Thursday, June 30, 2011

Popcorn

oil plop
kernels drop
*tink*
*tink-tink-tink*
*tinktinktinktinktinktinktink*
sizzle
fizzle
hot, hot, hot
*pop*
*pop-pop-pop*
*popopopopopopopopopopop*
tip
pour
some fall on the floor
crunch
munch
crunchmunchcrunchmunchcrunchmunch
popcorn for lunch

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Eau de Zoo

The grass dons dew
As me and Sue
Enjoy the view -
I'm set to woo.

Love-doves coo,
Sue's eyes shine blue,
Our love is new -
*sniff* "I smell...eww!"

Sue wails, "Boo-hoo!"
And flees with no Adieu.
Blasted cleaning crew
Didn't pick up the poo!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mom Thinks She's Scored

When I squawk
Instead of talk
Mom balks.

When I whine
Instead of dine
I'm out of line.

When I creep
Instead of sleep
I'm in deep.

But...
when I speak sweetly,
eat neatly,
sleep completely,
Mom thinks she's scored.

But I'm plain b
                           o
                                 r
                                      e
                                           d.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Friend Like You

A friend like you
listens when I talk,
but does not judge me.

A friend like you
knows when to offer advice
and when to keep quiet.

A friend like you
has been my friend
through thick and thin,
for better or for worse -
even without the vows.

A friend like you
has laughed with me,
has cried with me.

A friend like you
has celebrated each of my successes,
has consoled each of my defeats.

A friend like you
is irreplaceable.

I am thankful to have
a friend like you.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Train Crossing

Clang-clang...
...flash-flash...
...WOO-WOO...
...the train is going past...
...clickity-clack...
...clickity-clack...
...clickity-clack...
...clickity-clack...
...clickity-clack...
...clickity-clack...
...the train has finally passed...
...wooooooo-wooooooo...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hit the Spot

When 
it
is
blazing,
scorching,
sweltering
HOT,
then
watermelon seed spittin',
lemonade sippin',
swimming pool dippin'
hits 
the 
spot.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sicky Sally

Itch-ory, Sick-ory Pox

Sally caught Chicken Pox.
The pox itch.
The pox ooze.
Sally can barely snooze.

Itch-ory, Sick-ory Pox

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Car Trip Limerick

How much longer will it be,
Until I can escape this car and be free?
I'm hungry, I'm hot -
Mutiny I may plot.
I hope we have time for one more movie.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Day of Summer Advice

The first day of summer,
Can be a bummer,
If you have a sunburned nose.

Use sunscreen this season,
Skin protection is the reason,
From your nose down to your toes.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Lizard's Welcome

The sign
says
"Welcome Everyone",
but
really
this garden
is
mine, mine, mine.

I
like to
lay
in
open spaces,
soak up
sun's rays -
they give me
energy,
they give me
strength.

I
scramble
over
brick planters,
under
stacked boulders,
between
cement blocks.

The
flowers, plants, weeds
in
my garden
do not
interest me,
just
the insects -
my neighbors,
my meals.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Aroma of Home-a

Dad's sweaty sock,
Grandpa's fishing dock.

Grandma's spotted banana,
My baby sister, Anna.

Mom's special scent,
Our family's camping tent.

These are the smells
That make me yell,

"I'm HOME!"

Friday, June 17, 2011

Parental PDA

Mom and Dad
Sitting in a tree
K-I-S-S-I-N-G

They hold hands
And hug publicly
E-M-B-A-R-R-A-S-S-I-N-G

Mom and Dad, you're so gross
(but really cool, secretly)
Hap-py Ann-i-ver-sar-y!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Selective Hearing

Mom says,
"Eat your beans!"
I have no idea
What she means.

Her lips move,
But I don't understand.
Besides, I'm listening
To my favorite band.

But if she whispers,
"Let's eat a treat."
I'm the first one
In my seat.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lump of Clay

If I were a lumpy blob of clay
I'd be massaged and kneaded all day.
This luxurious life I would never tire -
Wait a minute, no one told me I'd be fired!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day

Our flag is hoisted up high -
Adorning the sky.

Our flag ripples and waves -
A symbol of the brave.

Our flag does flap and sway -
Happy Flag Day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

At Swim Lessons

I wait in the only sliver of shade,
While you splash, float, and wade -
At swim lessons.

The scent of sunscreen fills the air,
While you dunk and dive without a care -
At swim lessons.

I share the bleachers with a fussy baby's cries,
While you learn to swim the butterfly -
At swim lessons.

It is worth the heat and near sunburn,
To keep you safe because of all you learn -
At swim lessons.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

No Wanna's

No wanna dinner
Yum, yum, yum

No wanna bath
Splash, splash, splash

No wanna book
More, more, more

No wanna sleep
Zzz, zzz, zzz

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I Need a Belt

jog
*sloop*
my pants
completely drop
- plop -
out my
underweared bottom
pops.

Red faced
I
look around
and
yank
my pants
 up off 
the ground.

I
know
deep down
in my soul
I need a belt
and
underwear
without
a hole.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Blazing BBQ

At first it looked like dinner was slim pickins -
Cinder chunks formerly known as chickens.

Then Mom went and got us take-out -
Right after the BBQ inferno was put out.

When dinner was aflame we started to complain -
But now we're happy eating Shrimp Lo Mein.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fish Walk?

It all started
when
my girl
read that book
on pet care.

"Pets need exercise,"
the book said.

"Time for a walk!"
my girl said.

The next thing
I know
I am
outside
with a view
of the sky.

Air 
all around 
me
- sort of -
rolling
down the street.

Slosh.  Splish.  Splash.

I'm
pretty sure
pulling my tank
down the street
in a wagon
isn't
what the book
intended.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Desert Ground Squirrel

You scamper
and you scurry.

You're always
in such a hurry.

You stand guard,
Above your hole.

The entire yard,
You control.

Above the ground,
You look around.

Below the earth,
You tunnel surf.

We barely notice
You at first.

Then you let
Your speed burst.

You zip this way
And that.

Better be fast
To avoid our cat!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Great Grapes

Grapes on the vine,
Grow so fine.

Grapes in a dish,
Look delish.

Grapes in my tummy,
Are so nummy!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mailbox Blues

Waiting for that letter to come,
Has made me feel undone.

It's the letter that has really good news -
The letter that will erase my waiting blues.

I check the mailbox, but it's completely bare -
All this waiting just isn't fair.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pie Party

Today we're munching on pie.
Peanut Butter Chocolate - oh my!
One piece?  Two pieces? No more!
Oh gosh, my stomach is sore...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bubble Time

Bubbles float,
bubbles pop.

Bottle spills,
I flop.

I wail,
then mop.

Bubbles float,
bubbles pop.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Philosophical Joke

Q: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

A: The egg - that was breakfast.  The chicken was lunch.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Air Conditioning

click
whir
burr
arctic blast
initial relief
goosebumps multiply
cross arms
nose drips
rub hands
socks, sweater, mittens