Monday, December 31, 2012

Music Box

Music box
Plays a tune
Morning, evening,
and afternoon.

Tinkly-plink,
I like to dance.
Plinky-tink,
In a trance.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

On Vacation

On vacation,
We explore:
Beaches, restaurants,
Shops galore.

We tend to spend
A little more
On vacation
By the shore.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Gift of Family

Wrapping paper
Is strewn about.
Best Christmas
Without a doubt.

The gifts were nice,
Under the tree.
But nothing's better
Than my family!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa's Pants

Santa's pants are snug.
Santa's pants are tight.

Too many cookies,
Worldwide last night.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Man In Red

The man in red
On his sled
Is way ahead -
His foot is lead
So fast he sped.
Mother said,
"Go to bed!"
My bedspread
I fled,
Awaiting...
                  the
                       man
                               in
                                   red.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Biting Buttons

Biting buttons
On the couch.

Biting buttons
Cause an ouch.

Biting buttons
Are raised up.

Biting buttons
Hurt when you get up.

Biting buttons
Are a royal pain.

Biting buttons
I avoid in vain.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tis the Season

Tis the Season for
stockings and ice skates.

Tis the Season for
mittens and snow flakes.

Tis the Season for
bulbs and bright lights.

Tis the Season for
bells and cold nights.

Tis the Season for
holiday splendor.

Tis the Season -
we surrender.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Chocolate Temptation

I opened the door
To our fridge,
Lots of chocolate!
I wanted a smidge.

Mom made bonbons
For a Christmas gift.
I just wanted one -
I needed a lift.

I grabbed a piece,
In my mouth it went.
Mom saw my crime,
To bed I was sent.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Path Pals

I jog the path,
Strangers jog by.
Out of breath
We wave, "hi".

Friendly folk
Trail exercise.
A healthy way
To socialize.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Working Instead of Washing

Mom's forehead
Is furrowed.
In her work
She's burrowed.

She's writing
And thinking.
And needs a shower -
She's stinking.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday Lights

Mom and Dad
Hanging lights.
This activity
Causes fights.

Some light bulbs
Are burnt out.
Dad's screaming,
Mommy pouts.

Tis the season
To be jolly?
Hanging lights -
Parent's folly.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Warm Winter

The calendar
Says December.
But the weather
Feels September.

Still wearing flip-flops
In all the hues.
Come January,
Will I need shoes?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Off to the Library

Off to the library
I go, go, go.

I'm walking kinda
Slow, slow, slow.

Books in my arms
Overflow, flow, flow.

A book slips down -
Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Caught it quick,
Saved my toe, toe, toe.

My muscles and brain
Grow, grow, grow.

Off to the library
I go, go, go.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Southwestern Critters



Scorpion tail-up,
Poised to strike.

Gila Monster waddles
Next to my bike.

Javelina munch
My barrel cactus.

Bobcat saunters,
Aloof with practice.

Rattlesnake suns
Near my trowel.

When I notice
I jump and howl.

Coyotes yip
Their eerie cries.

Around every rock,
Another surprise.

Southwestern life –
Full of critters.

Desert animals
Give me the jitters.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12/12/12

Thinking of a poem
About today's date,
Is not an easy task -
It is hard to create.

Not a lot rhymes
With the word twelve.
Into my mind's eye
I dive and I delve.

I decide to just enjoy today
Not for its distinct date,
But because it's a gift -
So I'll make it great!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

10 Minutes from a Bathroom

1, 2, 3...
I've got to pee.

4, 5, 6...
I'm in a fix.

7, 8, 9...
I moan and whine.

Finally 10,
Home again.

(Made it in time,
Feeling fine.)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Canine Thievery

I bounce my ball,
Bounce, bounce, bounce.

Here comes puppy,
Pounce, pounce, pounce.

Puppy runs fast,
Stop, stop, stop!

Look, a treat!
Plop, plop, plop.

I got my ball
Back, back, back.

Full of spit,
Ack, ack, ack!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Headstand

Feet in the air,
Without a care.

Upside down,
I see you frown.

I like the view,
From below you.

I ask, "What's wrong?"
Your scowl is strong.

I turn upright,
To avoid a fight.

At last you leave,
I roll my sleeves.

