Victor and Vivienne

This week our letter is “V”.  Click the link above to learn more and join in.  I’ve used our talented host’s drawing and her 5 prompt words:  vast, vigor, vocalize, Vicuna and Vanuatu. 

Additionally, I’ve combined several other prompts including Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt (“opera”—95-words, I counted them by hand😊).  Links are at the end.

At least annually

Victor and Vivienne

Had the same disagreement

Where to go on holiday…

Vivienne repeated her

Longed-for choice:


Rolling eyes heavenward

Victor began to vocalize his

Typical lament with vigor


“It’s a volcanic island…”

“Where’s your sense

Of romance?  Passion

Is enhanced when there’s

A bit of danger,” Vivienne

Countered, with her

Come-hither smile.

“Viv, the world is a vast

Venue for adventure—

Romance can be had anywhere.”

“But I ‘vant’ Vanuatu.”

“Okay—it’s gonna cost you”, he paused…

“The painting we saw at the museum

Last month—of the Vicuna.”

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.


It was too crucial

Decades ago, to be dazzling

Beauty was key that opened

The best doors

Or so I believed…

Good looks had power

To take you places

Career advancement

VIP events

Parties, friends… Love

The World’s values

Are deceitful



“Dazzling” was a pit

I fell into

And nearly died

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Variation, Same Theme

There’s little variation

In the recurring dreams

Same theme—madness

They’re not dreams


Peopled by same cast

Of characters which

Brought, fostered

Chaos, dysfunction—

All being heirs to a

Strain of this insanity—

How many baskets, buckets

Would it take to fill up bitter

Agony, hatred…carry it away—

I did not imagine

Everything that happened

Just because they don’t

Remember…doesn’t mean

I’m crazy

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.