Monday, February 19, 2018


Four years ago, my wife and I had to evict a tenant who was living with us. She had never signed a lease agreement, but just kind of showed up one day, entirely unexpectedly. It was a shock, at first, but my wife and I gradually grew accustomed to the idea of having her around. Really, we looked forward to learning more about her.

Then, on this day in 2014, she broke the plumbing in her little room all to hell, and we had to evict her right then. It would have been a health hazard, you see, so we had to act quickly. And there were concerns about doing so, to be sure, but they all seemed to resolve themselves in good time.

In the years since, she has stayed with us. Each day, it seems we love her a little bit more--and that's adding up to an awful damned lot!

Happy Birthday, my dear little Ms. 8, and I look forward to saying it to you many more times in many years to come!

Sunday, February 18, 2018


This ├×urn did spy from afar
With eyes peering over a scar
That bridged his broad nose
And signaled the woes
He’d suffered when some would him bar.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


And so those who lived in the town,
Seeing her deeds of renown,
Made to do their own
And protect their home,
And they soon brought Owran’s host down.

Friday, February 16, 2018


Matters still stood less than well,
As any who face such can tell,
But there was yet hope;
The people could cope
Instead of hearing only death’s knell.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Whatever ‘twas gave her her power,
She showed it well there in that hour,
Defeated her foe
So that all could know
The plight they faced was not so dour.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Perhaps it was in staying home
Instead of seeking fame to roam
That she found the power
She showed in that hour
And for which she would become known.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


It was as a god had come down
To protect the small, besieged town
In Erdewyn’s form.
Yet she bucked the norm
And went not out to seek renown.

Monday, February 12, 2018


He soon came into her arms’ reach,
And she him his folly did teach.
Each foot- and fist-blow
Did her learning show,
And how Owran suffered with each.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Viler he grew with each word,
And they quailed who his utterance heard,
Cowered in fright,
Held back from the fight--
Save Erdewyn, who stood undeterred.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


He said that he’d done all before
To women and men by the score,
Left them all broken,
From each, claimed a token
And revelled in the claiming’s gore.