Feet in the air,
Without a care.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Not Quite Flight

Bobbing feathers,
Quail walk by.
A loud noise,
They try to fly.

Bellies bulging,
Wings not strong.
Quail can't fly -
They're proportioned wrong.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Beware of Baby

Tickle baby
On the tummy,
Right after
Something yummy?

Baby giggles,
Face lights up,
Until - OOPS!
He spits up.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Humid Hair

I twirl my tresses
Around my finger.
Movie star locks,
I'm a dead ringer.

But once I go out
In the humid air,
Things get ugly -
Frizz-bomb hair.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Lazy Sunday

It is Sunday,
Today I lounge.
In  the cupboard
I nonstop scrounge.

I move slowly,
I feel lazy.
I lay about -
Drives Mom crazy.

Today passes
Slow and steady.
But for Monday,
I get ready.

Must find my books,
Must take a shower.
Must pack a lunch,
My mood turns sour.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Shopped Out


I can not handle
Going to another store.We shopped 'til we dropped,
Then we shopped some more.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Puppy Welcome

Puppy jumps up
As I come in.
So excited -
Full body spin.

I have been gone
For oh so long.
Five whole minutes -
Her love is strong.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bean Day

Baked beans for breakfast.
Baked beans for lunch.
Baked beans are delicious -
All day I munch.

But come supper,
No beans for me.
I'd much rather
Toast and tea.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lizard Hunt

Around the yard
Puppy runs.
Lizard hunt
In the sun.

Then she rests
Tired paws.
On a lizard
Puppy gnaws.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Feel the Beat

I hear the beat,
I move my feet.

I shake my hips
with puckered lips.

Elbows swinging,
high pitched singing.

Music's in me -
wild and free.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Living In A Postcard

Looming mountains scrape
The periwinkle sky.
Puffy white clouds
Saunter on by.

We live in a postcard
Each and every day.
From the sun's arrival
To its setting ray.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Movie Regret

In the movie
the monster was hairy.
I can't sleep,
it was scary.

I try to think
of something funny.
"Why are you laughing
in bed, honey?"

"Sorry, Mom, I'm
trying to forget.
Watching that movie
I now regret."

Friday, November 23, 2012

Catalog Shopper

Catalog obsessed
Little girl.
Dolls, clothes, toys -
Her mind swirls.

She wants it all,
But has no money.
"You must save
For yourself, honey."

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turn of Events for Turkey

Turkey gobbles,
Turkey's loud.
Turkey struts,
Turkey's proud.

Beak held high,
Feathers fluffed.
Turkey's bold,
Until he's stuffed.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Airplane Trip

On a plane,
In the sky.

My ears pop,
When I cry.

I am stuck
In my seat.

Listening to
The engine's beat.

Can not wait
Until we land.

Seeing family
Is so grand.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Arizoning

I stare
at the endless
expanse
of desert
sand
dotted
with scrub
and saguaros.

I am
Arizoning.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Double Dutch

Class bell rings,
My heart sings.

Recess time
Jump-rope line.

My turn next,
Muscles flexed.

Two ropes spin,
I jump in.

Jump-jump-slap.
Jump-jump-slap.

Jump.

Trip.

Flap.

Oops, I fell,
At the bell.

Recess passed
Way too fast.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Wet Pet

Puppy dog
Licks my toes.
Rubs my arm
With her nose.

She is sweet,
But too wet.
Maybe I need
A drier pet.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Car Humiliation

Mom be-bops
When we stop

Near or far
In our car

Music's loud
For a crowd

Car behind
Wish were blind

I sit low
Home too slow

Must survive
'Til I drive

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dog's Nature Channel

Through the window
Doggy stares
Despite the sun's
Blinding glare.

Her eyes don't move,
What does she see?
A scared rabbit
Under a tree.

She watches the world
Right next to me.
Our front window
Is her TV.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hummingbird War

Two birds
Fly fast
One feeder
Zip past.

Thrum, thrum.
Tweet, tweet.
Two beaks
Compete.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dad's In Charge

When Mom's away,
Dad let's us play.
Pizza, movies,
cupcakes, smoothies.

We like it when
Dad's in charge.
Fun abounds -
Livin' large.

