May 19, 2021 Wednesday Prose Prompt: Effulgence of Art

Brayden, crayon on A4, January 2021 (Photo taken by author)

To celebrate the new year, we fled the bustle of Houston for a hundred-acre ranch in Carmine, Texas…that’s “kar-MEEN” for those of you not in the know.

We ate chocolaty pot brownies and warmed our bellies with Yellow Rose whiskey. We used words when needed and lay quietly around gentle…

Revealing the Roots and Behaviors of Addiction

I was in Africa for ten weeks before I realized how far I had traveled from home — Dryuary Day 15

Image by Boris Heger courtesy of Flickr

When you see the Southern Cross for the first time
You understand now why you came this way.
’Cause the truth you might be runnin’ from is so small
But it’s as big as the promise, the promise of a coming day.

Southern Cross, Crosby, Stills and Nash, 1982


Dodoitsu and Rondelet for Mother’s Day

Image taken by the author

A dodoitsu is a micropoem with four lines and a 7–7–7–5 syllabic count. I wrote this dodoitsu reflecting on the seven months that I’ve been separated from my kids. Without Facebook Messenger, I would not have survived.

Fathoming separation,
Great, impossible distance,
Babies mine blowing kisses,
Telling jokes online.


Josie Elbiry

2x Top Writer “This Happened to Me”. Creative nonfiction, short fiction and poetry. Thank you for reading.

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