Embracing Epiphanies

Rita Bourland

Rita Bourland
Columbus, Ohio,
August 04
I have three sons in their twenties and have been married for 35 years. Life is good. I embrace life's epiphanies as they come to me and pass them along in my writing.


OCTOBER 9, 2011 5:19PM

Poem: So Long Ago, The Story Goes

 So Long Ago, The Story Goes
On his porch he rocks,
hat pulled low,
covering wary eyes,
nervous tics,
he waits,

year after year
he waits,

day after day
he rocks,

people scurry by,
afraid to catch his eye,
afraid to catch the fear and pain
that linger there,

so long ago
the story goes,
a man came in the nRead full post »
OCTOBER 8, 2011 2:13PM

Poem: One Tiny Seed

One Tiny Seed

It grew from just one tiny seed,
But now it is bigger than me,
A pumpkin like that could make a big splat
If it fell from the branch of a tree,

But what a big waste that would be,
OCTOBER 7, 2011 12:35PM

Poem: A Cauldron's Dark Brew

A Cauldron's Dark Brew

The cauldron is steaming with brew,
But not like a regular stew,
No carrots or taters or onions inside -
Like something your Grandmother Elsie would try,

No, this cauldron’s brew is not like a stew,
It’s filled with strange things likeRead full post »
OCTOBER 6, 2011 2:00PM

Halloween Limerick

Halloween Dreams Painting - Juli Cady Ryan
Halloween Limerick

I once had a Halloween dream,
I woke with a sudden, sharp scream,
At the end of my bed
Sat a man with no head,
He seemed to be eating ice cream!

OCTOBER 5, 2011 5:15PM

Poem: A Ghost for a Day

 A Ghost for a Day

A ghost for a day – oh, what a delight,
I’ll strike up a plan then schedule my flight,
I don’t think I’ll haunt or scare in the night,
I think I’ll just float in the air like a kite,

I might think again when I look down below
And see allRead full post »
OCTOBER 4, 2011 10:59PM

Poem: The Woods by the Creek

The Woods by the Creek

It’s darker than dark in the woods by the creek,
In fact it’s quite eerie; some say that it’s bleak,
Yet, kids often go there to play hide and seek,
They like how the wind makes the trees bend and creak,

But sometimes the noises they hear are unique,
Like the squeakRead full post »
OCTOBER 3, 2011 7:36PM

Halloween All the Time

Hello to Everyone,

I've missed the OS community.  During the month of October, I will be writing and sharing a Halloween related post every day.   I just linked up the first three from my blog at www.embracingepiphanies.com  It's my favorite time of year and what's not to like about Ha… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2011 7:14PM

Poem: Mischief and Mayhem

Mischief and Mayhem

Witches and goblins,
Howling black cats,
Monsters and ghouls,
Vampire bats,

A house in the forest
Dreadful and drear,
I’m all alone
Shaking with fear,

Bumps in the closet,
Shivering fright,
Flickering candles
Casting dim light,

Dusty dark rooms,
Creaky old doors,
Cobwebs and spiders,
Cracks inRead full post »
OCTOBER 3, 2011 9:59AM

Poem: A Pointed Tale

 A Pointed Tale

Her hat is quite pointed,
Her nose pointed too,
Her shiny black shoes
Have a pointy tip too,

Her elbows are pointed,
Her ears are as well,
So many sharp points
To this tale that I tell,

Her words and her fingers
Are pointed at me,
When she speaks
OCTOBER 1, 2011 10:04AM



31 days of Halloween fright, 

I’m feeling a chill,
Could it be real?

You might read of cats,
Freaky black bats,
Ghosts in the night,
Vampires that bite,

You might have some fun,
I’m hoping you will,

31 days of Halloween fright,

OH, what a THRILL!

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 1:52PM

31 Days of Halloween!

31 Days of Halloween!

Beginning tomorrow, October 1, 2011, I will be posting a Halloween related entry every single day until October 31st.   You might find a poem, short story or one act play.  I hope you will join me for this Halloween marathon.  I'll see you tomorrow!
AUGUST 19, 2011 12:21AM

Cuz Why Not


I know I haven't been here in awhile.  I've still been writing on my blog at Embracing Epiphanies and have had a good few months.  The reason I have reappeared is because I want to tell you about a cool project my oldest son is involved in.  He's starting an… Read full post »


Rita Bourland - October 2010 - Columbus, OH

I am taking a break from Open Salon for awhile.  No dramatic reason - just need to use some of my time in a different way. Thank you for supporting Fiction Friday for the last nine weeks.  There have been/Read full post »

Clue  game pieces

I will look forward to reading everyone's Fiction Friday stories today and will link them on this page.  I chose the prompt using all the weapons in the Clue game.  

Miss Peacock in the Conservatory

with the Rope

John Simmons was an unusual man.  He/Read full post »


Jane Goodall

  Jane Goodall with chimpanzee (photo - specials.msn.com)

Jane Goodall, Chimpanzees

and the Human Heart

“It’s tragic that with this most sophisticated brain of any creature that has ever walked the planet Earth, we are inexcusably destroying our only home.  I t/Read full post »

APRIL 25, 2011 8:26PM

Fiction Friday IX - Open Call


Fiction Friday IX

 There’s a Story Waiting to be Told…

Many of us found stories within an apology last week.  Excellent writing took place once again.  This week I have a spin on a classic game.

Here we go withRead full post »

© 2007 - West Virginia

Dear Planet Earth,                                         Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2011 10:04AM

Care Package - Poem


Care Package

 A cookie baking day,

Chocolate chippy,

Gooey, messy,



Yummy, scrumptious,












Smiling chef,Read full post »

APRIL 19, 2011 8:54PM

Fiction Friday VIII - Open Call


Fiction Friday VIII

 There’s a Story Waiting to be Told…

Pianos, Piano Tuners and Concert Pianists.  Who knew we had so many writers with a flair for musicality.  Are you ready for another prompt?

Here we goRead full post »


A Most Unlikely Concert

John had been called upon to tune many pianos over a span of 30 years.  He had learned the trade from his father.  John heard intervals in his sleep and knew the perfect tension for each string necessary to achieve/Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2011 2:06PM

Miami Herald Haiku Challenge

Miami Herald Haiku Challenge

I read abouto this online today and thought I would share it with all the fine poets here at OS.  You basically have to write a Haiku based on news stories presented in the Miami Herald during the month of April.  If you win, you get to… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2011 12:27AM

Poem: Mysterious Really



 Mysterious Really


I watched a crow fly

to the top boughs

Of a towering pine

Carrying a large stick

For placement in its nest,

Preparing for precious eggs

And beloved baby crows,


I’ve seen geese in pairs

Around town,

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APRIL 11, 2011 5:27PM

Fiction Friday VII - Open Call

Fiction Friday VII

 There’s a Story Waiting to be Told…

Pies, babies and gardens brought out a wonderful array of tasty tales last Friday.  What shall we do this week?  Are you ready for another prompt?

Here weRead full post »

Pie and Poetry 

Pie and Poetry in the Garden

She sat in her garden and cried,

A babe in her arms by and by,

Sunflower seeds beginning to sprout,

Pumpkin shoots tender and fine,

“Yoo Hoo, Mary, whatcha doin’ sitting in the middle ofRead full post »

Photo  by Rita Bourland © 2011


 No Garage Sale for Pedro

It was 1961 and our unairconditioned green Ford station wagon was packed with five children and two adults.  Seats were folded down in back to accommodate children sitting willy-nilly amidst coolers, l/Read full post »