We miss Mom
and her loving ways.
But Dad is fun
for a few days.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Baby Yells

Baby yells
In the hall.
Mom shushes
Baby's call.

Slight echo
just enough
for others
to rebuff.

Baby doesn't
care one bit.
She keeps yelling -
Mom has a fit.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dog Tired

Doggy's tired,
Doggy's beat.
Doggy won't get
on her feet.

She ran too much
around the yard.
Exercised off
her doggy lard.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

Election day,
Your vote counts.
Exit pollsters
Like to pounce.

Cast your vote,
See who's elected.
Exercise your right,
Stay connected.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mare in the Meadow

Mare in the meadow,
Dappled gray.

Munching on lunch,
Golden hay.

Horseflies buzz,
Silk tail sways.

Sees her rider,
Whinnies and neighs.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Hangover

Today I feel
Rather sick.
My belly aches
Ick, ick, ick!

Not sure why,
Could it be,
My late-night binge
On candy?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It Is Halloween!

Don't be surprised
If you happen to see
A pirate, a ghoul,
A groovy hippie.

Tonight's the night
To see and be seen.
Have your treats ready,
It is Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pirate's Style

Pirate's got
cold, cold feet.
He needs warmth,
he needs heat.

He dons socks -
not any pair.
Aaaaargyl ones -
Pirate's flair.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Crash Bam Boom

Witchy-poo
Cried boo-hoo

Fell off her broom -
Crash
         Bam
                 Boom!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bad Dream

I tiptoe
down the hall.
It's so dark
I almost fall.

I find sis
in her loft,
sound asleep,
snoring soft.

I shake her
on the arm.
She's surprised,
I mean no harm.

I'm just scared -
a bad dream.
Creepy ghouls
made me scream.

Sis moves over,
I scoot and snuggle.
Then fall asleep
without a struggle.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Desert Decorations

Pumpkins on porches -
Cheery decorations.

Jack-o-lanterns or whole,
They cause complications.

Marauding night creatures -
Not zombie ballerinas.

Devouring pumpkins -
Horrible javelinas!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pumpkin Jack

Pumpkin Jack
Orange and round.
Hollow and carved
On the ground.

Pumpkin Jack's
Empty smile
Candle lit
Seen for miles.

Pumpkin Jack's
Glowing face
Welcomes guests
To our place.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ghost Gathering

Flying ghosts,
Howling ghosts,
Phantom guests,
Spooky hosts.

Don't need food
Or libations
For a "spirited"
Celebration.

ooooooooooooooo!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I Am A Writer

I read
I write
I use
megabytes

tip-tap
I type
work hard
don't gripe

story
poem
I write
at home

best job
worst pay
all day
word play

Monday, October 22, 2012

Autumn In the Desert

Autumn in the desert -
Slightly cooler weather.
After the sun goes down,
I sometimes need a sweater.

Leaves stay on trees -
I don't rake.
In fall I am happy
To no longer bake.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall Leaves

Fall leaves
Red, orange,
Yellow, too.

Fall leaves
R
   a
     i
       n
         d
           o
             w
               n
                on me,
R
   a
     i
      n
       d
         o
          w
            n
              on you.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Zoo Feet

My feet are sore
while I stroll the zoo.
My toes are cramped,

must be my shoes.

A blister develops -
I hobble instead of walk.
I don't want to see lions
or red-tailed hawks.

I'm in a lot of pain -
don't take my photograph.
I am going to sit awhile
on the bench by the giraffe.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wrong Number

Sometimes when I sit
I hear a faint beep
Then a faraway voice,
"I'm trying to sleep!"

When this happens,
I get a pain in my gut.
I've dialed someone
Using my butt.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Cactus Shadow

The
towering
saguaro
cactus
with its
o-u-t-s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d a-r-m-s
looms
large
as it
casts
                                                                                        like
                                                                                      a
                                                             its black shadow across the driveway
                                                                                          fallen
                                                                                          victim

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mom Love

You were "Mommy"
when I was tiny.
You loved me
though I was whiny.

Then you became "Mom"
as I got older.
I rolled my eyes
and shrugged my shoulder.

Your love for me
was still there
despite my hormones
and teenage-death-stare.

Then you became "Patzy"
when I married Joe.
Enduring his flatulence -
you go with the flow.

