Who Was She ‘Before’ (3TC)


Prompt words:  puzzle, cross, frame

Her days were puzzles

(as such, metaphor)

She’d frame them with to-do lists

Fatigue crossed off tasks

Her thoughts would skip too nimbly

Between Now and Yesterday

Words, like dropped stitches

Were lost amid mind’s scuffle

Who was she “before”…

Oh…the one always ignored

She’s no longer fazed

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.


Yesterday’s Embers


Summer’s intense heat

Perhaps it might rekindle

Yesterday’s embers

She languished ‘mid memories

His face in twilight hour…Then

Reminded herself

He was truly her gone-love

Ever debonair…

Strange mystery, growing old

How it contradicts the heart…

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.



Annoying Nightmares (Humor) #FSS


Not that I’m short on prompts (or inspiration), but Fandango’s Story Starter sounded pretty good.  Click the link above for more info—here’s the prompt.  

“This week’s Story Starter teaser is:  I woke from a sound sleep up with a start, turned on my nightstand light, and…”


I woke from a sound sleep up with a start, turned on my nightstand light…which was only a flashlight…and, heart thumping like a heavy metal band, found my glasses so I could at least recognize the terror before it took me out.

This whole “getting old and still having nightmares” crap had become annoying, fatiguing, and I’d about had it.  I didn’t bother to get out of bed for a look-see…what was the point? 

It was the same crowd of old ghosts who traipsed through my sleep frequently as if my mind was a garage sale; bickering and whispering and shooting ugly glares my way—like maybe the merchandise just wasn’t worth the tagged price.

I sighed heavily, craving more sleep but unsure whether it was in the offing.  Punching the pillow, I soon realized that ship had sailed.  Might as well get up and watch a movie…

Oh good, “The Changeling”, or “Carrie”…  Midway through George C. Scott’s ghostly misery, my snoring woke me….and I shuffled back to bed peacefully.

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.


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Mundane Drudgery (3TC)

3TC Prompt words: bill, receipt, paper



Amid post-it notes

(Bright yellow lest eyes should miss)

Assorted paper

Haphazard scraps, or folded

Bits of poems, bills, receipts

Mundane drudgery

For once-organized person

Tidy files escaped…

 ©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Ageing Mind

This business of ageing

Some days debilitating

Seemed benign at beginning

To best of recollection…

Mind’s a colander now

Words, names, other things

Through tiny holes slipping

Yet not straining out chaff

Count blessings, and laugh

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.