The Kindly Old Gent (Wordle #41)

The kindly old gent with a draftsack before him

Scurries down the chimney of brick.

Graceland or ghetto no matter how grim

He works with an unexplained trick.

Those who don’t believe, scoff and ridicule,

They strangle the joy that he brings.

Claiming his spirit is nothing but minuscule,

A mischief only the daft would dare sing.

The arrogant believe their android smartphones

Hold the key to everlasting peace.

‘Til their batteries fizzle and they’re totally alone

Will they realize, by their conceit, they’ve been fleeced.

Suffice it to say at this intersection of seasons

Those illeists that find themselves superior,

May realize their errors for a number of reasons

Taking on a disposition that’s oh so much cheerier.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


Poetry Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Wordle # 41

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie - Wordle #41

Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Wordle #41

Travelers (Shadorma)




On a worn stairway

Toward Heaven


On the narrowest of paths

One step at a time



We grab the handrails

Looking up

As we climb

Hope of reward at the end

Is what we pray for
~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Shadorma Photo Prompt #8


Addiction (Shadorma)

Shop in Rovereto dedicated to books, art supplies and prints

Shop in Rovereto dedicated to books, art supplies and prints


One pleasurable

Or painful

For some–sport

Others use it to feed their muse

To read or create


Or maybe–

Acquire artwork

That one loves

A vision

As seen through another’s eye

That speaks to the heart


Love shopping

Or not love shopping

No matter

We all do

Fall under its heady spell

Once in a while


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

Prompt: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Shadorma Photo Prompt #7


Bastet and Anubis (Tanka and Haiku)


Since I really enjoy writing in the haiku and tanka forms I decided to write one haiku and two tankas for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Heeding Haiku With HA: To Egyptian Mythology Prompt.




Anubis (Tanka)

Souls in transition

Under sacred watchful eyes

Do not be afraid

Anubis is guiding you

Into life everlasting


Anubis (Haiku)

Fear not the jackal

He is not what he appears

Anubis protects




Bastet (Tanka)

Do not fear your death

Bastet protects as armor

Securing your life

You shall not be defeated

By your mortal enemies


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~