Thursday, March 23, 2017

Words Count challenge -- a Grandparents' poem for today.

Watching the Kids, Learning

The kids were huddled together
Little children, from six to eight
(Ours was seven, sweet granddaughter)
Larger boy showing his iPhone

Grandma said, Must be pretty pics
And Grandpa reasoned, Spelling words?
Oh sure, Grandma he-hawed, smiling
Grandpa checked. What is Pokey Man?

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Pictures and 
Poem Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2006 and 2017, All Rights Reserved

I'm linked with Mama Zen at The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads
http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/03/words-count-with-mama-zen.html

Our Word Quota here for M.Z. is 'No more than sixty words.'  I have forty-seven including my title. She asked us, "What have you observed that was odd, unusual, or just plain weird? Tell me about it in 60 words or less."

This evening we observed our granddaughter while in the playground at McDonalds eagerly comparing iPad notes with a fellow youngster.  This is what they were discussing, the Pokey Man.  There was not Larger boy, I felt this added to the weirdness with a bit of suspicion, "evil minds", a weirdo perhaps.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Stranger ~~ a Poem for Tuesday Platform

.I am the stranger,
why won't you let me
into your heart
You are admired
by this one, still I haven't
the courage to tell

There was a time 
you were approachable,
then self-centered not
You love yourself now,
there is no room for me,
I dare not ask

So we shall live
our lives apart,
could you love me
like I love you
Love not fulfilled,
is love always wasting,
always I will pine for
your closeness again
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Photo and Poem Copyright
© 2012 and 2017 Jimmiehov
All Rights Reserved


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Inspired by:
"to the  stranger who has loved you 
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart."
 Excerpted from
"Love After Love"
by Derek Walcott

(Poem found here: Marian's find, http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-tuesday-platform_21.html )

Additionally, while writing his I was reminded of John Hinkley Jr's obsessive fixation on Jodie Foster (Wikipwaedia link)
 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

His bag was packed ~~ a poem to show incongruity

His bag was packed ...
.
His bag was packed and food was in the chest
A place for the dog and his bike as well
Well-worn baseball glove stuffed beside some toys
All the things in life he had missed at hand
 
Our hero first stopped at the grocery
To buy a new tooth brush and some sodas
Coming out he found vehicle booted
The ticket read "Two Hundred Dollar fine"
 
"Improper parking" -- he's on the sidewalk
Nothing to do but call Dad and come home
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Photo and Poem Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2010 (photo) and 2017 (poem), All Rights Reserved
2010 Photo at http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2010/03/homeless-in-america-midweek-blues.html

I'm linked with  at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads,
http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/03/fireblossom-friday-incongruity.html

Her instructions were "... incongruity lies at the heart of humor, as well. It is the absurd, the thing we don't expect, that is often the very thing which makes us laugh. And so, your poem can be light, if you wish. So, mix it up, explore incongruity. Then link! Please write a NEW poem for this prompt, and no haiku or such like." 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ides of March -- a Limerick Poem

Beware the Ides of March
.
See they are come The Ides of March
Still our leader is in the arch
He's alive and well
Seer's word he'd quell
Here yes, today's still 15 March













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- - - Picture is "Public Doman' from Wikipedia,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March#/media/File:Vincenzo_Camuccini_-_La_morte_di_Cesare.jpg

I'm linked again with Kelly O'Conner at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, The Tuesday Platform ~~http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-tuesday-platform_14.html
Notes:
 - From Wikipedia, The Ides of March originally was a religious holiday.  Also Ides is a mid month celebration, on the 13th or 15th, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July, and October. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March
 
 - I first learned of the Ides of March from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
 
 - More from Wikipedia, "In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch,[19] a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March.

 - "On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, "The Ides of March are come", implying that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied "Aye, Caesar; but not gone."[19] This meeting is famously dramatised in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to "beware the Ides of March."[20][21] The Roman biographer Suetonius[22] identifies the "seer" as a haruspex named Spurinna." 

 - I really wanted to write modern Ides thoughts but time got away from me -
 - Happy Ides of March Day -
 - Celebrate, don't dread it -

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy National Pi Day ~~ a Pi Poem (Pi-om), this year a Limerick

To the fridge Grandfather Jim went 
In there he'd find a pie for Lent
The fridge was oh so bare
Leftovers and a hare
Rabbit fit for pie he was bent
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    I've used the rabbit picture before, first in 2008 (link) as my Easter Rabbit surprise.  I have no idea where it originated, it came on a chain e-mailing.
    Poem Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2017, All Rights Reserved

    I'm linked with Kelly O'Conner at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, The Tuesday Platform ~~http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-tuesday-platform_14.html
Today is National Pi Day (check it) to celebrate March 14 (3rd month, 14th day -- 3.14 = pi)

"Pi" is a mathematical constant equaling 3.14159265359.  For most applications 3.14 or 3.1416 is usually sufficient.  For approximation we can use 3 1/7.

