Bothered by Covid

Young man who administered the shot told me it would be over soon. He was talking about the pandemic. He liked my hat. I told him it was my keep covid off my hair hat. He said good and shot me in the arm.


dVerse quadrille on the word bother. This is a prose poem quadrille.

Bothered by Covid

After Vaccine

Don’t be just a prick in the arm. Be a savior of the world.

After vaccine I took fluids to bring the fever down.

Hopefully tomorrow I will be like myself again.


NaPoWriMo prompt to write a sijo. Just got my second dose and not feeling so well.

After Vaccine

Poop n Scoop

Today I counted twelve poop piles— some on the parking strip, some partially hidden in grass, more in the park. I really wanted to find one more to make it a dirty dozen but I gave up knowing it was already on the bottom of someone’s shoe. So I hope to do some shit shaming here and go for a walk where people pick up their dogs’ poo.


NaPpWriMo prompt to go on a rant.

Poop n Scoop


Words move over the page

back and forth

no reason or destination

hoping to see a site

pick up friends

trying not to be seen

don’t honk the horn

when you’re done

just ditch it


Joywriting is a chapter in Susan G. Woodbridge’s Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words, a NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 18.

Joyriding is a term used for car theft that involves just driving around until it runs out of gas.


Peanut Butter Cookies

Mother made cookies. Peanut butter cookies. She would roll some dough in her hand, make a ball, and place each ball on the cookie sheet. With a fork she would crisscross each one flat. When out of the oven we ate them warm or dipped in cold milk. Every time I bake peanut butter cookies I do the same. I add more peanut butter but I roll the dough in my hand, press the fork and think of mother who loved baking peanut butter cookies for my sisters and me.


NaPoWriMo prompt to write about a habit I got from my mom. I love making peanut butter cookies (and chocolate chip).

Peanut Butter Cookies

Family Name

I followed my family name

to Yorkshire cemetery

where those old family headstones

held the dates of birth and death

those old Anglo Saxon names

etched upright in native stone

surrounded old Roman church


bell tolled to gather us in

stone baptismal at the door

I drank from silver chalice

the vicar had offered me

in the rite of communion

aware of ancestral lips

that had taken worship there


I search Proctor family name

Old English word proketour

occupational surname

for those who worked as steward

from the Latin procurare

to manage spiritu cors

keeper of the key— that’s me


NaPoWriMo prompt to delve into your name

Family Name

My Dog and I

It is bath time for the dog

he looks at me

like he knows the word bath

really it’s a shower

but I call it bath to him

he lets me take him in my arms

and put him in the tub

I spray him with water

rub him vigorously with suds

between the toes (especially between his toes)

and all over

I still remember a time when someone

showered me

dried my skin

and put ringlets in my hair

My Dog and I

News Flash

WHO announces the end of pandemic

You do not have to wash your hands

or stay away from your friends

free to move throughout the country

and the world (with your vaccine card)

still be courteous and do not cough

or sneeze


NaPoWriMo prompt on news I would like to see. Can’t think of anything more desirable than this.

News Flash