Tuesday, May 04, 2021

A Special Place -- Weekly Scribblings

 Place(s) special to me; I was asked to tell 


Across the nation, all fifty states 

Across the seas we saw 

Six continents we walked 

Antarctica was near  

Arctic Circle yes


But my mind returned 

From those far away

My mind came back 

Back to one evening 

To one special place 

Now nine hundred miles away 

And more time ago than I tell 


Beside a garage in an alley 

The alley's driveway 

Deep in the suburbs 


I was about nineteen 

Or a little less 

She was about the same 


Halloween rocks younger 

adults would throw 

Judge who was mean to us young 

Garage windows break 


Car lights were off 

She got out 

Then came back 

Girls I didn't understand 

In all their ways 


We stayed long 

Don't remember how much time 

We left it like it was 

Nothing thrown

No cans, bottles or rocks 


The garage and alley 

I will always remember 

My dear friend as well 

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(She loaned me her downtown apartment one Thanksgiving weekend when I was staying in town.  I've lost track of her now, neither google nor facebook know whereabouts either.)

(This was in Lincoln, Nebraska, I had dropped out of college after a year and a half, three semesters.  My life, sleeping in rented rooms, became a job in the watch factory and two other part time ones, a nice two-year-old car hopped up to very fast, a race car driver friend who asked me to be in his pit crew  and lots of friends.) 

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The garage now? 

Is it still there? 

I don't know I don't care 

Does she remember 

The place the time 

To me that special place,

Was it special to her? 

Does she still remember too 

Does she remember me 

Was that place ever special to her 


I hope it was 

I hope she does 


I hope she remembers me 

I hope, if she's still alive 

I come to her mind 

and

that first time we were there 

first time we dated 


All this was special to me 

There . . .

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 - Poem and Photos Copyright,  Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 

 - I am linked with Rosemary as she was hosting this week's Pantry Party #68 ,    https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/2021/05/weekly-scribblings-68-where-are-you.html?m=1

 - In her instructions Rosemary asked us to describe or tell about a place or places very special to us.  This one is super special to me.

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Saturday, May 01, 2021

Tightrope Walker -- Sunday Muse Write

 

Tightrope Walker; Sleep Walking 

Tightrope walker's nightmare come   
Sleep walking on a steel beam  
Without a net high high high  
Netless over the city 

Free as a bird on a wire 
Pretty figure dressed in black 
Gracefully walks with no care  
Slight footed cat on a fence 

Will she fall, that we will see 
Cross our fingers, say a prayer 
She's jumping down, did she fall 
Far below what do we see 

A fine Flying Trapeze school 
On the side of Regents Park 
She is there, now on a bar 
Swinging she jumps to the next 

And see, she stands on the ground 
Those lessons were learned so well 

 [Jim's Photo]
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 - Poem and Bottom Photo Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021 and 2013, here (poem) and 2013 (bottom photo, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2013/09/home-now-includes-feline-friday-picture.html ).  
 - Top photo from Carrie's This weekend's "Sunday Muse" link, 

https://thesundaymuse.blogspot.com/2021/05/sunday-muse-158.html?m=1 

 - NaPoWriMo (the National Poetry Writing Month folks) are saying "Thank You" and "So Long Until Next Year", https://www.napowrimo.net/so-long-until-next-year/ 

 -> I completed writing and posting a 'poem' every day in April for NaPoWriMo, you can see them here,  .  Fun but almost a 'grind'.

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NaPoWriMo Review, 2015-2021

 Testing waters. 

NaPoWriMo Labels for 2015 through 2021 are below.  

This weekend's "Sunday Muse" link, 

https://thesundaymuse.blogspot.com/2021/05/sunday-muse-158.html?m=1 

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Friday, April 30, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 30 -- Our Short Ride to . . .

