Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Trying Toads

I’ve been trying to challenge myself more, writing wise, and it just so happens that  Imaginary Garden with Real Toads provided some pretty compelling inspiration in the artwork of Kathryn Dyche Dechairo.

For L

Broken heart, broken vase

Broken vow, ripped lace

Broken promise, broken face

Mending done, shield in place.

It doesn’t matter what they are unhappy about, you will get the blame. If they treat their children badly and cause their children to become angry, you will be blamed. If they loose their job, have car trouble or just can’t seem to catch a break, you will be blamed. You may go months at a time without seeing them or talking to them, but you can bet that if something goes wrong, you will be blamed. ~Cathy Meyer, About Toxic Ex Spouses


  1. Triple force with your words, Kathryn's image and the quote you chose. Excellent and chant-like!!

  2. HFFF, Tammy. In just four lines, you created an explosive piece. You need to write more poetry. ("Crapola," Sioux said, shaking her head. "That *itch Tammy pulls mind-blowing prose out of her butt. Now she's doing the same with poetry. Couldn't she just do something mediocre once in a while?")

  3. You told a broken story with mending done in 4 short lines ~ Broken face stood out for me ~

    Pleased to meet you Tammy and thanks for linking up to Sunday's challenge at Real toads ~ Have a good weekend ~

  4. Sioux found the word I was searching for...explosive. And in so few words. Bravissima.
    Also, it's great to see you here in the Imaginary Garden, Tammy. You'll love it here. Bring Sioux with you, just to shut her up. LOL
    Luv, K

  5. Broken and mended in four short but powerful lines

  6. This is bold writing which gets to the heart of the matter.

  7. Powerful combination . . . love that you ended with the mask as a shield.

  8. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you for encouraging my long-dormant attempts at poetry writing! That picture of Kathryn Dyche Dechairo‘s really brought to mind a friend of mine, whose ex husband literally fractured her face when she wouldn’t let him into her house. I used to think abused people were weak, but this woman has taught me that they are some of the strongest people on earth. Abusers intentionally prey on people with the fewest resources, and they often don’t give up even long after the spouse has left, so it’s like watching a wounded, unarmed, lone soldier continue to fight an ongoing battle…yet somehow stay standing. She is my hero. And thank you for allowing me to display your amazing picture, Kathryn!

  9. I simply love this ......... major content in few words.

  10. Cleverly done all in 4 lines! I saw only a broken mask but you saw a broken face and mending done! Nicely Tammy!


  11. Wow and lyrical too...
    I see what you saw
    Fun to read and painful to imagine

  12. Short and to the point. Very nice, Tammy. The inspiration picture is also quite compelling.

    Critter Alley

  13. It takes great strength to come back from this kind of destruction. I am glad that L. has her shield and that she has your friendship.

  14. a tour de force in four. ~ M


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