Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Moon Diamante

Full Moon

luminous, bright

beaming, gleaming, blazing

gibbous, last quarter, crescent

shrinking, fading, dimming

dark, empty

New Moon

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Day and Night


light, bright

shining, gleaming, heating

sun, rays, moon, darkness

sleeping, freezing, darkening

dimming, setting


Wednesday, December 28, 2011


My cat kept whining

I did not listen

She was saying “snow”

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sunrise, Sunset

pink, orange
shining, lightening, brightening
morning, noon, afternoon, evening
glowing, dipping, dimming
red, purple

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day

Angels sing this song
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to men
Merry Christmas all.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Are you kidding me?
" 'Twas the night before Christmas...."
I can't sleep at all.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Winter Vacation

Vacation is here
No school for the next two weeks
I'm bored -- what to do.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


A calculator
Will not help you solve problems
When you cannot read

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Whistle-Blower

I didn't do it.
He did it first.
She did it too.
I am not tattling.
I want whistle-blower protection.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

No, Not Frenemy*

What do you call an unhappy friend?

A glum chum

*When I shared this with my class, one girl guessed frenemy.  I see her point.

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Monday, December 12, 2011


Math is so easy for me
When I use a chart

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011


I do like my job
But today I need a break
So glad it's Friday

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Very Old Terse Verse

What do you call a melancholy father?

A sad dad

My husband remembered this one from Boy's Life about 30 years ago.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Morning Surprise

What a big surprise
To walk outside and notice
The snow everywhere

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I Need Glue

I need a glue stick.
My glue bottle is open.
It made a big mess.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ideas for Writing

I need a notebook.
I have got to write this down.
The thought goes away.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Observe and Report

Observe and report
Observe and report
I must do something more.

Observe and report
Observe and report
They are robbing that store.

Chase and tackle
Chase and tackle
This is more my style

That's what you get
When you want a guard
But hire a crocodile.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Morning Commute Senryu

People driving crazy

I don’t wish to drive right now

Uh-oh accident!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wisdom Diamante


Applied knowledge

Walking, talking, thinking

Intelligence, brilliance, ignorance blindness

Tripping, stumbling, falling


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


sore throat
running a fever

aching, sneezing
very bad cold

This poem is in the form called hay (na) ku.  It has one word in the first line, two words in the second line, and three words in the third line.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Quiet Interlude

That gentleman is very nerdy.
The speech he gave was very wordy.
The audience begain to drool.
They went to sleep as a rule.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


The sheriff made a false arrest,
And he stirred up a hornet's nest.
The mayor's wife was unimpressed,
For she missed on her beauty rest.
The sheriff did his level best
To return the stolen treasure chest.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Said the Thanksgiving Turkey,
"I'm not feeling so perky.
My future is murky.
Go have some beef jerky."
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mr. Smiley's Farm

Mr. Smiley's herd of livestock
Got loose today and made a roadblock.
The rural road was now in gridlock.
Cars and trucks just honked their horns.

Mr. Smiley bought a padlock.
Mr. Smiley used his sweet talk.
Mr. Smiley locked up his livestock
In the pasture with the thorns.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Synonym Poem

Scheme, plot, conspiracy, ruse

All of these are in the news.

Ruse, scheme, conspiracy, plot

All these criminals should be caught.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Downloading, updating, restarting
Doesn't my computer know I want to write today?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011