 
[photo of picture in Hill Country Houses book by Cindy Severson, page 10]

    Lover's Lane 


We're going out to Lover's Lane

Do what we are supposed to do 

Smooch a little and chat a lot 

Enjoy a couple of kisses 


Like days of old please lead me there 

Post Office Road past the office

Out of town come close and snuggle 

Cow pasture right, down Old Dirt Road 


Road's end by the creek, turn around 

The Moon and stars will be our guards 

Play our favorite CD real soft 

Kiss, close our eyes, we merge as one 


You've lead me well please lead some more  

More paths galore to explore  

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 - Poem and Photo Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved   

 - I am linked with  at Writer's  Pantry #68https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/2021/05/writers-pantry-68-get-caught-reading.html 

 - I am also linked with NaPoWriMo 2021Day 30, at https://www.napowrimo.net/day-thirty-7/ 

 -  http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search/label/NaPoWriMo%202021 is the link, click on it, for viewing all of my NaPoWriMo writings.  Today, Day 30, is the last day until next year's April National Poetry Writing Month.


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 29 -- Cats are the Meow

  

Cat in the Window; cut this poem out, carry it in your pocket for National Pocket Poem Day, URL  


Been looking out my window 

This is my favorite perch 

Every day there's something new

Most enjoyed is sunning here 


While I do I see it all 

Golfers and lawn caretakers 

Critters of all kinds, squirrels, 

skunks, dogs looking in at me 


Snakes and lizards aplenty 

The birds I like, doves and hawks 

Hawks eat cats and small kittens 

They eat baby doves as well 


So that's why I like it here 

I'm sunning and staying clear  

Clear of the hawks and blue jays 

I would eat a baby bird 

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 - Poems and Photos Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021 and 2007, (photo at http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2007/04/cat-whisperer-and-cat-in-window.html 

 - I am linked with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 29 at https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-nine-7/ where we were asked to imagine looking in or looking out of a window in our writing.  My favorite cat will be looking out the window.  

 - Here are a few of my blog posts of favorite cats, https://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search?q=cat .  I would loan one if you need for your writing illustration.  But I would want credit and a warning posted that it is copyright by me. 

 - http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search/label/NaPoWriMo%202021 is the link for viewing all of my NaPoWriMo 2021 writings.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 28 -- The Flock -- Weekly Scribblings

[My Photo]


Why get up; Rooster and Chickens and Me and You


Why get up when my rooster crows 

He's not crowing for me or you 

He's crowing for his flock, it's time 

Time for them to rise, rise and shine 


He knows early bird gets the worm 

Early to bed early to rise 

makes for healthy wealthy and wise 


Axioms he's learned and rules by 

Yes sure he's boss of the chickens 

But for me my boss is my wife 

She is still in bed and asleep 


[also my photo]

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 - Poem and Photo Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 

 - I am linked to NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 28https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-eight-7/ , where we are prompted there for today to write question and answer poems.  You can find other's efforts there as well. 

 - I have also linked it to Rommy at the Weekly Scribblings #67https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/2021/04/weekly-scribblings-67-liminal-space.html for the idea of liminal space.  I wrote this before I knew the prompt but I think Mrs. Jim (i.e. the writer's spouse) still in bed asleep is far removed from the wake up call of the rooster on his roost in the hen house.

 - This April I am again once a day writing "poems",  for the National Poetry Writing Month 2021.  To read my others click HERE.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 27 -- Group Behavior

My 1955 Ford Crown Victoria (a 1:18 scale toy)


Twdt; things we did then


Things we bragged about way back then

Things we are sorry about now 

Things we never tell anyone 

Things, we could have been arrested 


Things I heard stars bragging about 

Things bad I heard them bragging on 

Things boldly carried through store doors 

Things, beer, for which  never they never paid 


Things obscene on tape bragged about 

Things dismissed vulgar locker room 

Things as boys or girls, might have done 

Things, shoplifting, initials carved 


Things serious, joy rides stolen 

Things, panty raids, girls college dorms 

Things, midnight swims at country clubs 

Things, Saturday nights street racing 


Things we shouldn't have ever done 

Things our friends did, WE DID NOT DO 

Things our consciences kept us from 

Things WE WOULD NEVER WANT TO DO 


Things I did or else wished I'd done

Things you did do or wished you'd done 

Things of youth glad we didn't do   

Things others did, some went to jail  


Things naughty or nice, 

we did or did not, 

'life goes on' 

