Storms of Make Believe

A picnic in a rain storm

Was something we use to do

A little mommy and me time

That was just between us two

We’d hit up a local drive-thru

And get our favorite meal to go

Then race to our destination

So we could eat and enjoy the show

We would drive in slowly

Where the water was raining down

Then neon rainbow soap suds

Would be swooshing all around

It was easy to imagine

We were in a great big storm

Watching from inside our car

While keeping safe and warm

Then magically the sun came out

And the wind would blow us dry

We’d drive out looking good as new

Underneath a bright blue sky

How fondly I recall those days

Though dollars were few to spend

The simple sweet connectedness

Of us relishing pretend

8-27-2021

Ghostly Intentions

A knowing wind rustles the chimes on a cool summer evening…

I love wind chimes.

Through the cracked window the chime orchestration and nature’s breath lull me towards a long awaited slumber.

But there’s something strange in the air tonight…I see you…in my mind’s eye…dark wavy hair, olive skin, dark eyes, just outside the window, waiting, watching, wanting…what I’m not sure.

I dismiss my thoughts as imaginings, as we so often do, and focus instead on the soft breeze and sleep.

But you would not be dismissed, and you made your intentions clear when you grabbed my wrist and pinned me down with a force I’ve not felt before or since.

I screamed loud enough to wake the dead, then you released me, and you were gone.

My family came to comfort me, lights on, closet and window checked… nothing to see here. It must have been a dream they said, but I didn’t imagine your hand around my wrist and you would not be my last ghostly encounter.

©Dani Heart

5-13-2021

RIP Unprecedented

Here lies Unprecedented.

He lived well a long life filled with love, laughter, and a shocking number of impressive firsts. Yes there was a smattering of inaugural blunders as well, but the good always outweighed the bad for Unprecedented until the year 2016; That’s when things took a turn for the worse. It began like most years, but as time wore on the reality he was witnessing began to take a toll on his health. His love affair with the news was shattered one soul crushing story at a time until finally he had to turn away in horror. He considered changing his name. Unprecedented used to be associated primarily with fundamentally good things. The onslaught of cardinal abhorrence left him ashamed and dismayed of the moniker he once donned with pride. By 2020 Unprecedented had experienced an alarming number of cardiac events leading up to the big one on January 6th 2021 that would finally take his life. Today we lay Unprecedented down for a much needed rest on a hill overlooking a sea of tranquil waters. In his honor we vow to vindicate his name by restoring the good that was once Unprecedented!

RIP Unprecedented.

©Dani

2/5/2021