Palinode Haiku

Doctor appointment
Resist laughing my ass off
at husband’s faux pas

Confuse appointments
Ends up at dentist’s office
Give husband away

Appointment mixup
Cannot give husband away
Too entertaining

Yesterday Shawn was suppose to go to the doctor’s for a followup on his high blood pressure. I figured I’d make Gretchen’s well check for the same day, but they didn’t have appointment times back to back so I had to schedule Gretchen for the afternoon when Rachael would be available to drive. Monday night I tell Shawn he has a doctor’s appointment. Tuesday I get up and sit with him on the couch; we’re talking as Rachael heads off to work. I ask him about his BP and remind him of his appointment time. He leaves for the appointment right at the time of the appointment! A few minutes later I get a text, Did they call yesterday? Yes, 8:20 appointment time. Ten minutes later he’s back home and aggravated. The appointment is August 7th. Yes, your dental is August 7th; you had a doctor’s appointment today. He argued a dentist is a doctor too. True but how often do you tell someone they have a doctor’s appointment for a dentist visit? He went back out in a huff and no, I could not resist laughing. Yesterday’s #haikuchallenge word was resist so I had to find a way to write about my entertaining morning.

Needless to say by the time he got to the doctor’s office, it was well past his appointment time and he had to reschedule. Ugh! Rachael did get home from work and we managed to get Gretchen to her doctor appointment without issues. The #haikuchallenge word today is away and I would give Shawn away but then I would miss all the fun. Gretchen asked if Dad would have missed his appointment if he and she had back to back times. Yeah, no because then I would be going too and I would have made sure we left earlier and which doctor’s office to go to.

NaPoWriMo Day 8

Desperate Poet

Housewife ran out of ink
Dishes cleaned on the spot
Hardly time to catch a wink
Desperate poet she is not


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NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now, without further ado, our prompt (optional as always) for Day Eight: today I challenge you to write a palinode. And what’s that? It’s a poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem. You could take that route or, if you don’t have an actual poetically-expressed statement you want to retract, maybe you could write a poem in which you explain your reasons for changing your mind about something. It could be anything from how you decided that you like anchovies after all to how you decided that annoying girl was actually cool enough that you married her.

This is my first retraction poem. Is it obvious I’d love to catch a wink? One day past a week into April and I write about actually doing chores! What am I thinking? Of equal mystery, I was looking at my media library for a picture and stumbled across the one above. I know I didn’t take it and cannot remember who/what I may have shared with the picture, but it works for today’s prompt. I was a lucky winner of A.F. Stewart’s ebook Colours of Poetry. I’ll write a review after I read it. And on Monday April 13th the How Writers Write Poetry 2015 MOOC starts. More poetry in April – yippee!

Before the end of the month I may be wishing my pen was out of ink or my readers maybe. We’ll see what happens. My husband already posted a risque haiku on Facebook today. I’m sure the temptation will hit me before the month is through.