Poem-a-Day November 2018 Writer’s Digest Challenge #28. Theme: Mood


Elly’s Mood Ring

When she was single,
too goody-two shoes to
go marijuana mellow,
she was often as black and yellow
as a honeybee,
all abuzz with hyperactivity.

When she was in the same room
with her cray-cray family,
she was orange to green-peridot,
turning a lighter green
the more distance she put
between her parents and bros.

With friends,
she was blue-green fading into blue,
for they’d been with her through
it all—
the better and the worse,
the blessed and the cursed.

Then she met Eddy—
a no-drama hunk-o-rama—
who turned her pink
with just one wink.

With him,
she was totally in the mood,
her eyes vacillating from violet-burgundy
to indigo blue.

In turn,
Eddy loved that to read her moods,
all he had to do was look at her ring—
but when they wed,
and she replaced
that vintage bling
with her engagement and wedding rings,
she became a mystery to him,
keeping him guessing
for the rest of his life
(if not hers,
as he was the first to die).



Poem-a-Day November 2018 Writer’s Digest Challenge #27. Theme: Sturdy/Shaky


The Bride of Christ, the Groom of God

Shaky was her marriage,
but sturdy was the faith
that kept her marriage from crumbling,
for when they looked at one another,
holding both hands,
God was there between them,
and they saw one another the way He did.


Poem-a-Day November 2018 Writer’s Digest Challenge #25. Theme: Use line from earlier poem


She Left Them Puzzled

“For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)

*She was a 1000-piece puzzle who,
when put together,
always revealed something new.
Whenever she was taken apart,
something new grew between the cracks,
expanding her like the universe—
sometimes it was weeds,
at others,
but the same rain
nourished them both.

*indicates a line used in a previous poem


Poem-a-Day November 2018 Writer’s Digest Challenge #24. Theme: Salty



When Ms. Pepper met Mr. Salt,
she saw him as her equal—
until Miss Sugar came along
& invited him
to sprinkle his crystals
atop her silky caramel.
It was then,
& only then,
that Ms. Pepper realized
there wasn’t anything
that Mr. Salt could not do,
for he complimented
the savory,
as well as the sweet,



Poem-a-Day November 2018 Writer’s Digest Challenge #23. Theme: I Can’t (Blank)


I Can’t Eat That!

I can’t eat gravy out of a packet or jar (no MSG, please),
I can’t eat potatoes out of a box (why, when the real thing
is so much cheaper, pound for pound?),
or margarine in any form (I can totally believe it’s not butter);
I can’t eat cranberry sauce out of a can (no jiggly, ribbed silos for me),
I can’t eat green bean casserole (concocted with Campbell’s chemicals),
or sweet potato casserole (because I just don’t like orange potatoes);
I can’t eat “whipped cream” made of oil (as if spun into white gold
by the nemesis of Rumpelstiltskin),
and I am thankful to be fortunate enough to be able to make that choice.


Poem-a-Day November 2018 Writer’s Digest Challenge #22. Theme: Praise


S(he) Sees the World

She praised God for all the good
and cursed the Devil for all the bad—
seeing everything that happened
through the prism of intervention
by an unseen entity,
for it was the only way
she could make sense of the world.

He praised no one and cursed nothing,
seeing everything that happened
as the result of cosmic chaos—
set in motion by a God who had left
Earth’s inhabitants to their own devices,
for it was the only way
he could make sense of the world.