Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day


How sweet these moments in nature be
that give such pleasure to you and me
In the rush and energy of daily life
they allow us respite from any strife
or simply show us nature's beauty
during moments we are spared from duty

be it swan families walking in a row
 a mother duck swimming with babies in tow
flowers growing by a lane
watching birds through the window pane
feeling the earth breathe under bare feet
eating wild strawberries for a treat

a special gift to have the chance
to feel sweet moments of
life's romance.


NaPoWriMo #21
Shared with Imaginary Garden with Real Toads
Open Link Monday

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Moon as umbrella
a new thought
leading me astray

As the sense of you
behind doors
on memory lane


NaPoWriMo #21
Grace over at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads
challenged us today is to write a new lune poem either using the following:
Kelly Lune -Three lines containing a syllabic count of 5-3-5 (thirteen syllables).
Collom Lune -Three lines containing a word count of 3-5-3 (eleven words).

Friday, April 19, 2013


I melt into you
or is it you into me?
No matter the geography
we are blended
our worlds


NaPoWriMo #19

Izy from Imaginary Garden with Real Toads
challenged us to
Go now and bring back something shiny and unexpected, bring on the melting."

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Grandma’s Quotes

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink”

“You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear”

These are the sort of things
my Grandma used to say
when I might be unhappy
on any given day

Some days when I had lost at love
and felt my life was over
she'd say, “there's always more than one
shamrock in a field of clover”

So dry your tears and rest your fears
and get up off that bed
pinch your cheeks and give a smile
there's nothing to be dread

“Tomorrow is another day”
another chance for growing
and guys get a real rush
to see a gal's complexion glowing

“A rolling stone gathers no moss”
so get yourself into action
knowing you are on the move
will give you satisfaction

So up I'd get and pinch my cheeks
and paste on a pretty smile
wear my best blouse and snappy skirt
and walk up town awhile

I’d think of all those things she said
her quotes for every occasion
and they would keep me on
the straight and narrow
without a lot of persuasion.


NaPoWriMo #18
This challenge comes from Susie over at Imaginary Gardens with Read Toads
Today I want you to write the words to bring light into your own life or that of another. Whatever the struggle bring the verses to lift the spirit.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Where is Our Spring

Where is our Spring?
The sunshine and the falling rain
Where is our Spring?
The touch of warmth that it will bring
the tulips blooming near the lane
the smell of blossoms here again
Where is our Spring?


NaPoWriMo, # 16
Our  challenge for today from Marian, at Ordinary Garden with Real Toads
is to pick one, the roundel or the rondelet, and write one! 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Girl with Flowers
Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida

Your eyes beguile me
promises beyond belief
flowers to be picked


Challenged by Hedgwitch 
at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads
"to write from any one of Sorolla's paintings, employing their favorite of the many short forms"

NaPoWriMo #14
A Senryu, 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

NaPoWriMo #13

Over indulgence
a habit to forfeit
We can't save up
as the bears do
energy to use later
Everything stays
and sometimes grows
into great
lumps and bumps
If we stop eating
we die
but surely


Challenged by lolamouse at 
Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

To write a poem of the ordinary but give it a Collins-ish twist.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rankin Inlet

"Where are you going?"
"For a walk,,,just to see"

the dogs are
on top of their
It is spring
after all
No person stirs
even the wind
is mellow
All activity is
behind closed doors
no doubt
at breakfast
Babies crying
to be nursed
Elders still groggy
from yesterday's
out on
the land
The moon still
as a
pale imitation
of itself
The only sound
my footsteps
on gravel
An occasional
bird song
A message
a warning
into the emptiness
and beyond

"what did you see?"
"the dogs are back"
"good stuff"


Destinations and Dialogue

Challenged by Herotomost
at Imaginary Garden with real Toads

NaPoWriMo Day 11

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Missed Engagement

She:  you lied to me in September

He:   my dear I don't remember

She:  you said we would wed in spring

He:    I don't remember a thing

She:   you promised our love forever

He:    now that would be an endeavor

She:   are you mocking me now, kind Sir?

He:    no, my mind's a bit of a blur

She:   then you never meant a word

He:    I'm sorry, this is absurd

She:   then leave me now, you swine

He:    madame, the pleasure is mine


Izy's Challenge - A document for discussion

NaPoWriMo #10

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


we both smile
you bite
with a gentle edge
I entangle myself
and squeeze.
My smooth
serpentine limbs
glide over your
crocodilian bony plates
death grip


 Words Count With Mama Zen
inspired by the scientific illustrations of
 Maria Sibylla Merian. 

NaPoWriMo, Day 9

Friday, April 5, 2013

For Rodriguez

“Silver magic ships you carry”
even when you were unknown
You wrote the words that many
adopted as their own

Your story of redemption
strikes a chord, cutting deep,
Open wounds that might have festered
healed by words you would repeat

Lost but not forgotten
by those who really heard
They would search for you forever
hanging fast to every word

“Sugar man you’re the answer”
that shows life can rebound
when the message isn’t wasted
but continues to compound



Imagined By 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

"Last Call for Sin

"Last call for sin"
grabbing courage from a can
to late to be anything
but yourself
worthless as that may
seem to be
who's gonna help
you out
when doing that would
bring them down
to late
wasted words
you're on your own
your hole
you dig?



Imagined by: Isadora Gruye

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


NaPoWriMo DayThree

Kerry's Wednesday Challenge ~ Existentialism

it doesn’t matter
then it doesn’t matter
who I choose to love
above all others in this
here and now

Or that I choose a narrow path
and not get lost in magnitude

it doesn’t matter
then it doesn’t matter
that I choose to hear the canary’s song
and not  the vulture’s groan

I can accept the fault as mine
if tears instead of smiles abound

I alone choose
to make or break
to love or hate
to share or hoard
all at my own accord

it doesn’t matter
then it doesn’t matter
that there is no special
world beyond this present one

when all of this
is said and done


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Who's Sorry Now

Through the looking glass
onto the stage
mic in hand
belting out the
Connie Francis song
age fourteen
pretending nineteen
lusting for life
without a parachute

who's sorry now


imaginary garden with real toads
Time Warp - 1958