Endless Race

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Running on this daily treadmill, filling life’s gloomy story

Falling behind in life’s endless race, without much glory


Working Nine to Five, five long days each week

Stumbling through every month, looking bleak


Forgetting when life last paused for any vacation

Punching in, punching out . . . time clock fixation


Heating up life’s pressure cooker, deadlines loom ahead

Hoping the lid doesn’t blow off, propelled into tiny shreds


Watching everyone trying to row in the same boat

Rowing in separate directions, now barely afloat


Refueling the tank, this coffee break no longer helps

Scurrying on empty, might just as well holler a yelp


Taking the elevator to another miserable meeting

Ending up on the wrong floor, no warm greeting


Driving home each night, worn down to a blown-out frazzle

Stopping at the same red traffic light, it no longer dazzles


Racing every day, life delivers another coup de grace

Looking left, then right . . . who’s winning this rat race?

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Writing a Classic

Pardon a bit of sarcasm and humor in this poem.  Sometimes, the early morning air produces something to laugh at and have fun with.  In all seriousness, I enjoy writing very much, and I appreciate you for stopping in.  And remember, it is okay to smile and laugh as you read this poem.

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Sitting at my writing desk this morn

Feeling quiet peace, verses reborn


Actually sitting in the kitchen

Its table welcomes a mind, come in


At least the coffee is always close

Never allowing a mind to doze


Sometimes, words flow as a writer crafts

Other times, words can’t even complete a draft


Robert Frost’s classics, all awaken

Images of “A Road Never Taken”


Wondering now, what words will gather

Searching for a poem, words come faster


Hemingway understates how he writes

“There is nothing to writing” . . . just write


Just writing . . . crafting thoughts into words

Words gather now, like wild zebra herds


These best efforts resemble “pig slop”

Destined for the pig sty, one more flop


Sarcasm aside, writing with pride

Readers, appreciating the ride


Few writers ever craft a classic

As for me, never changing tactics


Well, tomorrow will bring much better

Fortunes change, wearing lucky sweaters

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Enough Is Enough

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Harvest and Halloween, over and done

Autumn trying to hang on for some fun


November arrives, but what you say?

Christmas music begins to fill the day


Black Friday “Preview Sale” beckons us

To be shopping, without all of this fuss


Right on schedule, Thanksgiving arrives

Eating far, far too much, we’ll all survive


But wait . . . Pre-Black Friday calls

Following our feast, off to the mall


What’s absolutely annoying with this scene?

Leaving family to shop, a dreadful scheme


Oh!  My frosty enthusiasm, definitely not humming

This longer shopping season; totally mind-numbing

shopping business money pay

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Hold on to your horses!  There’s more to come

Political campaigns rolling, like a beating drum


Elections are months and months away

Too many candidates, with little to say


The rhetoric ramps up, the speeches too long

Hoping laryngitis will quell voices, with a gong

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Buried with mindless literature in the daily mail

Sales flyers and candidates’ bios, tip the scale


At least, there is one good thing with this mess

Plenty of excessive paper to start a fire, no less


While warming myself and trying now to relax

Please accept my apologies for all of this flak


Enough is enough, these changes are too extreme

Wishing now for more simple times, I shall dream

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A Writer’s Draft

This poem is inspired by the quotes featured in Suzette’s post at Suzette B’s Blog.  Her awesome post features wisdom and humor relating to writers.  Visit her site when you have a chance.

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Changing careers, a couple of years ago

Leaving the classroom, becoming a writer

Let’s just say, a writer’s living ain’t too full


Dreaming of my name on a bright marquee

Writing alongside . . . Twain and Hemingway

Let’s hope a dim light, stays positive for me


Piling up on my desk, many a “cold” draft

Feeling more like a frosty, Arctic breeze

Who ever said my writing is truly a craft?

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Expecting a bonus for my previous posts

Waiting, but no mail, call, or text as of yet

Most of my prose seems read by a ghost


Heading outside to start up the trusty car

Hearing only silence, the battery’s dead

Now must hitch a ride, if it’s not too far


Standing along the road, for hours on end

Being ignored has become a part of my life

A writer now a beggar, all alone in the wind

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Returning to my writing, it’s awfully bad

Writing a few minutes, my pen goes dry

A good thing, my mind’s empty and glad


Thinking of returning to my former classroom

Wishing my words would spark a young mind

Then Rebel says, “You came back too soon”


Looking at drafts, growing taller on my desk

Realizing now, editing isn’t really my game

Phantom words wait with patience and rest


Watching outside, realizing I’m truly blessed

Appreciating you, the reader, for stopping by

Just maybe, my writings meet the final test

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Sometimes, a crafty writer changes his tune

Words filled with sarcasm, fun to work with

Looking to see you another time, real soon