Line Tale Challenge inspired by this photo by Christopher Burns via Unsplash.

Spinning Cups

photo by © J Hardy Carroll.

While scrolling through social media, Lucy stopped suddenly.

“Do you recognize this photo?” the text said.

“I do!” she thought, “those are the Spinning Cups at Lakeview Amusement Park. I wonder if it’s still there?”

She expanded the photo. “That’s me and…” she glanced at the profile picture, “and that’s my cousin Sue! Wow! How many years has it been?”

Lucy read the post, “My name is Sue Miller. I’m looking for my cousin, Lucy. Please share.”

Lucy messaged her right away.

She spent the next week catching up, making up for lost time, until time ran out for Sue.


100 words for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers‘ Challenge inspired by this photo by © J Hardy Carroll.


“Silence” for the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Taken with an iPhone 6s

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