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By The Book Poems

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Premium Member Oliver, a Boy
When I was young my mother's hand
Led me through a joyful land
Where neither war nor hate exist
Nor something more I must resist 

Where nothing but the night is black
And black is never dark for lack
Of something bright or greater light
But...Read More
Categories: by the book, england, fantasy, innocence,
Form: Epic



this is just a test
just in case
ever comes
a day they
decide to
warm up
the cold
war for
that's 
what
it

seems so
today for 
i'm practicing
retirement in 
preparation
last night i
stayed up
as late as
i liked
having

in mind to not
set an alarm
clock just
wake when
it felt like
it's time
never
mind
ing
to

call the first
food i put in
my mouth
breakfast or
dinner...Read More
Categories: by the book, muse,
Form: I do not know?
Premium Member No Quid Pro Quo
 'Twas the night before Christmas and impeachment was in the air
 Trump kept tweeting that it was unfair
 The truth had come out, but he continued to lie
 But Moscow Mitch assured him that victory was nigh

 But then...Read More
Categories: by the book, christmas, political,
Form: Rhyme
THINKSGIVING SOULFULL DINNER
lets talk food
the weather is cool
let cook
not by the book
get down  with turkey sound
let have collard green
some green bean
for the theme  some white meat
gravey as a treat
now that finger licking good
you can knock on wood
this meal for all...Read More
Categories: by the book, adventure, blessing,
Form: Prose Poetry
Premium Member WRITES




Writes in clear brisk
Stream from word risk
In fashion crisp


Words in true lease
Emerge to please
A cautious peace


Look to read sense
In present tense
To value cents


Verse in mode clear
Hurl beyond fear
As feelings steer


Note in each line
What's yours and mine
In touching mime


Strange feel now...Read More
Categories: by the book, allusion,
Form: Rhyme



Premium Member Raw Passion
Golden hair, sultry look
Curvy hips, she shook
His breath, she took...
Steady, pal, by the book:
Come on up, honey, to my nook
~ Too bad she couldn't cook



               ...Read More
Categories: by the book, food, lust,
Form: Monorhyme
The Age Of Fake
Where have all the personalities gone 
since superficial insanity spawned 
girls shallow yet sunken
swallowed vain drunken
gobbled drug consumption, 
common sense shrugged ‘em?

Those fake tans look so strange,
skin isn’t supposed to be orange, 
hair extensions make me cringe, 
and why are...Read More
Categories: by the book, confidence, funny, humor, humorous,
Form: Rhyme
Raw Ten Luck
A peacock in old Shangri-La
Found his wherewithal did not thaw
He went by the book
So his feathers shook
But aroused his mother-in-law...Read More
Categories: by the book, animal, funny,
Form: Limerick
INSTRUCTED BY THE BOOK OF THE LAW
Taught by God’s Word
free from deceit’s blight
I learned that I can be empowered
to practice what’s right…
My service is acceptably done
along God’s might
To involve in His work 
of heavenly kingdom-advancement’s height.

Instructed by the Book of the Law*
authenticated by divine righteousness
I read...Read More
Categories: by the book, bible, christian, faith, god, inspirational, jesus, truth,
Form: Verse
DO NOT BE FOOLED
By enemies who pretend to be friends
By the wickedness of this world
By the book that does not disclose
By the smile that is always smiling

By the joke that is been shared
By the laughter when appearance are made
By the tears on the...Read More
Categories: by the book, allusion, betrayal, character, confusion, courage, culture, encouraging,
Form: Free verse
Ode to Chores
Ode to Chores
By Brenda Kahn

When the Good Lord
In his wisdom, Hark!
Said “Separate
the light from dark.”