A lot of people will be writing a "Pi Poem.  Different form and free form will be used, some will use a Pi-Kau, a three line special poem of  a three syllable, a one syllable, and a four syllable lines.  This year I am writing a Limerick, one year I wrote pi-kau form.
My other years 'pi poems' are here.
  • Pi is useful for finding areas and volumes when the object is a circle or a cylinder. 
  • In a formula we can abbreviate pi to be represented for pi by using the Greek letter "π".
  • What is Pi?  It is the circumference of any circle, divided by its diameter.  Also using this equation, we can back out and find dimensions by manipulating the formula.
  • For example, knowing the diameter ("D") of a circle we can find the circumference ("C") by using the formula, C = π x D. 
  • Pi Day also happens to be the birthday of Albert Einstein. (born 1879) You could eat a pie or play an Einstein-themed trivia game, or have an Einstein impersonator contest. 
  • Mrs. Jim is making me a pi Day pie, I hope rhubarb.
I used a Pi a lot in my studies as I have eight college mathematics courses giving me a Minor of Math to supplement my Economics Major for my Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Houston.
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Oh Lady D, how I cherish thee ~~ a Poem for Tuesday Platform

Demeter
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Oh Lady D, how I cherish thee
Unwittingly, thou passion's symbol 
Vineyard's safe keeper, of roses red, 
my vines of peanuts, and hibiscus

Nary a grape to be seen.  Beneath
your skirts perennial blossoms lurk
melons, tomatoes, and radishes

Guarded they are by your lingerers, 
heirs to your namesake, carrying it not
Without fail, every spring my tribute

Honoring you, comes to life planted
Planted among the daisies and corn 
See their beauty grow, dearest Scarecrow
Forever in my garden close by 
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Pictures and Poem Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2006 and 2017, All Rights Reserved
2006 Picture link, http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2006/10/halloween-wishes.html

I'm linked with Marian at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, The Tuesday Platform ~~ http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-tuesday-platform.html

The Tuesday Platform is a free forum meaning we can post whatever poem we liked.  Her instructions: "Dear versifiers, minstrels, balladmongers, and bards! (I might be a versifier) Please share a poem, ditty, rhapsody, or dithyramb* in the Garden today.

I chose a dithyramb* to honor the Greek goddess, Demeter**.  Did you know that the common scarecrow is a leftover show of homage to her.  Of the early farmer's worship of the gods, only Demeter** seemed to be of help to their crops.  Little did they know her image in the fields was scaring away the animals and birds who preyed upon the vegetation and seed.

Notes:
*Dithyramb noun: dithyramb; plural noun: dithyrambs --

a wild choral hymn of ancient Greece, especially one dedicated to Dionysus (I chose Demeter**); a passionate or inflated speech, poem, or other writing." (link)
 
**Demeter:  "Demeter was a peace-loving deity and the source of all growth and life; she was the goddess who provided all nutrition on the earth and taught mortals how to cultivate the earth and ease life. Demeter was most appreciated for introducing wheat to mankind, making man different from animals." (link)

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

A Flash 55 poem for the weekend -- Grocery Shopping


 
Grocery shopping
Isn't favorite thing to do
Math I've learned helps me not

Took my dolly too
Stopped at the Starbucks
Will coffee stunt our growth

Green things I don't eat
Red isn't much better
Do cookies rot my teeth

I went with Mother
She'll spend one quarter for me
What makes the onion cry


 
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Pictures and Poem Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2014 and 2017, All Rights Reserved
I'm linked with Kerry O'Conner at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Play it Again Toads !, link is http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/03/play-it-again-toads.html 

 
I chose her first option for a Flash 55 poem.  It turned out also to have an option for it to be a Zen Poem with 55 words of which I'm not real good.  So I'm playing Kerry's prior request of Saturday, May 2, 2015.  It seems that I posted three poems for that day's call, none of which was a very good Zen poem.  The link is http://withrealtoads.blogspot.co.za/2015/05/flash-55-plus.html  I do have exactly 55 Words, with a questioning view and  a set of four Senryū verses which the Zen like.

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Dégas
The same may go for poetry? (whatever, I enjoy painting with the words!)


Pictures previously posted here: (on a visit around at the Borough Market in London and in Vauxhall, London, U.K. in 2014--while visiting our daughter and granddaughter and SIL there while they were living for five years in London). http://jimmiehov.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-quiz-whats-your-favorite-eleven.html

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Moon, Stars, World ~~ a Sunday Micro-poem Challenge



Moonlight Escapade 
 
We strolled along the walkway, Dog and I  
Full moon blooming, shining bright stars smiled down  
I gave my bloody howl, Dog howled as well
 
I was howling, tribute bright yellow moon  
Dog howling at me, new experience
Watch our fangs, see them grow, the Dog's and mine
 
The better to bite you with my dear miss
Drops of blood I'll draw, Dog will have no part
The stars?  They cried out to bloody Heaven
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Pictures and Poem Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2017, All Rights Reserved
I'm linked with Kerry O'Conner at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, And the Moon ~~ Micro Poetry (  http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/02/and-moon-micro-poetry.html )  

Kerry stated, "The object of this challenge is to write a poem in no more than 10 lines" with the frame of reference to be "And the Moon and the Stars and the World." 

