Monday, January 31, 2011

Hair Today

Long hair
Short hair
Straight or curly

Braids
Pig-tails
Can look girly

Wash it
Rinse it
Blow it dry

Brush it
Smooth it
Snarls go bye-bye

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Me Much? A Toddler's Tale.

Me up-up.

Me no up.

Me down.

Me walk-walk.

Me no walk.

Me stroller.

Me cookie.

Me no lunch.

Me cookie.

Me play.

Me no nap-nap.

Me play.

(Zzzzzzzzzz anyway...)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Around

Around the corner
I met a foreigner.

Around the bend
He became my friend.

Around the block
We would talk and talk.

Around the world
Our love unfurled.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Flu

A cow says, "moo"
A ghost says, "boo"
When I have the flu,
I say "ah-choo!"

*sniffle-sniffle*

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In the Middle of the Night

In the middle of the night
coyotes
are
yelling,
yipping,
and screeching.

In the middle of the night
they sound like
a child
wailing,
weeping,
and screaming.

In the middle of the night
the coyotes roam,
the child sleeps,
but Mom is awake,
listening.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Anything Is Possible

When I think outside the box...
While playing inside a box...
Anything is possible.

I can jet away to France
To buy red polka dot pants.

I can operate a train
To explore Bombay or Spain.

I can rocket to the moon
And bring along my baboon.

Anything is possible...
While playing inside a box...
When I think outside the box.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pink Striped Socks

My tootsies stay warm
Through a winter storm
In my pink striped socks.

I slide down the hall -
Slip-slide but not fall
In my pink striped socks.

Curled up on the couch
Each foot in its pouch
In my pink striped socks.

I enjoy each day
In my unique way
In my pink striped socks.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Windy Day

Way up high,
Or down below.
All around,
The wind does blow.

It keeps kites aloft.
Helps the laundry dry.
Whether strong or soft,
Loose leaves really fly.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Note to Clowns

Some clowns make me frown
When they come around.

The big floppy shoes...
The wild rainbow hair...
The creepy white face...
Give me quite a scare.

If you are a clown,
Please don't come to town.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Full Moon

A full moon will be shining bright tonight.

It will fill my room with much too much light.

I wish I may, I wish I might...

Turn off the full moon, it is just too bright.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I Like Ice...

I don't like ice on the roads.
I don't like ice in the stream.
But I do like ice in my bowl,
If it's in my ice cream.

Monday, January 17, 2011

PEACE

Play fair...
Enjoy life...
Always be respectful...
Celebrate differences...
Embrace each other...

Happy MLK, Jr. Day!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Letter B

Bubble baths,
Belly laughs,
Brown bats in a banana tree.

Buzzing bees,
Ballet leaps,
Baby books from the library.

Today's poem was brought to you by the letter B.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mysterious Black Liquid

What's that black liquid
Steaming in Daddy's cup?
It smells super good
And Dad drinks it all up.

It must taste yummy,
Dad smiles after one sip.
I want to try it,
But I don't want burnt lips.

Oh good, Dad's out back.
His cup has just enough...

Just one sip - SLURP - Yuck!
Dad drinks some nasty stuff!

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Conversation with a Teenager *

Teenager: "Mumble...mumble...mumble..."

Parental Unit: "What?"

Teenager: "Never mind..."

Parental Unit: "No really, what?"

Teenager: "Nothing..."

Parental Unit: "Seriously, I want to hear what you said?"

Teenager: "It doesn't matter..."

Parental Unit: "What. Did. You. Say?"

Teenager: "I forgot."

Parental Unit: *sigh*

*This poem is based on a fictitious conversation with a fictitious teenager and does not resemble the conversations I have with the teenager I live with...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Rise and Shine, My Little Sunshine

I can't go to bed,
I'm not even sleepy.

I can't go to sleep,
Everything is creepy.

What was that thunk?
Did you hear it?

I can't see it,
But I fear it.

*Deep breath in...*
I try to think of only good thoughts.

puppy licks...warm sunshine...Mom and Dad hugs...the smell of pine...

*
Deep breath out...*
I try to relax my tummy knots.

"Rise and shine, my little sunshine!"

I can't wake up,
I'm still so sleepy.

I love my room,
Nothing is creepy.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Orange

Sunrise and sunsets.
Pumpkins and marigolds.
Marmalade and sherbert.
Carrots and carrot cake.
Goldfish and fish food.
Safety vest and traffic cones.

Orange you glad there is orange?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kindness Helps

I am sad.

I know what happened, but I don't know why.

I want to help, but I don't know how.

Or do I?

I could share my cookie, I guess.

Or smile even when I don't feel like it.

I could be just plain kind.

To everyone.

Kindness helps.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Turbo Dog

A flash of white fur
Scrambles down the lengthy hall
Chasing tennis balls,
Chew toys, or nothing at all.

With only two speeds,
Turbo-speedy or asleep,
Pooch's either a lump
Or taking a flying leap.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Who Am I?

I'm squishy,
soft,
and hard.

I slime,
slide,
and hide.

I'm sun sensitive,
salt allergic,
and prolific.

Who am I?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My Tooth Is Loose

My tooth is loose,
I'd rather wiggle it than play.

My tooth is loose,
My tongue just will not stay away.

My tooth is loose,
Yay, an apple for lunch today!

My tooth is loo...ouch!

My thooth ith gone and now I thalk like thith.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ready, Set, Snow!

"Got your hat?"
"Yep."

"Got your coat?"
"Yep."

"Got your mittens?"
"Yep."

"Got your snow pants?"
"Yep."

"Got your boots?"
"Yep."

"Why are you dancing?"
*silence*

"Did you use the potty?"
"Uh-oh."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ode To My Fish

Back and forth you swim -
Forth and back again.
Your shiny golden scales blur.

I can not hold you,
Pet you, play with you,
But my love for you endures.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wee Pup


I have a wee pup,
A fuzzy pup,
A poochy pal of brown.

I have a squat pup,
A pudgy pup,
Who follows me around.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I Always, I Never...Contradiction in Haiku


Co always wakes up on time…except when she doesn’t...
My dog licks my cheek –
my own puppy alarm clock.
Where’s the snooze button?

Co never splashes in the bathtub…except when she does...
Flutter kicks combined
with belly slides make water
flow over the sides.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Haircut

Mo found the scissors,
But not the paper.

A passing glance in the mirror
Revealed bangs in need of a trim.

Snip, Snip...Oops!

"Oh my, I have big eyes...
...and so does Mommy!"