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Randomling 1:  Matthew Macfadyen

I believe I'm in love with Matthew Macfadyen
He inspires in me a terribly bad yen
But as poetry goes
His name 'spires woes
Cause nothing rhymes with "Macfadyen”.

Randomling 2: Birthday Wishes
For my birthday, I would like a man.
I wonder---can you get one from a can?
Or maybe from a catalog?
Maybe I'll just get a dog.

Randomling 3: Yet Another Cat Poem

toddlers in fur
senior citizens with retractable claws
lions in their own minds
lunch in the minds of dogs.

Randomling 4:  Desert Woes

A sage river in a field of sand:
         so flows hope in a barren land;
                   the crippled heart in prosthetic steel,
                             hacked and scarred, a vulture’s meal.

Randomling 5:  Dark Poetry

Follow poetry to its source;
There find heartbreak and remorse.
Follow poetry to the bitter end,
And there find death, its bosom friend.

Randomling 6: Ode to Bananas

an underappreciated fruit
sentenced to banananality
because yellow is their long suit.

Randomling 7: Untitled  

this heart is closed to deposits.
There's no more room for pain.

Randomling 8: Untitled

My heart is sealed in a cold steel vault,
and I’ve lost the combination.

Randomling 9: Joyce Kilmer 2015

I think that I shall never see
A man as useful as a tree.
One has uses by the score;
The other one is apt to snore.

Randomling 10:  Bedtime Prayers

Now I lay me down to sleep,
A leaden heart is mine to keep.
If I should die before I wake--
Now there’s an offer I’d gladly take.   

Randomling 11:  The Devil Wind

Fury with a smoky tail
Eddies of destruction
Deceitful beauty, enchanting danger
Death sporting a makeover

Randomling 12:  A Boy's Best Friend

Your *****—it is not a toy
I told my little son.
O yes it is, he parried me
It's quite my favorite one.

Randomling 13:  Fault Lines

I have a bathroom mirror
that's grown faulty over time.
My reflection is no longer true;
it's developed little lines!

Randomling 14:  Shakespeare 101		

“To be or not to be. That is the question.”
--What question?
THE question!
--Whaddya mean, THE question?
Never mind.																		

Randomling 15: Christmas?

Peace on earth to men of good credit
Who give the gift of corporate profit
in the holy name of commercialism.

Randomling 16:  Musical Believer

Though my conscience sleeps,
wrapped in the Valium of
agnosticism, it awakens to 
the music of Mozart--
once more knowing God
by the sound of His voice.

Randomling 17: Vacuum

I didn't write a poem when you died.
The words would not come.
Perhaps I felt too deeply,
perhaps not enough;
maybe I died too.   10/06/01

Randomling 18: Insanity

Insanity is underrated
Its drawbacks,much overstated.
How else to do what you darn well please
And accomplish it with so much ease?

Randomling 19: Dog Day Afternoon

salt, waves, undertow
I don't know what's going
on here, but I'm HAPPY!

Randomling 20: Opposites Attract

i am matter---love, antimatter
never to meet save to explode
i am space, love is time
parallel dimensions never to meet

Randomling 21: Puppy Love

I ride a leaky newspaper raft
Adrift on the linoleum
Anxiously awaiting an
An attack of smelly
squirming happiness
covered in fuzz:
Puppy love.

Randomling 22: Newton's Poultice

Apple falls from tree
Newton (ouch!) takes notice
Comes up with law of gravity
while wearing a poultice
on the solstice

Randomling 23: Ticking

And the clock on the wall kept on ticking
while my life fell apart all around me.
Sweet memories faded to shadow
as my heart fell to pieces inside me.
And the clock on the wall kept on ticking
Relentlessly ticking, ticking
While my life fell apart all around me.

