White and Nerdy

It started last night at dinner, my youngest was talking about Five Nights at Freddy’s.  Apparently the prequel takes place way back in 1987 (way back!?)  Being the strange family we are I said; Extra credit to the first person who can tell me how old Mom was way back in 1987.  Both girls started calculating.  Rachael answered first with 15.  No wrong answer.  Gretchen was still busy adding and subtracting but it didn’t take Rachael long to answer 14.  Yes, but since my birthday isn’t until Monday for most of 87 I was… still not difficult, Rachael replied, 13.

Gretchen was upset her sister gave away the answer so she gave us a math game she discovered online a few days ago.  She had her sister pick a number, double it, add six, divide by two, subtract your original number.  The answer… 3.  Rachael tried it over and over with different numbers.  One time she got tricky and picked i; which did not end up being 3 but it was close, since the answer was i +3.  Yes, this poet has math inclined children. Where did I go wrong?

Then this morning I find the #haikuchallenge word today is addition.  I remembered back to NaPoWriMo when one Saturday morning I was accosted by math. Believe it or not, the identical twin was a math major.  I think she took away all my addition sense when the egg split. 😛

Addition problems
Frenetic arithmetic
Poet accosted

One egg splits in two
Daughters double overnight
Family addition

A Birthday haiku for my twin the haiku-a-holic.

My cousin, Michael, Me and Kati all November '73 babies.

My cousin, Michael, Me and Kati all November ’73 babies.

Swallowed Whole

The end of this month marks one year since the loss of my brother-in-law. Then a month later, my cousin, Ken, passed away.  We were traveling to El Paso that day to spend time with Nonnie (my mother-in-law) while the girls were on winter break.  This August my mom passed away.  She had gone through pictures and set them aside for each of us sisters. In my batch, I found a Thanksgiving picture of the Hosking/Dougherty clans (my twin’s family).

Thanksgiving 2001

Thanksgiving 2001

It is now up on the kitchen cabinet for this Thanksgiving. And this past weekend we were hit with another tragedy as we’ve lost another cousin.  I posted a picture of him and my twin and me on Facebook for throwback Thursday.

Me, Craig, Katryn Summer 1990

Me, Craig, Katryn
Summer 1990

News of suicide
hit hard by reality
tears open my heart

Plummet in despair
Black swallows all radiance
Snuffing out your light

Despondent reach out
Distance felt between us grows
Death cannot be breached

It’s been a very rough year.  I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

Cowboy Boot Found Poem

Cowboy Boot

carpenter’s pencil
traced around my foot

I stepped off the paper
pulled off the left boot

me
you can
a while

the tools dust on them

calendar
you know
and my heel

traced around my foot twice
Painted Warrior
up the road
tapped my leg off the paper
our faces two sheets together
the pencil… Pushed

p 182 As the Crow Flies  by: Craig Johnson

p 182 As the Crow Flies
by: Craig Johnson

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

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!

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.

Minute – WEMon Haikuchallenge

Eight millimeter
camera films three minutes
war torn Vietnam

First Draft Book Bar mug
No minute gift, fuels writer’s
Imagination

Coffee Mug

The WEMon challenge is to write about something utterly insignificant.  The #haikuchallenge word on twitter today is minute. For my first response I used the denotation of time.  The Little One will be reading Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai, and she did not know we had footage of when her grandfather was in Vietnam.  I dug up the VHS tape yesterday and digitalized it.  Then I used the adjective definition of minute for the second haiku.  Of course with no in front, it shows I do not view my coffee mug as utterly insignificant. 😉

Banned Books Week – Haiku Challenge

I finally got my hands on Red Rising by Pierce Brown last Friday.  I ordered it at the end of July, but when the school year started, my little one needed a book to read.  She was enjoying it so much she chose it for her independent book report.  Even though she finished reading it a few weeks ago, I didn’t want to pick it up until she was done with her report.  It was due on the 19th. After I finished Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay ( just took me 10 months after hearing her speak to pick up one of her books), I finally picked up Brown’s book. I finished Red Rising on Monday and have been using it to write #haikuchallenge on twitter.

Monday –
Style slave to god
Carver molds human palette
Red turns into Gold

Saturday –
Gold elite creates
hierarchy, force thralldom
Red terraforms Mars

And yesterday in honor of #fREADom for banned books week –
Eager to open
Read from cover to cover
Books corrupt young minds

Here is an article explaining why 15 books have been banned in the past.  My oldest read #2 and #13 in her high school English classes already.  This year they are tackling #4. 😀

Mom – Senryu

Mom would exclaim when
Ornery child chafed at bit
Must hold your horses
Mom charm

The Wednesday poetry prompt at Writer’s Digest was to write a poem, Hold _ . The first thing that came into my head, Hold your horses.  My mom would tell us this when we were antsy.  Much like when she would tell us we would live ’til we’re twice married whenever we were distraught about something. I used the twice married line for the first assignment of my MOOC in July.

The mom charm was given to me by Rachael.  One of her classmates sold charms as a fundraiser for her trip to Chile.  The pieces inside are Shawn, Gretchen, Rachael and my birthstones.