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Pop Up Tree

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28
It’s two-for-Tuesday once again
Write a love/ anti-love poem


Pop Up Tree

i bought it at a church rummage sale
it came in a square white box
that was a little torn
a little worn
a five foot pop-up tree
with short artificial branches
and shiny artificial discs for
decorations – just a spiral of glittering garland
it is a yellowy kind of green
that any self respecting tree
would be ashamed of
but it sparkles in the morning
sun shining through the window
and creates abstract reflections
on the wall and ceiling
it makes me smile and
i love it
but my husband –
well, that would be anti-love


Posted in Poetic Asides, poetry

Oh Christmas Tree

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26
Write a ‘shine’ poem


Oh, Christmas Tree

we trudge through snowy fields
searching for that “perfect” tree
not too tall
not too wide
not too perfect

we untangle
strings of twinkling lights
and find ourselves tied
up in k(nots) –
we’re not doing this again

fancy glass bulbs hang
beside homemade reindeer
jingle bells tinkle
from branches – sticky
with pine sap

we sigh and even curse
just a little
wondering why we
bother, year after year
then she comes
bounding down the stairs
eyes shining brightly

and we know


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A Just Plain Poem

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23
Write a ‘preface’ poem


A Just Plain Poem


this poem has no prelude
no coming attractions
no preface

there is no poem trailer
to build suspense
no liner notes

this poem is a bold
and daring
in-your-face poem

a laugh-out-loud
mess of a poem

a heart of stone
filled with marshmallow
softy of a poem

a tell-you-a-story
sweet dreams kind of poem

this poem is a kiss-

just plain
in love with you




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abundandtly clear

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19
Write an ‘abundance’ poem


let’s make it abundantly clear ….

this poem is not endowed
with an abundance of

it sometimes trips
over its own unrhymed

it often speak its mind
and ends up bold faced –

this poem gets lost
and scared
and sheds tears in

but this poem is honest
and true
it is in love with the moon
and stars and


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Hopeless Romantic

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18
Write a ‘good for nothing’ poem

Hopeless Romantic

this poem is a romantic
counting the ways
strolling in the moonlight
plucking daisy petals

this poem still uses words
like swoon and beloved
and believes candle light
makes all the difference

some say it’s a
good for nothing poem
a dreamer
a time waster

but this poem
walks to the beat
of its own heart
makes its own music
loves as if the world
might end