Now you're "Grandma"
to my two daughters.
You've loved them
before they were talkers.

I love you, Mom,
you are the best.
Because you are my Mom
I feel blessed.

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Book Look

I check every shelf
for a popular book.
I can't seem to find it
no matter where I look.

I check the entire library,
including the encyclopedia.
Nothing about this book
is listed under "media".

I get asked to "Like".
I get asked to "Friend".
But without my own book
I can not comprehend.

The book I'm looking for
is filled with many faces.
Maybe I am looking
in all the wrong places?

Dad suggests the Internet,
so I have a look.
Finally I understand...
Facebook is not a book!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Who Am I?

I live in a mobile home
I carry on my back.
I walk slow and steady -
Speed is what I lack.

Being slow is not bad,
That's not what Hare would say.
While he speeds through the race
I'm enjoying this spring day.

Who am I?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

One Too Many Bananas

One banana,
two bananas,
three bananas,
four...

Oh no, I'm
                s
                  l
                   i
                    p
                     p
                      i
                       n
                        g
                           on the floor!

                                                   *splat*

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Very Own Pet

At the pet store,
Heading for the door,
I beg for my very own pet.

Dad says, "Move along."
Mom hums a song.
"I'm not leaving," I threat.

They continue to walk,
In the aisle I balk,
I am spitting mad.

They say, "No,
It's time to go!"
I feel horribly bad.

I scream, "I need a pet!
Furry or wet!"
Mom and Dad don't care.

"All I want is a dog,
A bird or a frog -
It's just not fair!"

I make a quick move.
I've got something to prove -
The exit door I block.

My case I present,
Mom starts to relent.
Dad says, "How about a pet rock?"

It's not a dog
Or a bird or a frog,
But what am I to do?

I know it's not the same -
A pet rock is pretty lame,
But at least it doesn't poo.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Icky Sicky

Throat is achy.
Tummy is icky.
Woke up feeling
Super sicky.

Off to the doctor's,
Don't want a shot.
Got a prescription,
Medicine's bought.

Must get healthy
And be well soon.
Got a field trip
Thursday at noon.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cleaning Day

Cleaned the tub,
dusted my room.
Swept the floor -
with a broom.

Washed the dishes -
every single one.
Finished my chores,
it's time for fun!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Watermark Moon

The outline
of the moon is a
translucent whisper
against the cobalt afternoon 
sky - a lunar watermark
reminding me that I am 
a part of the Universe
unseen.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dog Farts

Dog stretches, dog shifts -
her bottom she lifts.
She lets out a toot -
down the couch I scoot.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fat Lizard

Fat lizard, fat lizard
What did you eat?
You're so chubby
You've got slow feet.

How many crickets?
Too many flies?
Roadrunner nabs you -
He barely tries.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy May Day!


Around the pole we dance,
Flinging flowers we prance.

Blossoms in the air,
Petals in my hair.

Hip, hip, hooray!
Happy May Day!

Monday, April 30, 2012

AC Relief

It's a blazing hot day,
but I stay cool.
The AC's on high
at my school.

I need a sweater
in my classroom.
It's even colder
in the bathroom.

When the final bell rings,
I'm back in the heat.
So I rush to the bus -
another air conditioned seat.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Slumber Party

sleepover
torment Rover
movie night
popcorn fight
up late
so great
next morn
Mom's horn
too early
so surly
bleary eyed
brain fried

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mom. Shouldn't. Text.

I text Mom
And I know
Her response
Will be slow.

She hunts,
She pecks.
Her spelling
She must check.

Mom won't LOL
When she laughs out loud -
Reducing words
Is not allowed.

Text messaging -
Mom hasn't the knack.
It's always easier
To call her and yak.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hey, Batter-Batter...Swing!

The first pitch
I swing and miss.
But the next,
bat and ball kiss.

I run to first base
Along the chalk line.
I keep going -
Coach makes the sign.

I pass second,
Sprint toward third.
My teammates are waving -
They look absurd.

As I round third,
I hear the crowd howl.
I finally realize
My hit was foul!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pocket Poem

A poem in my pocket
Is trying to get out -
Pushing against my seam,
It wants to shout.

"I'm here!
Hear me rhyme!
Free me from
This linty grime!"

