Change A’Comin

you change a diaper to get the shit out

obviously change is good

yet why is it resisted

unless you need to change a tire

without it you cannot roll

last minute change to your airline ticket

will cost you some more dough

if you change the ingredients in a recipe

it won’t taste as good as told

you’re hot you change the temperature

when you see it coming

don’t resist your change

or think it is just for others

after buying something with a dollar

you expect to get your change

 

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dVerse prompt on change

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Change A’Comin

What Grammar?

Mrs Pousche teached
from English Grammar and Composition
where placed each adjective
in sentence structure diagram
prepositional phrases too to or two
it was more then we knew or new
what could we do
being of only fourteen
thinking not of our English
or our composition
we sought the favor of boys
not teachers and spelt our words
void of there meaning
happily rejoiced at the moment
happily rejoiced in the moment
happily rejoiced of the moment
happily rejoiced for the moment

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dVerse prompt to throw grammar out the classroom window

What Grammar?

Keep It Simple

Today I am not flying to Houston but rather I am going to Iowa, the place where I was born. The heartland, the grass plains now in field corn ready to harvest. A simple place where the elms have died out and the Fox have bought back a part of their land and run a casino. I am not flying thru Denver where the airport built on sacred land but rather thru Vegas, the hub of gambling and entertainment, the vision of an eccentric.

My hometown has changed. Where there use to be three grocery stores now there is one. There are still a number of bars that line one street and no shoe store anymore. I remember Buster Brown in the shop window and a number of dress shops. Now there is one. My sister and I walk all day reminiscing childhood, the town’s dramas and a dad who drank too much.  There is already too much extravagance in the world. Time to keep it simple.

Seasons move so fast

We are caught in the middle

How to surrender

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dVerse prompt haibun Monday and explain why you write the way you do

Keep It Simple

Churn

 

When summer came it was hot with no air conditioning.  None in the house or in the car, just midriff top, ponytail and short shorts.  I walked barefoot to the pool everyday, my soles grew tough from the  concrete.  When too hot to walk I rode my bike downhill, arms splayed out, look ma no hands, creating my own current of air all the way to the park and the pool.  My legs were strong from the journey home.

I loved butterflies, little green snakes and swimming, but mostly the weekends to churn the homemade ice cream.  The kids would turn the crank, add the rock salt and turn the crank more until the egg, cream and sugar mixture thickened.  Mom would serve it up after dinner.  There was no better way to chill than hand-churned ice cream.

 

temperature will rise

summer heat pours out memories

time not forgotten

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dVerse Haibun on summer

photo courtesy of Karen McDougal at KarensChicNShabby

Churn

Eulogy for a Chipmunk

I saw you dying in the garden bed

you were not your frisky little self

hurry quick under the deck

cheeks puffed out with bird seed

I called you Chippy when I saw you

childhood joy of seeing a chipmunk

 

I buried you under the rhododendron

where other pets are now bones

you were my wild one

who came unannounced

wanting food

 

I was sad when Chippy died

but yesterday I saw three more

 

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open mike at dVerse

 

 

Eulogy for a Chipmunk