Friday, February 4, 2011

The Day of the W - Works of Art, Woodworkings and Wordles...

...and it's not even Wednesday.

But anyway ~

Hello!  Today is a wonderful day, isn't it?  Well, I think so, but that's because (drum roll, please) 1.) there's no snow and ice in the forecast today, 2.) I've had the pleasure of reading a number of really great poems already today and...3.) today is my birthday! 

I think I'll celebrate by posting some poems.  Okay...I do that pretty much every day, but still...

First, for the 4th day of the Haiku-a-Thon, I'm using the artwork prompt thoughtfully provided by SIS/Few Miles.

let’s trail Old Burro
down the red clay path to home
he will know the way

Second, Big Tent Poetry, being equally thoughtful, provided a Wordle (a collection of words culled from another source) for today's winsome poeming.  Out of the twelve words shown for this Wordle, I chose five and wrote a triple limerick.

Photo courtesy One Crafty Mumma

Danger ~ Woodwork Alert

There once was a cabinet maker
who was more of a cabinet faker.
He attempted to build
but he wasn’t too skilled
so his chests looked just like hell’s half acre.

He could never remember which blade
he should use on the lathe when he made
his doorknobs and handles -
it looked more like vandals
had been in his shop on a raid.

He said, “It’s a matter of function,
with woodworking,” but in conjunction
with each new disaster
he called for the pastor
for sacrament of extreme unction.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful day, too.


  1. "Happy Birthday to You"
    "Happy Birthday to You"

    Instead of counting candles,
    Or tallying the years,
    Contemplate your blessings,
    On your birthday.

    "Happy Birthday to You"
    "Happy Birthday to You"

    Fantastic Haiku and it is my pleasure to have you in the challenge and nice poem too..

    Someone is Special

  2. RJ, I hope you have a wonderful birthday! I am wishing you many,many
    more :-)
    I liked how you focused on the word

  3. Happy Birthday! The happy adjectives already listed on your FaceBook wall, I'll use this place to say again and repeat once more :-D that what you write is so amusing, that it's on the verge of hilarious. You always make my day (in my case, since I'm about 6 or 7 hours ahead, my night)
    Thanks for your "light" verse which really brings light to me.

  4. Fun limerick! May you have many more happy birthdays and many more wonderful poems!

  5. Pamela - thanks. I was in a playful mood and that was the first thing that came to mind, believe it or not. ;-D

  6. Awwwww...gee! Thanks, Mariya! ☼

  7. RJ, Happy 23rd birthday, sweetie!!

    Loved your "old burro" piece. It's rare when the poem makes the image seem more alive - usually, it's the image that dominates. But, as always, in a spare amt. of words, you conveyed a poignant message.

    I'm going to take a look at that Wordle. Well, sWeetums, have a Wonderful, Wild, Wicked birthday!


  8. Happy Birthday.

  9. added your blog link to my birthday wishes post.

  10. Thanks, Amy - but add about three decades to that number!

    Also, thanks for the nice words! do check out that Wordle - and I'll check your page later to see what you've done with it!

  11. Many happy returns, and tha ks for your inept-cabinet-maker poem: great fun.

  12. Thanks, Vivienne - and I'm glad my unfortunate woodworker could give you a smile.

  13. Happy Birthday! I always love your upbeat poetry... it looks like you have the limerick down!


  14. Old burro indeed. Trust in the natural order of things. Lovely.

  15. Laurie - thanks for the birthday wishes and the compliment! That's so sweet of you!

  16. Ohmigosh - this is terrific!! And happy birthday to you, yesterday. :)

  17. Happy Birthday - enjoy its celebration all day and all month long!

  18. What a fun Wordle poem, and let me join in the (belated) happy birthday wishes for you!Your rhyming abilities are extraordinary, and this presented a rollicking good read. HBD!

  19. Tumblewords - thank you so much!!!

  20. beccagivens - thanks so much! ♥

  21. your haiku was hilarious nice! :)

  22. Happy birthday, late, but ...!

  23. These are both so good...a gift from you to us on your birthday! I think it's amazing you were able to compose fun limericks from those words! I misread the prompt but here's what I did.

    And happy birthday!

  24. l2w2d - thanks for the super-kind words and thanks for the b-day wishes!

  25. Happy belated birthday, and yes just the fact that is your day it makes it wonderful! Thanks for the poem!

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  27. Scent of my heart - thank you so much! ☼

  28. beautiful haiku, just loved the caring feeling it contained.

    the poem- my poems and paintings sometimes look like that to me :)

  29. happy birthday! May God bless you with every thing beautiful and good in the world.

  30. Sharmishta - thanks for the nice words, and for the sweet birthday wishes!

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