I take out my poem
And share it with you.
Check your pocket,
Maybe you have one too?

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Swagger of Spring

Rooted
firmly in April,
spring
explodes
with a cacophony
of color
emblazoning
the green canvas
of nature
with vibrancy and vitality.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Slide Ride

I clambered up the ladder,
Rung over rung.
At the tip top
The hot metal stung.

I pushed my body forward,
Feet first - zoom!
Off the end I flew
Onto my bottom - boom!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sleepy Head

I can't fall asleep,
So out of bed I creep.

I'm not usually a sneak,
But I just have to peek.

At Mom and Dad's TV show -
They'll never know.

I laugh and I cry,
In the dark hallway I lie.

Now I'm in a drowsy state
Because I've stayed up so late.

I creep back to my bed -
An absolute sleepy head.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Nose Whistle

I hear a whistle
When I breath.
I wipe my nose
On my sleeve.

It doesn't help -
The whistle's louder.
I try to sneeze
With pepper powder.

Ah-choo, ah-choo, ah-choo!
Now I'm wheezing.
My whistle's gone,
But I can't stop sneezing.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Almost Summer

Spring's heating up
Time's speeding up
It's almost summer

The weather's warm
Shorts are the norm
Still in school - bummer

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quail Nesting

A quail nests
In our planter block.
I try to be quiet
But I give it a shock.

It squawked, flapped,
Jumped and flew.
And landed on
You know who.

I squawked, flapped,
Jumped and said,
"That quail landed
On my head!"

I ended up getting
The biggest shock.
From a quail nesting
In our planter block.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Remote Envy

Brother flips the channels
Flip, flip, flip.
All the shows I want
Skip, skip, skip.

I ask for the remote
Please, please, please?
Brother says, "Later..."
Tease, tease, tease.

I ask him, "Later?
How, how, how?
It's our bedtime...
Now, now, now!"

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

D.I.Y. Dad

Under the hood,
Dad likes to tinker.
He fixes the car
And becomes a stinker.

Oil and gas and
Cleaning stuff
Make him smelly
And his hands rough.

But when Dad stinks,
I don't care -
Cause he saves money
With his auto repair.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Egg Evidence

White shards
of
shell
add to the
mosaic
of our gravel
driveway.

Evidence
of an
emergence
in
plain sight.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wet Jog

I slip and slog
Through my jog
In the cold,
Miserable rain.

Precipitation 
Mixed with 
Perspiration is
A total pain.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Weird Dream

I clucked like a duck,
I honked like a cow.
I'm not sure why,
I don't know how.

Maybe the moon
Or something I ate?
My unconscious  went wild
During my dream state.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Coyote Hunts

Cunning hunter
On the rocky canyon floor
Yips and yowls to the
Others in his pack
Tracking their prey in the
Early morning hours

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ambiguous Answer

I ask Mom,
"Can I go?"

A simple yes
or a simple no.

But Mom can't
answer that way.

She hems and haws
and has this to say,

"Probably...maybe...
...I don't know...
...maybe yes...
...maybe no..."

*Ugh*

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Date Night

Lipstick,
Perfume.
Cuff links,
Fresh bloom.

Nice dress,
Clean suit.
High heels,
Mom's cute?

Parents out,
Date night.
Babysitter,
Bedtime fight.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Last Day of Spring Break

Today's the last day
Of Spring Break.
Is there an illness
I can fake?

I want to miss
School tomorrow.
Have a cough
I can borrow?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Egg Hunt

I search high,
I search low.
I look fast,
You look slow.

One egg, two eggs,
Three eggs, four...
In the lamp?
On the floor?

Where are the eggs?
In the living room?
Ten more to find -
Don't vacuum!

Finally we find
Every egg but one.
I can hardly wait
For the stink to come.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Dyeing Eggs

boil 'em
toil 'em
don't let 'em crack

dye 'em blue,
dye 'em pink,
red, green or black

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Poetry Headache

My 
cranium
constricts
as I
contemplate
condensed
idyllic
lyrical
word choice
combinations.

*ouch*

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I Swear!

My sister acts lame,
I get the blame -
Oh, I want to swear!

I stub my toe,
My brother says, "So?"
Oh, I want to swear!

