Monday, January 22, 2018


We’re asked to consider handwriting
for this  haibun Monday.  It dredged
up a long forgotten memory.   I could not
resist a little play on words for my title!
Submitted to dVerse
January 22, 2018

When I was fairly new to widowhood, I fell
in lust with a glib and handsome prince, whose
devious charm blinded me to what was obvious to all
and sundry.   Early in our relationship we attended
a party where we were entertained by a lady
who interpreted handwriting.   Much to my surprise,
the lady said the below-the-line flourishes in
my handwriting indicated I was capable of violence,
perhaps murder, were I to be a victim of duplicity.
My prince was very quiet on our way home and, strangely
he did not call me after that night.  When my head cleared,
I considered perhaps a thank you note to the handwriting
specialist might be in order!  

Warm breezes kiss the snow
Fog enshrouds my winter world
Is it Brigadoon?


  1. I remember the fad of handwriting interpretation. I was said because of the way I swirled something or other, that I was devious and led a double life! That has haunted me all these years. But it seems you have been lucky! I've missed you here Beverly. Love the title.

    1. Thanks for missing me. I was quite ill over Christmas, and I'm just getting back in the groove.

  2. I've missed you, too. This story is a hoot. I had one of those fill in the gap relationships with a sociopath, compulsive liar. No handwriting interpreter to help, but a wise friend who knew the creep. Ugh.

  3. Love it... what a fun way to end it.. I think sometimes we should all have a way to put an end to it like this...

  4. Your title made me smile, Bev, I love wordplay! I also enjoyed your anecdote. I've never had my writing analysed, so the story intrigued me. What a twist!

  5. The story and the haiku are perfect! What a way to get rid of an unsuitable admirer!

  6. That was a very intuitive handwriting specialist.

  7. This made me laugh. Well done!
    (And extra points for Brigadoon.) :)

  8. I love your story Bev - it brought forth a huge happy smile.
    Love that you fell in lust too, I know the feeling...
    Anna :o]

  9. I so love the way you took this prompt Beverly. Very dark and mysterious. I wonder if that writing analyser was actually your guardian angel, they take on many forms to create a hedge around us.

  10. Wow! sounds like you had a lucky save with that reading Since it made him so nervous, you have to wonder what he had been up to.
    MNL (cactus haiku)