You’re So Full Of It!

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energy to run around the first floor of the house
voice to sing and whine
strength to climb up and down the stairs
– a hundred times

charm to woo strangers at the store
sweetness to make new friends anywhere
smarts to get anything you want at all
– a thousand times more

where do you get
all of everything
and how do you keep
from exploding
because you’re so full of it

so full of everything nice
and all things loving
and all sorts of wonderful
and all kinds of amazing
– a bazillion times galore

my boy
my boy
how can there
possibly be more

yet each day
you grow
and show me
all the ways
you’ve become
more beautiful than before
– a gazillion squared, times four

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Workplace Adversity

Sometimes I feel like I have the hardest job in the world!  However, the good news is that I’m not alone.  Apparently, there’s a boatload of others floating in the same sea with me!

Workplace Adversity

Some days I get no respect
And my words go unheard
No one gives me praises
And my requests are oft thought absurd

I can’t claim any sick days
I get no paycheck bonuses
I make my own coffee
And wash everyone’s dishes

I’m on call 24/7
And I can’t even pee
Without someone looking
Or calling for me

My job is to stay at home
My boss is my family
Although the work is very hard
Nowhere else I’d rather be

I get paid with hugs and kisses
I hear laughter all day
I know I make a difference here
Would I quit this job? No way!

How To Be A Mother

I don’t think I could’ve written this one without experience. 🙂

Day 17 of the challenge comes from Maxie Steer: Take the phrase “How to (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.

“How To Be A Mother”

Say goodbye to sleep
Erase those Friday nights
Put away the skinny jeans
Get up at first light

Trade your heels for flats
Have baby wipes at hand
Turn your coupe into a van
Carry a bigger purse around

Develop selective hearing
Be late everywhere you go
No more spontaneous trips
Use Netflix for all your shows

Start your own blog
Unload all that stress
Search through the blogosphere
To make sense of your mess

Realize you’re not alone
There are others in your boat too
Learn from your (and their) mistakes
And find the purpose for “you”

See motherhood in a whole new light
Change the direction you’re heading
Make room for others in your life
Cheer up and start living

Stop whining for what you’ve lost
You’ve gained so much more
Join the laughter of your children
Leave your baggage at the door

Share in the innocence of young hearts
Learn to see wonder in simple things
Be thankful for each moment lived
Be grateful for everything

Always carry a song
Give lots of hugs and kisses
Be ready to wipe some teardrops
And DO keep your promises!
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“Tradeoff”

Halfway in through the challenge of the month.  Whoohoo!

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

“Tradeoff”

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.