square-template18.pngIt’s time again for the 99 word challenge from Carrot Ranch. The April 2, 2020, prompt? In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes pizza. It can be an original pizza pie (or slice) or something pizza-like. Go where the prompt leads!

I had already been thinking of the date when I saw the challenge.


Your son-in-law brought pizzas up. Some of us ate at the cluttered table, some sat cheek to cheek on the sofa that would be my bed. Your grandchildren clambered or were passed around your crowded apartment, one teething on a crust.

I retold our stories; for you, but also your family.

We took turns lying with you, that even in your sleep, fitful as the late spring snow, you felt us near.

You wouldn’t die alone.


spring veiled gray mourning

rain raked windows rattle cold

shrill and sharp wind keens

unsettled birds fly scattered

like everything we once knew



14 thoughts on “Scattered

  1. It grieves me that so many will die alone during this pandemic, and that loved ones will be unable to say goodbye or offer or receive comfort. The situation you describe is how it should be, if it must be. I’m pleased you were there with your friend but sorry that it was her farewell. Five years fly fast and fly slow. Wasn’t it just yesterday? Was it only five years? The pain remains. The memories don’t fade. It is 24 years and 11 months since my sister was taken by the cruel disease. I still cry whenever I talk of her and sometimes when I don’t. Hugs to you for your loss.

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