A Chicken, a Lion, and a Sack of Grain

Wally was given an assignment. He had to get the chicken, lion, and grain across the river in his boat.

The chicken went across easy peasy without so much as a cluck. He rowed back. The chicken blinked at him on the shore in some chicken variant of Morse code. Continue reading


Don’t Step on the Alligator

Mothers disburse sage advice always. Brush your teeth. Bring clean underwear. Drive defensively. Just say no. Steer clear of fast stuff. It’s all part of the online mother certification process.

The twins weren’t deaf. Continue reading

Flight Delay

If it were between a root canal and airlines, Ariana voted for dentists. Instead she watched the carousel. The suitcase lay open on the conveyor belt. Her intimate possessions exposed.

The drooling biggest loser had been disturbing. The plane odors gagged. The life story of the mid-life crisis drilled into a migraine. She shuddered. Would he be here? Offer help? Her heart hammered, her breathing faster.

She scooped the remains up. Airline gorillas had shattered the latch. Flight delayed, she was hungry, tired and frustrated. Ariana sniffled. She tried not to cry.

Someone grabbed her from behind, kissed her. Jack.

(100 word flash – Challenge)



Long skis hiss over the hard pack snow
Calories burn, stamina endures, forest slides past
A lone refugee seeking solitude, silence, peace
Finds a rabbit ensnared in a lasso like trap
Caterpillar belches smoke, trees tumble, gold to mine

This is the fifth of the five line poems each using five random words in five days.