My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.


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Calling All Haiku Poets and Photographers!!

glossy green heads

I’ve been looking for some prompt blogs to participate at again, here at WP. One of my favorite blog pursuits, when I was blogging here previously, years ago.

Unfortunately, it’s been “slim pickings” so far, finding the right fit.

I don’t want to be burdened and bored by too many ” rules” such as: exact word counts, only one day to post, etc…

I thought if there was enough interest, I would start hosting weekend prompt challenges again,here at My Poetic Path.

My idea: a haiku OR photo prompt challenge OR combination of both (as in my photo with haiku above).

Please leave a comment if this sounds appealing, and something you would regularly consider participating in.

If there is enough comments showing an interest in participating, I’ll start offering prompts here, very soon. 

😊HAPPY WEEK!😊


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The Homecoming ( a short story, encore post)

Hot, stifling air. A far-reaching, almost eerie silence. The sky: brilliantly blue, generously dotted with billowy “mashed potato” clouds.Replicas and visions from younger, happier days.

All of these had remained, helping to sustain him through the long, lost days. He had known only to well, the many faces of hunger and thirst. The nights, hardest of all to bear.

He stood slightly stooped; his back to the sun. Sweat clinging the coarse denim shirt against his gaunt, slender frame. In spite of the relentless heat he felt a chill, deep inside. Cold to the bone. No clothing or blanket would warm that space; his needy soul and tattered heart.

The long, gold and maroon train, once again picking up speed. He watched its departure with mixed emotions. Waving a farewell to no one in particular. Passengers peering out of the now dusty windows; grateful to be moving again. Leaving behind the flat, unforgiving Prairies as the Transcontinental continued on its regular run, due West.

Faded brown-striped grip in one hand, the heirloom 12 string in the other. The latter, his only treasured possession. Handmade so many years ago. Lovingly polished and preserved. Miraculously unscathed in spite of life’s bumps along the way.

Too many miles; too many alone. Late nights and bar fights. Cheap booze, poker games and words gone awry. County jails and letters,never mailed.

Familiarity: once shunned, often despised, now craved. The old room. The same old stories. How they would make for a welcome, much-overdue change.

He trudged the last five, long miles along the well-worn path. Almost as worn as his one pair of shoes.

There would be shade trees so high and cool clear water, back on the farm. The now “old” dog announcing his arrival, long before he would tap on the frame of the carved screen door.  A warm welcome; wan smile? Her older but still beautiful face to greet him and hold him close? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Only to rest awhile. Not to look over his shoulder or “watch his back”. To slowly unclench his rough calloused hands. To sleep as if a young boy again, under the sun-dried handmade quilt, laid upon his single bed.

The green grass and greener pastures still to be found. But not now. Not for a while.

Coming home….

His bronze face relaxed. Looking up, he breathed deeply. The rays of sun reflecting a smile.

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“The Homecoming” © 2008 Geraldine Helen Hartman. Revised 2015. 

PS: I wrote and first posted this story back in 2008.It came to mind the other night, when I was watching a movie about another homecoming. As I have many new readers here at My Poetic Path, I thought it was worthy of an encore. 😉 I hope you enjoy it.

Link to original post with readers’ comments

Photo courtesy of Flickr

 (Note: use of this photo was allowed when I downloaded it in 2008, but has since been disabled.  My thanks to the photographer for an excellent image that I think complemented this story so well. 


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Friday Funnies! ;-) Week 1

Welcome to:

Friday Funnies!

Week 1 

velveeta box

This is a story  (click to watch the news video) that made me LOL this week. I hope it does for you too. 🙂

Apparently, there is a ‘cheesy meltdown’ happening in the U.S., with a rumour of Velveeta shortages looming.

And with the Super Bowl coming up very soon, that means a possible “dipping disaster” of major proportion for Velveeta dip lovers everywhere!

I must be living a sheltered life (at least in terms of football party snack foods) but I didn’t even realize that people ate Velveeta anymore. 😉

This was a staple when I was a kid.

We loved it on :

Grilled cheese sandwiches, in mac and cheese, or a slice/chunk, straight from the box.

And always cut with the Kraft wire cutter that we got free, from sending in box tops. Anyone remember those???

Not to offend any Velveeta fans, but this is IMO, one strange “food” and far from any cheese that I’m familiar with now. I still remember that strange, rubbery texture and unique flavor. 😉

But apparently, there is a whole new generation of Velveeta lovers who are seriously addicted to this Kraft classic.

Who’d a thunk it?

Goes to show, with enough hype and thanks to Facebook etc. anything can be sold and in HUGE quantities too. 😉

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If you’d like to participate at:

Friday Funnies!

Leave a comment, with a link back to your own blog post.

Share a funny: story, poem, photo, sketch, quote, cartoon…it’s all good! 

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A mention of

Friday Funnies!

at your blogs would be appreciated too.

Use the button and link from the top of the sidebar if you’d like to. Easy peasy. 😉

I’m looking forward to reading your funny posts.

And do stop by to visit and enjoy other participant’s posts too.

We can never have enough laughs and good energy! Thanks for  sharing! 🙂

Velveeta box photo courtesy of Flickr


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Friday Funnies! What Do You Think? ;-)

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As many of you already know, I hosted a prompt blog: Woven Dreams, during 2013. I gave it up after a few months,  as I just didn’t have time to keep up with a fourth blog.

But since that time, I’ve had quite a few readers/participants mention that they miss the prompts we shared over at Woven Dreams. It got me thinking about what I could do for another prompt series, without actually having another blog.

Here goes:

I’m considering having a Friday prompt series, here at My Poetic Path called:

Friday Funnies!

I’d be keeping it simple (and cost free- no Mr. Linky) this time.

Participants would share something funny at their blog:

A photo, joke, limerick, short story, quote, sketch…

and would leave a link to their post in a comment here at My Poetic Path.

Easy peasy and not too time-consuming for me either. As you all know, hosting a blog can take up quite a bit of time. 😉

What do you think?

Would you be interested in participating at Friday Funnies! if I went ahead with this prompt series idea? 

If  there is enough interest from readers and I do decide to go ahead with Friday Funnies! it will be starting very soon, so check back if you’d like to participate.

We can all use more laughs, right?

And what better time to share and enjoy them, than the start of a new year. 🙂

In the meantime, I hope that this photo of:  Mr. Cheddar and his fab sock monkey pal, JJ brings a big smile your day! 😉