Sunday, January 31, 2016


Fun in a Storm

Front porch swing
Back and forth
Wind tickles

Sweet rain taps
Lightning streaks
Thunder growls

Kids huddle
Squeal, giggle
Under quilt

Saturday, January 30, 2016



Meeting you
Dare to dance
Deep joy flows

Eyes sparkle
Warm lips touch
Cheeks flame red

Tea Whistles
Back to now

Friday, January 29, 2016

Tricube 3 3 3


High power
Speed growing
Prefer sleep

Curve in road
Squeal around
Skid, crash, stop

Tears falling
Rose comforts
Place of rest

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Poetic Asides Tricube


Night badges
Stars pinned high
Blurred with tears

Glasses smudged
Boldly shout
Empty soul

Anguish melts
Worries fly
Joy returns

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Poetic Asides stained


The broken friendship left an empty place.
She tried to show delight on her sad face.
Decades of shared adventures fell like rain
And magnified into a dreadful pain.
She’s old and gray and angry with the past.
The bitter valley somehow seemed to last.
The layers of despair piled up like snow.  
The stain of resentment will always show.
She wandered from the life that had been kissed
with knowledge of connections she had missed.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Moodless Poem Writing

For writing a poem, I’m not in the mood.
The truth is my belly’s too full of food.
I would like to just sit back and relax
And forget about rhymes, figures and facts.
To do nothing can be a great joy.
Just bob around like an ocean buoy.
And listen to music played on a fiddle
Until my meal settles in my middle.
Maybe when I have more time
I’ll write a poem that’s more sublime.

Monday, January 25, 2016


Stack up like bricks
Overwhelms. Paralyzed
Begin. Build. One brick at a time
Till done


Savory smells
Sizzling in the skillet
Won’t be a vegetarian



Drama squad
Dreams as dame
Rams aqua drums

Amused emus
See marquees
Resume drama 

Friday, January 22, 2016



H allelujah!
A men! We worship You.
L et our tongues proclaim Your glory!
L ord, help us be wholly devoted to You,
E xtolling Your name forever.
L ord, bless us with the anointing to praise You. Grace
U s to magnify Your name.
J esus! We sing and dance in celebration and
A dulation for all You have done. We
H onor the Holy Trinity who loves us with an everlasting love.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Abstract poem

Happy Campers

Don’t be snippy, snide, or delirious, just dream
Of steak and potatoes caramels, candied apples, and cream
The ships they reach the shore and celebrate land
The fishes charm the fishermen where they stand
The chickens peck at the fish bait saying, “Mine!”
While the worms are chilling under the pine
Oh they tickle from tippy toes to crown
His face turns crimson till he gets them down
Laughter bubbles into goodbyes until next year
Then they’ll get out the games, grilling, and fishing gear

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Poetic Asides Persona

Blessing Bird

I’m a wise old owl
with a hole in my head
and an empty belly.
I’m fed with slips of paper
expressing good happenings.
At the end of the year
my belly’s emptied
and the slips of paper read.
January starts the refilling.
Despite the hole in my hollow head,
I’m a wise old owl.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Some's the Word

Wide sweeping statements
about specific groups
lend to the very prejudice
you detest. Some’s the word.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Catch-up poem

Mole No More

Afraid of lurking monsters
Turncoats, betrayers
Content like a mole
to live underground.

Lord, grant me boldness
to trust you to take care of me
or, at least, usher me
to a better place.

January 17


I crave a world that’s hard to catch
I chase and miss. I claw and scratch,
Like hen a seed stuck in a crack.
The spice of life only a patch.

I wander then I reattack.
The key must be to stay on track.
Weakness of heart I often face.
I play it safe and step on back.

A door exists. Its name is grace.
No need to push. Just stay in place.
His kiss I feel upon my cheek.
And so I rest and win the race.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

January 16, 2016


To shuffle shyly brings on the mistakes
Timidity will whisper, “Hit the brakes!”
Fear focuses on things that can go wrong
It leaves one lying there at night awake.

But gentle boldness sings a peaceful song.
One can be weak and still be brave and strong.
Like snowflakes come to earth from a great height,
The secret lies within where you belong.

In finding who you are dwells fierce delight.
The space you occupy will give you sight.
Your own mystique may seem awkward and frail,
But do not cloak the sun from giving light.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

January 15, 2016

Breathing Grace

At times, it seems the Lord is far away,
Remaining quiet much to my dismay.
I strain to catch a whisper of His voice.
I wonder if I’m on my own to stay.

There’s moments I have reason to rejoice. 
He hovers near to me through His own choice.
At times, it seems, He quickly answers prayer.
At other times, am I just making noise?

