FEMA: Who Needs It? ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME!!!!! Not Mitt.

FEMA will respond quickly and effectively to the heavy flooding

(the famed boardwalk’s already flooded);

respond just like birds who survive because of their alertness,

quick responses,and ability to adjust

due to a fast metabolism fueled by internal heat.

Sandy will wreck havoc on public facilities and infrastructure,

but FEMA,

the fuel that ensures fast response, will be there–

unless Mitt gets his way and guts it.

PATTY 10/29/12


Last week, WP’s Grammar Guru Daryl explained the subjunctive mood ~ it’s all about conditions, suppositions, wishes, demands, suggestions, and statements of necessity. When you say “I just wish I were…” or “If I were more like…”, knowingly or unknowingly, you invoke the subjunctive mood.

In honor of Daryl’s post, this week’s WP writing challenge is: “I wish I were.”

I wish I was were here….instead of in the path of a hurricane .


All the day I longed for Italia

remembering the blue green sea.

I thought if I could purchase

Parmesiano from the grocery

or drink Limoncello, tart and cold,

to cleanse the palate and soothe the throat

or eat aciuge, salty and bold,

or read tales of Dante I could quote,

Ah, then, I’d be in Nervi for sure;

the olive groves, the vines of grapes

where on terraced hills a warbler trills.

But to be in the Italia I know

Shaw’s is not the place to go.

So do tell….what do you wish?

Toni 10/29/12