Category Archives: Challenge

Octangling Day 20

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I’ve been stymied by some of the Inktober prompts lately, so today I took a peek at what the people in the Tangle All Around Facebook group are doing. They’re holding a month-long Zentangle challenge called Octangling, and the suggested pattern for today is Conk by Alice Herndon. Here’s my interpretation:

OctPoWriMo Day 19

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Today’s prompt is being in the present.

my husband gets ready for bed
 
I hear him snap his hearing aids into the charger
the water runs
he spits toothpaste into the sink
I hear the dryer’s signal
I still have work to do
 
I’m tired, too
my day’s been long
with chores and errands
I want to sleep until I wake refreshed
but we have an early appointment
his, not mine
but he can’t do anything alone anymore
 
our days are logistics problems to be solved
nothing is easy
we don’t know when things will be “normal” again
 
I remember a different time
when I was sleep deprived
caring for our five children
never a dull moment
laughter and tears
the days seemed endless
but their childhood was over in a blink

©ARHuelsenbeck

Sunday Trees: Blazing

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Taken last December in Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

More Trees.

OctPoWriMo Day 17

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Today’s prompt is dancing under the stars.

Dancing with the dog
 
the dog wants out
and I dance around the pool
weighed down with an extra 10 pounds
the result of staying at home
it used to be I’d dance for three hours every Tuesday night
now we don’t gather
so I’m limited to a few minutes under the stars
and music only I can hear
I sway right and left
touch heel and toe
one foot crosses over the other
and my fingers snap in rhythm
slowly I make my way around the pool
then slip into the backdoor
the dog prancing in behind me

©ARHuelsenbeck

Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic Hour

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Click here for the rules.

Inktober 2020 Day 16

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The prompt is rocket.

Creative Juice #212

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Creative Juice #212

I much prefer these uplifting, creative articles to the news these days.

OctPoWriMo Day 15

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Today’s prompt is change of perspective. My poem is going to seem “out there” if you don’t read the suggested process.

colorful hair
My Hair’s Covid Dreams
 
My hair is tired of stay-at-home orders.
Tired of being held back by the ties of my face mask.
My hair wants to be blowing free at the beach
basking in the sun.
My hair wants to hang in my plate in a restaurant.
My hair wants to fling around as I dance in public.
 
My hair can’t remember the last time it was cut.
It seems such a waste to wash it and comb it.
Who sees it? Just a couple of people on Zoom.
 
My hair is tired of ponytail elastics.
It’s craving hair jewelry bling.
It’s demanding retail therapy—and not the online kind.
It wants to be dyed—not some inobtrusive color, 
but something sparkly and bold, 
something that will make people take notice.
 
My hair wants a selfie on social media.
My hair want to go viral, and not in a pandemic sort of way.

©ARHuelsenbeck

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge: Dead Tree

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More Oddballs.

Inktober 2020 Day 14

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Today’s prompt is armor.