Halfway in through the challenge of the month.  Whoohoo!

Jared’s prompt: Write a tradeoff poem. Could be an exchange, forfeit, or swap.


And then there are days when I wish it was different
and I wasn’t here at all
instead I’d be wherever I desired to go
and still be out after nightfall.

I see a woman in a magazine
parading the latest trend
and I’d wish I had a wardrobe like that
for parties every weekend.

Then I turn on the tube
and turn to the travel channels
so I could dream about a vacation
where I sit around eating truffles.

A tradeoff with an heiress
would definitely be nice
so I’d have time and money
– do everything twice!

But then my heart starts to wake up
with the sound of little voices coming down the hall
whose hearts are innocent and big
though their statures are small.

Ah, my children, my children,
how can I exchange a life without you?
With your mile-wide smiles,
how can say adieu?

I forfeit night outings,
dressing in fine clothing,
eating decadent truffles,
and traveling.

I wouldn’t ever swap places with anyone else
I would miss you all terribly so
My heart would ache from longing for you
and life would feel hollow.


Day 14 of 2012 November PAD challenge.


I’ve been here for an eternity
Practically since I was born
I sleep and I wake here
Every night and morn

These white bars surround me
Even in my dreams
I think I’ll be here forever
At least, that’s how it seems

Although it’s quite comfortable too
I sometimes feel lonely here
Because everyone always leaves me
When I’m inside, they all disappear

I cry and laugh
I squeal and wail
I babble on and on
All to no avail

I am stuck here in this crib
Too little to climb out
I just can’t liberate myself
Growing up is the only way out!

“A Letter And A Recipe”

Day 13 of 2012 November PAD challenge.

“Mom’s” Recipe

Dear Children,

1 mommy is all I am
2 hands have I got
1 pound-ing headache and
3 cups of coffee from the pot

Mix in some sore muscles.
Sprinkle a dose of vertigo.
Let me sit aside to cool
for half an hour or so…
Before you shake ‘n bake me
and me hot-headed again.

*And a little tip for you:
If you want to really enjoy me
Sweeten me up with chocolate truffles,
a dozen white roses,
and a quarter slice of cheesecake.

Satisfaction guaranteed!


“Technology (Uninvented)”

Day 12 of 2012 November PAD challenge.

A Pair of New Technology”

It would be grand indeed
if I invented a
war-ending machine
That would make all
kinds of weapons disappear
Put everyone on the same side
Stand people on equal ground
Let every person be heard
And all misunderstandings understood

It would be wonderful too
if I invented a
hunger-ending machine
That would make all
kinds of delicious food appear
Give everyone daily meals (with sides!)
No more standing in line for a grain of rice
Let every person be fed
And all thirst quenched

I would love to invent these two things
I really would, if I could, but I can’t
So I guess we’ll just have to keep praying
for wars and hunger to end.