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 - Poem copyright, Jimmiehov2021,  All rights reserved 

 - I am linked with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day  27https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-seven-7/ 

 - Recommended at the link above as an inspiration to write today,  "The Dictionary of Obscure Desires",    Perhaps, from there on page threehttps://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/page/3 , but NOT used as I found it after my write, 

 -  kuebiko n. a state of exhaustion inspired by an act of senseless violence, which forces you to revise your image of what can happen in this world—mending the fences of your expectations, weeding out invasive truths, cultivating the perennial good that’s buried under the surface—before propping yourself up in the middle of it like an old scarecrow, who’s bursting at the seams but powerless to do anything but stand there and watch.   

 - And I am attempting to write at least one poem a day for the National Poem Writing Month. Today is Day 27 of the 30, you can see my progress here, NaPoWriMo 2021


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Monday, April 26, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 26 -- Chili Dog

[This is not a Chili Cheddar Cheese Dog
 it is a French Hot Dog, made in France.  
There the true sausage is stuffed inside 
a French Baguette cut to just over the 
length of the wiener/sausage] 


[to the tune of the Oscar Meyer Wiener Song]

I wish I were a Chili Cheddar Cheese Dog  
That is what I truly wish to be 
Cause if I were a Chili Cheddar Cheese Dog  
Everyone would want two or three
Oh everyone would get so fat  
Everyone would be Rolly Polly

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 - Poem is a Parody Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 

 - The original song:
I wish I were an Oscar Meyer Wiener 
That is what I truly wish to be 
Cause if I were a Oscar Mayer Wiener
Everyone would be in love 
Oh everyone would be in love 
Everyone would be in love with me 

 - I am linked with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 26 (National Poem Writing Month) for the prompt idea, at https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-six-7/ 

 - And I am attempting to write at least one poem a day for the National Poem Writing Month. Today is Day 26 of the 30, you can see my progress here, 

 - Instructions were, ". . . like to challenge you to write a parody. Besides being fun, writing parodies can be a great way to hone your poetic skills – particularly your sense of rhyme and sound, as you try to mimic the form of an existing poem while changing the content. Just find a poem – or a song – that has always annoyed you, and write an altered, silly version of it. Or, alternatively, find a poem with a very particular rhyme scheme or form, and use that scheme/form as the basis for a poem that mocks something else."

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 25 -- Her Life

An Occasional Poem, "a poem suited to, or written for, a particular occasion. This past January, lots of people who usually don’t encounter poetry got a dose when Amanda Gorman read a poem at President Biden’s inauguration. And then she followed it up with a poem at the Super Bowl (not traditionally an event associated with verse!) The poem you write can be for an occasion in the past or the future." (per prompt hint at NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 25, link

The Occasion for my write below was at Mother's funeral.

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When Mother went away 


When Mother went away that cold day 

We knew she had lived the perfect play 


From Act One all the way, Seventh Act 

Act One, her schooling, she Quarterbacked 

Mother could throw the ball a whole mile 

Each day teachers said for them a smile 


Act Two, her working and courting life 

Each beau or work task was for to die 

Memorized her lines though flexible 

Adlibbed to suit, she was so able 


Act Three, she married, chose perfect mate 

For special one she opened the gate 

Christian couple, they minded their God 

Lived Golden Rule, Neighbor Love not flawed  

 

Her kids Obeyed, their Father, Mother 

Just two she had, wished for another 

Special Act Four for them, boy and girl 

She taught them well their father was hell 


Act Five was Senior Citizen gowned  

In retirement she moved to town 

Grandmother supreme she lived her part 

Three girls and four boys were all so smart  


Act Six spent with doctors and nurses 

Making sure their lines were well rehearsed 

Hard things, transfusions, forgotten lines 

When the curtain was pulled, was her time 


Act Seven, blink of the eye, that's all 

That's all, the fastest journey, God called 

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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 

 - I am linked with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 25 (National Poem Writing Month) for the prompt idea, at https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-five-7/  

 - And I am attempting to write at least one poem a day for the National Poem Writing Month. Today is Day 25 of the 30, you can see my progress here, NaPoWriMo 2021 .