My tongue is itchy
And kind of twitchy -
Oh, I want to swear!

Now that I am alone,
I risk fire and brimstone
And I swear,
                                             "JIMINY-CRICKET-SON-OF-A-BISCUIT!"

Oh, I feel better...I swear!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Weekend Overload

I do not recommend
Such a busy weekend.

I went for a swim,
Worked out at the gym.

I rode my bike,
And went for a hike.

I vacuumed and mopped,
Then grocery shopped.

I need to recover
Under my bed cover.

Rest 'til Friday then,
Do it all again!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fool

Brother put a cockroach
On my dinner plate.
I got so scared
I couldn't see straight.

Then he gave me
An exploding pen.
With blue fingers
I practiced Zen.

Next I got soaked
From his squirting flower.
Instead of drying off,
I took a shower.

My brother makes me feel
Like such a fool -
*sniff* I cry.
*slurp* I drool.

Then I remember
Today's April 1st -
April Fool's Day,
For better or worse.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Run Anyone?

Everyday Mom goes for a run.
It doesn't look like that much fun.

When she comes home her face is red,
I'd much rather stay in bed.

She's completely sweaty, her shirt is wet.
She's the smelliest person I've ever met.

Next time she asks if I want to go,
I will answer with a resounding, "NO!"

Friday, March 30, 2012

Potty Training Puppy

Puppy waits
In his crate.
He gets fed,
Back to bed.
Puppy naps
Until he yaps.

At the door -
"Not the floor!"

Back to his crate
Puppy waits.
I wipe clean
The stinky scene.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Can't Wait for Spring Break

I weep and ache
For Spring Break

One more week,
I get weak.

I can't wait
Or think straight.

I'm gonna play
Vacation away.

But for now
Homework I plow.

Everyday
My mind strays.

Pending vacation -
My temptation.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Roadrunner's To-Go Meal

Seeing roadrunner
With his food tonight,
Made me lose
My appetite.

Past our window
He did streak,
A limp lizard
In his beak.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

What Should I Wear to School?

The clock is ticking,
I have trouble picking...
What should I wear to school?

Should I dress for the cold
Or a fashion statement bold?
What should I wear to school?

With my polka dot skirt
I can't wear a plaid shirt.
What should I wear to school?

Is it warm enough for capris?
They look so good on me.
What should I wear to school?

With extreme caution,
Are pajamas an option?
What should I wear to school?

Maybe my favorite jeans,
If they weren't obscene...
What should I wear to school?

Yesterday's clothes is what I wear,
At this point I just don't care -
It's what I'm wearing to school.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Crow Concert

Open window,
Fresh air flow.
Nice until,
I hear a crow.

Or two or three -
A symphony?
More like
A cacophony.

Crows are fine
In the pine.
But not when
I'm supine.

At 5 a.m.
It is mayhem.
On my nerves,
And cranium.

Close window,
Stop air flow.
Wide awake,
Sunrise glow.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sneezy Puppy

Puppy rolls on her
Back, back, back.

Her tail wags
Smack, smack, smack.

She enjoys the cool
Breeze, breeze, breeze.

Until she starts to
Sneeze, sneeze, sneeze.

(A spring allergy for my lil' puppy...achoo!)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Everyday Is Today

Today
I have
possibilities,
potential,
power.

I
can
create,
formulate,
dream
any kind of day
I want
into
reality.

Today
is
everyday.

Everyday
is
today.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dance-Fest

Dad's working 
With tools.
He plays music
That is cool.

I wiggle.
I shake.
A new dance
I make.

I try to
Teach Dad.
His dancing
Is bad.

His feet 
Shuffle.
My laugh
I muffle.

I tell him,
"Move!
Find your
Groove!"

He starts
To twitch,
Like he has
An itch.

I tell him,
"Stop!"
His back
Might pop.

I have to
Be curt.
I don't want
Him hurt.

So Dad ends
His dance -
Stops his 
Semi-prance.

I crank the
Music louder.
Dad fires up 
His router.

With tools
Dad's the best.
I prefer
A dance-fest.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monster Moth

A monster moth
On my window tapped.

Trying to fly in,
It got itself trapped.

Its wings slapped.
Its energy zapped.

Eventually it collapsed.

Later...

