Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I'm A Poet ...

Let's face it - I was not much of an English and Literature gal in school. I much preferred the logistics and certainty of math and science as opposed to the subjective interpretations of Tennyson and Thoreau. Heck, I'm even impressed that I remember those two guys' names. Then again, I was mostly told what subject matter to write about when I was in school instead of getting to choose the subject myself. So, with a new found hope and yearning for all things literary, I decided to try my hand at some poetry for your reading pleasure. I stuck with what I know - all things mom and child related - in order to ease myself into the process. I remember enjoying haiku poems in elementary school (or was it just that I liked the word, "haiku" ... hmmmm), so that's where I started. See what you think.

Play Doh
Salty, squishy clay
Fun for kids but not for me,
The one who cleans up.

Dining Out
Who's that screaming child,
Throwing his food at others?
Oh no, he is mine.

Ok, so I'm not the next Edgar Allan Poe, but I thought it was admirable for this science girl's first attempt. I just needed something fresh in my mind after reading, "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?" twelve times this morning! 

Speaking of kid books I read too much, I thought I'd leave you with a poem I recently found paying hommage to another of our well read books, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" (or "Moose a Muffin", or "Pig a Pancake", etc). The "If You Give a Blank a Blank" book company must be rolling in the dough with all the different versions they have of this book. So anyway, I thought this poem really gave the book some much needed "mommy" updating to make it more modern, so to speak. Enjoy!

If You Give a Mom a Muffin
If you give a mom a muffin,
She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
She'll pour herself some.
Her three-year-old will spill the coffee.
She'll wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she'll find dirty socks.
She'll remember she has to do laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer,
She'll trip over boots and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her
she has to plan for supper.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She'll look for her cookbook
("101 Things To Do With a Pound of Hamburger").
The cookbook is setting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.
The check book is in her purse
that is being dumped out by her two-year-old.
She'll smell something funny.
She'll change the two-year-old's diaper.
While she is changing the diaper, the phone will ring.
Her five-year-old will answer and hang up.
She'll remember she wants to phone a friend for coffee.
Thinking of coffee will remind her
that she was going to have a cup.
And chances are... If she has a cup of coffee,
Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it. 

                     - Author Unknown

1 comment:

  1. I am laughing so hard. I think you could write one for all adult family members who read those books over and over. Mimi