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 24 - Wildflower

 

Sunday Morning

On the streets again 
where wild I grew up 
I've had my chances 
this day might be last 
My life has been blessed 
living in the cracks 
Sunday on the streets 
this my time to bloom 

Here I've been beat down 
nearly every day 
Can't help where seeds blow 
so here I was born 
That's where I must bloom 
no one dug me out 
Perhaps you will cut, 
put me in a vase 
 
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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 
 - Photo presented by Carrie Van Horn at the Sunday Muse #157,  http://thesundaymuse.blogspot.com/2020/08/future-muse.html?m=1 
 - I am also linked with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 24, https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-four-7/ 

 - I am attempting to write at least one poem a day for the National Poem Writing Month.  Today is Day 24 of the 30, you can see my progress here, NaPoWriMo 2021.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 23 -- Cross THE River

 [photo from Wikipedia - Park on the Rio Grande] 
In the late 50's, early 60's, I lived in a house on the 
right and rode my Vespa Motorscooter along the river 
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 "I am twenty, drifting in la chalupa, the blue boat painted with roses, white lilies . . . there was still the little boat, the chalupa you built once, slowly, in the yard, after school." Boat by Jean Valentine - 1934-2020 

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 The Boat 


Tuesday morning the boat was not crowded  

Though it would comfortably hold twelve 

It only had this little Mexican 

woman and a man with a big straw hat 


The woman was carrying grocery bags 

She stopped, kissed the ground, "U.S.A." 

She went in the general store, had coffee 

The man seemed to be seasonal, he left.


While the boat left and came back, woman shopped 

A family of five got on the boat and 

the father pulled the rope around around 

Another couple boarded, he pulled not 


Out of sight they went, probably to homes 

But the boat was loaded when coming back 

Standing room only for the men. They came  

for TexMex day, BOGO, Buy One Get one 


Those were the days, no Customs Agents there 

No Border Patrol either, all that was 

done at the park gate 

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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 

 - I am linked with NaPoWriMo, National Poem Writing MonthDay 23, https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-three-7/

 -  There our challenge was "to write a poem that responds, in some way, to another. "  I chose the poem above by Jean Valentine, Boat.  It reminded me of the old days, 1970's when the Big Bend National Park was open to the fold from Mexico and we were free to go to Mexico to shop for Hispanic items that we could not get here.  Many visited relatives who were still living in Mexico.   

The small boat that went across the Rio Grande River was attached to a rope and above was the other side of the rope, to be pulled one way or the other to propel the boat across the river.  

 - I am attempting to write at least one poem a day for the National Poem Writing Month.  Today is Day 23 of the 30, you can see my progress here, .

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 22 -- Earth Day

 
[This old Model A Ford Pickup was parked in our church parking lot one Sunday.  Don't know whose it was but I'd like to have one like it.]  


Earth Day
 
What does that mean to you 
Several years ago those words meant 
Get out the old pickup, 
we will pickup trash.
When we got it full 
We'd drive to the dump 
and then go for another load 
and maybe plant a tree

These to show our 
appreciation to 
Mother Nature, 
work to keep her pretty

Nowadays it's still plant a tree 
But there is more 

Like 
write your congressman 
sign your name to a petition 
charge your PayPal 
a hundred bucks 
or less to
the Sierra Bunch, 
get six friends to do 
the same,  
and then go plant the tree 
and get out the old pickup 
truck to pickup trash. 

