Trying to deal with the administration we currently have? Trying to pick which action to do first and most? Take a lesson from the Ring-necked Duck. (a 420 character 9-liner)

Just start.

I want to heave out the multiple oxen

in multiple ditches no matter the way.  Where to begin?

The problems of the current administration stun me to stillness.

So, to gather energy to take the deep dives

I take lessons from the Ring-necked Duck.

It CAN dive 30 feet for tasty morsels motored just by its feet,

but it starts with the smartweed, waterlily,& sedge seed in the first 5 feet of water.

Just start.


#Throw Back Thursday. Family fridge photos firm me up and flay the frights. (a 420 character 9-line poem by Patty)

Way frightened am I

@ the administration we have at present

but get a grip when I study my fridge full of family

& remember what the grown-ups tell me

(& by extension what the grand-kids absorb).

These young adults are clear-eyed about the shortcomings

& yet optimistic that they can act & conjur up a better world.

They are facile at befriending those w/ differing opinions

& I hear them challenge such in wise ways.


A Raymond Story told in 420 characters and 9-lines. (I’m thinking to see if I can tell a slew of them in “my” peculiar genre.)

I never told

when my hand-me-down panties w/ the frayed elastic fell down

& I walked out of them, chin up, never missing a step;

while behind me, Converse AllStars, penny loafers,& white bucks

scuffed them along the packed halls of Salem Classical.

But then it was slips & petticoats

Mum mostly insisted upon for my sisters & me,

for a reason we knew had something to do with modesty, being good,

& boys; so I never told.


(Toward the end of the 50’s as I went through K-8 Horace Mann Training School into Salem Classical and High School, these would have been on the hi fi back in our den where I was supposedly practicing cello.)