Friday, December 2, 2016

Light - Haiku

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall Haiku

Fall is here again
Reds, oranges, yellows, erupt 
Surrounded by warmth  

Joining Hump Day Haiku over at Another Jennifer. If you like to Haiku, join in on the fun by following the link above. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

No Escaping
She thought of her past
Missing the life she once had
Tears began to flow

How did she get here?
This place of hurt and sorrow
She longed to be free

Not able to escape
His grapple too tight to bear
Leaving dark bruises

Controlled, abused, sad
Feeling helplessly restrained
There was no way out

Please note that this haiku style poem is not about me. I wrote it as I would imagine some women must feel.

Monday, August 8, 2016

No Sound

I sit in silence
It’s totally deafening
All I feel is darkness without any light
No sounds, no words, total loneliness surrounds me
Longing just to hear a voice
I try to hum a tune
No sounds will come out
Overtaken with despair
Never to hear another note
Never to hear sounds that excite
Never to feel any delight
The silence has overtaken all of my thoughts
Driving me into a madness
All days are night all nights are night
No hope in sight to hear another sound
No hope in escaping the darkest time of my life

Susan Zutautas 2016

This poem was written for a "Flash Fiction" challenge over at Carrot Ranch. "In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes the sense of sound. It can be an onomatopoeia, a swearing session with sound alike substitutes, lyrical prose or a description of a sound."

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Silence and Noise Haiku Style

Alone in my thoughts
No interruptions at all
Blissfully peaceful

Too Loud for thinking
City traffic, head pounding
No peace to be found

Saturday, May 28, 2016

For Charli - You're in My Thoughts

Life at times can be really rough, bring you down, with a permanent frown

It’s hard to smile during these trying days
Seeming to last forever, wanting the bad times to all go away

A wise woman once said to me,
 “Something will turn up, wait and see”
Her words make me smile when I think of them,
As something good, does turn up in the end.

So dear Charli, as I write these words, I want you to know I’m thinking of you.

You’re a beautiful person with a heart of gold, your smiles will soon return, tenfold.

This poem is written for +Charli Mills and is also for a Flash Fiction Challenge over at Carrot Ranch. This weeks prompt was "smile". 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Just One Miracle

Just one miracle
Just one prayer
To get me out of total despair

I must be strong
I must be brave
It’s too soon to go to my grave

I’m scared to death to die
Please stay by my side
If the day should come
Please stay, don’t run

Some days are filled with darkness
Some days are full of light
My favorite ones are the ones that make me smile bright

Sitting in the hospital, waiting on results
Hands sweating, heart beating fast
Finally the doc comes at last
Smile on his face
Best news
You’re in remission

3 years ago this September I was diagnosed with stage IV inoperable lung cancer. I was given 1 - 5 years to live. They were leaning towards the one year.  I’ve been in remission now since December 2014. I am still undergoing chemo as a precaution and handling the chemo quite well.

 I wrote this poem for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch. In 99 words (no more, no less) write about the idea of “just one.” 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Monster Under My Stairs

There’s a monster living under my stairs
How do I know?  I’ve heard him there

While trying to be as quiet as a mouse
He’ll sneeze and shake the entire house

He’s big, he’s hairy
He’s very scary

One step, two steps, three steps, four
Did the monster hear me open the door?

Five steps, six steps, then onto seven
Will I make it down to eleven?

Holding my breath all the way down
Hoping the monster has gone and left town

If you dare go down my basement stairs
Watch out for the monster
He may be there

This poem was written for a Flash Fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch. In 99 words no more, no less, write a monster story.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Universe - A Haiku


Beyond imagination
Waits Discovery

Dust Bunnies

Dust Bunny

Rabbits multiply one, two, three
As do dust bunnies, just check and see

Get down on your knees, look under your bed
Don't be scared, it's okay
They're not alive, they're all dead

All those dust bunnies are waiting for you
To clean them up as they grew

Under the couch, under the chair
Dust bunnies not stopped can be everywhere

Get out that mop or vacuum cleaner
Become a top notch dust bunny screener

If you are sneezing and cannot stop
You may be allergic to this new dust crop
More than likely it will go away
When you get rid of the dust bunnies today

