Thursday, April 17, 2014

Poetry Month, Day 16/17 - Neighbor - take 2

I began this post on the 16th but fell asleep before I could finish it.  So, this poem will represent day 16 and 17.  It's kind of cheating but, for the sake of my sanity, I'm doing it!  On the 15th, I used the word Neighbor, suggested by our old neighbor, Matt.  After re-reading it, I realized I wrote it from a parent's perspective, not a kid's.  So, I've written a second version, thinking back to my sons' time growing up on a street full of boys!  Hope you like this - Boys of Annapolis Drive!!




The Boys of Annapolis Drive

Building rafts to sail the creek.
Playing games of hide and seek. 

Sleeping in Aunt Kathy's van.
 Laying out to get a tan.

Action figures.  Magic cards.
Playing football in our yards.

Comic books and sweet Pound Puppies.
Lizards, hamsters, Fun Fair guppies.

Riding bikes and roller blades.
Candy tossing at parades.

Halloween and trick-or-treating.
 In the fort for secret meetings.

Camping-out inside our tents.
Going to some sports events.

Helping build the castle park.
Staying out 'til after dark.  

Building forts with piles of snow.
Putting on a wrestling show.

Ring and run and almost caught.
Always friends, although we fought. 

Having fun and getting muddy,
with my next door neighbor buddy.

Hanging out; just kicking back.
Traveling in one giant pack.

We never let our parents rest.
Neighbor friends are just the best!!


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Poetry Month, Day 15 - Neighbor

Today's word, Neighbor, was suggested by an old (and missed) neighbor, Matt!  Thanks, Matt! 


Neighbor

There's more to being neighbors
than simply doing favors.

Or borrowing a power tool
and driving carpool to the school.

There's going camping with the boys,
Having laughs and sharing toys.

Keeping secrets, telling jokes,
stretching out beneath the oaks.

Shopping at your favorite stores,
Trading keys to your front doors.
 
Watching movies, eating meals,
sharing how you really feel.

Pulling weeds and planting flowers
Hanging in the yard for hours.

Hosting parties on the block,
Walk right in - no need to knock!

Being neighbors means much more
Than living in the house next door!



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Monday, April 14, 2014

Poetry Month, Day 14 - Ponderosity

Today's word, Ponderosity, was given to me by Juli, my writer friend.  Juli thought she made up the word to rhyme with Curiosity, but she found out, it's a real word!


Ponderosity

She asked, with curiosity,
About his ponderosity.

"Just how much is it that you weigh?
You're getting bigger every day!

You once were smaller than a mouse
And now you're bigger than a house!

If you keep growing at this rate,
The ground will quake beneath your weight!"


 
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Poetry Month, Day 13 - Flummox

Today's word, Flummox, was given to me by my friend (and LA roomie) Renee!!




Flummox

It's not very hard to flummox,
a culinary lummox,

Give him a mincemeat surprise!
He'll really be eating fruit pies.

Or Buffalo wings - finger lickin'
Is not really bison - it's chicken! 

Give him a sweet Spotted Dick,
It's simply a pudding that's thick!

Yes, tricking a lummox is easy,
Be careful though, he might get queasy!


 
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Poetry Month, Day 12 - Curmudgeon

Today's word, Curmudgeon, was suggested by my co-worker, Sue Weidenfeld.  At least, she used to be my co-worker - she retired last year - lucky her!!  Well, Sue is anything but a curmudgeon - though I've worked with several people to whom that word would apply.


Curmudgeon

I know of a curmudgeon
whom I would like to bludgeon.

Well, maybe I exaggerate,
but how this person does berate.

He's mean to those around him
I'd really like to pound him.

Perhaps that is a bit too rough,
but really I have had enough!

He abuses and attacks.
 I'll just give him one quick smack.

No, as much as I abhor him
I think I'll just ignore him!

 

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