Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bad breath

Mouth, a ghastly gaping gullet, opens to
A slimy well; the voracious, bony
Wendigo, untroubled by it, really smells!

Friday, October 30, 2015


Souls departed from this life are
Troubled deeply by
Some other-worldly strife.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Grasshopper's teacher

Playfully the maven
Unstuck the young man’s mind,
Not by telling him what to
Do, but by guiding him to opine
In matters he knew thoroughly,
To speak his thoughts more mindfully.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Focusing on this
Intrinsic element, we
Respect its
Energy, we revere its light.

Take a look also at my acrostic wordplay of August 6, 2014.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

You say tomato; I say tomate

Cousin words
Of different familias
Grow up
Naturally looking
Their similar sounds
Enhance memorabilia and
So we have the German Wort ‘gleich.’

Sunday, October 25, 2015


One’s positive growth and
Longevity might well
Depend on nutrition and levity.

The word ‘old’ is among the oldest words, termed ‘ultraconserved’ words, shared by four of seven language families.

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Cared for, doted upon,
Over-indulged, they
Saw those
Spoiled lambs
Eat out of the palm of
Their hands.

Friday, October 23, 2015


Read as if
Of a
Song flow
On the air
Deftly and strong. Sing “Excellent!
Yes!” when no word is wrong.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ice cream...

Scoffing with wit, this
Quiet bit is
Ubiquitous as a filler, and if
It sparks an explosive remark, it’s
Best to be cooler, not shriller.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

And the moral of the story is…

For example, there once was
A boy who cried “Wolf!” and
Because he so often had
Lied, the townspeople did not help him;
Eventually the poor sheep died.

Inspired by a Homework Help question at Rochester Public Library.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Measurement of
Entropy, is it indeed our life’s recipe?

Monday, October 19, 2015


Parts of words
Heard distinctly
New learners, quite succinctly, the
Elements, the building blocks for
Myriad thoughts,

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Mmm…mmm good!

Sop up last drops
Of that savory broth
Using a
Piece of bread.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Live and learn

Of all the faux
Pas one could make, there are
Some that really take the cake.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Yust a yoke, ya?

Zealously she
Entertained the
Guest and the notion that he
May be
Alien to playful jest.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A giving, breathing entity

Every element that keeps us
Alive, we
Receive by the grace of
This globe we call

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Heated discussion

Deliberate questions
As each side
Takes a swing. Who will
End up in the West Wing?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ancient tale

Situations, fictitious or
True, spin yarns
Of what all humans
Recall from the
Yawn of time.

Monday, October 12, 2015


Details of
A specific kind, given and
Taken with theories in mind,
Are transmitted in countless lines.

With congratulations and thanks to Angus Deaton; he shared the etymology of this word in his PBS Newshour interview this evening.

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Bracing is the morning air for a
Rapid walking pace; lost
In thought, I soak in the
Stillness, while
Keenly aware of time and place.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Eyes on the...

Praised and honored,
Revered, esteemed, the
Zeal and
Efforts paid off, as though in a dream.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Unknown riches

Perhaps your
Old word-maker-mind
Nods without knowing to a
Goddess; you offer
A gift, and Devi’s divine
Attends you throughout your life.

During a fit of silliness today, a student blurted out the word ‘pongala.’ When I asked what it meant, I was told it was just made up. Out of curiosity, I checked the Internet. It’s a Hindu religious festival. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Big O

Oh, why did they
Make O the
End? After all, it
Around, not pretending to stop.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Little mouth"

Perpetually delicious,
It’s roundly propitious. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's not what we think...

Mating, pairing,
All about sharing
Their parallel gifts,
Couples strike a
Human light; it can be wearing.

Monday, October 5, 2015

To souls lost at sea

Hoping to miss the
Unbridled wind, they
Raced south, but
Ran afoul, for
In the bowels of that loaded
Cargo ship, the
Aging engines,
Nearly spent, couldn’t beat Joaquim’s
Encompassing spin.

Dedicated to those on El Faro.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

One of the Agreements

Intentional actions and speech,
Making space for a faultless
Progression of
Can teach a kind of self-
A mind-abiding
Balancing act between
Looking forward and
Embracing the now.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A baker's dozen, for example?

An extra helping hand,
Giving a little bit more, very
Illustrates the
All-ways generous core, the heart of
People who see the big
Picture; they
Expect nothing in return.

Thank you, Sabrina P. B.

Friday, October 2, 2015


Relaxing body, spirit, and mind
Enhances one’s  
Strength for
Trying times.

In honor of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It makes sense to me

The word decem from ancient times
Equals two
Nickels or the pennies in a dime.