These to keep our home, 
bodies, and planet 
habitable and 
looking 
nice 

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 - Poem and Photo Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021 and 2016, All Rights Reserved (photo first at http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2016/08/my-survey-fridays-hunt-v206-f-is-for.html 

 - I am linked with the Writer's Pantry #67,    https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/2021/04/writers-pantry-67-ecolinguistics.html

 - I am also linked with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 22,      https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-two-7/

 - I am attempting to write at least one poem a day for the National Poem Writing Month.  Today is Day 22 of the 30, you can see my progress here, 

 - Write a poem using a Metonymy and I wanted to write also for the observance of "Earth Day" in my writing today.  Earth Day represents more than just a holiday.  It represents out of the ordinary  action that one doesn't ordinary do for the purpose of making and keeping our Earth the fine place it physically is.

 - Metonymy (/mɛˈtɒnəmi/)[1] is a figure of speech in which a thing or concept is referred to by the name of something closely associated with that thing or concept.[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metonymy


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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 21 -- April -- Weekly Scribblings

 April (Anti-I-Over)


April comes once a year 

Year that makes me smile 

Smiles can win a lover over 

Over the woodshed goes the ball 

Ball you catch and play chase 

Chase, your it--please don't cry 

Cry babies never win the prize 

Prize, prizes, for the April game  

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The rules for the school Game of Anti-I-Over are found here, http://www.oneroomschoolhouses.ca/the-games-they-played.html .   We used to play it at school recess and after eating noon lunch until the bell rang.  Generally we played it when the weather would get nice, April was the nicest.  All it takes is a bunch of restless kids, a shed to which we through the ball over (ours was a genuine woodshed that held enough wood for the stove all the cool and colder months), and a rubber ball that wouldn't hurt real bad when someone threw it at you. 

Anti-I-Over was my favorite school outside game, Fox and Goose played in the snow was next best on my list. Come May we still played throwing the ball over the woodshed but also making a May Pole entertained us as well.  The most fun was watching the teachers trying to make that work without getting the streamers tangled when we played Dance around the May Pole. 

Note:  (found at "The Games They Played" link above)

"Anti-I-Over: The object of the game is to throw a ball over the roof of the schoolhouse or woodshed, yelling “Anti-I-Over”. If a person on the opposite team on the other side of the building catches the ball, other teammates sneak around the building while the catcher tries to touch as many players from the other team with the ball, before they safely reach the half way mark. Tagged children are captured and become part of the opposite team. Teams change sides each time the ball is successfully caught. If the catcher drops the ball, he has to join the opposing team. The team that captures all the players wins. "

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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved

 - I am linked with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 21,     https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-one-6/ 

 - I am also linked with Rosemary at Weekly Scribblings #66,      https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/2021/04/weekly-scribblings-66-all-about-april.html

 - I am attempting to write at least one poem a day for the National Poem Writing Month.  Today is Day 21 of the 30, you can see my progress here, .

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 20 -- a Sijo form poem

           Creature of the night 


Lover boy stays out all night 

         while I cry here all alone waiting

Won't come home you stay and play 

          play pool with boys you knew before 

 I'm not here and the house is locked 

          you won't find me, Key is lost 
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 - Poem and Photo Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 
 - I am linked for prompt with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 20,     https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-8/ 
 - Our (optional) prompt for the day is to write a sijo. This is a traditional Korean poetic form. Like the haiku, it has three lines, but the lines are much longer. Typically, they are 14-16 syllables, and optimally each line will consist of two parts – like two sentences, or a sentence of two clauses divided by a comma. In terms of overall structure, a sijo functions like an abbreviated sonnet, in that the first line sets up an inquiry or discussion, the second line continues the discussion, and the third line resolves it with a “twist” or surprise.   I am following the model below, check out more of this "primer" here 

 - The first line is usually written in a 3-4-4-4 grouping pattern and states the theme of the poem, where a situation is generally introduced.

