December 26

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Happy Birthday Dad

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Happy Birthday Dad

Another year full of life

living, creating, smiles, laughs

many miles explored

problems solved, projects finished

the best gift to this family

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A Sedoka Poem

December 19

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Traditions (Santa Cookies)

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Unfold the stiff yellowed recipe in your mom’s handwriting from the box of the vintage icing gun

Blend the shortening you don’t use for anything else with bleached flour you don’t use for anything else

because this is tradition, and you’ve tried it other ways and though they are your own they don’t take you back

to the warm crowded kitchen with grandma and mom and your sisters.

Pat the cold dough into the vintage plastic mold filled with the chemicals they don’t put in plastics anymore

Dust, roll, press, pat release onto the baking sheet.

Paint the faces in the specific order designed to avoid red sugar sprinkles in the icing eyebrows

Give them away to everyone you care about.

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A Didactic Poem

 

 

November 26

Sunday Sounds

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The game is on in the background

The woodstove clicks warming the home

Soft padding as the kitty roams

Dominoes clatter marking next round

Loved ones chatter, glasses clinking

A great Sunday to my thinking.

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(A Spanish Sestet or Sextilla)

November 25

Sunday Games

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Playing games on Sunday afternoon

No one will win anytime soon

Twelve more rounds of this game to play

Keeping our dots incognito

Until our turn at dominoes

Family chatter causing delay

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(A Spanish Sestet or Sextilla)

October 26

Emerson

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It was a year ago today

I said goodbye to you

Dear cat

I just didn’t know what to say

Somehow I think you knew

Smart cat

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Your spunky presence filled the room

And filled my heart as well

Unique

The fifteen years ended too soon

So hard to say farewell

Tears streak

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(A Memento Poem)

October 23

Hearts-A-Burstin’

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Vulnerable core suddenly exposed

Simply amazing how little it takes

When your heart breaks is it the sad that leaves?

Does the happy spill out when your heart breaks?

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Does bursting with happiness feel the same

As breaking with sorrow when the heart grieves?

Does the happy spill out when your heart breaks?

When your heart breaks is it the sad that leaves?

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Just how can a person know the difference

Between happy pains and the anguished aches?

When your heart breaks is it the sad that leaves?

Does the happy spill out when your heart breaks?

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(A Mirrored Refrain)

August 3

Little Sister’s Getting Hitched

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Little sister’s engaged, oh happy day!

The cheer in her heart transcends cell phone waves

Tears run down my face replace words I can’t say

Hope and happiness alternate in waves

They compliment each other brilliantly

In teamwork and laughter their love shines through

Each wonderful, and wonderful as two

Challenges they will face resiliently

He being something quite special to this clan

Sarcasm and loyalty undeterred

And responsibility undeferred

A smart hard working military man

Oh how I wish them nothing but their dreams

And knowledge that life’s as great as it seems

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(A Burns Sonnet)