Saturday, April 30, 2011

Reptile Exercise

down
up
down
up

Lizard, why do you do push ups?

down
up
down
up

Is it just to provoke our pup?

down
up
 *yap-yap-yap*
 down
up
*yap-yap-yap*

Friday, April 29, 2011

Trees in Bloom

At this time of year
I can't seem to go near
The Palo Verde trees.

The bright yellow blossoms
Do not attract possums
But swarms of busy bees.

Plus those blasted tree blooms
Make my allergies boom -
All I can do is cough.

And try hard not to sneeze,
Or sniff or drip or wheeze,
When will the blooms fall off?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dining Out

First there is a line to be seated,
Then we have to wait for the waiter.

When we finally place our order -
I realize I can't wait much later.

I whine real loud, "I am so hungry!"
Mom gives me some milk and a cracker.

Then I start to chant, "I need food now!"
Which makes Dad let me be a snacker.

I slurp spoonfuls of yummy hot soup,
Dressing dipped lettuce, and crusty bread.

When my dinner finally arrives,
My appetite's totally fled.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Timing Is Everything

Once I thought that I was late -
That's something I really hate.

In fact I was just early -
Even this makes me surly.

Late?  Early?  Neither is a crime,
But it's best to be on time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oodles of Noodles

Pasta is so yummy,
It fills up my tummy,
Oodles of noodles.

Cavatappi is curly,
Spaghetti is twirly,
Oodles of noodles.

Wet, they are squiggly,
Often quite wiggly,
Oodles of noodles.

I love to slurp 'em,
Uh-oh, I burp 'em,
Oodles of noodles.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Baskets O' Plenty

We planted bright pink grass
In our baskets with care.

Then sowed our rainbow beans -
Enough so we can share.

We've got bunnies and Peeps,
Plus colored eggs and more.

Easter's the holiday
We eat candy galore!

Hoppy Easter Everybunny!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sssneaky Sssnake

I lie here
among the
dead grassesss,
crunchy leavesss,
withered ssscrub.

I am minding
my own
busssinesss
sssoaking up
the sssun,
basssking in
the heat.

Then I feel
them...

thud, thud, thud

- the legged onesss -

coming clossser...

THUD, THUD, THUD!

I ssslip,
I ssslither,
I ssslink
away.

But ssstill
they
ssscream,
"Snake!"

Disssgusssting.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earth Day *

Earth
Air
Ocean
Need our help
We must protect them
Or we will lose all that we are

* This poem is written in the Fib poetry form. Not fib, as in a little white lie, but as in the Fibonacci sequence.  The syllable count by line is 1/1/2/3/5/8.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Don't Blame Me

My sinuses are so full,
*sniff*
I am aching in my skull.
*sniff*
And I am having issues
*sniff*
With all these yucky tissues.
*sniff*
I leave my jeans pockets stuffed -
*sniff*
Now the laundry is all fluffed.
*sniff*
Mom is really not happy,
*sniff*
Don't blame me - I'm the sicky!
*sniff-sniff*

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Opposites Attract

I say up
You say down

You say smile
I say frown

You say big
I say small

I say short
You say tall

You and I don't always agree,
But best friends we will always be.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Recess Time

The bell rings
My heart sings

Recess time
Jump-rope line

My turn next
Muscles flexed

The rope spins
I jump in

jump
slap
jump
slap
jump
slap

smack
*tangle*

One more turn?
Teacher's stern

Fun no more
Bell once more

Pages turn
Time to learn

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hardware Store Cuisine

Dad needs another new tool,
For a project he thinks is cool.

Off to the hardware store we go,
When Mom finds out, she just might blow.

After we go through the checkout
I curl my lip and start to pout.

"Uh-oh, now what's wrong?" Dad asks me.
"Why are you no longer happy?"

"Hungry," I say in a small voice.
Dad basically has no choice.

We rush the in-store hot dog stand -
The only lunch I think is grand.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

No Longer Here

You are 
no longer 
here
physically,
on this 
earth,
but you
are
here...
in our thoughts,
in our memories,
in our hearts.

You are missed...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Tax Day

Mom and Dad will not play.
They say they have to pay.
Why can't our money stay?
Boo-hoo, it is tax day!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Puddles to be Mopped

The wind receded
to just a breeze
as the downpour
dwindled,
drizzled,
then stopped.

We journeyed out
to splash
in the pools,
then trekked back in
with puddles
to be mopped.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tree Topper

reach
jump
grasp
swing
hook
hoist
pull
sit
gaze

nothing better
than
the view
from
between
the
leaves

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Circle Time

We sit in a circle,
With our little legs crossed.
We listen to stories,
Or watch bean bags get tossed.

I try hard to listen
To teacher's direction.
I know if I don't,
I'll get a correction.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Don't Budge Me

Sometimes I have to wait in line.
If my friends are with me, I'm fine.

But when someone tries to budge me,
I start to feel really angry.

Instead I stay polite and cool,
And say, "We don't budge here at school."

Friday, April 8, 2011

What's Down There?

Against 
the crystal blue
sky
three specks
- a trio of scavengers -
oscillate,
levitate
above a patch
of 
barren,
rocky
desert.

What's 
down there
that keeps
those three
hovering,
spiraling
for 
hours?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Magic Band-Aid


There was a small boy who loved to play ball.
He played hard until he had a bad fall.


With a wail, a cry, and a scraped up knee,
Mommy came running to have a look-see.


Mom checked out his knee and knew what to do.
She wiped the boy’s tears and cleaned his knee too.

The boy felt good with Mom’s hugs and kissing,
But there was one thing he thought was missing.


So Mom got the box for giving first aid.
She cured the boy with a magic Band-Aid.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I've Got a Song Stuck in My Head...Can You Hear It?

I hear
the crystal clear
melody
floating through
my mind.

It sounds
exactly
like it does
on the
radio.

I hum
it low
knowing
the tune is
accurate.

I sing
it softly
knowing
the melody is
spot on.

I belt
it out
knowing
I am
pitch perfect.

By the
look
on your
face,
maybe
not.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fourteen Years Ago...

Today is the day - fourteen years ago,
Our child was born - perfect from head to toe.

She was a fun itty-bitty baby
Who's grown into a charming young lady.

It is so crazy how quickly time flies,
Our shock we can not even disguise.

Our firstborn daughter is turning fourteen -
Happy Birthday to you, Sweet Colleen!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Kindness

Humanity at its finest...
a wink
or a smile
or a compliment
on style.
 Holding the door
or sweeping
the floor.
Maybe waiting
your turn
or helping someone
learn.
...examples of kindness.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Two Choices

When
faced
with
a challenge,
a difficulty,
a hurdle,
you've got
two
choices.

You could
quit
which is
a good option
if your
health
or
safety
is in danger
or
you just
need to
give up.

Or
you can
persevere,
hang in there,
keep plugging
until
you
overcome
the challenge,
rise above
the difficulty,
surmount
the hurdle.

Only
one
of these options
allows for
the possibility
that you will
reach
your
goal.

Which do you choose?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Swing Song

stretch
glide
recline
soar

bend
tilt
lean
recede

stretch
glide
recline
soar

bend
tilt
lean
recede

the swing song goes on and on and on...

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Foolishness

At breakfast today I had quite a scare,
Something in my eggs shouldn't have been there.

It ended up to be a plastic bug -
The look on my brother's face was so smug.

Later I smelled my sister's fresh flower,
And came away with a blasted shower.

Why has this day gone from bad to the worst?
Oh yeah, because today is April first!

Happy April Fool's Day!