Saturday, April 30, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Zeal


I am a zombie by now in my zest
to zoom through letter poems
zany ride to the


we zipped along together

alphabet zoo

thanks for joining me

A to Z

Friday, April 29, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Yonder


hop aboard your yacht or a yak
take a year
spin a yarn
tales of yore
reflect on yesterday
yodel or yell


Thursday, April 28, 2016

A to Z Challenge - X


make a mark and move on


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Waffle


I prefer blueberry or maybe one with strawberries and cream

You expected me to wade into a bigger issue?
War, waste, welfare?
Nah, let’s whistle or whittle

waft on a breeze into the wild and
ask why?

Why not eat a waffle for dinner – maybe smother it in honey and pecans?

Why write this poem?

to make my mark in this world


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Vacillate


valiant effort to vacate
my negativity
vague yearnings in vain
to remove the villain in my life – me
I need a vision or a vacation
vital desire to

win or


Monday, April 25, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Undertake


to understand the human condition
I always feel like the understudy in my life
caught in the undertow
in my underwear

certainly undermined by doubts
universal need to unlock key to utopia

I vacillate

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Thirst


for knowledge, yearn for enlightenment
quench the spirit and soul
slake the dry parched throat
then cram words into the brain

quite the


Friday, April 22, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Sojourn


soldier on he says
solemn in his faith
her soul is struck by Neil Diamond’s
Song Sung Blues
they separate

she staggers, he stomps
synchronicity simplicity
she salivates for his love
he seeks salvation

both quench a


Thursday, April 21, 2016

A to Z Challenge - raison d'etre

Raison d’etre

justification for living
sounds fancier in French
urgent and compelling

rationale for the rat race
realistic razzle-dazzle 

the more I read, the less I know
rave or resign
revelation or revolution

still seek a reason and

succumb to the 


Note - dear friends - I am having some toe surgery today - yes, I'm a klutz and tore a tendon. Very stupid, but I'll have good drugs and Ray's taking care of me. Sorry, I won't be responding to comments. However, S and T shall show up and I'll wake up and we'll catch up. So please keep reading my blog.  Thanks!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Quack


writer quandary
question quality

quietly quenching a thirst
sharpen the quill and query

characters quarrel
wander to the quay
final quip

your day job…

don’t quit

seek another

raison d’etre

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Paralyze


panicked  deadline passed
blank page paranoia
writers’ curse
peel  plot onionskin to reveal
puff pastry, piffle

penchant for dismal prose
perpetrate petty poetry

pronounced a


Monday, April 18, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Obstacles


obliterate dreams
obvious traps occur

overrule offbeat operations
opt for opportunity
remain optimistic no matter
the ordeal

too easy to oscillate

preparation, perspiration


Saturday, April 16, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Never


nuzzle a porcupine

sidle up with care
nuggets of wisdom
not appreciated
notice the mood,
numb to nosegays  or nuance
don’t be a nuisance
numskulls nudge rather
than nurture

observe obstacles

Friday, April 15, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Melody


memorable tunes conjure magic
maze – years of journey
made mystical or mushy

Motown beat
ball of confusion
stopped us in the name of love
all there in a toe tapping moment

myriad years of soul, rock, pop
newfangled disco or grunge
set the mood

 for now or

negligee or


Happy Friday.....Happy or Sad Tax Day....halfway through April

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Labyrinth


layers of levity
liberal doses of labor
languish in languages of love

easy to be lackadaisical
easier to lapse
marriage license to laziness


no limits to listen
and learn and look
and explore the labyrinth

of love’s

madcap marvelous


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Kiss


so keen, moment keepsake
keystone of our essence
kickoff to our karma


knitted, kneaded, and knotted
knowledge leads to our

life and love


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Juicy


grapefruit ruby red
slurp jump starts the day with a tang
multi-napkin breakfast

oh, you were expecting  juicy gossip?
I’ll never tell, I jabber in jest
my real life bores on paper
muddle along, stay out of the way
of trauma, drama, and jargon

