Pumpkin Carving Haiku

The #haikuchallenge word today is flash.  Since the girls and I carved pumpkins last night, I have a collection of pumpkin carving haiku all with the word flash.

Pumpkin carving time
simple geometric shapes
flash over patience

Mom's simple jack-o-lantern

Mom’s simple jack-o-lantern

Five Nights at Freddy’s
characters carved in pumpkin
meet up in a flash

Gretchen performs surgery

Gretchen performs surgery

Carving pumpkin flesh
takes precise surgical skills
more than just a flash

Rachael's patient takes hours

Rachael’s patient takes hours

Vegetarian
tray filled with yummy pumpkin
eaten in a flash

Tortoise enjoys a treat

Tortoise enjoys a treat

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Gearing up for November Chapbook Contest

I’ve been quiet this past month. The last poem I spent any amount of time on was my anniversary limerick.  Over at Writer’s Digest, Robert Lee Brewer posted the last Wednesday Poetry prompt until December, because Saturday is already November 1st! Throughout November Brewer will be posting daily prompts for a chapbook contest.  One of my goals this year was to compile a chapbook.  I worked on one in the summer.  It didn’t get any bites.  I am going to give November an effort.  Today’s prompt was emerge.  On twitter the #haikuchallenge word today is unleash and with Halloween two days away –

Every Halloween
Parents unleash their children
Candy fiends emerge

Then I decided to try to work on an acrostic.

Every Halloween
Monsters and goblins roam streets
Entreating neighbors
Ring doorbells before
Grabbing candy happy to
Exclaim, Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween!

Sexy Man – Limerick

A husband with shopping list in hand
made a purchase totally unplanned
whatever was he thinking
his wife had no inkling
her sexy man would create such demand

My "Sexy Man" on our anniversary October 12, 2014. Litchfield Park, AZ

My “Sexy Man” on our anniversary October 12, 2014. Litchfield Park, AZ

Since Narrator Central has changed over to Narrator International, my limerick for their “whatever was he thinking” contest was reposted.  Check it out on the Narrator International website.

Cerebral Palsy Is Not the Most Interesting Thing About Me

I don’t know how I would respond if someone told me my CP is what makes me an interesting person. Like this writer, I don’t want my work to focus solely on my disability.

TIME

I’m awful at the art of the retort. My older brother tried his best to teach me about comebacks, but the lessons never stuck. Insults leave me stunned and silent. And so it happened one summer night in 2007 that I was mute when a college writing professor told me: “Your disability is the most interesting thing about you.”

My disability, which I’ve had since birth, is cerebral palsy (CP), a neuromuscular disorder. The diagnosis can apply to a wide range of symptoms with various degrees of severity, but in my case it affects my balance, depth perception, and fine motor skills. Although I walk with a limp, I’m able to live an independent life. Two operations, plastic leg braces, and a few years of physical and occupational therapy mostly mitigated CP’s effects on me. I thought so, at least.

Then that writing professor offered her perspective: “Your disability is…

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18th Anniversary Limerick

Steps of Rockwell Hall Buffalo State College

Steps of Rockwell Hall Buffalo State College

There once was a lad who wanted to court
a lass, who saw in his small stature no thwart
reaching only five six
he did quickly transfix
in one wink, eighteen years, breathlessly short

I’m not a fan of shoes.  Under that nice cathedral train, I’m wearing sneakers which were traded out for slippers at the reception.  Needless to say, I would be on my tippy toes all the time if I married a tall man.  When I read an article in Self Magazine on how short men make better husbands, I knew I found the perfect subject for my 18th anniversary limerick.

Pei Wei – Poetic Review WESat

Pei Wei

Perfect additions
Egg rolls – pork, cabbage, mushrooms
In crispy wrapper

Whet your appetite
Exotic flavors pervade
Intriguing palate

WESat – Write a review about a meal. I think most people can figure out the restaurant I wrote about. Now I want Chinese food even though we just ate there last weekend. I love the fact I am able to walk to my favorite restaurant.