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.

Branch of Greed

Upon branch of greed

Springs leafy fruit, yet worthless

Shoddy soul poisoned

By pride, self-aggrandizement

Pathetic casualty

Consequences due…

Dearth of selflessness

Will work to heart’s detriment

Initial gains lost

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Battle For the Soul

It’s not trivial

Frequent morbid pull of Death

Battle for the soul

But powerful is Spirit

Of God who ne’er abandons

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.” Exodus 14:13, NLT

“We have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” 2nd Chronicles 32:8, NLT

“This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2nd Chronicles 20:15, New Internat’l Version

*“You have already won a victory…because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” 1st John 4:4, New Living Translation

*“you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].” 1st John 4:4, Amplified Bible


To think that they

Were blind and lost

Lame of heart, mind

But all by Holy Spirit


Brethren devote

Their meager lives

To quiet zeal, good

Works of repentance

They would not gore

Another’s soul with harsh

Religious words

For they were once

By sin undone, but have

Tasted mercy, grace…

Now walk by Faith

Reflect the Lord’s

Example… Love is

God’s commandment

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

“This [is what] I command you: that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another.” John 15:17, Amplified Bible

If I Ruled For A Day…

It’s fiction, but

Novel idea no less

To cancel World’s

Disasters for all time…

Get to root

Of pervasive greed


Tendency of zeal

To birth violence…

Hunger, poverty

Children on the streets

Drug ‘highs’ that kill

Broken families

Divisiveness which

Foments crime

Prevents unity…

Powerless and

Worthless idols…

Once these are

Nipped in bud, I’ll

Mandate classes on

Kindness, gratitude

Respect, encouragement

How to appreciate

Simple everyday

Wonders around us

And in each other…

How to use our vast

Imagination for good…

Only a day

To rule the World

Not sure my

Personality suits

The position…

I’m mere praying poet

Some days fair writer…

But if it were just one day

I’d make best effort

To rule with heart

Speckled, imperfect

It’s a start 💙

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

One-Liner Wednesday ~ Sorry

Ever notice how sometimes advice

comes across as a retort…sorry I asked.😉

©Leyde Ryan

By the End of It…

By the end of it

She had no preferences

No choices or tastes

Left to her by he who ruled

Nightmare she’d walked right into…

His chain of linked lies

Had once sounded credulous

When she believed in

Romantic songs, fairy myths

Before years replete with tears…

Now nothing was left

Tears, dried water spots on glass

Time and miles mingling

Blurred, yet sharp-shard memories

Fake-gem fragments…not diamonds

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.  Prompt words: preference, choice, taste

3 Years I Can’t Get Back

Just because lust, love

Both begin with letter “L”

They’re not equal, same

Heart showed paltry reluctance

Flames rose in devil’s fireplace

Faulty myth, Romance

Like menu entrée’s spiced dish

Tricky enigma

Passion hinders intellect…

Married with no quaint advice

Nor sure approval

Small audience wore blank looks—

We catapulted

Into uncharted letdown

No scintillating evenings

Your rage, my mute fear

Intimacy absent love

Our sole connection—

You did everything you could

To scare me into leaving

Why were you surprised

When you finally succeeded…

I squandered 3 years

On dream without substance, let

You deceive, thieve who I was

Should have read Bible…

I didn’t know my value

Threw pearls before swine

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

“Do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Mathew 7:6, Amplified Bible