Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mary and Me

I was prepared to love her
Better than anyone
Ever, ever, ever
Loved a sister
Fight like other sisters
Were going to be
Perfectly happy
Except it took
A while
(Okay, an eternity)
To me
At eight years to her three
We Hoppity-hopped
And read
Shared nightmares and
A bed
Barbies, Candy Land, coloring books,
Backseat buddies, side by side
For every trip we took
Till I moved three thousand
Miles away
Now we have phone calls
Instead of Barbie play
Dealing with grown up fears
Laughing, not hiding tears
And that little girl prepared to
Love and to be sweet
Is so happy to find that sister love
Travels a two way street

This was written for the Sibling Revelry prompt at Poetic Bloomings, about my sister Mary, who is one of the best people I know and who can make me laugh, no matter what; the Preparation prompt at Dverse Poets (excellent prompt, Mary!) and the Poetry Pantry and Poets United where I'm stopping by to share a poem and a snack. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Reflected In You

Reflected in you
I see a lovely combination
Of parental DNA
(not that I'm partial or anything)
I see hope and fear
Mine and yours
Mistakes, too
Mine and yours
But mostly I see
Proof of heaven
Like the first time
I held you, uncovered those
Ten perfect toes
And incredibly long fingers
Long before I knew
How much you would make me
Laugh out loud, gnash my teeth
Glow with love
The minute your eyes met mine
I was a gone girl

This poem is for the prompt at Poetry Jam  where Mary gave us the incredibly fun prompt of writing a poem using the title of one of New York Times Best Sellers; The title is from "Reflected In You" by Sylvia Day, a story of fiction; and I included two other titles, just for fun (and I couldn't pick just one) "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander-nonfiction; and "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, a mystery.  This is also for the prompt at Poets United, where we are asked to write about a gift that gave me a happy heart, what popped into my head was when I called my mom to let her know she was going to be a grandma--all she could say was "Oh!Oh!Oh!"  My boys and my stepdaugher are the best gifts I've ever been given.  And I'm sharing this poem with Open Link Night where gifts are always welcome   :-) Happy Thanksgiving everyone--I'm thankful for all of you!! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bailing on Barnum

If the circus was a class field trip
Guess who lost their permission slip?
That would be me
Pink crushed into a couch crevasse
Because, alas
While I loved the horses, and trapeze
Clowns did not, please
Nor did tired, sad elephants
Chained and dressed
Not for success
Stuck in a single line
With whips that snapped and whined
Or tigers snarling and then sent
To stand on silly stools to repent
Plus the scent of pacyhderm poo
Let's find a mountaintop
Maybe a meadow where we'll flop
And make a circus of clouds that fly
Above our heads in the sky

This poem is for Poem a Day prompt 14 by Catherine Lee write a "stuck" poem; and for the creative folks at Poetry Jam who invite us to write about the circus at
Sorry, I really did/do avoid the circus, it always made me sad.  But the big top of a mountain?  Happy!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Handy Recipe

Dear World,

Hate needs to go.  Therefore, I have invented a "hate elimination process." Please follow these simple instructions:

Look at both hands,
See the pads on your fingers, the lines, the scars
Everyone has these, EveryOne
Remember this
Then place the left hand over the right,
Press both on top of your heart
And joyfully proclaim "Hate Begone, Love Live On!"

If you still feel hatred brewing, Kindly repeat this process, until the glow of love grows in your chest.  It may feel a little warm, this is part of the normal settling process.

And if you believe this recipe is a little weak, feel free to order my new "Love Paint," which is equal parts chocolate and bliss.

It's easy make yourself:

First melt your favorite chocolate,
Next, dip in a finger (preferably your index),
Then, stick that chocolate coated finger slowly into your mouth
Close your eyes and smile
Feel free to repeat this process until you are full of love (and chocolate)

My apologies in advance to anyone who is allergic to chocolate, or who just plain doesn't like it.  Feel free to substitute your own favorite flavor--jelly, brandy, marshmallow creme...This is another mishmash of prompts from Poetic Asides Poem A Day;  Write a poem about an invention-Jane Shlensky; Write two poems, one a letter poem and the second a recipe poem-from Mike Grove.  Also, offered up for, open link night where love is served every day.  :-)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Poetic Ketchup

Cold Thanks

William, I forgive you for
Eating my plums
Your words satiated my
Hunger in exactly
The right way
But couldn't you have left
Just one?

