Thursday, April 2, 2020

PAD countdown 25-3 short form


The years of my life added up
Like tea in a fine china cup
When all I can take
Leads me to just break
I’ll change to a fun-loving pup

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

PAD countdown 25-1 short form


S aying a lot in a few
H alf of the words, or less, than most poems
O pen to big ideas and little ones, too
R ealizing this poem is reaching its end
T omorrow, maybe a longer poem.

Monday, March 30, 2020

PAD countdown 24-3 persona


I’m a piece of paper, blank and white,
Waiting for someone on me to write.
But the writer is tired. She should be fired.  
I’ll have to wait for some other night.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

PAD Countdown 24-2 persona

Stray Cat

I’m fluffy and orange
And go to her house often.
One of these days
She’ll break her resolve
And let me in.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

PAD Countdown 24-1 persona

Butting Heads

She gets me out of a dark cupboard,
where others more useful than me stay.
She puts me in the center of the table
and puts in his thick-handled spoons.

He takes out the spoons and replaces me
with a cut off, used potato-chip can.
He casts me aside saying,
“Cups belong in the cupboard.”

She says, “But I want to see that cup.
It’s too small to hold my tea.”  
“I want it in the center of the table
holding your thick-handled spoons.”

I’m with her. I’m only half a cup.
I remember their daughter smiling,
saying, “I’ll buy this for Dad.
On my side, in colorful lettering reads,

“Grand Turk was so expensive
I could only afford half a cup. “
So Mom put me on a living room shelf,
and smiles, remembering warmer climates.

Friday, March 27, 2020

PAD Countdown 23-3 escape

Somewhere New

When I was young I wanted to escape
the small P-A town of one thousand folks,
instead of trees and hills, to new landscape.
To live in a small town seemed like a hoax,
at least the subject of sarcastic jokes.
I itched for the new and to move around:
new people, places and fun things to do.
And though I moved from that small P-A town,
I still have the itch to go somewhere new.