But of one thing I am so well aware.
He is so good and full of loving care.  
And even though it seems He’s disappeared.
I trust in Him as I do the clear air.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Poetic Asides Unique


U nlike any other, matchless and
N ot replaceable, rare, absolutely
I nimitable, singularly delightful
Q uite so one of a kind
U nique and hard to find
E xeptionally wonderful you!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Interlocking Rubaiyat, aaba/bbcb/ccdc, iambic tetrameter or pentameter

Vacation Ending

Our stuff is scattered ‘round their house
From toys to books, from shoes to blouse
We’re at our daughter’s and our son’s
Vacationing with kids and spouse

We so enjoyed all types of funs
Ate hamburgers along with buns
Played games, watched movies, talked a bit
We often feel like lucky ones

We’d like to just relax and sit
We’ll have to pack up all of it
Then head on home toward normal life
And leave behind what doesn’t fit 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016

It was Me

Speeding on the Jet ski
but all were speeding faster.
Cautious and careful
to avoid disaster.
Remembering a cousin
who met an awful fate.
So I poked along
and made the whole ship late.

January 11, 2016

Rush and Wait

Rush to leave
the hotel before dark.
Wait at the counter
at the airport
since the baggage sticker
didn’t come up.
Rush through the pre-check
wait as daughter
goes through the regular line.
Rush to find the gait
wait to get on a plane.

January 10, 2016


has a way
of causing
you to forget
about budget
diet, and health.
Pizza, salad, 
cannoli, fruit drink
all sounds too good,
until we leave
the leftovers
in the fridge
for a maid to find.

January 9, 2015

Grinning in Florida
Walking in warm January rain
Trying not to think of Colorado snow.

January 8, 2016

Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands

After exploring Coral Park
with its observation tower,
Lori’s ocean walk,
iguanas and sea turtles,
and purchasing obligatory
fridge magnets and post cards,
we came upon a beautiful beach
with just enough time
to stand in the water
and get soaked by the waves.
We reluctantly shuttled to the ship
on the left side of the road.

January 7, 2016

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico
we loaded on to bus 222
with a thin dark haired woman,
Monica, as a guide.

With a good sense of humor,
she told us about Puerto Rico
with three main resources:
pharmaceuticals, rum, and tourism.

She pointed out the plants
bamboo, large elephant ears,
the national flower the Maga,
the giant Kapok tree.

And the national animal a tiny frog
named after its big call, “Coqui.”
When we stopped along the road
in the rainforest we heard it holler.

We got out to see waterfalls
in the pouring rain.
I never thought I’d see Puerto Rico,
but I did. 

January 6, 2016


I watched her walk on the ocean floor,  
like an astronaut with white helmet
connected to an oxygen hose
enabling her to breathe.

I thought about the time
she lived in the liquid world inside of me,
receiving life from an umbilical chord.
We’ll always be connected by unseen cords.

January 5, 2016

Grand Turk

We arrived this morning
at Grand Turk,
a little island about,
seven by one and a half miles.

We shopped for souvenirs,
waited in line,
got on a boat
where a little black man

with dreadlocks
and a good sense of humor
captained the ship
and drove it with his bare feet.

He explained how to use
the snorkel, the mask, the flippers
and how to do the chicken walk
off the boat instead of jumping in.

I wasn’t sure how well I’d snorkel.
I did the chicken walk,
but I was proud of myself
for getting out of the boat.

I swam around and breathed
through my mouth
like I was supposed to,
though I longed to breathe normally.

I saw black fish
and yellow and blue fish
and coral, then got tired
and got back on the boat.

Lori talked to a man
who fed the fish
and told her of a shark
that would sit on his lap.

It let him pet it like a dog.
He was sad and mad
because he had just found out
a poacher had that shark for supper.

Then we drove to another island
where we stooped in the water
while an excursion guide
held up a critter to kiss.

The stingray
looked like a rubbery chair cushion with wings.
We leaned forward and it puckered its lips.
Yuk. I backed up and watchers laughed.

We said an unwilling goodbye
to the warm, crystal blue-green water.
Then we went back to Grand Turk
to do more souvenir shopping.

I bought a painting
with a church, palm tree,
and waterfall looking tropical
with blues, reds, and oranges.

People swam
in a swimming pool
blocks from an ideal beach.
We wondered why.

January 4, 2016

What a joy it is to try
something beyond reach
though you may fail.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Naani 4 lines, 20-25 syllables

Waking up in Florida hotel
Somewhere lies a harbor
Cruise ship awaits

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Musette a2b4a2 three verses title reflects poems content

New Year’s Vacation

New Year
Two weeks

Cold stays remote

Next comes
And snow 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Monorhyme Poetic Asides I'm searching

Seeking Someone Kind

I’m seeking someone kind
Today she’s hard to find
I feel I’ve lost my mind
Fear and failure combined
Faith and mood are not aligned
To be snarly, I’m inclined
Like a clock that needs to unwind
Or a video that needs to rewind
To my humanity I am resigned
Until eternity I am assigned