Time will Tell – Pallavi

Pallavi – Let the river not be silenced

Brave & Reckless

Only time will tell
if history will cite her ‘MeToo’ story
with empathy or apathy
if her demand for equal pay
will fall on deaf ears or the status quo will fray

Only time will tell
if her need to breathe outside the closet
will be throttled or respected
if her fight against discrimination
will witness cynicism or adulation

Only time will tell
if her actions will cause a revolution to ensue
or the battles will forever continue
if her whispers will cause an uproar
and her footprints find a floor
if her reasons will pride a rhyme
and the silent river will enrage a tide

Only time will unravel the answers
to these questions
but today, let her be a warrior
for if she’s silenced…….
………tomorrow will die in chagrin.

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Things which get my endorphins pumping – my kids (mom of two), coffee…

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River – Christine Bolton

Christine Bolton – Conversation with a river

Brave & Reckless

You have bathed me
Soothed me
Drank my tears 
and carried me away
on your fierce current
You have given me
your frozen surface
so I might skate
in the moonlight 
Your magical
existence
changes colors
with the sun
From morning
golden pond
to shimmering
diamonds
as twilight
claims the day
~~~~~~~~~~~~
I am deep
like my sometimes
still waters
Beneath my surface
in its dark mystery
live creatures
you never see
and plants that 
need no light
from the sun
Replenished
by constant
heavy rains
I sometimes
swell to my limits
and crest
Breaking my banks
and then
I am not loved

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©


You can read more of Christine Bolton’s writing at Poetry For Healing: Words from the Heart

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Bad Santa – Robert G. Wertzler

My response to the Bad Santa prompt

Brave & Reckless

I’m a bad Santa
Trimmed down the big beard
Decades before it went white
Won’t lie to kids about
Flying reindeer and
Living at the North Pole
(It’s melting, you know)
Or knowing if they’ve
Been too bad or good enough
Won’t promise stuff
Their mom and dad can’t afford
That’s not made by elves, but
By people in far countries
Working long hours for little pay
Or tell them the grownups
Always know what’s best for them
No, I’m a very bad Santa
I want to tell them the truth


Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health field in California and Arizona. There are times the title, “Recovering Therapist”, seems to fit. In 2006 he retired to move to Western North Carolina to help and become primary care giver for his father who had developed Dementia. Before all that, there was work at various…

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Hold Me – Ivor Steven

Ivor Steven – Home

Brave & Reckless

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Take me to my home
Home is where my heart is
Home’s on that windy hill
Above a hidden valley
Hovering, a heavenly cloud
Take me to my home
I’m waiting here alone
Almost packed ready to go
Vacating this old place
Leaving this world behind
Take me to my home
The beyond will be greener
I know you’ll be there
You’ve been waiting so long
I know you’ll hold me again
Hold me in our home

Ivor Steven (c) Dec 2019


Ivor Steven is a part-time plumber, a former industrial chemist, and now likes to call himself a plumber/poet. He has had several of his poems published. He started writing eighteen years ago, after suffering a stroke, to help with his rehabilitation process. In December 2018, Ivor suffered another two strokes, and has again recovered, to continue writing his poetry, and is an active member of the Geelong Writers…

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Home Alone – Robert G. Wertzler

My take on the Home Alone prompt

Brave & Reckless

Home alone for Christmas
No need for a “Ba Humbug”
No necessity of a tree
And all that stuff
Cooking for one, no stress
No call to pretend excitement
About some kid supposedly
Born two millennia ago
Hey! The real deal already happened
Days ago, the turning of Solstice
In the dance of Earth and Sun
No myth in that
Something real, as eternal
As anything gets for the planet
And tomorrow, the “seasonal”
Music is gone for eleven months
One tradition remains to enjoy
Dylan Thomas reading
“A Child’s Christmas In Wales”
Celebration enough


Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health field in California and Arizona. There are times the title, “Recovering Therapist”, seems to fit. In 2006 he retired to move to Western North Carolina to help and become primary care giver for his father who had developed Dementia. Before all that, there…

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Home Alone – Candice Louisa Daquin

Candice Louisa Daquin – Home Alone

Brave & Reckless

A movie with a blonde kid made everyone laugh
I think he was done for drug possession later on
people commented; See that’s what happens when
you’re famous too young

Home Alone

Watching TV in a room where the carpet hasn’t yet been lain
maybe if he’d not felt such despair they’d have bothered but
he stares out of the windows most days
I’m not sure what

Home Alone

For Xmas and Hannukah I asked for company
the door bell sat unchimed and even the clock
unwound, forgot to tick
as if all the silence in the world wasn’t sufficient

Home Alone

Every December of every year a sinking feeling
invited to the neighbors but who wants to be
sitting among someone else’s family
I did that as a kid, it wasn’t fun

Home Alone

If I could ask you to stop letting your hate of me or rather, yourself

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Daily Writing Prompt: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The Daily Writing Prompt for 12/11 – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Brave & Reckless

For December, I looked to the titles of songs, movies, and books for my daily writing prompts. Although I tried to provide an interesting variety of prompts, these turned out more Christmas heavy than I intended.  My apologies to those of other faiths and/or traditions.

These prompts are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, piece of flash fiction, or create a piece of art in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece in some way

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless, please email your prompt-inspired pieces to me at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

You can also share your response pieces in the comments below the Daily Prompt.

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Daily Writing Prompt: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel

The Daily Writing Prompt for 12/10 – Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins

Brave & Reckless

For December, I looked to the titles of songs, movies, and books for my daily writing prompts. Although I tried to provide an interesting variety of prompts, these turned out more Christmas heavy than I intended.  My apologies to those of other faiths and/or traditions.

These prompts are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, piece of flash fiction, or create a piece of art in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece in some way

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless, please email your prompt-inspired pieces to me at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

You can also share your response pieces in the comments below the Daily Prompt.

Hershel

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Hold the Sky

Stephanie Bennett-Henry – “Hold the sky a little longer. I can almost see my name again.”

Stephanie Bennett-Henry

Show me the beauty still left in these pieces, show me the proof that I have a purpose here. Hold the sky a little longer, while I stand under it, searching for my name that I swore was written there once. I can’t find it now. Perhaps the last storm that blew through grabbed my name, took it into the night, tried to pocket my thunder, used my light to show the stars how to shine. Or maybe it’s all in my mind and my name was never there anyway. I try to piece together the skyline, take note of how the sun burns so gracefully and it’s really brave the way she’s at peace with being unseen and I afraid handing the whole sky over to the moon. I’ve always been close with the night. I’ve been having conversations with the moon since I started talking and one thing…

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