Remembering November 11

—Alice Murray

By the left…

boots shone
pants pressed
poppies pinned
medals donned
garbardines, greatcoats

Right dress..

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
between the crosses, row on row…

They shall grow not old
as we that are left grow old…

Last Post

seagulls cried, blackbirds cawed
oak leaves paused in their autumn whirl
hands froze, legs shook, teeth chattered
sometimes we’d lose one, maybe two, to the night before
but nothing compared to those…

Two Minutes

flags stilled

the sun glared

clouds crept in

winds picked up

it rain–hard

flurries danced

shadows stood

with the rank and file


a prayer, sometimes two
wreaths laid, many wreaths
silver cross mothers, fathers, sons, daughters

By the right..
Eyes right..

vets, servicemen, scouts,
in step, out of step, shuffling…


hard liquor, cold beer
good food,
old stories, new stories
rousing songs
over and over…

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
Lili Marlene
We’ll Meet Again…


Coursera ~ Crafting an Effective Writer ~ Journal Exercises 1 and 2

Exercise 1: In which we are asked to list at least 5 to 10 nouns and 5 to 10 adjectives observed from where we sit…


paintings, brushes, bowl, cup, plate, purse, coffee-maker, microwave, notebook, pencil, magazine, fan, window, paper, lid, jar, cabinet, floor, table, fridge, kitchen, Mom, 


silver, framed, orange, colorful, Pyrex, glass, coffee-stained, used, black, black and silver, square, spiral, mechanical, Running Room (magazine), window (fan), open, lined, round, plastic, old, pine, vinyl, oval, white, small, best

Exercise 2: In which we are asked to list at least 5 to 10 verbs and adverbs and then create a couple of sentences using the nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs from the list.


(Action) hung, sat, lay, ate, washed, looked,  (Linking or State of Being) is, seems, am, appear, become, smell, taste, prove, (Helping or Auxiliary) may, might, must, could, would, should, can, will, shall


silently, quietly, quickly, perfectly, enthusiastically, quickly, slyly, quite, always, soon, very, well


The silver framed painting of orange flowers had been hung perfectly above the old, pine cabinet in the small kitchen.

The glass Pyrex bowl and coffee-stained cup that had laid on the oval oak table for days were quickly washed and put away before Mom stormed back into the small kitchen for the spiral notebook and mechanical pencil.