by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;

Weep, and you weep alone;

For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,

But has trouble enough of its own.

Sing, and the hills will answer;

Sigh, it is lost on the air;

The echoes bound to a joyful sound,

But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;

Grieve, and they turn and go;

They want full measure of all your pleasure,

But they do not need your woe.

Be glad, and your friends are many;

Be sad, and you lose them all,

There are none to decline your nectared wine,

But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;

Fast, and the world goes by.

Succeed and give, and it helps you live

But no man can help you die.

There is room in the halls of pleasure

For a large and lordly train,

But one by one we must all file on

Through the narrow aisles of pain.

“Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Public Domain

ice and fire


Antartica- during global warming



 a slice of cold

freezes us




sun and core

burn to fry

our withered limbs



Full Length Mirror


photo by Jeanne

Full Length Mirror

Try finding the bra
To secure 4 breasts
(Including those on my back of 77 years).

Try hooking the back before
I wind it round
In 90 degree heat
locking in every curve of my body,
taming in all the gravity bumps.

The package in the full length
mirror squawks
gone is the disembodied molded bra
the flat unworn panties in 2 dimensions

Gravity endeavors to touch my toes
nipples looking down
I’m grounded.

The full length mirrored flight
is not for me.
I’m going with touch!

Waving to the rhythm
of the waves
doing my hula


foreground middle ground background

middle ground

haiku haiku hi
haiku haiku haiku sigh
haiku haiku bye

An Invitation: A Poem Using the word: “inchoate” (in-ko-it)

Giant misses his golden goose

Giant misses his golden goose

(This is not the poem I’m submitting, but is an inchoate original.)

Jack and the Beanstalk

Inchoate seed became the source of stalk and vine’s a-climbing.
Inchoate size then boomed the voice of giant’s growl and sighing.
Inchoate muscles pulled Jack up until he made the sighting
Of golden goose in huge tree house, his golden eggs a-laying.

To get Jack down, inchoate zeal arose to steal the day;
To go back up, inchoate faith and stealth to not be found.
Inchoate giants can still be tricked by tiny folk today
For valor, strength and wily acts are not the gist of pounds!

Pattern #57 Non-verbal Connections

I sing because I'm happy

I sing because I’m happy

I sigh, I exhale,
I sing because I’m happy
My breath speaks volumes.

Pattern #26 Komodo Dragon

Kumodo Dragon by Quenby

Komodo Dragon
by Quenby

scales slip, slither slide
slink through space, a whisper sigh:
tongue to souls nearby!

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