Randomling 24: Untitled

a mosaic assembled from
shimmering, glimmering
tiles of delight and
black-glazed stones of despair
interlocking snowflakes
in seamless beauty

Randomling 25: Seasonal Lament
Daylight shrinks end at both end as summer falls into the arm of winter. arm
Randomling 26: Untitled
I didn't want to love you.
Randomling 27: Pills Depression is days and nights curled fetal-like in a dark room, no interest in the world outside, idly wondering if there are enough pills in the bottle to kill you, then thinking it's not worth the effort to find out because you're dead inside already. Randomling 28: Guilt By Association Fresh morning light frames the cat, surrounded by piles of dirt and deceased plants, looking innocent. Randomling 29: Bell the Cat How do you give a cat a bath? Maybe you can do the math. All I know is she stinks to high heaven. And of us there are only seven. How many humans to bathe a cat? Definitely more than where we're at! Randomling 30: Muse
I want to write a poem using the word gossamer. “Gossamer.”
Randomling 31: Ripples
Canoes rock gently under the waxing moon. Black water ripples, painting a beautiful scene under the scented pines.
Randomling 32: Sunshine Waterfall I cleanse my face in a sunshine waterfall, luxuriate in a sunshine shower. Waterfall flow and warm me; sprinkle lemon drops through my hair. Randomling 33: Salon Treatment Hurricanes scour everything they touch, then rinse and blow dry. Randomling 34: My Window Blue sky pokes its face through the canopy of trees. Heat wave is over!

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Date: 8/20/2018 6:37:00 PM
Love your poem. how about back garden?X(J
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Date: 1/28/2018 3:36:00 PM
Hello! I'm participating in a speech tournament held in Bulgaria and I was wondering if I could use this exact poem of yours in the competition. In order to present it I need the author's permission and I'd really appreciate it if you allow me to use it! Best wishes, Gery.
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Date: 8/14/2015 9:49:00 PM
They are all great, a 7 hugs Eve
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Date: 8/10/2015 4:12:00 AM
I love them ALL but my favorite is #13 'Fault lines'...PERFECT title and yep, it's the mirror's fault and MINE is rather faulty as well...
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Mary Oliver Rotman
Date: 8/10/2015 11:40:00 AM
Thank you, Tim.
Date: 8/9/2015 4:58:00 PM
Oh my, Bananas is really GREAT!!! So creative. Ok, I am liking them all, but each time I see one I like extra, I will note it down here #9, the snoring line!!, #12 is a HOOT/ Love #13 and am starting to really relate!! 16 and 17 are easily ones that can be tanka! and the last one for my sun god is quite interesting!! I hope you won't mind if I just find my favorite randomlings and do as you have done here, adding in new ones as well? Let me know if that would be ok? thanks!
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Date: 8/9/2015 4:51:00 PM
Wow, these are awesome. I have seen a few already. LOVE the one on cats. Now I will go through the rest of the list and tell you my other favorites. (I think you said no limericks for the randomlings, right?) I will try to note if you are using any specific forms with these little poems!
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Date: 8/9/2015 7:19:00 AM
these are awesome Mary I see what you are after will do my best - some time back I did a shakespeare poem a bit like yours 'tubby or not tubby.. fat is the question' hope you like it:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 8/9/2015 11:21:00 AM
It was called 'it's not quite Shakespeare:-) hugs jan xx
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Mary Oliver Rotman
Date: 8/9/2015 10:22:00 AM
Is that the title? Because I couldn't find it.
Date: 8/9/2015 1:51:00 AM
You I thought I was the only one who thought 'in poetry' lol
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Date: 8/8/2015 11:08:00 PM
Mary: Not as much as I did back then. I will dig them out and join your contest. How many do you expect per entry?
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Mary Oliver Rotman
Date: 8/9/2015 12:20:00 AM
As many as you like. The reason I ask is just to see if I'm all I'm cracked up to be, lol.
Date: 8/8/2015 10:16:00 PM
Enjoyed reading these little gems of thought, Mary: I wrote quite a few in this style when I first started writing. I like the name you have invented for them. Cheers, SuZ
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Mary Oliver Rotman
Date: 8/8/2015 10:45:00 PM
So you don't do them any more?