NaPoWriMo: Fortune Cooky Prompts

imagesElegant surroundings will soon be yours.


My daughter and I share a fondness

for  inexpensive oriental restaurants.

The food is  good and even

the meanest hole-in-the-wall

offers a spray of delicate life-like orchids,

3-d photos of Norwegian wolves,

or golden plastic dragons with googly green eyes.

Believing that you are beautiful will make you appear beautiful to others around you.

 Happy Fortune, our favorite,

has painted bamboo screens and red lanterns

I wasn’t expecting to fight over  #7. Moo Goo Gai Pan


“You hate baby corn.”

“I’ll pick it out. I love the way it sounds!”

You can still love what you cannot have in life.

“Me too!”

A soft answer turns wrath away

“Don’t patronize!

“I’m a poet, I agree, it’s a marvelous word.”

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

You, You , you!  Why is always about you?”


She dimples at the handsome waiter,

his inscrutable face,

his delicious cheekbones.

I’ll have # 10.  Sweet and Sour Pork.”

Back away from individuals who are impulsive.

“Are you sure?”

“What do you mean?”

If you feel you are right, stand firmly by your convictions.

“It always makes you sick.”


She orders it.

We eat.

She barfs in the bathroom …


“Sorry Mom, friends?”

“Friends.  Want a fortune cookie?”

Cellophane wrappers crinkle and pop.

paper fortunes curl around our fingertips

delivering identical directives:


Listen to your mother.

Listen to your mother.



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