Campaign Breakfast Menu [FGC #23]

Chinese breakfast
asian rice porridge/poached egg/pickled bok choy

 election-year conversion on China

                               disappointments and broken promises

 mysterious entity. ownership stake. Chinese firm

banked on American firms outsourcing

steel-cut Irish oatmeal
blueberries/honey/toasted walnuts

“just being governor of Massachusetts,

which is almost a part of Ireland”

along with Ireland, funds

                              in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Switzerland

lobster benedict
poached egg / havarti / english muffin/saffron hollandaise

lobstermen have taken to the street

U.S.-Canada. crustacean calamity

                overfishing. global warming. population crash

lobster war reaches boiling point

26th street
two eggs/tortilla/avocado/Chihuahua cheese/pinto beans/jalapeño

 born in Chihuahua, Mexico

          fled the Mexican war

 “we have to make sure

that we enforce our borders”

chicken & waffles
crispy fried chicken/orange maple honey glaze

silence on Chick-Fil-A

                              biblical definition of the family unit

important issue reduced

                               to high-calorie takeout


buttermilk pancakes
Thai blueberry/basil compote

 evacuees sleep next to each other on blue mats

            float miraculously on the lapping water

one third of the country. swamped by floods

 Ryan budget plan. cut $5 billion in international aid

brioche french toast
bananas /peanut butter/nutella/bourbon whipped cream

 30 month mission. go to Bordeaux and say,

“Give up your wine! I’ve got a great religion for you!”

 a mix between monastic life, a fraternity pledge

and pest-control salesmanship


workout recovery
banana/peanut butter/organic honey/whey protein

 feeling the weight. muscle confusion

congressional abs for sex appeal?

 nothing against rock hard abs

plan to get those after I learn Spanish

açai / pomegranate / blueberry

 mercury. air toxins. environmental crusade

 to take the jobs of coal miners

 2003: coal-fired power plant “kills people.”

2012: grab the pro-coal mantle

carrot juice/asian pear/ginger

 orgy of pure distortion

leaving nothing behind

but the clean campaign

 we all deserve

[FGC #19] Faith Healer

Every night she prays for sleep. She prays for the pain to recede just enough to fade away in sleep. For just a few heavenly hours. Her faith teaches miracles. She’s experienced one or two. She’s hoping for another.

Every morning she prays for energy. She prays for the pain to recede just enough to accomplish the basic chores of living. For one more day, just one. She has faith that she will be healed. Someday. Maybe today.

Every day she prays for healing. She prays for the pain to recede just enough to start her therapy. Not to finish the exercises, just to start them. She has faith that she can feel better. Just a bit better.

At dusk she prays for His touch. Her faith assures her that she is loved, that she will always be loved, by a God who will take her in His arms and give her rest, the blessed rest of a sleeping child.

At twilight she closes her eyes in tormenting pain. She prays to be touched by the hand of the healing God, the One who will give her peace. Her faith teaches that He has the power to heal. To heal those who believe He can. Those who have faith.

Will tonight be the night He reaches out His hand?

Will tonight be the night that she grasps it?

Will tonight be the night?

[FGC #16] Allies

Together now, they gather here
They struggle, knowing we hold dear
That fragile thing, the subject of
Our heart and hearth, that human love
We long for peace! Our voice is clear

They slew the dragons, shed no tear
But decades have not stilled our fear
Of resurrected beasts that move
Together now

With open mind and listening ear
Encompassing each cheer, each jeer
With prayers for guidance from above
To recognize the hawk, the dove
All voices speak, all nations hear
Together now

Thank you for voting!

eMergent Publishing’s “Write Anything” results are in for the tanka challenge:

Judges’ Choice Award: Kate Sherrod’s Faith Manages.

Readers’ Choice Award: Jan Brown’s Nature’s Stretch. (with 32% of the vote)

via Form and Genre Challenge #8 Submission | Write Anything.