Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Overstuffed Backpack Solution

Backpack is full?
It will not zip?
Too many books?
It's gonna rip.

Out goes Math,
English book, too.
Science stays home,
Does it zip? Phew!

Your backpack's flat -
Easy to zip.
Just don't tell teacher
About my helpful tip.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Toolin' Dad

Trigger the drill,
Find the bit.
I need Dad's help
To finish my kit.

Dad swings hammer
And turns wrench.
With his tools
He fixes my bench.

At fixing things
I'm a zero.
Dad + tools
Is my hero.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Trash Day


The trash truck
Came and went.
Our can is full
And incredibly bent.

It's still sitting
Next to the house.
I forgot it was trash day -
I feel like a louse.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Under Couch Cleaning

Under couch cleaning
A chore Mom shirks.
In that small, dark space
Mysterious stuff lurks.

Mom's ready to clean -
I help, I'm no slouch.
We'll clear that debris
From under the couch.

We find dust bunnies,
And dog chew toys.
Ponytail holders,
Comic books for boys.

Plus last year's Math test,
The sock I'm searching for.
Mom's silver earring,
A dried apple core.

It's clean under there -
A debris-free floor.
Ended up to be
An interesting chore.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Heat Is On

With a click,
And a whir,
I feel heat -
No more burr.

Heat flows to
My bedroom.
Out of bed
I now zoom.

Face the day,
I won't mope.
I am warm.
I can cope.

Monday, January 23, 2012


the blank page
stares at me.

It challenges me
to create,
to compose,
to produce
a poem.

Any poem
that has

I face
the possibility
I won't
be able
to do it.


provides me
with the fodder
I need -
I take the time,
muster my courage,


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Parrots in the Tree (in OC)

Parrots in the tree,
A deafening cacophony.
Parrots in the tree,
A flock, wild and free.

Parrots in the tree,
Flashes of bright green.
Parrots in the tree,
Craziest thing I've ever seen.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Power of a Shower

I shower
my odor is sour
I look dour.

My brother 
as he 

I cower
to the shower.

I wash 
over an hour
use powder
come out
smelling like a flower.

the power 
a shower.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Car Trouble

Dad's hopes for driving shrank.

Something in his car broke.

Is Dad's car now junk?

Soon it will be fine.

Dad repairs with explicative.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lost Library Book

Around the house I look,
For my lost library book.

In the cushions of the couch?
In my backpack's outer pouch?

In the car on the floor?
Behind my bedroom door?

I feel like I have committed a crime,
When I have to pay an overdue fine.

Wait, what's that lump in my bed?
Going to the library I no longer dread.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin's Words

Martin's words were...

Martin used his words...
to converse
to challenge
to change

Martin's words...
altered thinking
adjusted attitudes
amended laws

I appreciate Martin's words...

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Poem in the Morning

A poem in the morning -
Isn't always easy to make up.
A poem in the morning -
Especially if I haven't woken up.

A poem in the morning -
Often written before the sun.
A poem in the morning -
Is still a lot of fun.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tooth Ache

My tooth hurts -
I bit down on something hard.
My tooth hurts -
A popcorn kernel or carrot shard?

My tooth hurts -
I want this ache to end.
My tooth hurts -
An ache only the dentist can mend?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pajamas to School

Pajamas to school
Is all I have left to wear.
Do you think teacher will notice
If I bring my teddy bear?

My slippers do scuffle
As I shuffle down the hall.
I'll wear PJ's just for today -
Then go shopping at the mall.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Moonlit Walk

I walk to the bus stop
By the light of the moon.
With each shadowed step,
I hope the sun will rise soon.

I started the school year
Walking in bright sunlight.
At this point in winter,
It is dark as night.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Mom says to filter
What I say when I speak.
Like that Baby has a rash
On his diapered cheek.

Or about Grandpa
And how he used up Dad's wood -
Oops, I told you!
At this filtering, I'm not very good.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Little Helper

I love to help around the house,
Mom mostly likes it too.
Except when she doesn't -
Like the time I dyed the wash blue.

I sorted the clothes into piles -
By size, not by color.
Everything came out blueish-gray -
The shade of denim, only duller.

Now when I offer to help Mom
She gives her head a shake.
"I've got the laundry covered,
Go help your Daddy rake."

Monday, January 9, 2012

Daddy's Glasses

Daddy wears his reading glasses
On a cord around his neck.
If he doesn't have them,
Printed words look like specks.

Sometimes he forgets where they are -
"Where are they? What the heck?"
You should see his face when I point out
They're hanging around his neck.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Talking with my Hands

When I speak
I use my hands.
Gesturing both
Small and grand.

With my hands
I do the talking -
Both whispering
And squawking.

I express
So much more
When my hands
Swoop and soar.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Big Exam

I study,
I cram.
Today I have
My big exam.

Do I pick A
Or maybe C?
None of the above
Or answer D?

My mind is blank.
I thought I knew
Some answers -
At least a few.

Essay questions,
Short answers, too?
My brain is fizzled.
Now I'm through.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How I Scored a Trampoline

I jump, jump, jump
Until I bump, bump, bump
My head, head, head
On the bed, bed, bed

I cry, cry, cry
Mom decides to buy, buy, buy
A real trampoline, -line, -line
For her jumping-bean, -bean, bean

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Movie Nights

Movie nights = popcorn bites
I laugh and munch,
I cry and crunch.
Popcorn's gone,
I yawn.
Brush my teeth -
above and beneath.
Now well fed,
I'm a sleepyhead.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Home from Vacation

Home from vacation
And all through the house
Are messes to be cleaned -
But none from a mouse.

Rugs to vacuum,
Kitchen to scrub.
I remember the good times,
While I soap the tub.

Sunday, January 1, 2012