Saturday, September 22, 2012


Happy Weekend Everyone!

Autumn came in with a vengeance (rain, dropped temps, and howling winds) today here in Chicago. Today (Friday) I met with my new friend Melissa Bradley, yes, a blogger buddy! We spend six and half hours chatting about EVERYTHING, so I didn't have time to finish my post for the Romantic Friday Writers. 

But I did finish when I got home. For Challenge #45, I took a different approach. I hope you enjoy this poetic piece. I won't tell you the prompt until after you've read it. I don't want to spoil it for you.

At the dawning of a new day ...

Beauty rises ...

Gold flickers within its fiery depths, as waves of molten lava caress the creamiest porcelain.

Ebony butterflies flutter above two translucent aqua pools.

Luminous pearls glow incased in a pair of ruby velvet rose petals.

Imprinted crescent moons mirror one another in perfect harmony.

The shadows shift ...

Long, delicate tapers release mists of liquid passion onto pulsating hills and valleys.

Intricate snowflakes woven of fine jet threads mold twin doves as a sheathe clings effortlessly to each an every curve.  

Could this phenomenon be of a spellbinding nature? Could it truly exist? 

In one word ...

Yes ...


She ...

She, who captivates everyone with the slightest glance.

She, whose inner light transcends into the darkest of nights.

She, who breezes though life on gossamer wings.

She, whose very essence breathes life ...

She who makes my existence a living hell.

Why her?

Why not me?

Why does She have to be my best friend?


Okay,  now I can tell you today's challenge.  "Oh How I Hate My Beautiful Friend." Don't forget to drop by the Romantic Friday Writers site here to read the other entries. 

Have a WONDERFUL weekend everyone. 


  1. Hi Michael. I just saw your name pop up on the list. I was so pleased as I thought you may not make it.
    Meeting with Melissa. How cool. She's such a great blogger!
    Now, what you've written for us this time is magic. We call it 'prosetry' at RFW - a delicious mix of prose and poetry. You have managed it so well. An inspired idea not to explain the prompt first in this case. I found myself asking - what's this got to do with hating your beautiful friend but you did it in such an original, inspiring way.
    Thank you for writing to the prompt. I hope you're pleased with the way these 'exercises' are improving, extending your writing.

  2. Hey Michael,

    Is she bychance a White Sox fan...

    GO Angels :)~

  3. Angela seems to be the Dawn, her friend the Night a jealous lover of her luminescence. This was beautifully cryptic Michael.

    Thanks for participating in RFW this week. I enjoyed this. Have a wonderful weekend.


  4. Well, I knew the prompt and was waiting for it. But got caught in the beaut of your language. You write so well :D

  5. Hi Michael,

    This read very much like fantasized reality to me. It works! And I loved your entry last week - hope your're considering developing it into a novel or novella.

    Thanks for your inspiring comments on my RFW entry last week. It means a lot to me as I don't have many male readers who comment. It's great to have your feedback.

  6. I love the unique way you managed the challenge. Inspiring!

  7. Great spin on the challenge, and once again very steamy!

  8. Beautiful words, Michael.
    And you got to spend the evening with Melissa? That is just too cool. She is just such an awesome person.

  9. Hi Michael
    I am so impressed. You take description to a whole new level and add the salt of emotion to make a dish well seasoned and yummy. You definitely deserve to win, if only we were doing that this time. Excellent!

  10. Liked that! And the temps have dropped here in Maine, too. It's grey and rainy, not summer :(

  11. I loved this piece - beautifully written. And you met a fellow blogger! So pleased for you. It's a great feeling to meet an online friend for real.

  12. I love the twist you made on the prompt! You could easily continue this into an interesting story. Does she know? how does she feel?...

  13. I love how you interpreted the prompt! Well done, Michael. :)

    I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  14. Lovely and sad at the same time. Ah fall, it is so inspiring!

  15. Denise is right: this is magical. And you got to chat with Melissa all evening? You dog! :-)

    Autumn is my favorite time of the year.

  16. So sensuous and beautiful! enjoyed every line....and so clever in the use of the prompt and not to reveal it till the end..

  17. I LOVE autumn! The scents, changes in color, tastes, cooler weather. For me, it's better than spring. It's a chance for the earth to rest and replenish itself.

    I adored your RFW entry. Wowza! Love, love, love your descriptive writing. :)

  18. Once the heat dies down around here, it might start to feel like Autumn! A mighty fine piece, Michael.

  19. I loved the poetic flow and rhythm and also the beautiful breath taking imagery! Lovely Michael! Just lovely!

  20. Autumn is also here in the UK, Michael. It's been raining today...very windy at times. I love the colours of autumn.

    Angelique. What a beautiful name. Sorry haven't been here for quite awhile. I haven't blogged but now returning. I'm trying to visit as many blogger friends as I can. All the best. - Len

  21. Hi,

    Oh lovely, lovely, lovely. What more can I say... Breathtaking prose! ;)


  22. You really manage to surprise me every time I read your work. Enjoyed your writing a lot!

    Didn't get to submit my story on RFW. The prompt just didn't connect this time. Hopefully next time.

  23. Glad to hear you had a nice time with your blogger buddy.

    Love your piece for the RFW challenge. Beautiful imagery, very poetic.

  24. Awesome meeting another blogger buddy. How brilliant is that?
    Loved your piece and the punchline. It fitted so well with the theme.

  25. Nicely played, Michael. Definitely paints an awesome picture of this character. :)

  26. Beautifully written, Michael!

    I like your photo with the Chicago skyline in the background. That city skyline is one of the prettiest from the air.

    Mary Montague Sikes

  27. Oooo... such strong emotion. And REAL. You captured it beautifully, Michael! You have a fabulous way with words. They just reach up and grab you! Well done. :D

  28. Awesome that you and Melissa got to meet. Must have been a blast.

  29. Dear Michael,
    First, thank you for your kind words about my post. I means a lot to me because I was inspired by your text last time.

    I am so glad that you could participate again with this interesting poem. I know how hard it is to find the time to write when you want to spend time with people who mean a lot to you.

    My children are usually the ones to make posting and commenting difficult. (I am writing this while they sleep. It is five o'clock in the morning here! I've been up since midnight.)

    I'll be back for another read later.
    I am too tired to write a comment about your text now.
    Bye for now!
    RFW No. 45 - 'Oh how I hate my beautiful friend'

  30. Love that prompt! Great post. :)

  31. So cool to meet bloggers in real life!
    And that's a great piece for the prompt. Well done.