Opals, Emeralds & Uncut Diamonds, Oh My! Daily Poetic Verse for The River by JulesPaige

Quickly; oranges: The Last Word
(Mid Month Switch Up/ New Routines)
Quickly August Warm Up Words:

http://imprompt.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/quickly-warm-up/

twelfth of the twelve… so really… the last…word :)
oranges= The sunset was full of oranges, and Tom realized he’d missed dinner.

The Last Word

Maybe there was rhythm
to days, cycles, life…
But nothing rhymes with orange.

The sunset was full of oranges, and
Tom realized he’d missed dinner -
mourning can do that; time mists.

Sun and moon sharing the same sky
clouds in pastel hues complimented
by brilliant outlines of light of a fading day.

He had become a fixture at the hospice.
There was never a time he wasn’t allowed.
She had wanted him there whenever…

Tom in those last hours just hummed.
All the songs and show tunes he could
remember that she had enjoyed.

Then briefly as if a butterfly were landing
on his hand he felt a small squeeze -
She opened her eyes, parted her lips…

And in the gentlest of whispers said;
“Promise me…” and he nodded blinking
back tears…she said; “Live”.

©JP/davh

http://margoroby.com/2014/08/26/poem-tryouts-image-potluck/

Is the answer blowing in the wind

‘Potluck It Is’ is a continuation of ‘Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind’ – Just because Margo asked for it.
The only tie in with her prompt is perhaps life cycles…Wheels go round (marriage) and that when you go to
an animal shelter to get a pet…well it is in fact; ‘potluck’ as it refers to what is available.

Quickly; call: Potluck It Is
(Mid Month Switch Up/ New Routines)
Quickly August Warm Up Words:

http://imprompt.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/quickly-warm-up/

call= So far into the woods, the mutt known as Just Dog, almost missed the call signal.

Potluck It Is

Calliope got him to wear a bow tie and watch Dr. Who.
But she knew that he was man of suits, ties and schedules.
It seems he would always have a full head of steam for her -
an undying love and devotion, she could live with that.

Randolph knew this wasn’t his parents type of marriage.
But did he really know his Mother and Father? So traditional -
Surely they would frown on his new bride – when they met her…
they had eloped…He wanted to be spontaneous… and enjoy life.

So that afternoon together, the newlyweds went to the shelter
to get a pet – And they made an afternoon of taking the older
animal with them for a walk… so far into the woods, the mutt
known as Just Dog, almost missed the call signal.

©JP/davh

potluck (noun) 3. whatever is available or comes one’s way.

 

Quickly; twelve: Measurable Success
(Mid Month Switch Up/ New Routines)
Quickly August Warm Up Words:

http://imprompt.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/quickly-warm-up/

twelve= Jake counted, twelve, thirteen – Oh, that was a bakers’ dozen was it?

Measurable Success

Helping out at the bakery that his aunt and uncle owned
in the small beach town for the summer was
something that all the Millers’ children got to do.

Jake had the added challenge of being differently able.
What he lacked in capability was more than made up
for by his unfailing heartwarming smile and humor.

Folks didn’t mind waiting an extra minute while
Jacke counted, twelve, thirteen – Oh, that was a
bakers’ dozen was it? Yes it was!

Auntie had taught him to count the cookies, -
She had made him a special chart with two hands
and a happy face – kind of a laminated placemat…

Jake carefully placed one cookie on each finger of
the two large hands and then one over each eye,
and one for the mouth that made thirteen.

And the joy he displayed with each success made
the customers happy too – After all Jake’s Uncle
made the best cookies, even Jake knew that!

©JP/davh

Quickly; mentioned: Double Vision
(Mid Month Switch Up/ New Routines)
Quickly August Warm Up Words:

http://imprompt.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/quickly-warm-up/

mentioned= Where was it mentioned that one had to dress up for a costume party?

Double Vision

Steve was just like any other guy or was he?
He enjoyed football and poker nights with
pretzels and beer. And yet…

For his secret job he had to wear different
‘uniforms’. Most folks didn’t know about that job -
Where he wore wig and painted his face.

So when Alicia invited him to the masquerade,
She had fully expected some wonderful
extravagance and display of Steve’s artistry.

But he was still shy about that second job -
anyway where was it mentioned that one had to
dress up for a costume party?

He hadn’t realized that even without revealing
his secret, that Alicia had sort of built up
the crowd… so when he came as a waiter…

Alicia’s pouty face soon turned into a newfound
respect. She should have asked for what she wanted -
and realized that Steve still had the right to a private life.

Marcus saw Steve from across the room – And he beamed.
While it was fun to play dress up, the man, just adored
his partner when he played straight to the crowd…

©JP/davh

Quickly; finished: Passing…
(Mid Month Switch Up/ New Routines)
Quickly August Warm Up Words:

http://imprompt.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/quickly-warm-up/

finished = With the exam finished, Holly took in a deep breath and let out a long sigh.

Passing…

The last exam before spring break.
That dreaded little blue book.
And a very subjective Prof.

Writing was magic, it was
easy to get lost and loose
track of time… but not presently.

With the exam finished,
Holly took a deep breath
and let out a long sigh.

She even had time to go
back check everything and
re-write the whole piece neatly.

(This was so long before laptops
were the norm in the dorm -
lap tops were places to sit on!)

And even with all that -
she was the first to hand
in her blue book.

Now the waiting began
in earnest – was it enough
to pass and not fail…

©JP/ davh

Quicky; life: No Candy Coating
(Mid Month Switch Up/ New Routines)
Quickly August Warm Up Words:

http://imprompt.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/quickly-warm-up/

life = Defining life wasn’t easy when you discovered diseases for a living.

No Candy Coating

Sy was a book worm.
And a lab rat…well not a rodent.
But he did work in ‘clean rooms’
With rows of test tubes
and computer banks
to help with calculations and
molecular modeling.

Defining life wasn’t easy
when you discovered
diseases for a living.
That was one of the
reasons that during his
days off he volunteered at
the children’s hospital.

Sy wanted to be a part
of the good memories
some of the young cancer
patients got to keep -
especially if they made
it out of the wards… and
got to actually play.

Defining life; even the disease
was a kind of life – wanting
all that the host could give.
Even if it meant sacrificing
what someone else’s definition.
Sy was a lab rat – not a rodent
and he wanted to book a vacation!

©JP/davh

Quickly; terrible: Just So

Quickly; terrible: Just So
(Mid Month Switch Up/ New Routines)
Quickly August Warm Up Words:

http://imprompt.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/quickly-warm-up/

terrible = It was terrible to see the hawk rip into the rabbits’ fur.

haiku series:
Just So

nature does not judge
seasons change, rearranging
cope with life and loss

it was terrible
to see the hawk rip into
the rabbits’ fur…death

was that really sad
the hungry eating, needing
sustenance – to live

it was terrible
to see them all lined up, there -
staged in the hospice

the lost memories
attempting to rearrange
what was left of life

©JP/davh
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