Don't wait till Spring, do it now
Clean them up and take a bow

© 2010 Susan Zutautas

Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Broken Heart - Haiku

Heartbroken alone
Hard to go on without you
Life seems so empty

Pillows drenched in tears
Sleepless nights of reflections
Emotional wreck

Love can be blinding
Ignored all the warning signs
Feeling like a fool

Paralyzed confused
All trust disintegrated
Friendship buried

© 2012 Susan Zutautas

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

When I Look in the Mirror

When I look in the mirror what do I see
A much older version staring back at me

Although I feel much younger
Younger than me
How did I get to what I now see

When I look in the mirror what do I see
Wrinkles, gray hairs …. How can that be

The years have flown by
So quickly oh my
Looking and staring I let out a sigh

When I look in the mirror what do I see
A mature woman looking back at me

The wisdom I’ve gained the life that I’ve lived
The children I’ve raised into wonderful men

Makes everything worth the gray hairs on my head

This poem was written for a "Finish the Sentence Friday" post. I've had writer's block since last year and I'm hoping that this is the beginning of the end of it. Thanks for the inspiration April Noelle.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

If I Were a Cantaloupe

By Toby Hudson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

If I were a cantaloupe here's what I’d do
I’d rock and roll just me and my crew
Just so you know it … this is exactly what I do
Let me introduce to you my band Fruitilicious
On keyboards we have Elton Kiwis
On Sax from Asia Zesty Lance Lemon
Blowin his own horn is Frenchy Macintosh
Our Flute player Kenny G Lime
On bass we have Pansy Papayas
Our lead guitarist Gabriel Banana can rock but cannot roll
On drums Cringo Coconut just a wild and crazy one
Then there is me Classy Mercury Cantaloupe and I play percussions

Here's Our Story

Back in the summer of 69 some of us members met on set while we were making…….. …….you got it; Fruit of Loom commercials.
Tired of working our skin to the pulp we decided to have some fun and start a band. We advertised in the Florida Orange Julius, a local paper.
Here's how the add read:
For all fruits that want to try out for a new rock n roll band starting up, give us dingle.
Unfortunately we had to expand our search further. Due to it being summer, all fruits had gone north for the season. So off we went on a road trip hitching a ride in the back of a fruit truck that was heading up to San Francisco. When we arrived we were very pleased to find many talented fruits just hanging out by the bay.
Needing a place to stay we checked into the YMCA with the Village People who just wanted to eat us up. Luckily Frenchy pulled out his horn and blew them away.

Our first gig was at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge where we were a big hit among the San Franciscans.
We played in many hot spots in and around the Frisco area.
After becoming very popular we hit up a recording studio and recorded the following, which is one of our juiciest songs.
Hope that you enjoy it.

“Don’t Eat The Fruit”

by Fruitilicious

We are Fruitilicious and we’re here to say
Don’t eat fruit and don’t throw it away
Mothers tell your daughters we are bad to eat
Instead eat potatoes with lots and lots of meat
Fathers tell your sons tell them today
If you see fruit just run quickly away

We’re gonna rock we’re gonna roll
We’re gonna fill your ears full of soul
We’re gonna rock we’re gonna roll
We’re gonna sing till we get outta da grove

Don’t eat an apple a day
It does not keep the doctor away
The skin gets stuck between your teeth
Makes your gums bleed underneath

We’re gonna rock we’re gonna roll
We’re gonna fill our pockets with gold
We’re gonna rock we’re gonna roll
We’re gonna sing till we’re very old

Don’t you know that eating fruit every day
Will make you fart in a smelly way
Start each day with bagels and cheese
Make sure that you eat lots of these

Fruits are really bad to consume
Eat them and you’ll look like a buffoon
Leave us fruits alone we convey
You don’t need any vitamins today

Hope you enjoyed the song and we will be coming to your town soon.
© 2011 Susan Zutautas

Saturday, January 9, 2016

I Want To Know You Mom

Margaret Bruce Stirling Varden
Margaret Bruce Stirling Varden

I think of you with love in my heart
Though I do not really know you

You went away years ago
It makes me sad, forever so

Your picture is up on my wall
I talk to you, do you hear me

I only know what others have told me
How I wish I had gotten to know you

In my heart I know
You did not want to go

One night you came to me in a dream
Telling me in your own way
Things will work out and be okay

Life would have been so different
If you had gotten to stay
But instead God took you away

Can you hear the tears when I cry
When I wanted my Mother
To have never died

Don’t get me wrong
I have found where I belong
But still wish
I had gotten to know you

When my time comes to leave this place
Please be waiting for me at the gate

© 2011 Susan Zutautas