Maya Angelou



Here’s to zzzz’s
wherever they may be.
I certainly couldn’t find them
last night.

I did,
find the stars were
quite lovely.

Maybe I’ll meet
the stars in my sleep

That, would be just


Cool, a challenge!

An Opinionated Man issued a challenge on his HarsH ReaLiTy blog today. He wants bloggers to write in a different style than normal. You can read about the challenge here

The clammering on the other side of the door grew louder. The window would only open part way, the jamb was stuck. She looked around the bathroom for something to force it open. The cabinet was filled with hair products, nothing useful. But under the sink there was an old curling iron and a wooden handled toilet plunger. Climbing back onto the toilet, she wedged the curling iron into the side of the window and pulled up. It moved a bit and she worked her way back and forth, slowly opening the window enough to climb out. Head first, she held the curling iron in front of her as she worked her way onto the roof. She didn’t think they could get up there but couldn’t take a chance.
Bracing herself against the wall outside the window, she peered around the edge. They were down there. A lot of them too.
How they were doing what they were doing, she had no idea. All she knew was they absorbed any living tissue they came into contact with and she wasn’t going to be one of them. Laying flat she wormed her way up to the top of the roof and looked over. They weren’t on this side. She worked her way down and lay horizontal looking at the drop to the ground. She was going to have to move quickly. Slowly, she eased her feet then legs over the side of the house and dropped to the sand. Crouching, she listened, her senses heightened. She could hear them on the other side of the house. To her right was the woods, to her left, the driveway and straight ahead, the ocean.
She crawled straight to the ocean, figuring she could stay close to the beach, that the water and salt will keep them from sucking her up too. The waves were lapping the shore but all she could hear was the sound of her family being sucked into oblivion. Who would have thought something so ordinary would take over the world. Using her hands to pull herself along, she tried to figure out what the best plan of action would be. When she looked over to the houses along the beach, she could see more of them outside. It was the weirdest thing, she felt like they were communicating in some way with each other.
She was starting to get tired when she saw a jeep parked up by the road, the driver door open. If she could get up there, maybe she could use the jeep to get away. Shimmying her way out of the ocean and across the sand, she felt wet and cold but elated by the chance of escape. She worked her way to the steps leading up to the jeep and lifted her head up to look. They were still gathered over by the houses. Jumping up, she quickly ran to the jeep and hopped inside, slamming the door behind her and turning the key in the ignition. It started right up and she started to shift when she heard a humming behind her. Turning to look, her eyes grew wide. “That’s it” she thought, “I’m done for.” It wasn’t a Hoover, Dyson, Shark, Bissell, or Eureka. It was an Oreck that took her to the other side. A damn Oreck.


cuz part 2

wink at a child
yawn really loud at an important meeting
soak your feet in an ice cold creek
drink moonshine straight from the still
make a prank call
write a song
ask the karaoke person to play your song
milk a cow
drink the milk you milked from the cow
tell someone you love them
roll around in a mud puddle
climb onto a roof through a window
sit on the roof and count the stars
hang upside down on a jungle gym
chase a bull
run from the bull
lay naked at the top of a mountain in the sun
set up carnival kiddie rides
tear down carnival kiddie rides
have a burping contest with a kid
sit on a curb and wave at everyone
chase a duck in the water
howl at the moon

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play in a creek and skip stones

go to the top of a tall building and yell as long as you can

sit with birdseed in your hand and wait til the birds land to eat

go fishing on the Mississippi

shout when you catch a fish from the Mississippi

sleep in the back of a tractor trailer

go for a midnight run to a donut shop

ride your bike down the hill your mom told you not to with your feet out from the pedals

ride a horse backwards

dangle your feet off a cliff

climb a huge mountain with just a big stick

sit under a waterfall

ride the bus with your earbuds and no music on

step out in clothes that dont match at all

whistle back at the birds

say hello to fish in the creek

smile at the guy with all his belongings in a shopping cart

go paddleboarding on a river

row a rowboat

jump out of the rowboat into the water with no lifejacket

go four wheeling

jump out of a plane and skydive

learn how to drive a stickshift

say hello to God at least four times a day and ask how he’s doin

let a puppy lick your face

sleep outside and count the stars instead of sheep

sit in a tree and throw rotten tomatoes at your friends

walk up a hill backwards

tell someone no when you really really want to say yes

tell someone yes when you really really want to say no

yell at the top of a mountain just cuz you can

Play hooky from school and lay in a sunny field all day with a good book