Riddle A compendium of trinkets Cleverly arranged To terrify the blinking, Backward, and estranged. Call it reverse amnesia, Call it spoil-sport, But the rarest of all riddles Is that with no retort. -M.M.
Looks Like a Pretzel He told me it looks like a pretzel, but isn’t. But isn’t? What looks like a pretzel but isn’t? A tangle of noodles? The Gordian knot? A piece of pastrami that’s twisted a lot? Infinity, broken and drooping? A sin? The handles of scissors? A pretzel-shaped pin? The shape of... Continue Reading →
Sanity sanity vanity, varnish tarnish, tertiary, terrier ferrier, fairy, fairly, flare, care, carrot, carol, careful, careless, hairless, hapless, happy, hoppy, harpy, harp, sharp, shard, shed, shelter skelter, skeleton, scan, man, manatee sanity -M.M.
No News is Good News No news is good news. New lies are good lies. No news is great news. No news is late news. Possibly, hate-news. Then comes the short fuse— —Saturated and funny And miserably punny— They gun down reviewers Carting off money, For whales with tales, And tails of... Continue Reading →
For those of us who need to overcome a spell of writer's block. -M.M. Blocked I cannot write a poem today. I have nothing new to say. I feel I’ve hit a giant wall, Altogether much too tall For me to climb and risk the drop, Falling from the very top. So I... Continue Reading →
I do not usually write nonsense, but when I do, I don't. -M.M. The Empathy Amphitheater Welcome to the Empathy Amphitheatre. Really, we know how you feel. You feel like the door greeter-meeter, Who’s waiting for cherries to peel. Just Joking. No Nonsense. I hear from the heart, And speak from the... Continue Reading →
Horsefeathers I did a lot of things today, Said the chestnut brown to the quiet grey. I ought To not Have Thought A lot But did so anyway. -M.M.
Among other things, I collect words. New, unusual, or uncommon. Used, broken, or left out on the curb. Words that do more than say- words that describe. This week I wrote down words that I found intriguing, novel, and/or needed a refresher on. They are as follows: pedantic: (adj.) 1. ostentatious in one's learning ... Continue Reading →
I love children's literature. Indeed, most of the poems or stories I write could be classified as such. The part that I love the most about children's lit. is its cheerfulness. The playful goofy verse of Dr. Seuss, the fairy-tale depth of the Chronicles of Narnia, the magic and complexity of Harry Potter, the innocence... Continue Reading →