Monday, January 31, 2011

Awards of Awesomeness

It is time for me to bestow awesomeness awards on some writing fools
who treat me like the queen rhymer whose gibberish contains jewels.
Each has their own special spark and niche in this bloggerhood.
I'm happy to introduce them as the friends in my neighborhood.

The LOL Award goes to Bryan White for his mood ring post.
Of the many things I've read lately, I laughed at this the most.
Furthermore, I doubt he would have thought to write on this topic,
but he saw my study and used his creativity to be philanthropic.
His blog, Nuclear Headache, is filled with wonderfully witty words.
I sometimes have to look up the meaning of certain nouns and verbs.

The Best Friend Blogger Award goes to SJ of Almost There and Trainer Talks.
I'm sure many others would agree with me that this girl completely rocks.
She's full of helpful ideas... always reads, comments and shares my work.
If I didn't give her an award, I'd feel like a complete and total jerk!
She's pretty popular... a Top 500 Mommy Blogger in the UK.
I think she's going to do some really amazing things someday.


The Kreativ Blogger Award goes to Jessica's Japes for her haiku.
Her words about mood rings are beautiful, simple and true.
She's a versatile writer I read quite often with pleasure.
I recommend visiting her blog at your leisure.

The One Lovely Blog Award goes to Uma of Inside My Poem Book.
If you're a poet (and even if not) her blog is worth a look.
She took a creative angle on my mood ring study - in rhyme.
What if your computer had an app reading your moods in real time?
She also hosts poetry prompts to inspire writers to try new things.
I love participating in those forums.  Oh the fun it brings.

The Honest Scrap Award goes to Patricia Lynne.
She makes these pretty mood rings now and then
and is also quite talented with words and a pen.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chitter Chatter on Early Employment

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Individuals inherit identities in innocent imitation
earning early employers' esteem via emulation.
Employment ethics ingrained everyday everywhere
instigate idiosyncrasies into infant workers who care.

The minutia my mannerisms mimicked and mastered,
when waitressing weekends watching after the ill mannered...
monitoring moods, menus, meals, money and myself,
wondering when wonderfulness was thrown from the shelf...
resulted in rave reviews regarding responsibilities
and remain resourceful reflexes 'round work randomly.

Cheeky customers who cherished chitter chatter
brought banter befit for the beloved Mad Hatter.
Counting up chump change careless kids called courteous
blossomed belief benevolence beats behaving bogus.

I learned mountains from molehills meddle with your mood.
I realized that ridiculous reasons can make people real rude.
I memorized many mouthfuls of menu mumbo jumbo
until restaurants ruined my restfulness and I felt like Rambo.
I had to turn the tables - become a customer - live life tip free.
Now for those who serve me, I tip for all they put up with, with glee.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011

This poem was written for
the Sharing is Caring event at Almost There.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stop Licking the Drain!!!

            Image by Salvatore Vuono via

My cat has one bad habit which drives me insane.
She won't stop licking our disgustingly gross drain.
As she sips slurps, the shower drips drops on her fur.
I think it gets her high 'cuz it sure makes her purr.

I wondered if other animals were as strange.
Then a drunk German owl my perspective did change.
They locked him up in the German slammer one night
'cuz he thought getting hammered on schnapps was alright.

Later on I learned something even more crazy:
an alligator swallowed a cell phone... oopsie daisy.
No doubt she thought food had been thrown in her water
but a ringing, aching tummy was all that chomp got her.

Tempted again, the owl and alligator would
probably still indulge as quickly as they could.
I tried to cut my cat off once - she went insane.
Hairballs and nausea couldn't beat licking the drain.

It's like those times when you open mouth insert foot.
Fancy words can make your reputation caput.
Other times it can catapult you towards famous.
Take Sarah Palin - frequent tweeter most shameless.

Being outrageous in "public" is addictive too
but it can result in horrible press for you..
If you're not careful, you'll believe some tweeting gals
who say extremism makes you millions of pals.

So the next time you're tempted to spill some verbal junk,
remember what usually happens to you next, punk.
You'll only get sick licking that figurative drain
and it's high time you learned to stop causing yourself pain.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011

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Just hours after this rhyme went online a new fan informed me it was (again) award time.  Thank you, Lolamouse for the LOL Award... it's so cute!  I'll pass it along soon to bloggers I think are a hoot! :o)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tickle City Award

Tickle City is the blog one kind critic calls home.
I found him one night while on a blog roam.
Came to read a review he wrote on an artist...
Kinda jealous, wanting to also feel star kissed...
Later I rhymed him an email all about me.
Ever so kindly, my silly blog he came to see.

Christmas Eve he wrote back to this rhymer,
In the confidently humble words of an old-timer,
Told me he'd like to feature me on his site.
Yes! Yippee! I was filled with delight.

