Posts tagged ‘poets corner’

July 7, 2020

A Grimace and Bear It Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Trumpy-Bear

A friend put up a Facebook post with the tv commercial for this

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July 7, 2020

A “Your Vote Counts The Same As One Rich Person’s Vote” Limerick 1.2

by Joel Kravitz

vote 2020

I was writing political limericks during and soon after the 2016 election, but I was overwhelmed by the change in the political climate and the events that came with it. I couldn’t keep up with it. And, I felt that it might even be dangerous to continue. You never know who is reading them and keeping score.

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June 27, 2020

This Glorious Passage

by HemmingPlay
Hummingbird hovering at red trumpet vine blossom

Photo by Roger Levien

My past is as implausible as
the tale of a frail
butterfly that flies from Mexico to Canada.
Why? How? To what purpose?

Here and now, I’m between
million-year-old mountains
and the damp, salty shores of
one of an ocean’s quiet, protected bays—
where the fish and the plants and the chemistry,
change day by day, but where the whole is eternal,
where a thousand centuries is as a day.

An ocean and mountains
show us who we really are,
Mere children pretending to be
some heroic captain,
braced on a stormy quarter deck
defying the gale,
the rocks too close.
But the ocean knows it
has swallowed many like us before,
and will take many more.

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June 24, 2020

A Science and Conscience Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

science and conscience

The world has been through times like this before and mankind has survived. That said, I am a baby boomer who could have never imagined what is happening in the world today.

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June 12, 2020

A Couple of Goodbye Las Vegas Buffets ? Limericks

by Joel Kravitz

bellagio-buffet

Time to get back to humor.

The pandemic has affected our eating,

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June 9, 2020

A Limerick To Honor George Floyd

by Joel Kravitz

George_Floyd

May his name forever be recalled as the name that brought about an America with Liberty and Justice for all.

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June 3, 2020

The World Wide Web And Social Media

by Joel Kravitz

the internet

I spend so much time in front of screens – a television, a computer, and a “smart” phone – trying to digest so much that they put in front of me. Are we an advanced worldwide society because we are connected by worldwide communication technology? With what we have been seeing on all the screens for the last week, that would be a difficult question to answer.

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June 1, 2020

Words Fail Me

by Joel Kravitz

a tear drop

Not a day for humor. Too many heartbreaking images. Too much pain.

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May 31, 2020

Words of Advice to the Recent College Graduate

by Joel Kravitz

graduation-celebration

College graduates have been cheated out of some of the best parts of graduating from college – that last month of college, last parties, taking that last final and walking out of that last classroom and realizing that it’s over and donning a cap and gown and walking across the stage and receiving your diploma. A virtual graduation just isn’t the same even though it comes with a graduation speaker giving a motivational speech.

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May 29, 2020

An I’m Still Staying Home Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

stayhomesafely-

If patience is a virtue, then I’m going to be a saint.

Shakespeare was not going to the beach during the plague. He knew better. Hamlet had this to say about it – ‘Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.  And we know of the ills of COVID19. The numbers speak for themselves.

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May 27, 2020

An Ode To A Bidet Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Baku bidet

I have been living overseas since November. It has been the adventure of a lifetime for me. I have enjoyed experiencing so many new things and immersing myself in the culture – literally.

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May 25, 2020

A Memorial Day Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Memorial-Day-Celebrate-Honor-Remember

Today is a National Holiday honoring all of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep the world safe from the worst evil and inhumanity known to man. Their sacrifice is the reason we have the freedom that we live under in the greatest country in the world. It is a day to reflect upon how a nation united can overcome anything that threatens our freedom. Happy Memorial Day.

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May 21, 2020

A Pandemic Worst Practice Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

pandemic protestor

There are no problems that “ignore it and maybe it will go away” won’t make worse, especially health problems. I borrowed the gist of that statement from AA, which believes in admission and support as the foundation for solving the problem. Admission and support are exactly what is needed now to solve the pandemic problem. Anything other than that will only exacerbate it.

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May 20, 2020

Beautiful words

by Jem Croucher

The beauty of words
Ones so full of meaning
To capture the essence
Of life so endearing
The palette of poets
To paint and to capture
And bring to the reader
The joy to enrapture

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May 19, 2020

Ivy Gone

by Jem Croucher

Had a conversation with my neighbour
As he chopped the ivy down
Been wondering how to tackle that
Each day now with a frown

But he provided the solution
Hacked it down from other side
Including all the overgrowth
From our shed roof I spied

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May 18, 2020

A Pandemic Stay Home Stay Safe Sex Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

Pandemic hooking up

I have seen this photo making the rounds on social media. Sadly, there are going to be many economic and social casualties from the pandemic – one of them being casual sex.

