April 24, 2021

A Busy Choo-Choo

by Colly

(pg 1-2)

Choo-choo!

A choo-choo train.

Big, round, wheels turn.

And go clickety-clack

down the track.

April 24, 2021

A Call It Kool Aid or Mar A Lago Sunshine Moonshine Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Trump Kool Aid

How Trump Steered Supporters Into Unwitting Donations

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April 24, 2021

The Plan (Part III)

by Jem Croucher

I’ve carried the frames

one by one down the the road

as they were quite awkward

so, to lessen the load

I decided four hikes

was better than two

to get the frames there

well you would, wouldn’t you?

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April 23, 2021

Shiny II

by Jem Croucher

I’m in the garden, it’s shiny

and growing right there

two dandelions in

the bright sunshine glare

So, as they’re yellow and lovely

and doing no harm

I trimmed the grass round them

so as not to alarm

And sitting here now

with a beer at my side

the shiny world smiles

and my grin is quite wide

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April 23, 2021

Walking Up the Mountain- an Earth Day Poem

by Alanna

How can I honor

you who feeds my body

and my soul

who provides me respite

from this troubled word?

I will walk up the mountain

through the meadow

through the wood

I will nod to your blessed

the iris , the camas, the fawn lilly

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April 22, 2021

Birth

by Frank Hubeny

Though Moloch wants a sacrifice
don’t let his dreams for you come true.
Don’t do what he says you must do.
Beware his smile. He isn’t nice.
He’s betting that you’ll pay his price
so pumps you up with hopeless fear.
Protect your children. Keep them near.
Your baby’s ready. Time for birth.
Life only is upon this earth.
That’s why those demons wander here.

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April 22, 2021

Bring it on

by Jem Croucher

It’s really taken hold of things

with new growth there abundant

and the garden’s looking lovely

now that winter is redundant

They’ve even gone so far to say

and promise us it seems

that for the next few days we’ll bask

in warmth from bright sunbeams

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April 21, 2021

A First Step Towards “Justice For All” BLM Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

George Floyd justice
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act: The bill before the US Congress which aims to tackle brutality

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act: The bill before the US Congress which aims to tackle brutality | US News | Sky News  Continue reading

April 21, 2021

Taking me time

by Jem Croucher

It’s midweek and I’m on holiday

and enjoying every day

as rest-respite is needed

now and then from the foray

Five days to think of nothing else

but enjoyment just for me

doing stuff I love to do

most of it here for free

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April 20, 2021

The forbidden word

by Jem Croucher

Yes I know it’s a word

which for me’s rarely hidden

yet as I use it so much

my wife has forbidden

But I really can’t help it

so here as a poet

I’ll resist but I’m tempted

so much, don’t you know it!

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April 19, 2021

Colorful Fish Swishy Swish

by Colly

Little fish Little fish

Do you like the green algae that grow?

And sprout up-up-up from the ocean floor.

Tall green stalks with bushy leaves

make a good hiding place.

Swishy Swish goes the fish.

April 19, 2021

A visit to the dark side

by Jem Croucher

We ventured to the dark side

it’s been well past a year

but with face-masks and some caution

we felt the coast was clear

We’d forgotten quite how big it was

miles of shiny treasures

but then these massive superstores

don’t do things by half measures

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April 18, 2021

The Plan (Part II)

by Jem Croucher

We built some raised borders

for the allotment to grow

laid them out in the garden

where they’re ready to go

Just one minor problem

they’ll not fit in the car

but the allotment is close

and not very far

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April 17, 2021

Enfold

by Venkat

elusive ether, extolled epiphany
ears exposed, espouse enemies
emerald epoch, emery ends

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April 17, 2021

Removed from the sand

by Jem Croucher

April arrives and I sit in the sun

here at the end of the day

in a spot at the end of the garden where

I can write and then have my say

It is a savouring grace to have and to hold

and cherish like a living thing

and to feel the last embers of the warming sun

is just cause I can tell you to sing

So though this is my pleasure it’s repeated

by people all over the land

particularly now that the Spring has arrived

and heads are removed from the sand

©Jemverse

April 17, 2021

“Lifting Stones”

by HemmingPlay
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I’m thrilled to announce “Lifting Stones” is available for pre-order now. Publishing is set for June 8 in print and E-book formats and available world-wide. It is also going to be in catalogs for bookstores and libraries to place orders through normal channels.