The second line is usually written in a 3-4-4-4 pattern (similar to the first) and is an elaboration of the first line's theme or situation (development).

The third line is divided into two sections. The first section, the counter-theme, is grouped as 3-5, while the second part, considered the conclusion of the poem, is written as 4-3. The counter-theme is called the 'twist,' which is usually a surprise in meaning, sound, or other device.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 19 -- Hey You!! (a Humorous [??] Rant)


   Get Off My Cloud 


Move your grimy butts off those steps 

I didn't dig this pool for you 

It's for me and family to swim 


Your pleasure baths won't change my mind 

I'll never sing one song to you 

'Stead I'm watching your feathers shed 


In a way, you two love bird doves 

It's hard for me you to chastise 

But Mr. Blackbird, one hour bath?


While I may of you tolerate 

My Misses will shoo all away 

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 - Poem and Photo Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 

 - I am linked with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 19, https://www.napowrimo.net/day-nineteen-6/ 

 - Words of our Host, "Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a humorous rant. In this poem, you may excoriate to your heart’s content all the things that get on your nerves."

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 18 --

  

Mr. Air Conditioning Man 


I don't fix 'em if they ain't broke he said 

And he reached up to turn his headlight on 

Peering into the guts of the machine 

Wryly, he glumly said, "yours is a mess  


Your doohickey by the small dingle bash  

expired.   The larger one it is just fine 

You're a Lucky Lass, may I call you that 

I've got one of those right out in my truck 


You can wait for me or follow me out 

Quite heavy, you can help me carry it 

And we can talk going there get to know  

Get to know each other better, maybe . . .  "


If it's same with you I'll get another 

Another quote might help me understand 

But if not okay please leave anyway 

Now please go, my husband is on his way 

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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 

 - For the Photo Prompt I am linked with Shay,  a.k.a. Fireblossom, at the Sunday Muse #156,    http://thesundaymuse.blogspot.com/2021/04/sunday-muse-156.html?m=1 

 - I am also linked with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 18, https://www.napowrimo.net/day-eighteen-7/ 

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NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 17 -- Moon Howling

 


Come Howl with Me 


The Moon is full tonight 

Watch it in the east as 

it rises big and bright 

Over the horizon 

Just as twilight begins 


Howling time begins when 

Comes the hour of Midnight 

The foxes and the wolves 

Give us a sendoff clue 

When it's just right for you  


Auool, auool, auool, auool 

My howling will never cease 

Howling until wolves do stop 

Followed by the foxes, 

Coyotes and dogs everywhere 


Do I grow fangs at midnight 

On their necks women to bite 



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 - Poem and bottom Photo Copyright, Jimmiehov 2021, All Rights Reserved 

 - Upper Photo Copyright, Jimmiehov 2006, see link below to read. 

I'm linked with Magaly  Guerrero in the Writer's Pantry #66,   https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/?m=1 

 - I am also linked with NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 17https://www.napowrimo.net/day-seventeen-7/ -- from instruction prompt there, Today, I’d like to challenge you to stop fighting the moon. Lean in. Accept the moon. The moon just wants what’s best for you and your poems. So yes – write a poem that is about, or that involves, the moon.

 - The Lone Wolf has been in our family, since when I don't know, before I was born.  My sister, Lois (read of her), was always afraid of that wolf.  I have it now and just finished taking it's picture for you. 

 - My first Moon Howling blog post and with the above photo I wrote in , Tuscany, Italy, back in 2006.    https://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2006/10/its-fair-to-howl-tonight-howl-with-me.html?m=1 and more of Tuscany https://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/search?q=tuscany

   We had a five week holiday in Southern Europe.  Two weeks in Sicily, one week at the Amalfi coast and surrounding including Naples, another week in Province, France, and our last week in Tuscany.  

   The Sicily and Amalfi visit was with a tour company, the last two weeks we had a rental car from Milan and back to fly home. 

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