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Happy International Women’s Day!

All the women in me are tired – Nayyirah Waheed



©️2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, love, Poetry, Relationships, Uncategorized

You’ve Reached Your Destination

Running late today

Looking for a shortcut

Seldom do I travel this way.

I see a familiar face

But in an unfamiliar place

With another unfamiliar face

Filling a familiar space.

My eyes open wide

So much of the unexpected

Is it really you I see?

Undermining all we are

Quickly becoming what we were

Love turns to hate in a moment

Such deception bankrupting my trust.

Tick…and then nothing

Who, how, and why!

Tock…sounds so loud

I’m going out of my mind.

What’s my next move?

So many questions

Stealth movement in my footsteps

Yet my silence is so loud.

You turn and look at me

Bet you didn’t see this coming

Your face says it all

Surprise, fear, guilt,

Save your lies

A shame you’re such a fool.

You try but there’s no escaping

I found my shortcut

To the end

Of this thing you called love

©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by:
FOWC: undermine
WOTD: seldomly
Daily Word Prompt: bankruptcy
50 Word Thursday #8

Posted in Daily Prompt, Uncategorized

USS Intrepid

Oh how I love the word prompts of today, especially for the memories they inspire. As soon as I saw the word “intrepid” I immediately thought of my years of growing up in New York City. It’s safe to say my friends and I were intrepid teenagers, but those aren’t the memories I’m sharing today.

The few years following high school graduation were particularly full of excitement and mischievous behavior for us young adults, discovering more of what the “streets” had to offer outside the clutches of our overprotective parents. One night we all took a trip to the big city for a party on the USS Intrepid. Special Ed, a popular hip hop artist at the time, was performing for a huge publicity event. It was one of our many adventurous outings of those days, with the added anticipation of meeting who we considered to be a local celebrity (raised in Brooklyn). Not sure who remembers but Special Ed’s song “I Got It Made” was a hit on the party scene back then, howbeit he was never quite considered “big league.”

Anyway, I remember dancing all night long, being silly with my friends, and of course checking out the fellas, but I also remember being amazed at how all of the night’s events were happening on an old aircraft carrier from World War II and the Vietnam War. As a teenager I can’t say I cared too much, considering the opportunity we were given. At this moment, however, it disgust me to think we were actually allowed to party on an vessel where Navy men made the ultimate sacrifice decades prior.

Eventually I made it back to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, now a National Historic Landmark. I don’t have any original pictures but here are some courtesy of the internet.

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©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Inspired by:

WORD: clutch

FOWC: intrepid

Daily Word Prompt: howbeit

Posted in healing, positivity, Relationships, self-preservation, Uncategorized

It’s not that I don’t care. I can’t care.


Originally posted 7/25/17. Reblogged for 2/6/19 WOTD: toxic

Don't Forget the Half

emptyBeing that person so many come to looking for advice, it’s easy to get caught up in the problems of others and neglect taking care of your own. Putting effort into understanding a friend’s issues or family drama is time consuming, but you put in the work because that’s just who you are: the understanding one; the one who bridges gaps between people because you listen to both sides; the one who always offers a shoulder upon which to cry; the one who is there for every grieving moment, trying to ease the pain; the one who listens without judgment. You’re also the one who cries at home alone when it’s time for folks to reciprocate such caring behavior because none of them take time to appreciate what you’re going through.

There’s a breaking point for everyone in every situation they experience. I don’t think it’s healthy to always reach that point…

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Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, love, Poetry, Relationships, Uncategorized

It’s Not What You Think


Birds singing, sun shining

Empty space your pillow bare

Sleepless nights, lonely mornings

No sign of love seen anywhere.

Your walk of shame’s become a crawl

You creep inside and close the door

Glance over at me but I’ve been done

I just won’t take it anymore.

Again you’re late and didn’t call

And reek of what you can’t disguise

You say you’re sorry and you love me

With so much guilt behind your eyes.

No longer moved by your dried up tears

So much deception and endless lies

Kids need more of your attention

Give them hugs and you’ll hear their cries.

To be concise you can no longer stay

Stories you tell no excusable cause

I’ll say once again you gotta go

This isn’t temporary or a marital pause.

