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Home Poetry

Tree House

#MLMM

Photo credit Michael Mehrhoft

Moving into a tree house

seemed such a good idea at the time

Wooden furniture,

Natural Carpets

Clockwork Television

being one with mother nature

only problem was

bringing the lawnmower into the lounge

to keep the living space clean

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Cooking Food Home Life

Lid

#socs #lid

in the midst of a quiet kitchen

something was brewing

sending a message to the little uns

lots of ingredients

were spending their time

bathing in a stock jacuzzi

you had seen one or two ingredients

but you were shepherded out

by the chef, aka Dad

and so as the magic mix of ingredients

bubbled happily on the stove

the keeper of culinary secrets kept guard

and you would watch, as on occasion

your dad would consult with the lid

throwing in some salt and perhaps pepper

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Character Home Learning Life

Desk (V2)

#Napowrimo

A Place where writing implements go to sleep

Hewn from the finest tree trunks

a place where the little apes

transfer their thoughts using pencil to paper

some use pen, some use paper

some use crayon, and some use colour

words and pictures cascade on the page

and then when finished, they return their tools

to a nice spot on the corner of the tree trunk

some might need a hair cut, for the next time they’re used

but for now, they sleep, dreaming of a rainbow of colours

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Home Life

Affordable

#fowc #affordable

They’re buying plots of land

in my home town

like it’s going out of fashion

building towers that reach all the way to space

most of the grand palaces in these places – rented out

to the commuters going home of a weekend

spot the zeroes as you pass the estate agents

and watch as they shove offers

through the letterbox

affordable housing? hardly

for as prices head for space – so do the rents

so for most they keep their feet planted

at the bank of mum and dad

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Cooking Eating Food Home

Home cooking

#promptuarium #home #cooking

I

Classical scholars

sat in ivory towers

will tell you – being far away

there’s nothing better than

the tastes of home

II

Preparation

for the evening meal

is everything – Peeled and chopped

and ready – for roasting, grilling, baking or boiling

of course – salad greens? just need rinsing and dressing

III

Food Fads ? a kitchen for all tastes

Fish and Chips ? Pie ? or Chicken perhaps ?

brought together with carrots and parsnips

Served up on a plate with greens

or a round bowl with barley as a broth

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Home Poetry

Life in Boxes

I

They’re everywhere

in every street where there’s a

spare space

colourful boxes

with fancy designs on them

don’t be distressed

this ain’t no graffiti

it’s “State 0f the art livin'” in the “Modern metropolis”

II

Built up? Hardly

Supersized sardine tins – stacked

like jenga

the occupants – can see for miles

all the fancy landmarks

and inside the boxes – more and more boxes

holding your clothes, your books, electronics and games

III

The clothes get stored away – they’ll be out soon

The food goes in the boxes round the cooker

The pots pans and dishes – in a box by them

While the meat and milk stay cold by a box in the corner

IV

Flat pack furniture – and your supersized tv

find space in the empty box used for living

box stereo plays hide and seek

near a lamp by the sofa

V

And when there’s no room

in your oversized box – what do you do? Head

roadside to put the things out of boxes

In another box

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Christmas Home Poetry

Back to Normal

#Christmas

The twelth day of christmas is almost here

The decorations waiting to be put back in the box

Till the sound of sleigh bells in December

Resolutions made

Plans prepared

and the room looks like the elves had never visited

meanwhile the evergreens head for the sky

waiting for the springtime trim

and the return of their feathered friends

They say its still Christmas

there’s six weeks or so till lent

but i’m not wishing the season away

the winters not been spent

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Garden Home Life Lockdown poems Nature

Outside and inside


I
It’s been warm the past few days

the mercury rising in the kitchen thermometer

but apart from an hour and occasional shower

the only thing to see outside

are the feathered friends who in air have flied


II
The stone guards are drenched

out in the backyard

Life of a garden fairy

at the moment – is hard

a lake is forming by the rocks

and drenching their once perfect locks 


III
And out in the garden the insects are about

with cascading rain – they’re being caught out

emergency mission – fishing them from the drink

before into deep water – they begin to sink

each beetle and ladybird fished from the rain

and put someplace safe – away from the drain.

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Acrostic Home

Bookshelf

#poetry #acrostic #home

Brimming with reading material

Old and new

Often hardbacks but sometimes paperbacks

Kindles and other consumable electronics on one bit

Softbacks, toys and notebooks for scribbling on another

Hardwired in the centre – a music box

Entertaining the listener with comedies and audiobooks

Life portrayed in photo and sound digitally

Filed away in a box of digital media cards

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Home Humour Learning Life

looking up words

#Socs #Wordnotfound

You would think , after years of primary, secondary and even tertiary education

There wouldn’t be a time when i’d need to check my spelling

Then again – the English language is full of wonderous words – and although the grand academics might not like this , some of them have been happily poached from our friends and neighbours across the English Channel.

Some have been invented and Some words and terms have been put in there simply because they’re used in common parlance

Howzat then ? because someone’s asked for a thingummy-bob to fix a watchamicallit as part of a job.

Normally Translated – A Spanner or wrench to fix a nut or a bolt, or an allen key to screw together two bits of wood with those magic screws – you know the ones – Hexagonal holes in the head of the screw

and as words keep on being added – the pages of the dictionary get bigger… And don’t think the computer can keep up – for poor old Hex has to have his Lexicon updated (sometimes daily) to keep up.

The true test ? getting listed in the OSW – Official Scrabble Words list – and there’s plenty in those pages!