He surely didn’t
See that time
Would be a scarce
Resource to find

I throw my clothes-wash
In by person
Lest my crazed
Schedule worsen

If I did dark
Then later light
Lord knows I’d be
Doing...Read More
Categories: by the book, family, home, marriage, mom, mother, mum, women,
Form: Ode
A Community Of Friends
There once was a time when women could cook,
  and men knew how to dance

Education was by the book,
  no fuzzy math or creative finance

Parents visited their own parent’s homes,
  as the grandchildren came along

And life was...Read More
Categories: by the book, family, friendship,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Loving Miss RaggleToots
She was the best teacher ever born in our county, a tiny woman with a giant adventurous soul.
Miss Fizzle from Magic School bus was probably designed after someone met Miss Raggletoots.
Okay it is not her real name but I cannot...Read More
Categories: by the book, teacher,
Form: Prose Poetry
the green light
you are the green light 
to my Gatsby inspired dreams. 
You light up my world....Read More
Categories: by the book, color, dream, feelings, love,
Form: Free verse
Hustler
I don't know why you feel you gotta lie
learn to be real - you ain't got to steal
just cause you say - it really ain't that way
doesn't make it so - well you outta know

you think your one up, it's...Read More
Categories: by the book, addiction, betrayal, conflict, corruption, dark, integrity, judgement,
Form: Free verse
A Community Of Friends
There once was a time when women could cook,
  and men knew how to dance

Education was by the book
  no fuzzy math or creative finance

Parents visited their own parent’s homes,
  as the grandchildren came along

And life was...Read More
Categories: by the book, nostalgia,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Books and Covers
"Books and Covers"



"Books and Covers"

"Covers and Books"

"Stories and Lovers"

"Lovers and Stories"

"Some Time It Took"

"Spinning Wheels Spinning"

"Needles Pricking Thumbs"

"Agatha and Daphne"

"Danvers is Rebecca's Mum"

"Casting Fishing Hooks and Aspersions"

"Bewitching Hour"

"Drinking Potions of Lovespell's Nasturtiums"

"Lost Love Woods" 

"Hidden Powers"

"Wolves Walking Through Mirrors"

"Poison and...Read More
Categories: by the book, mystery, psychological, purple, truth, write, writing,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member PATIENT DIAGNOSIS
Though given great thought, with nights that were long,
The doctor informs the intern - he’s wrong.
          
A great diagnosis by the book!
He gives the doctor a quizzical look.

Doc lifts up the...Read More
Categories: by the book, humor,
Form: Light Verse
Premium Member SOFTLY



If you must look
Play by the book


If you must say
Prize that grand way


If you must dream
Seize joy that streams


If you must know
Feel how zest grows


If you must touch
Love mellows much


If you must task
Learn to just ask


If you must see
Just let...Read More
Categories: by the book, allegory,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member When All The Odds Are Against Me
 When all the odds are against me,
 you better believe I'm going to rise up,
 through the ashes like the Phoenix I was born to be,
 wings spread, tall, courageous and mighty
 
 My only opponent in life is...Read More
Categories: by the book, destiny,
Form: Rhyme royal
If You Weren't Such a Nut Meg
She had so many chances
     Yet she kept muffin it up
Butter intentions were good
     Just not much coffee in her cup

Couldn’t make a good decision
     Too much waffling...Read More
Categories: by the book, food, fun, humor, words,
Form: Rhyme
Black moons
The ground weeps with smoke and falls like a nation.       
Topped with ash and cinders of their feet, chest and nails, 
the ground cries out as she is pinched and scratched and told she...Read More
Categories: by the book, allusion, betrayal, death, earth day, life, light,
Form: ABC
Badge of Honor

He was a straight-laced lawman,
who went strictly by the book
Before he took any criminal gunsmoke down,
he would give them 
his best Marshall Dillon righteous look
Said he would always give them a fair trial
Just one of the rules his daddy lawman...Read More
Categories: by the book, emotions, family, identity, integrity,
Form: Free verse
TRAITOR TRASH
             
		TRAITOR TRASH

               Steals and Deals
Whether Republican or Democrat it doesn't matter much
Both sides...Read More
Categories: by the book, america, betrayal, corruption, patriotic, political, truth, usa,
Form: Rhyme
Joys
21 Aug 2017 - Sonnet

When all the joys you ever chased in life
were bait that NEVER came without a hook -
high-market hucksters charming you with fifes
that drove thirst mad (and all done by the book),
the heart seems more a handle...Read More
Categories: by the book, culture,
Form: Sonnet