A monster moth
On my window tapped...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Toxic Warning Limerick

Baby's bottom goes boom!
I want to leave the room.
He is so smelly,
I'm sick to my belly.
Beware the diaper of doom.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mood Improved

Yesterday I was grumpy.
My day was rather bumpy.

I ate and went to bed early
And woke up much more girly.

Mom and Dad are so happy
That I am not so snappy.

Proper sleep and good food,
Put me in a better mood.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Storm Watchers

howl
bam
rain
slam

puddles
fill
drainpipes
spill

wild
weather
huddle
together

watch
storm
dry
warm

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Naughty Leprechaun!

He makes a mess,
He causes distress.
Naughty Leprechaun!

He wears green,
He's sometimes mean.
Naughty Leprechaun!

He steals my toys
Without much noise.
Naughty Leprechaun!

In March each year
He tends to appear.
Naughty Leprechaun!

He and his gold-filled pot -
Are they real or not?
Naughty Leprechaun!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Waiting for Sleep to Come

I wrap myself 
in 
a warm, velvety cocoon 
of 
covers.

Waiting for sleep to come.  

The scent 
of 
detergent engulfs me, 
steeps me 
in the familiar.
 
Waiting for sleep to come.  

My eyes 
are 
shut tight 
to block
the clock's incessant 
red numbered 
glare.

Waiting for sleep to come.  

I burrow deeper 
through 
layers 
of 
sheets and blankets, 
wrapping my ears 
to guard against
the faintest
night noises.
Waiting for sleep to come.  

Eventually 
my breathing lengthens, 
my thoughts slow, 
my muscles relax 
and 
sleep comes...zzzzzzz.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Message from the Fish

My glass was clear,
But now I can't see.
It has greened up
From the algae.

Please clean my tank,
It's hard to breathe.
Not only that
I'm starting to seethe.

All I really want
Is my tank clean.
When it is dirty
It's just plain mean.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pi Day?

I'm in the mood
For some Key Lime,
And Dutch Apple, too.

Maybe Lemon Meringue,
Or Chocolate Cream -
You want Pumpkin, too?

What, no pie?
I think I shall die -
I can't celebrate this way.

Without the pie
I see no reason why
To celebrate Pi Day today.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dish Doing

scrub
swish
wash my dish

rinse
clink
in the sink

wipe
dry
reach up high

bobble
plop
dish I drop

quiver
quake
did not break

grab
lift
Mom is miffed

scrub
swish
wash my dish

Monday, March 12, 2012

Messy Desk

I ask my friends
When I need pencils,
A piece of paper,
Or fancy stencils.

The arrangement
Of my school desk
Is a precarious,
Perilous mess.

If I move my books
Or my pencil case,
My desk will vomit
All over the place.

So I leave things
Just as they are
And mooch from friends
Both near and far.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Missed Movie Night

I lay in bed
Wide awake.
I close my eyes,
I try to fake.

I try to dream,
But I can hear
A movie playing -
Loud and clear.

It's no fair
My bedtime's early.
Missing the movie
Makes me surly.

I now vow
To stay up late
And watch a movie -
I can't wait.

But Mom says no
To my request.
"It's a school night,
You need your rest."

As I dose off
Snug and tight,
I dream my own movie
All through the night.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

TV Time Out

TV's off
Permanently.

TV's off
Deliberately.

Without TV
We're on track.

Without TV
Reading's back!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Windy Day

It's windy,
It's gusty.
It's blowy,
It's dusty.

The wind-chime
Is making a racket.
Our screen door
Blew its bracket.

It's windy,
It's gusty.
It's blowy,
It's dusty.

Forget your hair-do,
Hold onto your hat.
This wind is crazy.
Where's our welcome mat?

It's windy,
It's gusty.
It's blowy,
It's dusty.

On this windy day
Inside I'll stay.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Phone Etiquette

Your phone dings,
Buzzes and rings.

With each call and text
I feel more vexed.

Please turn it off -
I really must scoff.
You're making a call,
From the bathroom stall.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Snack Time

Gotta hankering
For a snack.
To avoid
Hunger attack.

Cheese, nuts,
Apples, too.
Keep me happy
To make it through.

Dinner's not ready?
Alas and alack!
Good thing I had
A healthy snack.