Gritty Details

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday's Storyteller: "Her skates were as sharp as her winged eyeliner."

by Belinda Roddie

Her skates were as sharp as her winged eyeliner. Her leotard sparkled more than her body glitter. As she approached the rink, she knew everyone was staring. The flags bristled among the crowds without needing wind. The colors and flashes of camera bulbs nearly blinded her.

She knew the judges were somewhere, but she tried to ignore their existence. It was her third time competing as a figure skater in the Olympics - one bronze medal to her name - and she had a plan for gold. The light caught in the dark rounded top of her bun, and as she waved and struck her first pose on the ice, she waited for the music to start.

Nadia Vishna was not one to be conventional. Adam Rippon and Johnny Weir had nothing on her.

"Let me show you the dance of my people."

And then she began to boogie.

This week's prompt was provided by Amy Bernstein.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tonight's Poet Corner: Introspection is that when I only work with my students for three days, I still wind up super exhausted by the end of the week?

Don't get me wrong, a lot of good stuff happened. I've been with Arden for seven Valentine's Days now (well, five in person, but you know what I mean), and I loved making her dinner that night. The yearbook's coming along nicely, despite the stress. Hearing my students' performance poems and speeches was everything I wanted it to be.

And tomorrow will be nice, too. I'm getting my haircut and seeing my parents, plus I get another Monday off.

But peeps...I'm really tired. I think I'ma turn in early.

Have a great night and a great weekend, everyone.

Friday's Ten Word Tales: My Pocket! I Mean My Pocket!

My Pocket! I Mean My Pocket!
by Belinda Roddie

The real key to the garden is in my pants.