C'est La Vie

When he's gone I'll
A single text to
“c'est la vie”
Life will not be
In fact I'll have
More tea
And a cup less
Of misery
Which will
Bring me
Joie de vivre
When he's gone
I'll be free
To sip life

Still trying to keep up with the poem a day challenge--and then I decided to roll nearly all of them into one.  The first poem is a combination of the prompt of  Day 6 Left and Right poem -Walt; and Day 8 talk back to a dead poet, from Daniel Ari. I love the poem "This Is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams  If you've never read, it do something nice for yourself and click on the link.  "Cold Thanks" is the reply to that poem.  And the second poem, I have combined the following prompts: Day 5 Write a text poem-Amanda Laughtland;; Day 7 Circular poem-  Eleanore;  Day 9 When he's gone--Sally Jadlow; Day 10  Use a foreign word in the title of  the poem--Linda Hofke;  And, I'm also sharing this with the lovely poets at Poets United Poetry Pantry! Enjoy :-)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Just Beneath Reality

The sea is the color of bliss
Trees greet you with a kiss
The ground is as soft as drowsy
There's no such word as “lousy”
Mosquitoes, no-seeums and houseflies
Sing harmony in violet skies
Stars play seek and hide
Every time you go outside
You can be any shape you choose
And calories help you lose
Peace rains every day
Children laugh and parents play
While the highest priority
Belongs to words in poetry

Seasonal Humor

The little boy said,
“Daddy, I don't want to put my coat on.”
Dad pointed at the gray clouds outside and replied gently,
“You see son, it's winter out side and for every season there is a change.”

Two poems offered up today, one decidedly lame humor, however, sometimes I have to go where the pun goddess points me—for “Change of Seasons” at Poetry Jam's beautiful photos deserve better.  Love that shot of Hawaii and California!  And, Day 4 of Poem a day challenge at Poetic Asides, the lovely, talented and warm Marie Elena asks us to write a poem using the phrase "Just beneath ________"  Though I have to give some credit to Lewis Carroll and  S.E. Ingraham--I've always loved "Jabberwocky" and Sharon wrote a really cool fantasy poem at, got my jabber juices going...
And for the dverse poets at the bar for Open Link Night, where jabbering is welcome :-)

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Fearful Fib

Loss of
Home, mobility
Above all, loss of memory
Becoming a burden to everyone who loves me

This is written for day 3 of Poetic Asides Poem a Day challenge, where Joshua Gray asks us to write a poem that scares you--so I took fear and ran with it.  This form is a fibonacci or (fib), though this poem is truth.  My sense of humor still intact :-)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Luna-sea (Dona Nobis Pacem)

We held our
Breaths the balance
Seemed so fragile
Caught between
Sunset and Moonrise
Orange to the west
Dissolved to darkness
While orange in the
East grew
An enormous
Moon balloon
Filled the horizon
And threw its
Light across the
An amber invitation
To the sky
It was

Written for the second day of PAD, prompt from the talented Khara House to write about a full moon.  This is a true story. An incredible harvest moon that seemed to send an invitation across the sea.  Also shared with the wonderful poets at Poets United Poetry Pantry  And just found out about Blog 4 Peace so I'm linking this to that as well--Peace!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Flame On

Match me
Catch me
Strike that
Tender tinder
And with hot
Breath grow
That flame
Never, ever
Blow it

Do you know what today is? It's the first day of the Poem A Day challenge at Poetic Asides, with our master of poetry and prompts Robert (not Bob) Brewer! The man who got me writing poems again with his first April Poem A Day challenge, five (yes, that's five) years ago. Stop in for some great poetry reads or join the fun at Today's prompt is “Matches” from the lovely Mariya Koleva!!