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Love is…Spontaneity

photo by Danny G

And at that moment

Together we decided

We would be married

©2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Written for Three Line Tales, #164

Posted in Life, perseverance, self, Uncategorized

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, Family, Life, Relationships, Uncategorized

Celebration of Life

Lynn and her brothers had thousands of miles between them. Although they spoke regularly, staying current on family, personal achievements, and daily life struggles, finding the time to visit with one another was difficult.

It had been at least 4 years since they’d seen each other last, when suddenly the death of their father brought them together. It was in the moment of saying their final goodbyes they realized things needed to change, so they committed to vacation together on the anniversary of their father’s death to simply celebrate life. They travelled in comfortable companionship, talking about their daily lives.

2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

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50 Word Thursdays
Daily Word Prompt: achievement

Posted in Daily Prompt, Family, Humor, Uncategorized

Teenagers, right!?!?!

Photo by Jay Mantri @

“Mom, have you seen my uniform?”

His room showed all the signs of a teenager derelict in his chores – messy bed, spilled sunblock, and meatloaf leftover from dinner.

Mom walked in, almost tripping over his charger. “I’m fascinated you can even find your thoughts in here.”

(271 char)

©️2019 CSNelson, Don’t Forget the Half

Inspired by:

Twittering Tales #125, 2/26/19
FOWC: uniform
WOTD: derelict
3TC: meatloaf, charger, sunblock
Daily Word Prompt: fascinate

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

A Shocking Pair

She sees no darkness

As their watchful eyes wonder

Her ecstatic smile

Pleasures of a secret love

Guess who’s coming to dinner

©️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

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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 Daily Prompt, love, Poetry, Tanka, Uncategorized

Envision This Advertisement

A powerful storm

Fierce winds blow all hate and pain

Washed away sorrow

Drowns along with the sunset

Leaving only love behind

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Inspired by:
WOTD: envision
RonovanWrites Haiku: storm, fierce
Daily Word Prompt: advertisement

Posted in Daily Prompt, Life, Travel, Uncategorized

Travel Diary, Chapter 50

A few weeks ago I traveled to the Dominican Republic for a friend’s wedding. I’d heard so many things about this popular “romantic getaway” destination, but turns out it’s a great vacation for a loving mother and son duo too.

We stayed at a beautiful all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana and it was worth every penny. As much as I love eating, I can easily say the buffets were where I got most of my return on investment. Well, there and the bar – best Pina Coladas I’ve ever had! I was truly in paradise.

I’ve always felt a little indifferent about beach weddings because the thought of dressing up to spend time on a beach seemed oxymoronic to me. I have to admit this experience changed my mind and my life because everything about the wedding was absolutely beautiful. Not only did the beach set the stage for breathtaking backdrops both live and in pictures, but such an intimate venue shared with a small gathering of family and friends made this ceremonial occasion even more special.

I would definitely visit Punta Cana again, but preferably when I have more time to venture out on some of their thrill-seeking excursions. Me in an ATV or zip lining ought to make for an interesting story (after recovery).

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

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

Little Things are Big Things Too

My life is so full

Of here and now and before

I learned to value

Little things of sentiment

No one else could understand

©️2019 CSNelson, dontforgetthehalf

Inspired by:
Daily Word Prompt: sentiment