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Oh, Monday

Oh, Monday, I feel none of your promise /

and all of the life left to me lies bundled up /

in bed dreaming and believing /

in a Monday yet to be.

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Photo finish Friday: “Women with weapons”

Anderson house at beginning.

Anderson house at beginning.

Women with weapons.
O’ those tarts with tools.
Doin’ the Restoration Rumble
Beatin’ back the blighted blues.

A lonely hovel up on a hill –
A seven-year pain, a bitter pill
A rundown house but not a home
With little left except the loam.

But with hammer and with heart
They start saving by taking apart.
Battered boards go away
And neglect can no longer stay.

They build up by building back
Foundation first and clapboard cracks.
Sanding, shaping, mantel making
New kitchen for cookies baking.

Tiles being cut for fireplace.

Tiles being cut for fireplace.

Women with weapons.
O’ those tarts with tools.
Doin’ the Restoration Rumble
Beatin’ back the blighted blues.

New stairway up, new flooring down
New windows in against air and sound.
New doors in place, uplifted face:
Cabinets, tiles, and counter space.

TV crew comes round to tape
To share and show its change of state.
Hollow house brought back to life
Ending ugliness and all its strife.

Women with weapons.
O’ those tarts with tools.
Doin’ the Restoration Rumble
Beatin’ back the blighted blues.

Exterior and interior work.

Exterior and interior work.

[Editor's note: so see more photos of work done on this house, go to https://www.facebook.com/The.Anderson.Project.ONK It's amazing what women (and some men) with the right "weapons" can do to bring things back to life rather than take life away.]

Woman with caulking gun working on new window.

Woman with caulking gun working on new window.


–Poem by David E. Booker; photos taken from Facebook page.

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Haiku to you Thursday: “A suitor unworthy”

A suitor unworthy, /

the world has a greedy hand. /

Save your love for me.

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Writing tip Wednesday: “Contest — ‘Still’”

Source: http://www.stilljournal.net/contest.php

Contest deadline is August 31, 2014.

Contest deadline is August 31, 2014.

The editors of Still: The Journal announce the fifth annual Writing Contests for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Contest entries should be in keeping with our publishing philosophy which states: “Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.”

Contest Rules:
Submitted contest entries must be unpublished and should not have previously appeared in print or online in any form, including personal blogs and websites.

Simultaneous entries are accepted as long as you let us know if your submissions will be published elsewhere before the contest ends.

We accept ONLY electronic submissions and fee payment through Submittable.

The contest reading fee is $9 per entry, payable through Still’s Submittable account, which can be accessed below.

An entry is defined as:
one short story,
or one creative nonfiction piece,
or three poems.

Multiple submissions in multiple genres are acceptable as long as you pay a separate entry fee for each submission. Contest entry fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

Manuscripts should be typed in a standard 12-point font and should have numbered pages. Prose must be double spaced. Poetry should be single spaced. Prose entries must not exceed 6,500 words. Poetry entries should not exceed 80 lines per poem.

All contest entries are processed and read on a “blind” basis; therefore, your name or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s).

Submissions should be sent as a Word document, rich text file, or PDF file only.

Deadline is 11:59 p.m., August 31, 2014.

Winners will be notified by September 30, 2014. Winning entries and finalists will be announced publicly in Issue #16 Fall 2014, Still: The Journal.

All entries will be acknowledged.

Failure to follow any of the above guidelines will result in disqualification. No entry fees can be returned.

Inquiries or questions should be directed to contest@stilljournal.net

Contest Prizes:
Winners of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction receive $150 each and publication in Still: The Journal #16: Fall 2014. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Previous first prize contest winners are ineligible to enter 2014 contests in the same genre but may submit to other genres.

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Photo finish Friday: “Fellini K”

Large cow in parking lot of Fellini Kroger in North Knoxville, TN

Large cow in parking lot of Fellini Kroger in North Knoxville, TN

There’s a ghost in the machine-y
down there at the Fellini.
At hours day or night
you might catch a little fright
next to the freezer door
glass shattered on the floor.
Chicken flying through the air
frozen and landing without a care
down there at the Fellini
a sight just a little seamy.
Come down if you dare,
watch the show beyond compare.
The ghost may try to kill you
or someone may try to shill you
down there at the Fellini
down there at the Fellini.
A man with a two-foot sausage
squeezes it like a little hostage.
A large cow in the parking lot
says, “Take the udder slot”
down there at the Fellini
down there at the Fellini.
It has a Facebook page,
a Google listing all the rage.
Type in Fellini Kroger
or watch the show, if your bolder
down there at the Fellini
Fellini, Fellini,
down there at the Fellini,
Fellini, Fellini.

Photo and poem by David E. Booker

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Haiku to you Thursday: “Chain”

I felt my heart die /

When your love locked promises /

To a chain of dust.

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Photo finish Friday: “Unmentionable”

The tchotchke side of town

The tchotchke side of town

Bosom babe met the elephant
down by the merry-go-round.
Bosom babe asked the elephant
if he’d like to see the town?
Replied the red elephant
lifting his trunk high into the air,
“I’ve seen all I want to see
and much more than you care.”
She wondered what he meant
until she looked up high.
Then she spied her unmentionables:
dainty white against blue sky.
Let this be a lesson to you:
ladies don’t hang around
a shiny red elephant
from the tchotchke side of town.

– Photo by Brian Griffin; poem by David E. Booker

[Editor's note: Yes, this poem is Fourth of July suitable (pardon the pun). It mentions the colors red, white, and blue.]

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Haiku to you Thursday: “Deep”

In darkness is light /

Hiding in moments of doubt /

Deep in the promise.

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Haiku to you Thursday: “Leaves”

Give me all your love /

Leave your hate by the tall tree /

The leaves will shape it.

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Haiku to you Thursday: “Dew stars”

Dew upon the grass /

Stars upon the nighttime sky /

Gas, light, water, life.

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