Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Popsicles

Rainbow bright flavors,
Frozen with a stick.
On a scorching day,
It's always what I pick.

Refreshing, entertaining -
Some include a joke.
Slurpy, drippy deliciousness,
I'll eat them until I croak.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Creepy Crawlies

My week started off normally,
With lots to do and lots to see.

Until the mysteries of the woodwork
Revealed themselves and went berserk.

On Monday I saw a slimy, green bug -
I had to call my brother, Doug.

On Tuesday I spotted a nasty, hairy spider -
Out came my mouthful of cider.

On Wednesday I noticed a wiggly worm -
Which inspired my primal dance and squirm.

On Thursday I eyeballed a bulbous bee -
On scurrying feet I did flee.

On Friday I saw a droning black fly -
At this point I just blubbered and cried.

On Saturday I spied a slithering snake -
My knees went weak and I started to shake.

Today is Sunday and I am very wary -
Any more creepy crawlies would be just too scary.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Secret

I
know something
you
don't.

Something
deep down
inside
me.

Something
I
don't want
you
to know.

Something
I
don't want
to know
myself.

It's
embarrassing.

I cringe
when
I
think of it.

I
shrink
under
its weight.

My
stomach
zings
when I think
someone
-you-
might find out,
might get
too close...

Shhhhhh!
to
my
secret.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ants In the Outfield

When will this game be over?
It must be getting late.

All I do is stand out here,
And wait and wait and wait.

The sun is in my eyes.
My hand is sweaty in my mitt.

The ball never comes out here -
All I want to do is sit.

I look for a comfy spot,
But all I find are ants.

I love to watch these critters -
Oh no, one just crawled in my pants!

Thank goodness the inning is over,
And it's time to go back.

I need to shake out these bugs
Behind the Snack Shack.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Goodbye School / Hello Summer

Goodbye textbooks and teacher's looks.

Hello keeping cool in the swimming pool.

Goodbye ringing bells and playground yells.

Hello family vacation and extreme hydration.

Goodbye cafeteria food and janitor dude.

Hello sleeping late and learning to skate.

Goodbye classmate friends and PE bends.

Hello TV reruns and getting nothing done.

Goodbye Math homework and Principal's smirk.

Hello mall scene and SPF sunscreen.

Goodbye school days and academic ways.

Hello summer fun - school is DONE!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Multidirectional Me

I stretch up high
And reach for the sky.

I crouch down low
And examine my toe.

I sit in the middle
And play my fiddle.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Desert Rockstar

You are
like
a
reclusive 
Rockstar.

We
look for you
- ever vigilant
 - ever watchful.

We
hope to catch
a glance,
a glimpse
of
you.

But
your speed,
your velocity
keeps us at bay.

Oooh, now we see you.
Darn, now we don't.

You
run 
so very
fast, fast, fast.

ZIP!

Lickity-split -
you
sprint
past us
- a blackish-gray blur.

After
you pass,
after
our brain
grasps the fact
that we
saw
you,
we mutter
in awe,
"Whoa, a road runner!"

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Different Perspectives on Being...

On being a kid...
Mom always decides - I never get a say,
But while she's deciding, I do get to play.

On being a Mom...
I guess I decide what the kids do and see,
But sometimes I'd like to just take care of me.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Waiting for My Breath of Fresh Air

I
wait
in the 
intense
afternoon sun.


Finally
the school bus
rumbles,
groans,
and billows
smoke
up the steep
roadway.


When
the red lights
flash,
the cars
on both sides of the roadway
reluctantly
slow down
and
stop.


With
squealy brakes
the bus
grinds
to a stop
in front of me.


WHOOSH,
the doors
exhale.


From
the shadowy interior
my little girl
emerges.


She is
all smiles
and
full of
stories of school.


She is my
breath
of
fresh air
on a
hot afternoon.

Ducks In the Desert

Ducks in the desert
Quack, quack, quack

Waddle behind Mama's
Back, back, back

Mama scrambles over rocks
Hurry, hurry, hurry

Ducks in the desert
Scurry, scurry, scurry

Monday, May 16, 2011

Blogger Ate My Post

Blogger ate my post,
One day it was there,
The next day it was toast.

I know it was only one,
But I post a-poem-a-day
And my chronology has come undone.

I know I'm not going to die -
But I want my poem/post back.
What a pain this has been...*sigh*

Mr. Moon

This may come as a surprise,
But you're not to hang out past sunrise.

The sun is now shining bright,
But you're in the sky - it's just not right.

Mr. Moon, go to bed,
Come out after sunset instead.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Because I am a Bat

Because I am a bat,
People avoid me.

Because I am a bat,
They try to destroy me.

Because I am a bat,
I get misunderstood.

Because I am a bat,
Some don't know I am good.

Because I am a bat,
I do a nighttime dance.

Because I am a bat,
Flying bugs don't stand a chance.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cartwheel 101

arms up
step
lean
kick
hand
hand
windmill legs
foot
foot
arms lift
head up
dizzy head
stand tall
triumphant smile

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday the 13th

Today is the 13th day of May,
Which also happens to be a Friday.

Why are some people afraid of today?
And not all the other Fridays in May?

Don't they know bad luck happens all the time?
Wasting today with fear is a crime.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tummy Trouble

My tummy feels woozy and I feel bad,
So whizzy-fizzy that it makes me sad.
I really do want to feel better soon,
But I also want a 'Get Well' balloon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Soccer Ball Blues

If I were a soccer ball,
I think I might wail and bawl.
They kick me when I am down,
If I had a face, I'd frown.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mama Bird

Here I sit and I sit
On this poky stick nest.

Through wind, heat, rain, and cold -
I try to do what's best.

I must keep my eggs warm,
Until my chicks are hatched.

I'll try to keep them safe,
So they will not get snatched.

Too soon they'll fly away -
Flapping from this stick nest.

I'll be sad but they'll know,
Mama Bird loves them best.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Motherhood Moment

Mom: "Honey, why is the dog orange?"

Child: "I dunno."

Mom: "Really?"

Child: "She ate too many carrots?"

Mom: "Um..."

Child: "She rolled in orange peels?"

Mom: "Well..."

Child: *tearfully* "I colored her...but I used washable markers!"

Mom: "Why did you color the dog?"

Child: "She had too much white space."

*Mom is rendered speechless.*

Friday, May 6, 2011

Late Night Reading

I make a tent with my knees,
Dad's huge flashlight helps me see.

I smuggled my book to bed,
If I get caught, I'll be dead.

I know it has gotten late,
But these last chapters can't wait.

I close my book with a yawn,
Barely finishing by dawn.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo
En ingles its the fifth of May
A day to celebrate Mexico
And eat guacamole - ole!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Unplanned Haircut

tug
pull
I have a huge knot in my hair.

yank
jerk
This snarl's giving me a scare.

grapple
wrestle
I am not sure just what to do.

sigh
dispair
Do I need a brand new hair-do?

snip
clip
*Yay*, my tangle's no longer there!

cut
chop
*Sob* but neither is my long hair.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day

The first of May,
Flowers flutter and sway.
Children laugh and play,
And dance around a pole today.

Happy May Day!