The Pictures are of our "Moon Jar" as we call it, officially named by the Artist as "Earth Rise".  We bought this jar from the artist and creator, Helen Garriott, then wife of astronaut Owen Garriott, at her Kemah, Texas, studio. (Working as an aerospace engineer, I had the honor of giving Dr. Garriott his first Skylab simulation experience, a hands on orienttion tour of our Mockup Skylab module.) 

The 'knob' on the lid is Earth as seen from the Moon, below.  The jar is about 7 1/2 inches high, and 6 1/2 inches in diameter.  See the pictures for detail of the footprints and for the literature [click it twice to make it large enough to read] enclosed inside our jar.  We also have a "Sun Jar" which sits on our coffee table. (link to previous moon and sun jars)


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

"You can't always get what you want" ~~ a 226 Word Flash Poem

Did you ever ask

Did you ever ask Santa,
What I want for Christmas is ...
Santa says his nice things and
is hoping dearly that Mom

That Mom or Dad will tell you
Tell you that what you asked for
Isn't right for you, you're young
Much too young for what you asked

This is what Santa wants, "You 
can’t always get what you want.
But if you try sometimes, you
might find ...You get what you need."
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Did you ever ask your Mom
I want a new bicycle
You mom says her nice things, then
Says to you, Go see your Dad

Dad, Mom's tagging you along,
Has a frown on his face
Isn't real happy with your request
Let us fix up your Raleigh

This is what Daddy wants  "You 
can’t always get what you want.
But if you try sometimes, you
might find ...You get what you need."
.

You could ask for lots of things
A nice new school car, jewels,
Fine clothing, power at school
But you have so much, really

Have you ask Jesus for your being,
For your place in life, for you
Jesus may not give you these
Instead ask and he'll give you Heaven

Life after death for you.  "You 
can’t always get what you want.
But if you try sometimes, you
might find ...You get what you need."
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Picture and Poem Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2017, All Rights Reserved
I'm linked with Magaly at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Recycle a Saying
 http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/02/recycle-saying-poetry-and-flash-fiction.html

Magaly has a list of sayings and she wants us to use the saying but to change or add to it.  I added to "You can’t always get what you want" the next line of the Rolling Stones song, by the title of my first line.  Magaly also wants fairly short line, Flash length, to be shorter than or equal to 313 words.  Mine has 226 words with the title but not the two periods I use for verse spacers.

You can read a nice sermon given by the Pastor of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave, NY NY, on "You can't always get what you want" (includes references to the Rolling Stones song), at this link, https://www.mapc.com/worship/sermons/2012/08/26/you-cant-always-get-what-you-want 


Notes: 
 - (All are "...always get what you want" References), Page http://www.phrasemix.com/collections/the-50-most-important-english-proverbs, I used Number 21 of the 50 Most Needed English Proverbs
 - Google search, https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=hts&oq=&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGHP_enUS574US574&q=You+can%27t+always+get+what+you+want
 - Google search, for lyrics,http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rollingstones/youcantalwaysgetwhatyouwant.html
 - Rolling Stones, YouTube, 1969 TV Show, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BykilS816E
 - Aretha Franklin, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNsbfD9hFkA
 - Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave, NY, NY, sermon on "You can't always get what you want" (Bible references and includes references to the Rolling Stones song), https://www.mapc.com/worship/sermons/2012/08/26/you-cant-always-get-what-you-want

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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Wall -- a Challenge poem

The wall; 
a dream? (a prayer?)

I had a dream last night
President Reagan came
He came to me and said
Donny, tear down that wall

It worked with the Commies
I'll make it work with you
Tear down that wall, or ..
Or go scooting down

Down into the bowels 
Into the bowels of Hell
I've visited there, it's
No place to be.  Your choice

It worked with the Commies
Had better work with you.
Please I said, could I just,  
Send a Tweet and see what

No Tweets for you, no more
Gorbachev, he had none
To neighbors you've done harm
Irreparable harm

Said Mr. Regan then
To you by God I'm sent,
Mind His will or be burned.
First I'll tweet, this is rigged

This is a dream, you're dead.
It's not a dream, I'm sent
Dead yes, a dozen years
No Tweets, no dream, goodbye

Aaah aah aah ah aah
I'm going dow o own!!!
Goodbye my friend, goodbye
Too many times, no more

Photo: screen capture from Wikipedia, "Ronald Regan"
Public Domain [click to enlarge]
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Picture and Poem Copyright, © Jimmiehov 2017, All Rights Reserved
I'm linked with Marian at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, "Walls"
http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/02/walls.html
Marian opened, " Toads! Today in the Garden we are taking back WALLS."

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