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Last Night

There is a stillness in the house
While I wait, as quiet as a mouse

I soak it up, this quiet respite
For very soon, I'll be more desperate

I will need the peace inside myself
To put my needs up on the shelf

For at this very moment
I hear the gravel of the tires

No warning shot, no cannon fires

Coming up the winding driveway
I can hear the troops, they are like an army

I hear them comin' ....,  (and yes, I love them!)

This Morning:

Pots and pans fill up the sink, with baked on, crusty bits
There are several plates of dried up cheese, and dips with soggy Ritz

The kitchen floor has sticky goo, where the bowl of gravy spilled
And scattered glasses here and there, (a few are still half-filled)

New sofa pillows are on the floor, the dog is sleeping there! 
The gift of chocolates, someone brought me...have somehow disappeared!

A rumpled afghan, lies in a heap, where someone took a nap
Beneath the chair, a scarf, a shoe,  and someone's fleese lined wrap

There is Chex mix, legos, tinker toys, helter-skelter around the floor
Chocolate crumbs, beneath my feet, and handprints on the door

The remote control, was out the door, I found it on the porch!
The telephone was ringing too, and took an hour's search!

I'm finding candle wax, and a few thumb tacks,  a mix of this and that
I keep finding things, ...then can't find things, has anyone seen the cat??

A turkey carcass stares at me, ......(I guess I'll make some soup)
A messy bunch of people, they are,  but if you think I'm duped................

Thanksgiving Day, with family here, (although they leave a mess...)
A holiday, the best of things, and yes, I know I'm blessed!

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  1. Date: 12/5/2013 6:05:00 PM
    Like a Norman Rockwell scene.......congratulations Carrie on this wonderful win...

  1. Date: 11/30/2013 6:57:00 AM
    I hope you had a good one love, holidays can be both a strain and a blessing, congrats on your win xxx

  1. Date: 11/30/2013 2:30:00 AM
    Well done Carrie! I love the contrast from the stillness of the night to the joy filled day of the morning. Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 7/7/2013 10:42:00 AM
    A superb write my dear friend, Carrie & so enjoyed reading it! thank you so much for sharing. My big hearty congratulations on your great win! Hugs! love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 9:38:00 PM
    Sooo awesome and what I'm feeling tonight! Congratulations

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 6:15:00 PM
    Should have been at the top of the list!...

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 5:02:00 PM
    Carrie, Your superb writing skill certainly lightened up my holiday like a firecracker... magnificent... congrats on the win :)

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 2:22:00 PM
    this is one cool poem, CONGRATS, love Skat

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 11:29:00 PM
    Carrie, thank you for your day one entry and win... congrats!!! :-) From: Linda

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 11:21:00 AM
    This piece is sure beautiful and will do well in the contest. Very entertaining. AO

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 7:49:00 PM
    Geez!...You build it up gently with Day One and then you take me for a rollicking ride!...Hilarious and heartwarming at the same time my friend...Happy 4th!...Let the fireworks begin! - Tim

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 4:31:00 PM
    This was good and also funny. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing...... Lucilla

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 6:42:00 AM
    I laughed so hard with the "Chicken carcass" line. HA! This was such an adoring piece to read! :)

  1. Date: 6/29/2013 3:03:00 PM
    lovely write, Carrie - sure to be a big winner - congrats on your wins : )

  1. Date: 6/29/2013 2:08:00 PM
    Very good approach to the theme of the contest Carrie.Beautifully penned poem here Carrie.

  1. Date: 6/29/2013 7:10:00 AM
    sounds like a wonderful time, despite the mess. i enjoyed this very much...

  1. Date: 6/28/2013 7:38:00 PM
    hahaha, And I was thinking it was Xmas. Excellent way to do the contest.