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May 18, 2020

Never Contrite

by Jem Croucher

The problem with writing
So far in advance
Is the tine to catch up
Or not with a chance

And the capture of moments
Which by the time that they see
The cold light of day
Is a vague memory

But it’s a very small problem
To have so I’ll cope
And keep publishing them here
Knowing well that you’ll cope

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May 17, 2020

Serendipity

by Jem Croucher

I found myself writing
About somewhere I’d been
And all of the wonderful
Things there I’d seen
The joy and the richness
Of life beyond measure
Captured and held just
Like having treasure

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May 15, 2020

A Pandemic Appearance Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

old-age-retirement-beard-man-finger-squat-guru 2

I can’t post a selfie because it would be a scary. I look like a cross between Santa Claus and Doc Brown from Back To The Future. I start every day the same way. I walk into the bathroom, look in the mirror, scream, do a costume change from pj’s to sweatpants and head to the kitchen to make coffee.

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May 6, 2020

Boomer’s Elegy

by HemmingPlay

Ooops. Might have screwed something up…

We said love would save the world
We faithfully sorted colors of glass and three kinds of plastic
We took reusable bags to the grocery
We turned the water off while brushing
We thought everyone would do the right thing.
We thought our parents were wrong about everything;
We were only partially right. 
We thought rich people were smart and the smart would get rich
We were almost always wrong, except for the evil smart ones. 
We thought there were heroes (and some of us still do)
We thought we’d beaten the Nazis once and for all, ’cause or our dads did it.
We thought our dads were wrong about a lot of other things.
We were wrong about that, too. 
We thought feelings were more important than facts.
We thought wishes would turn into dishes,
We thought wishes would let beggars ride.
We thought things would only get better.
We thought magical thinking was thinking.
We thought swords could be beaten into plowshares  
We thought FDR saved our grandparents, and loved him for that.
We thought Ike was great, but too old for our future.
We thought JFK was cool, and that the other stuff wasn’t important
We thought Johnson did some good things, but was a hick
We thought tricky Dick was bad then, then found out he was worse
We thought he was the worst we’d see; we were wrong.

We are nearing the end, and can’t believe the ride is almost over. 
We can’t believe David Crosby has three fatal diseases. 
We can’t believe Joni is old and decrepit. 
We thought… oh, who cares what we thought. 
We were right about some things, wrong about most, 
We thought we could change things, and maybe we did, 
We thought and we thought and we experimented and
We come to the end, chastened but unbowed. 
We thought we were doing the right thing. 
We don’t get to write the history, dammit. 

 

May 3, 2020

A Pandemic Crises Reality Check Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

life money

A global health crisis. A global economic crisis.
Both inflicting unimaginable pain and suffering, loss and fear.

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April 24, 2020

A “StayHomeStaySafe Connecting = Anti-Social Distancing” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

don't talk anymore

The pandemic has changed so many aspects of what was our “everyday lives.” One of the most dramatically affected things has been our relationships.

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April 22, 2020

A “Pandemic Indoor Golf” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

putting

A friend was lamenting how the pandemic was hurting his golf game. #Stayhomestaysafe does not get you out to the golf course or the driving range despite actually being an activity that can have social distancing built into it provided that you walk and don’t take a golf cart. There’s a lot of room out there. But when all the room that you have is the living room, then you have to be creative. And have an openminded, cool partner.

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April 21, 2020

Opposites

by HemmingPlay

What would reason and sobriety be without drunkenness?
What would desire be without Death looking over its shoulder?
What would love be without the possibility of its loss?
What is the point of promises if nothing really matters?
What would attractions between man and woman be
     without the eternal antagonisms of the sexes?

Life happens in the space
between
opposites.

No exhale without
an inhale,
no breath both in
and out.
Man. Woman,
Yet none can be both
wife and husband.
Order.
Disorder.
Freedom.
Slavery.
A life of the senses.
A life of the mind.
Birth.
Death.
Always one pays for the other,
Each necessary, precious.

Breathe in…

April 21, 2020

Wayfarers

by HemmingPlay

I wander toward
an unknown destination.
Pretending a purpose.
As do you.

Free (for a change).
Hungry to learn your ways, how you touch,
why you sigh, where
your shy ecstasy waits.

The sunrise, the sunset.
The passing of the seasons.
New life in the spring.
A baby’s smell.

Each moment burns bright,
then is gone. Another comes.
God is there.
Listen.

Death has been
my companion,
making life sweeter. Happiness?
Never permanent.

Rejoice.

April 20, 2020

An Acrostic “HEROS” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz

 

real heros

After watching more news on television than I ever have in my life, I am appalled at how politics and political figures are dealing, or not dealing, with the pandemic in such self-serving ways. There have been some exceptions who have demonstrated decisive leadership, and, unfortunately, the news focuses on those that haven’t. But what we have seen everyday is the exceptional courage and determination of the actual boots-on-the-ground frontline “soldiers” battling the pandemic every minute of every day. They are and will be remembered as the real HEROS

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April 14, 2020

A “Pandemic Panoramic Views” Limerick

by Joel Kravitz
The Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan

         The view from our balcony

April 8, 2020

Memory

by HemmingPlay

Memory is the not-quite-living museum of our lives, and dusty.
You’re not sentenced to remain what you already are.
You may change, grow and split the hardened
carapace of a self that no longer fits,
and like the seven-year locust,
climb high into a tree and
claim your rebirth.
But first comes
mere courage
and risk.