Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Monday, May 17, 2004


Man, I'm so mad!! I had a dream in which I was talking to someone and started talking in rhymed verse. I woke up thinking, "Hmmm, I gotta remember that because it was a nice poem." and I thought about it and realized I did remember, so cool. But then I fell back asleep!! And now I can't remember it at all!! That just stinks! I used to keep a little recorder by my bed so when I woke up after cool dreams I could just put it into the recorder and fall back asleep. But I didn't have that around last night, so now it's gone. Damn, damn, damn! All I remember was something about training with butterflies and swans. Hey, it made sense at the time!!

AAAAAAAAaannnywayyyyy....(shake it off!)'s my poem for today:

Dream Answers

The answer came to me in a dream
Images swirling around me
Flashing with crystal clarity
Then fading into foggy mystery
Till I woke, longing for a Joseph
To spin the colorful threads
Into a tapestry of meaning...
and knowledge...and peace...

Unfortunately, the vision eludes me
Don't they always do so?
Especially when the dreamer holds them
Under the terrible scrutiny of wakeful reality
Dream-answers lose their radiant surety
Ending as laughable shadows
Ultimately shunned with a rueful smile...
disdainful disregard...a tinge of regret...

Oops, just realized I broke my own rule about always using rhymed verse on this blog!! Sorry!

Monday, May 10, 2004

Another Birthday

Today is my niece's birthday--she turns 9. She's one of the coolest kids I've ever met. She has a lot of energy, a great imagination, and is so enthusiastic about everything she does. She has a beautiful smile and a joyful laugh, and she lights up every room she's in. Here's my birthday poem for her--happy birthday, cutie patootie!!

Lexi's Light

Lexi has a light inside
that shines forth every day.
I see it in her big brown eyes
and when she laughs in play.

Lexi's not a quiet girl--
she loves to talk and shout!
She has a lot of energy
whenever she's about.

Lexi's smile is so sincere
you know it's never forced.
It's sometimes sudden, always sweet,
and mischevious, of course!

Lexi tries to make you think
she's really not that bright.
But she's as smart as she can be
and knows when she is right.

Lexi's worth the time it takes
to get to know her well.
So just be patient and you'll see
she's really awf'ly swell!

Lexi will be great one day
when she's a lady grown.
For Lexi has a light inside
that's all her very own.

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to my mom, sisters and to all moms! Here's a poem I wrote several years ago for my mother.

Happy Mother's Day

Whatever path I take in life
Whatever road I choose
Your love helps me to carry on
Despite each bump and bruise.

We may not be the best of friends
We often fuss and fight
But through it all, your love remains
An ever-guiding light.

You've been our family's heart and soul
But often we forget
As we go through our busy lives
How much we're in your debt.

And so, for all your love and care
I thank you, mother dear
Your love's returned on Mother's Day
And each day of the year.

Friday, May 07, 2004


I watched the film Gandhi today (see my review on The Movie Zone) and decided to do another cinquain in his honor. Here it is!


a simple man
whose quiet life called us
to remember the voice of the

Thursday, May 06, 2004


Today's poetry form is the cinquain, which would have been very appropriate yesterday, but i blew it! It's an American style that is similar to the haiku in that it uses a set number of lines each of a set number of syllables. The entire poem is 22 syllables long, with the lines breaking down 2, 4, 6, 8, 2 in that order. It is not rhymed. Carl Sandburg sometimes wrote using cinquains, but they were originated by Adelaide Crapsey, whose name I love. Click here for more about the cinquain style.

The Voles

The voles
in my garden
are eating up my plants
as they burrow through the soil.
Damn pests.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Cinco de Mayo!

I don't have an original poem today, but in honor of Cinco de Mayo, I'm going to post the piece of doggerel my junior high school Spanish teacher used to teach us our Spanish vowels. You have to pronounce the vowels correctly here as you read this to yourself. The are:

a - as in "ahaaa!"
e - as in "eh?"
i - as in "eeeee"
o - as in "oh"
u - as in "ooo"

The vowels are pronounced in the spanish way in the first verse, in the English way for the second. So here it is--learn it, love it!

Spanish Teacher Doggerel

a, e, i, o u
El burro sabe mas que tu!

a, e, i, o, u
The donkey knows much more than you!

I'm not sure why the teacher felt he had to teach us our vowels in a demeaning way, but hey, it worked because I still remember!