Published by Rootstock Publishing in Montpelier, VT in the US, a website is now up with background information on the book and a link to pre-order.

https://www.rootstockpublishing.com/rootstock-books/lifting-stones

Early reviews are starting to come in and they are looking good. A sample: “…There is humility and there is enormous bravery. Within the pages of Lifting Stones there is no finite limit to Stanfield’s poetic skill, nor to his quality….”

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April 16, 2021

A GQP EIS Acronym Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

GQP

EIS EVIL IMMORAL STUPID

I saw this tweet this morning. It was a comment on MTG & LB voting against reauthorizing the National Marrow Donor Program, the only two votes against, and bam, another limerick Continue reading

April 16, 2021

The Night of the Jack-O’-Lantern

by Frank Hubeny

The jack-o’-lantern’s hollow nose
turned darkly down on Antique Rose.
Its scornful eyes pierced Mistletoe.
Its toothy mouth warned them to go:
“It’s easy peasy in the street
Where greens and pinks and yellows meet.”
But pleasure wasn’t why they came.
No morbid magic, flashing flame
Could substitute for righteous light.
They stood their ground, prepared to fight.

The jack-o’-lantern burnt all night.

Its pride at dawn collapsed within.
Mistletoe knew they would win
And so did joyful Antique Rose.
Their faith like Mustard Seed’s still grows.

This poem is motivated by a prompt to write a narrative poem using a list of Paint Chip words selected by Linda Kruschke.

April 16, 2021

I Remember When I Could Remember Limerick 1.1

by Joel Kravitz

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I was once a dynamic think tank.
Now I find myself drawing a blank.
I guess I’m resigned
That I’m losing my mind…
And I’m overdrawn at the memory bank!

April 16, 2021

Tri-haiku XVIII (Summer’s child again)

by Jem Croucher

Concluding ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse (12 of 12)

I am summer’s child

Born of Spring I blossom and

bloom to full glory

I am summer’s child

My warmth grows stronger by the

day as sunshine comes

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April 15, 2021

A TFG Must Be Held Accountable For The Pandemic Deaths Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Trump pandemic response (2)

Trump’s Covid lies were a tragedy. Were they also a crime?
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April 15, 2021

Sunshine shadow revisited

by Jem Croucher

11 of 12 in the Jemverse series ‘The Spring 21’

Sunshine shadow

casts a glance

with nonchalance and whimsy

warming through the window

but outside still frail and flimsy

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April 14, 2021

Chase

by Frank Hubeny

I didn’t think I was the prey
when I went hunting Willful Dream,
but things aren’t always as they seem.
I failed. That’s why I’m here today.

That dream’s a Worm in painful play,
but I was eager for the chase.
Sound Sanity I wouldn’t face.
I knew that it would tell me, “No.
Beware the Hook. It’s sharp. Go slow.”
I tripped and fell, was saved by Grace.

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April 14, 2021

IT ONLY TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF LACE

by thereluctantpoet

By Charles Robert Lindholm

It Only Takes
A Little Bit Of Lace
To Ruin A Marriage

Especially,
If You Remove It
From A Woman
In A Hotel Room
Who Isn’t Your Wife

Copyright © 2021 Charles Robert Lindholm – The Reluctant Poet
All Rights Reserved – 04-14-2021
– 2:45 a.m.

Day 14 NaPoWriMo – April 2021
Inspired By First Line Friday
https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2021/04/10/first-line-friday-march-26-2021-2/

April 14, 2021

Yup – still singing

by Jem Croucher

10 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse

 

Wet roads glisten in sunshine

fresh from the rain

as I sit here gazing

from my window again

Very little here passing

lock-down in full swing

but there’s full colour highlight

born of the Spring

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April 13, 2021

Spring (finally) again

by Jem Croucher

9 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse

And finally Spring

arrives in a day

long hours of sunshine

hip-hip hooray

On the breeze is a fragrance

carried with grace

as we welcome the Springtime

with warm embrace

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April 12, 2021

A Mazel Tov To Hideki Matsuyama On His Masters Victory Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, puts on the champion's green jacket with help from Dustin Johnson after winning the Masters golf tournament on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
(AP Photo/David J Phillip)

Hideki Matsuyama becomes the first Japanese player to win the Masters Continue reading

April 12, 2021

Perfection in pink again

by Jem Croucher

8 of 12 in ‘The Spring 21’ series from Jemverse

The clematis against the fence

of the allotment in Ham Field

has many words which may describe

the beauty here revealed

But I’ll keep it nice and simple

the best way here I think

and simply say in these eight lines

perfection’s here in pink

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