Sorry my dear we’ve reached the end

You’ll learn a very hard lesson today

My forgiveness completely depleted

It never had to end this way.

Faded memories of the time

Of watching you walk down the aisle

I fell in love all over again

With your beauty and winsome smile.

Though we said till death do us part

And vowed commitment for the rest of our lives

You’re adulterous ways caused too much pain

Gone are your days as my admirable wife.

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Inspired by:
WOTD: learn
FOWC: concise
3TC: sorry, late, no excuse
Daily Word Prompt: admirable

Posted in Daily Prompt, Humor, Uncategorized

Unbreakable Bonds

“We’ll be friends ’til we’re old and senile,
and then we’ll be new friends again.” —
Aunty Acid

Thinking back to our conversation still makes me laugh today. Only she will ever understand.

©️CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf

One-Liner Wednesday prompt

Posted in Daily Prompt, Encouragement, Faith, Life, Photo Challenge, Uncategorized

Joy Comes in the Morning

In December 2016 my son and I traveled to Florida for Christmas. It was the first holiday season after losing four family members over a period of 8 months and we needed a break. We saw this as a great opportunity to share a joyous occasion with family and visit friends we hadn’t seen in a while. It seems to have become a tradition, having made the same trip the past two years, as well.

The morning I flew into Tampa I had so many plans for the day, mainly things to keep me on the go around town. I remember still being at a place where I had to stay busy just and keep my mind occupied and away from a sad place. My really good friend picked me up at the airport early in the morning and we went to eat, when I shared my plans for the next few weeks. My mind was racing, and I was rushing through breakfast because I had a schedule that, according to me, couldn’t be broken.

After breakfast, my friend suggested going by this local beach we’d visited years before. I thought he was crazy because Florida beaches were destroyed by a hurricane just months prior and, well, what fun is there in that. Being an avid beach goer, he convinced me it was worth the trip, so I hesitantly agreed. In my head I was just trying to shift around my other plans for the day, totaling stressing about what I may not be able to do.

It was a foggy morning and we couldn’t see too far out, but the feel and sound of the breeze rippling the water was surprisingly wonderful. That was the only existing beauty because water had drastically receded from shore, the boardwalk had been ruined, and ocean and land life was displaced. It was somewhat depressing and metaphorically representative of my life at the time. Much of what I knew, loved, and enjoyed so much was gone.


We continued to talk and reminisce about happier times, and as morning passed sunlight brightened the day. We traveled over to another area of the beach, and though conditions were still somewhat grim there was a picnic area where a family hosted their daughter’s birthday party. There was also a small playground with swings, a slide, and a mini rock-climbing wall. My friend and I have always been a fun duo down for a good time, so of course we ventured over to the playground. At first, I thought I’d just swing for a few minutes, but at some point I must’ve started enjoying myself. I have to say, this was probably the first time in six months that I actually laughed. I laughed until I cried but these tears were of joy rather than pain. I believe this was representative of my days ahead and I’m so happy my friend thought to capture the moment.

©2019 CSNelson, #dontforgetthehalf



Posted in Anticipation, Photo Challenge, Uncategorized

Anticipation…welcome home!

A great friend of mine bought a house last year and asked me to be her real estate agent. Our long time friendship made this such a wonderful experience for both of us, especially in the selection of design elements and walk-throughs revealing the process of it all coming together. You can just imagine the anticipation of closing day and the moment when she received the keys to her new home.

©️2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Humor, Uncategorized

Atypical Woman

Dear Typical Guy,

You thought I was a “typical” woman

You approached me in your typical way

You spouted off your typical pick-up,

“I seemed to have lost my number. Can I have yours?”

Aww! Say farewell to your typical day.

Kind regards,



©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Posted in Daily Prompt, Encouragement, inspiration, Life, love, motivation, Peace, positivity, Relationships, Self-awareness, Self-Improvement, Uncategorized

Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR.

It’s great to study the words of a man so many admire, but it’s the actions of living out such text that brings about change. When you read the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR., how do they most inspire you? What do they awaken in you that if expressed and/or put into motion could create an individual, community, state, etc. transformation?

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

“The time is always right to do what’s right.”

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

“If you can’t fly then run; if you can’t run then walk; if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving.”

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving. You lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”


©2018 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf