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Hi, Monty Vern here. I’m a work-in-progress personal blogger, author/ illustrator, and fallible human being. This is the new home for Monty’s Blahg. A place for musings both written and drawn.

About Monty

If you’re looking for the home of Monty Vern’s creative writing, art, and older blog posts then please visit Monty’s Scribbles.

My Latest Posts


  • A Miracle
    Another good reminder for myself. Originally published in Thirteen Words. Be well, Monty
  • Joyful Jack
    Yesterday, upon returning home. Jack was super happy and excited to see me. Without a bath or a trim in over a month he is a ball of scuff, but as cute as ever (don’t you think?). I’m pretty scruffy myself these days too – haha! Be well, Monty
  • Day 18: Going Home
    For appropriate context, you will want to first read these posts: “Eleven Days Ago” , “Day 12”, and “Day 13”. This afternoon we will be released from the hospital to go home. We just took our Covid tests for clearance. We’ll be changing the confines of a hospital for the confines of our community asContinue reading “Day 18: Going Home”
  • Thirteen Spice
    I picked up a snack at the hospital lobby cafe. It’s a Thirteen Spice crawfish flavored pretzel stick (pic below). I’m a big fan of Thirteen Spice but I realized I didn’t even know what the actual spices are. So here is my idea for the day. I’m going to research the ingredients that makeContinue reading “Thirteen Spice”
  • Found Poetry x Wordle
    So I have an idea that combines two of my favorite things and creates what I hope might be a new favorite thing. I love poetic forms that pull from other poems and or content (if you’ve seen my Golden Shovels or Silver Linings poetry you’ll have a sense of that). I’m also an. avidContinue reading “Found Poetry x Wordle”
  • Vanilla (Sunday Scribblings)
    Peckapalooza over at The Confusing Middle runs a weekly prompt called Sunday Scribblings. Check out his post and join in the creativity! Sunday Scribblings #106 — Vanilla I once received a ‘fresh’ vanilla bean (not exactly sure how fresh it was but it was a whole vanilla bean provided to me directly from a flavorContinue reading “Vanilla (Sunday Scribblings)”
  • Escape to Red (a Paint Chip Poem)
    No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired. Paint Chip Poetry BeContinue reading “Escape to Red (a Paint Chip Poem)”
  • Life is a Detour
    A good reminder to myself today. Originally published in Monty’s Very Short Shorts. Be well, Monty
  • Dead Leg Piñata
    Do they make piñatas for the Day of the Dead? Or perhaps horrifying piñatas could become a thing for Halloween parties in the future (or are they already? I really don’t know). I’m pretty sure that my wife wouldn’t appreciate me having these thoughts about her, but the thoughts are there and I’m not oneContinue reading “Dead Leg Piñata”
  • Morphine Drip
    Morphine Drip DripHis scorching bladeDripBranding signature into boneDripBlistering fleshDrip DripBursting and blackeningDrip Drip DripFlames ascending nerve by nerveDrip Drip, Drip DripAblaze she cries out to HimDrip Drip, Drip DripDrip Drip, Drip DripEyes rollingDrip DripSeekingDripEscape Be well, Monty
  • Day 13
    For appropriate context, you will want to first read these posts: “Eleven Days Ago” and “Day 12”. My wife’s surgery went smoothly. She arrived back a couple hours later than planed, in intense pain, and barely aware, but she arrived back. With her she brought a newly constructed ankle — three titanium brackets and fifteenContinue reading “Day 13”
  • Day 12
    For appropriate context, you will want to first read yesterday’s post “Eleven Days Ago”. Now, onto Day 12. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night screaming. I recall the dream vividly if not completely. There was a murderer in the house in the form of a small girl with a bigContinue reading “Day 12”
  • Eleven Days Ago
    Eleven days ago I was asleep in bed. It was early, but I’d had a headache and decided to retire early. I was deeply asleep and it took a number of rings for the phone to break through to my awareness. I finally picked up to hear my wife saying “I fell”. I asked whereContinue reading “Eleven Days Ago”
  • Ars Poetica (2022 NaPoWriMo #30)
    Well it took me to mid-May but here I am at the end of the prompts from NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days. Hope you enjoyed this years series. Now I have to figure out what’s in store for tomorrow. Prompt 30 Write a cento. NaPoWriMo.net Ooh! I love trying out new forms. ThisContinue reading “Ars Poetica (2022 NaPoWriMo #30)”
  • Born Blessed (2022 NaPoWriMo #29)
    May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late. Prompt 29 Write a poem in which you muse on the gifts you’ve received at birth – whether they are actual presents, talents, circumstances, or “curses”. NaPoWriMo.net Born Blessed Born with nothingContinue reading “Born Blessed (2022 NaPoWriMo #29)”
  • Mochi (2022 NaPoWriMo #17)
    May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late. Prompt 17 Write a poem about dogs you have known, seen, or heard about. NaPoWriMo.net Today I decided to pull from one of my thirteen word poems originally published in Thirteen WordsContinue reading “Mochi (2022 NaPoWriMo #17)”
  • Sturdy Blue (2022 NaPoWriMo #16)
    May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late. Prompt 16 Write a curtal sonnet. NaPoWriMo.net Sturdy Blue I admire your humble form so sturdy and blueYour utilitarian curves gently roundA simple receptacle always at the readyPatiently awaiting, dressed in yourContinue reading “Sturdy Blue (2022 NaPoWriMo #16)”
  • Thai Basil (a Paint Chip Poem)
    No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired. Paint Chip Poetry BeContinue reading “Thai Basil (a Paint Chip Poem)”
  • Ed’s Special (a Paint Chip Poem)
    No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea so I’m giving it a try. Check out her original post and join in too if youContinue reading “Ed’s Special (a Paint Chip Poem)”
  • Shattered (2022 NaPoWriMo #15)
    May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late. Prompt 15 Write a poem about something you have absolutely no interest in. NaPoWriMo.net What a curious prompt. What could I possibly be aggressively uninterested in (and willing to write a poemContinue reading “Shattered (2022 NaPoWriMo #15)”
  • Monty Goes Big (2022 NaPoWriMo #14)
    May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late. Prompt 14 Write a poem that takes the form of the opening scene of the movie of your life. NaPoWriMo.net Time to go big (screen)! Monty Goes Big Picture this. A dimlyContinue reading “Monty Goes Big (2022 NaPoWriMo #14)”
  • Amazing Things (2022 NaPoWriMo #13)
    May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late. Prompt 13 Write a poem on “everything is going to be amazing” NaPoWriMo.net Yeah! Time for some positivity! This prompt reminds me of my “E is for Everything is Great” post lastContinue reading “Amazing Things (2022 NaPoWriMo #13)”
  • Me (2022 NaPoWriMo #12)
    May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late. Prompt 12 Write a poem about something very small/tiny. NaPoWriMo.net Yesterday we went big…today we go small. Do you ever feel small? Be well, Monty
  • Breathe (2022 NaPoWriMo #11)
    May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late. Prompt 11 Write a poem about something very large/giant. NaPoWriMo.net Well, today I’m posting another poem from the archives but it’s just a coincidence that the past two prompts have immediately broughtContinue reading “Breathe (2022 NaPoWriMo #11)”
  • Unforgettable (2022 NaPoWriMo #10)
    May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late. Prompt 10 Write a love poem. NaPoWriMo.net I’ve decided to post a poem that I wrote a couple of years ago when I first started writing, which is my favorite among allContinue reading “Unforgettable (2022 NaPoWriMo #10)”

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