Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fireblossom Friday – Art of Edward Emerson Simmons


“Gathering Wood” by Edward Emerson Simmons

A few spare moments
to gather
my thoughts

Beyond neighbor’s yard
swirl of pink
an elbow of sky

Steady weather
dry and clear
for tomorrow

Church day–
need those kids
up early, washed, and dressed

Best get this bundle
inside. I have used
my few spare moments


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A Week

Written for Poets United Midweek Motif~Happiness   (posted by Susan)
Describe an instant and/or duration of happiness

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”
― Robert Frost

A week in summer
weather on my side
opalescent ocean
gleaming as gems
newly painted canvas
of cerulean sky,
and I, shelling sand,
sitting on bleached
driftwood, standing
at ocean’s hem,
swimming in pool
waters, drying
on a lounge, fried
oysters, frozen
Pina Coladas.
That week
in summer.

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about love

Written for:  Poetic Asides #436 – Write a comprehensive poem.

comprehensive book
left me feeling mystified
about love


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Guys Catching Up

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub -“Brand Name Noodling”
(posted by Lillian)
Include AT LEAST TWO of the brands listed IN YOUR CHOSEN CATEGORY, in the BODY of your poem.
Use the brand name’s words as words.
If one of the brand names you select has two words in it, try to use the two words in the same order as the brand does.
PLEASE NOTE : If you choose the Candy Bar category, do not write a poem about candy bars, including three of the candy bar names in your poem. Instead, use the words to refer to something other than a candy bar. Noodle with the words in the brand name!

HINT: You may find the need to use a form of the word – as in “mounded” or “mounding” instead of “mounds”. BUT – a synonym for the word will not count. IE using the word “piles” instead of “mounds” will not fulfill the prompt.

Here’s my pick:

Charleston Chew
Milky Way
Mr. Goodbar
Mars Bar
5th Avenue
Oh, Henry!
Pay Day
Baby Ruth
3 Musketeers

Well krackel my knuckles,
there’s Mr. Goodbar. What
is he doing on Fifth Avenue?
I heard he moved to
the suburbs when Baby Ruth
was born. Let’s go say
hello. No? Why not?
Oh, Henry! Don’t be such
a butterfinger. Not his
fault that they chose
him over you. Your big
payday will come. Look,
he’s headed into the Mar’s
Bar. Must be five years
since I saw him. We need
to catch up.

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by mail

Written for:  The Twiglets #76 – “by mail”

when mail was delivered
by stagecoach
words written
in a letter
might no longer apply

stands by mail-
box, tries
to decide
whether to send
a letter that could
change her life

He sent for a mail-order bride
a docile girl who would comply
with whatever he asked
no matter the task
two weeks later he died, poisoned by cyanide

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Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday -“compassion”  (posted by Xenia)

Children die every night
on television. When do you
register the fact that this
slaughter is real? Is there
any hope left in the hearts
and minds of those in the midst
of true horror day after day?

Tears well up in my eyes when
I see the state of those children–
wounded, malnourished, terrified.
What is their future?

free from its cage
yellow canary sings of spring
afraid to fly

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Writing, Thinking

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-challenge
Fussy Little Forms – Palindrome   (posted b Marian)
“We all know that a palindrome is a word or phrase that is the same when read forward or backward. Like WOW or CIVIC or LOL or HANNAH. (Hi, Hannah!) Heaven (Grace) introduced the palindrome in the Garden a few years back, HERE. It’s the same idea, except that a palindrome poem can read forward and backward word by word or line by line. Here’s a quick example that I wrote for Grace’s challenge, called “Minor Key Riots”:”

night, this feeling
like ripe dahlias–
escaping the laden
shrill étude
that is
Is that
étude shrill,
laden, the escaping,
Dahlias, ripe like
feeling this night–

Are you joking?
Backwards writing–
hard task.
Mom and Pop are sweet palindromes.
Both parents gone now.
Today is sad – –
sad is today–
now gone, parents–both.
Palindromes sweet are Mom and Pop.
Task, hard–
writing backwards.
Joking, you are.

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Written for:  Haiku Horizons – “spring”

days of spring
warm breezes, romance in the air
where are they hiding?

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Are You Game?

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #351

Words:  game, seam, sheen, rattle, fastens, simple, beam, list, streak, string, still, beat

Simple game of 500 rummy,
Sonny–you need a list of rules?
Stop rattling your fingers
on the table? Think you
will be able to break
my winning streak? Why
don’t you fasten your
attention on your hand.
Sit still. Who knows,
maybe you’ll beat me. See,
I’m a fair guy. And you,
Harry, stop playing with
that damn string on
the tablecloth. If it pulls
loose, and that giant pinky
ring seams that table,
it’s my ass.  Hey Sal, that light’s
bouncing off  the sheen on your head.
Aw, I’m just kidding.  Pass me
that bottle of Jim Beam.

I need a drink.

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Written for:  Carpe Diem #1427 – Huanca
The Huanca are a Quechua people living in the Junín Region of central Peru, in and around the Mantaro Valley. At around 500 BC, they were incorporated into the Wari Empire. Despite efforts to defend its independence, the Huancas were eventually subdued by the Inca leader Pachacutec in 1460 and the region was incorporated into the Inca empire. It subsequently became a notable stopping point along the Inca Camino Real (one of the main roads of the Inca empire).

Alpaca blessing ceremony by a Huanca Shaman

Alpaca blessing ceremony by a Huanca Shaman

new life’s promise
spit drips from my face
Alpaca blessing

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

in a new country
adapting to strange customs
keeping a piece of home

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