oh I can kvetch, kibitz, and throw
kindling on the bonfire of conjecture
or smile and wink on the subject  of kink

seriously…it was just a


Monday, April 11, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Infinity


that’s my love for Ray
he deserves a shout out in a poem
puts up with so much stuff
artsty need to putz
create and bizarre humor
twenty something years of marriage
he’s carried my crap
with a smile
and well, maybe I’ve done my share too
we are together for infinity

life is

joyous, jubilant, and juicy

Saturday, April 9, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Hell or Heaven


heavens to betsy, this poetry has gotten
far too serious. Now hell would be serious, warm and toasty
but probably not fun like heaven
so let’s go light or lite and think about rainbows,
chocolate, seeing folks we miss (my Mom, my Nana),
and being young and thin and carefree again
or still old and pudgy but carefree again
throw away the glasses, no aches or pains
green grass, blue skies, and fields of flowers
beaches, and butterflies, mountains, and fountains
heaps of mashed potatoes, and endless enchiladas
whimsical roundtables with endless laughs
soaring music with choirs of rock angels
peace and love and peace and love
and peace and love and peace and love

heaven should be peace and love to


Friday, April 8, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Grapple


with life struggles
pshaw, the world snorts
at my innocence
grasp the concept of despair
desperation, naïve I give to charity
feel like I made a difference
while people clutch at air
shuffle their tarot cards
too much death, no gold

pray for heaven as they live a 


(Happy Friday everybody - yes I promise to lighten up soon)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Forget


I wrote forgotten before

dismiss this omission
disregard the lack of effort
maybe I seek oblivion
but no matter how hard I try
I can’t forget

no, I won’t forget


I grapple with the 


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Elation


is more than overall happiness
it’s the sheer delight,
absolute joy of  a moment
it’s reaching the top of the rollercoaster
spotting a soaring eagle
being swept up by a crowd cheer
anticipating the moment your taxi
zooms out of the tunnel and you are overwhelmed
surrounded by skyscrapers and humanity

elation is a welcome hug at baggage claim
familiar face aglow with love



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Dread


return from vacation
loose limbed lope
tightens, shoulders hunch
stomach rumble
heartbeat hassle

clock watching witness
time now stands still
folders piled haphazardly
pink urgent notes jumbled
amidst post-it-note reminders

meetings scheduled, teleconference
turmoil, gossip train rolls over
relaxation memory
stiff collar irritates fading sunburn
soul trapped until next vacation


Monday, April 4, 2016

A to Z Challenge - Clean


slate for the new year
but smudges remain, traces linger
I trip over baggage
chunked in the spare room
compartmentalized in the brain
nudged into view by a comment,
an email, or even a song
old friends remember
relatives rehash
laughter muffled as you enter
shush exclaimed as you leave
sideways glances, furrowed brow
keep wiping, make amends
face the year



Saturday, April 2, 2016

A to Z Blog Challenge - Bored


you never mentioned boredom in my mother’s presence
she could rustle up a work project before the words
left your mouth
she would slap a brush or a rag into your hand, clippers or a
shovel and point in all directions
oh she was slick, and fast, setting a pace
that left you pleading for release from your house

to this day, I’m never bored. I might be on a slowdown
or between projects. Antsy and distracted
contemplating life choices
but never bored

or that voice in my head (sounds an awful lot like mom)
steers me into motion

and something gets 


Friday, April 1, 2016

A to Z Blog Challenge - Apropos


of nothing
I write this poem
as I contemplate the alphabet
string together words
silly beats seek a sly smile
from A to Z, we shall wonder
as we wander to a place of
never bored


Welcome all to my A to Z challenge.  We shall see how these short poems help us journey through the alphabet. This one is a starter, that's for sure and some of  you read it in the blog reveal. Keep coming back - we shall splash into words and get a bit wifty.  Happy April Fool's Day!