Was There Any Other Way?

Some said they knew.
They saw it coming.
They planned and prepared.
They were at peace with it.
Was there any other way?

Some said they knew.
They saw it coming.
They rejoiced and participated.
They relished what was to come.
Was there any other way?

Some said they didn’t know.
It would never happen.
It didn’t affect them.
They hid from reality.
Was there any other way?

Some said they didn’t know.
It couldn’t be.
It affected them deeply.
They cried and wept.
Was there any other way?

He knew.
He planned for it.
Orchestrated it.
Signed, sealed, and delivered.
Was there any other way?

Another knew.
He planned also.
Sat back and watched it unfold.
Hinted, promised, and visualized.
Was there any other way?

They said it was written.
That it was meant to be.
Their time at hand.
Proper dignity restored.
Was there any other way?

We look back and see.
With perfect clarity.
The flow from one to the other.
How could they not see?
How could they not go the other way?

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The Real Witch

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Oh, please! Linda scoffed at the advertisement for the Midnight Lounge. Either witches are old hags or young, sexy things. It’s ridiculous! Besides, anyone wearing that getup would have so many boils on their breasts from the cauldron, she would look like the plague had broken out again.


This 5-line tale was written for M.M.H.B Challenge

Your Fortune

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She knew how to do this, she told herself. She read all the books, did all the assignments, and graduated from the Card Reader Academy. The certificate on the wall proved that, didn’t it?

Her first paying client was walking up the front steps.

“Now, what did this little horsey man mean again?”


This 5-line tale was written for M.M.H.B Challenge