50 Word Story – Cardboard Roof

The cardboard roof does little to keep the icy rain and bone-chilling cold from compounding his pain.  Looked upon as a piece of worthless trash, he is invisible to passersby..

Perhaps if they realized they were just one paycheck away from his Hell, they’d offer him a bit more sympathy.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

O’ The Tangled Web

O’ the tangled web

Woven for personal gain

Clouding our judgement

Until we find it’s too late

And regret has bankrupt us

This, the path we choose

Chosen many times before

Has not deterred us

We are creatures of habit

Believing a fool’s wisdom


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

100 Word Story: The Alley

The torturous heat and putrid stagnant air was eerie and sickening as I cut through the alley.  The smell of rotting garbage carried by steam emitted from god-knows-where had me second-guessing my choice of shortcuts.  

Halfway through my journey the sound of a shrieking cat and the tipping of a trash can startled my nerves…I jumped.  Spinning around I caught a fast moving shadow streak across the alley.  

I had enough I thought, turning and running for my life back to the relative safety of the crowded thoroughfare. Saving a few seconds travel certainly isn’t worth risking it all.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

Your Beliefs Guide You…

Your beliefs guide you…or misguide you

Like the dam trains the river.

We are born to know no hate,

No prejudice,

No racism,

No ascension of color,

This must be taught…instilled

By those who influence the young and malleable.

Children do not see difference,

To them a playmate is a playmate is a playmate

Until it is ruined by age.

O’ for us all to be children again,

Blind to race, creed and color

Returning the world to its purity,

Its wonder,

Its innocence,

Where we all would live in peace.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

Cadavers Are Strewn

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Cadavers are strewn

Mutilated in his wake

And then there was one

Reality TV star

Chosen to lead our nation

A nation of fools

Lost in their own arrogance

We’re so gullible


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

200 Word Commentary – State Sanctioned Hate

** NOTE: Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this opinion piece.  This post is a bit of a departure for this blog, at least in the form that it is taking, but I feel strongly that this country is taking a giant leap backwards. What is going on here in America is reminiscent of the 1960’s civil rights movement, which I had hoped we would have long been past…clearly I was wrong.

Maybe “I’m beating a dead horse” here, but it seems to me that some Americans have a nasty habit of proactively making a problem exist that has no basis in fact.

We have a number of states in our most imperfect union that have decided to use transgender individuals as their scapegoats for passing discriminatory legislation against the LGBT community.  My belief is that this is being done in retaliation for a recent Supreme Court decision ruling in favor of the LGBT community.  Personally, this whole issue seems juvenile and without a doubt, hateful.

These very same states are screaming that the federal government is infringing on their rights by withholding funds because their law is illegal under the civil rights act, but in the same breath have no problem asking for taxpayer money in the case of a natural disaster for example.  

Now one of these states, North Carolina is suing the federal government over it just to keep their state sanctioned hate law in effect. Guess what folks you can’t have it both ways, discriminating against some Americans because you don’t like them and expecting their help when you need it.

Welcome back to the good old 1960’s.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


We Look For Problems

We look for problems

In things we don’t understand,

Then try to solve them.

Irrational fears drive us

To discriminate by law

Or and religion.


This won’t make them go away,

They’ve always been here,

But we’ve been too blind to see.


Maybe love is the answer.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~