In my duration

TheFeatheredSleep – An age between

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The man about eighty is unusually jaunty

His wife tries to disguise her pot belly

Glancing at others, thinking loud obvious thoughts

He wears a lapel and gold buttons adorn his cuffs

Head shining beneath unforgivable artificial light

Her forehead is stretched and keening years unspoken

But they are each other’s people

Greeting guests from out of town with the ease of familiarity

Strange birds and ordinary, they each hold up

A piece of their time

As we all do

And it scares me

To see in you, another era

Feel that invariable distancing

As you age faster and I stay

Conning the world I’m still a kid

Something easy to do with a neat figure and shiny hair

You can last in the artifice, make it your own

freckled fancy

Then comes a time

As I have seen in you

veins arching on the…

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The Daily Song: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Ella Fitzgerald

Christine Ray offers a song for New Year’s Eve

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Ella Fitzgerald.  What else is there to say?

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve

Maybe it’s much too early in the game
Aah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year’s
New Year’s Eve?Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When it’s exactly twelve o’clock that night
Welcoming in the New Year
New Year’s EveMaybe I’m crazy to suppose
I’d ever be the one you chose
Out of a thousand invitations
You received

Aah, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance
What are you doing New Year’s
New Year’s Eve?

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Announcing January’s Movie Musical Creative Prompt Challenge

The Daily Writing Prompts for January 2020

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I have a confession to make: I am a life-long musical fan.  From a very young age, I have been enchanted by such films at Singin’ In the Rain and Meet Me in St. Louis.  I know that many of you may not share my affection and may not experience a feeling of magic when a character spontaneous starts singing and dancing across the silver screen.  ‘No ONE does that in real life’ you may insist.  All I can say is that you have never been at my house for dinner.  ANYTHING can happen.

My January 2020 prompts are inspired by some of the greatest movie musicals of the last nine decades in all their politically incorrect technicolor glory. Even if you are not a movie musical fan, I hope that you find these prompts intriguing.  They are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, piece of…

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Daily Writing Prompt: New Year’s Prayer

The Daily Writing Prompt for 12/31 – New Year’s Prayer

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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.

New Years Prayer

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Tears Like Snowflakes Fall

Christine Ray – Tears with a will of their own

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crystalline
quivering
teardrops
fall as regularly
as snowflakes
during harshest winter
as diverse
as they are infinite

ugly, wrenching cries
forced to clutch my stomach
in order to keep my guts
from spilling out of my body

single, silent teardrops
that roll down my cheek
caressing the curve of my neck
leaving a thin
pale trail across skin
before sinking gracefully
into the neckline
of my shirt

long slow cries
bottomless well
of salt
and sorrow
losses blurred together
into aching wholes

tears that fall
of their own volition
out of sync
with my mood

I did not know
that this
was to be the age
of endless water
my blue phase

© 2016 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved
Revised © 2018 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

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Moonlight

TheFeatheredSleep – Love, a forever made of moments, strong in its fragility and fragile in its strength, always at now

TheFeatheredSleep

Did I ever tell you

she tastes of licorice?

And sometimes French brandy

the hairs on her arm

of sunlight

the nape of her neck

a night time covenant

when she sleeps

I long to unwind the ebony coils of her hair

run my fingers along the parabel of her shoulder blades

finding symmetry.

To know a woman

to love a woman

you must forgive your impatience

to possess what cannot be tamed or owned

you must relinquish the idea

you’re ever going to be in control

she is a faithless word seeking light

her tongue thirsting for your nectar

if you look away too long she will move on

to another flower

such is the delicacy of love

ephemeral and without weight

it skips like a hungered heart

for the right claimant.

it took me

walking on my knees through burning desert

composing words of love in my mind

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What No One Tells You About Being a Therapist

Nope, they don’t tell you this going in.

The Wellness Warrior

A therapist’s office is intended to be a safe, warm space that allows for others to express and process patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It’s a place where people go to feel better. As a helping professional, I have the privilege of being part of the personal development and growth of my clients. I am deeply passionate about what I do, and I’ll be the first one to admit that I still get goosebumps whenever a client experiences an “Aha” moment. That being said, the mental health profession is not one without challenges.

According to the Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), it’s estimated that about 22% of adults in the city are diagnosed with Depressive Disorder, 16% of adult Philadelphians experience frequent mental stress, and 13.8% of teens experience suicidal ideation.

To paint a clearer picture, these statistics mean that in Philadelphia 1 in…

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It’s a Wonderful Life – Georgiann Carlson

Georgiann Carlson – Angels, invisible rabbits, witches, and life

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Jimmy
you look tired
worn out
I liked you better
when your friend
was an invisible rabbit
or when you were being seduced
by Kim Novak
surrounded by magic
but maybe
that’s why you think life is wonderful
you’ve had different experiences
than we have
you’ve met angels
been able to see your life
backward
forward
and you have even been able
to see what would happen to others
if you didn’t exist
most of us don’t get to see those things
if we could see what you did
it’s possible that many of us
would make different choices
but I could be wrong
I’m happy you straightened
everything out
in the time it took to run the film
it usually takes everyone else
a little longer than a couple hours
but it’s wonderful to know
that every time a bell rings
an angel gets her wings


I’m an artist…

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