life’s an illusion
we are lead to delusions
wall of confusion

the world isn’t round
strange shenanigans abound
as bombs hit the ground

minutes are crawling
the salt of my tears falling
and change is calling

in world of misdeeds
peace destroyed by pride and greed
you are all I need

Colleen Keller Breuning
January 29, 2021

For some reason, the topic brought conflict and discord to mind…. and somehow I was led to this. I just love how the Blogophilia prompts take me to topics and places I don’t normally write about. 😉

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 47.13 Topic: Wall of Confusion
Hard Bonus (2 points): Include a Song Title from a One Hit Wonder (The Salt in My tears by Martin Briley; All I Need by Jack Wagner)
Easy Bonus (1 Point): Use the Word “Shenanigans”


This week’s pic

1.  Stormy Weather
2.  Cold snap
3.  Ice, Ice Baby
4.  Feels like Alaska
5.  Walking in a Winter Wonderland
6.  Winter Blues
7.  Chance of Snow
8.  867-5309
9.  Jenny, I got your number…
10.  Tommy Tutone’s weather forecast

Topic:  Tyler    Pic:  Stormy  (haha, get it – stormy weather!)

Dark Sonnet #2

Dark Sonnet #2

Ominous storm clouds in my head
Unspoken words need to be said
Under siege of hostility
And I am ready to break free.

I fall to pieces in the night
Fighting through waves of dark and light
Sinking deep in turbulent sea
And I am ready to break free.

Washed up on the rock laden shore
I find the strength and close this door
A world of promise waits for me
And I am ready to break free.

Ominous storm clouds in my head,
And I am ready to break free.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
January 22, 2021

Yeah, I know…sorry for two dark sonnets two weeks in a row. Clearing some clutter and stress from my head and writing is my release. 🙂 😦

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 46.13 Topic: Writer’s Choice – Break Free
Hard Bonus (2 points): Writer’s Choice – Incorporate a Patsy Cline lyric (“I fall to pieces”)
Easy Bonus (1 Point): Writer’s Choice – Include a turbulent sea


This week’s pic

1.  Bear with me
2.  Out of hibernation
3.  Hungry Mama Bear 
4.  Not out of the woods
5.  Yogi Bear and Boo Boo
6.  Smokey the Bear 
7.  The bear/bare necessities
8.  Black Bear on the loose
9.  What’s for dinner?
10.  Snack attack

Dark Sonnet #1

Dark Sonnet #1

The angry midnight sun blazes
Luna cycles through her phases
The black skies whisper subtle clues….
I’m dark as the holiday blues.

A world around us filled with strife,
Nobody wins this game of life.
Let all my truths be misconstrued…
I’m dark as the holiday blues.

When the sky was opened, I fell
Taking the last flight bound for hell.
It’s judgment night, so say adieu…
I’m dark as the holiday blues.

The angry midnight sun blazes…
I’m dark as the holiday blues.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
January 15, 2021

Blogophilia Week 45.13 – The Holiday Blues
Hard Point: Use a Twilight Zone series from 1959-1964 (“And when the sky was opened,” “The last flight” and “Judgment Night.”)
Easy Point: Incorporate a board game (Life)

Secret Bonus Phrases:

  1. Here kitty kitty
  2. Gray kitten
  3. Cats in the cradle
  4. Furball
  5. Night photography
  6. Kodachrome
  7. Cats of Instagram
  8. Meow
  9. Soft and silky
  10. Cat got your tongue

Grasshoppers, Dolphins and Eagles

Grasshoppers, Dolphins and Eagles

or go

the question
to be answered
I look to the skies
searching for harmony
but I see clouds of discord
anxiety builds up inside
and suddenly, I want to break free
like grasshoppers jumping in fields of green
like dolphins swimming in the azure sea
I want to soar in crystal blue skies
I want to fly like an eagle
let my spirit carry me

to a place where peace dwells
a place where hope thrives
and we can feel
peace and love
for all

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
January 8, 2021

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 44.13 Topic: Stay or Go
Hard Bonus (2 points): Use a Lyric from a Song with the name of an Animal in the Title
  (“I want to fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me” from Fly Like an Eagle by Steve Miller Band)
Easy Bonus (1 Point): Incorporate a Strange Food (Grasshoppers)

Secret Bonus Phrases:

Pic of the Week

1.  Writer’s block
2.  Old School Computer
3.  Typing School
4.  Vintage Royal Typewriter
5.  The editor’s desk
6.  Journal time
7.  Writer’s choice
8.  Organizational skills
9.  Tools of the writing trade
10.  Starting the new year with a clean slate

Topic:  Tyler   Pic:  Dahlia

Touch the Alabaster Skies

Touch the Alabaster Skies

A distant future waits for me
Beyond the black, turbulent sea
My hopes and fears to be reckoned,
Multiplying by the second.

Clouds break above the bare oak trees;
A distant future waits for me.
Dark thoughts pile in as wave crash down.
Limbs flail as I begin to drown.

I hear the mourning dove’s sad cries
and touch the alabaster skies.
A distant future waits for me;
I cast aside bad memories. 

The golden moment has arrived,
Realizing faith and love thrived.
Running wild, feeling oh so free,
A distant future waits for me.

Colleen Keller Breuning @ 2021
January 1, 2021

A quatern for the New Year…. It is time to cast aside our bad memories and experiences of 2020 and have a positive outlook on 2021.  I have been pondering 2020, and though it was a challenging year, there were some blessings. (The biggest one for me was the birth of my granddaughter, Posie, of course!) And now a brand new year awaits us like a clean slate, with the opportunity to create love and peace in our own lives.  I hope everyone has a Happy and Healthy 2021! xoxo ❤

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 43.13 Topic: A Distant Future
Hard Bonus (2 points): Incorporate a lyric by JJ Grey (“Dark thoughts pile in;” “The golden moment has arrived;” and  “Running wild, feeling oh so free”)
Easy Bonus (1 Point): Include a math term or equation (multiply)


This week’s pic

1.  Space Oddity
2.  Astronaut Girl
3.  Moonwalk
4.  Space, the final frontier
5.  Star Trek
6.  Life on Mars
7.  Star Wars
8.  Red Planet
9.  Moon rocks
10. Man on the moon

Topic:  Dave Coon    Pic:  Christine