After that he asked a few details about me.
Wrote him back, I did promptly.
And a short time later this was posted for all to see.
Ridiculously glad Walsh was the first to tell my story...
Delighted, I humbly accept my new Tickle City glory.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Be More Gay

by Rachel Hoyt

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Every day, I'm reminded in some way
that we, including me, should try to be
more gay (and not in the sexual way).

The Amish know small pleasures can be so
great for the soul.  Casserole and a stroll?
Who wants to go? Eenie meeny miny mo.

Brief brain breaks are so important to take
because it just may, be during the stray
your brain makes a fabulous non-mistake.

This mantra is the raison d'etre
I can smile for a while as is my style -
try extra on the tense end of the spectra.

Its hardest to not try your gosh darn best
when you're confused or your ego is bruised.
The real test, is can you take a smile rest?

When you're at work frustrated by some jerk
who's slow and must show you stuff that you know,
zone out the twerp -- find a comedic perk.

If your keys are lost, rather than accost
those near with fear to make sure they appear
'cuz memories get crossed when stressfully sloshed...

Calm yourself down and wipe off that sad frown.
Briefly, discretely, forget completely -
laugh at a clown or walk around the town.

Smiles are everywhere.  Choose them if you dare.
You just may find your mind likes to unwind
and to be fair helps your nerves not to ware.

Days are easier when life's cheesier.
Brains smoothly sail through hail without fail
when you're giddier than when snippier.

So, spread happiness today like it's childs play.
Give a double hand wave to your friend Dave.
Just be more gay (no, not the sexual way).

© Rachel Hoyt 2011

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Perfect Poet Award

This morning I learned that (again) I have won!
Happily I accept and will nominate someone.
Accolades from fellow poets, to me, mean quite a lot.
urturing encouragement like that just can't be bought.
Kind Jingle's rally brings inspiration to the distraught.

Yippee!! -- is how I feel about this lovely reward.
Overjoyed my wacky rhymes will not be ignored.
ma's Poem Book is hereby nominated for an award.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Smiley Sociology Study #2 - Mood Rings

One of my very first rhymes was about a mood ring
and it has brought me a decent amount of net search traffic.
So I thought my blogging friends could write and bring
me mood ring related stories to help me study that demographic.

Whether you still have your mood ring or never wanted one,
lost it in you teens or still wear it now and then for fun...
I bet you have some memory of mood rings that'd be fun to share.
So, write it up now and link it up here if you dare.
Please don't link to your home page - link directly to your post.
Read the rules of the Smiley Sociology Study to benefit the most.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011

Non rhyming directions for the poetry challenged:

(1) Create a new post on mood rings or link to one about mood rings that was already on your blog.  All blog types are welcome - writers, photographers, artists, crafts people... but please keep it PG-13 and link directly to the post, not to your home page.
(2) mention and link back to the Smiley Sociology Study within your post
(3) copy the link for that post
(4) paste link into Mister Linky below
(5) leave a comment here to let me know you've posted a link
(6) read links left by others and tell them (nicely) what you think
(7) enjoy your increase in traffic

I will keep Mr. Linky open until midnight on Saturday, January 22nd. Until then... keep sending me your links! Your possible prizes for participation include a linkback in a future Rhyme Me a Smile post, the Honest Scrap blog award, and more. 

If you want to help me with my study, but think all of the above is too much darned work... perhaps you'd have time to take this survey?


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This post is being shared via Poetry Potluck and the Poetry Pantry.  Both places have lots of fine poetry for you to see.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Craving the Crow Gossip

        Photo by Rachel Hoyt. No reuse without permission. © Rachel Hoyt 2011

I've always felt the crows that congregate near me
were the most ominous animals I ever did see.
Constantly squawking to all their buddies around them,
I assume, discussing all the things that astound them.

This week I found myself wanting to join in...
"Hey there crow friends... Tom? Greg? Jim?"
I'm not sure they can understand what I say,
but it doesn't matter, they all just flew away.

I think crows are the animal gossip queens --
flying near and far, discussing others' dreams.
Some of them must have some semi-educated opinions
on the birds that recently fell in mass from their dominions.

Was it the unfortunate byproduct of a secret military test?
Or were the bigger, stronger birds ganging up on the rest?
Did cell phone radar harm them like it does our honey bees?
Or are there dragons hunting them up high above the trees?

punishment for repealing DADT? That's one theory I hear.
Or, perhaps they encountered aliens who were hovering near.
I suppose it could be simultaneous stress caused mortality --
the type a masochist flock leader wouldn't care to foresee.

Whatever it is, I think those crows have a hunch...
No, it's more than that --  I think they know quite a bunch.
What if they're the mobsters of the animal kingdom?
What if their thugs killed those poor birds for fun?!

To be on the safe side I won't make another attempt
to talk to the crows who already showed me contempt.
But I sure hope the powers that be explain it better and real soon --
'cuz "It actually happens all the time" doesn't wipe out the gloom.

Come to think of it, now I've got double the worry!
The crows, they hang out all around me, you see?!
Where's a good bird crime detective when you need one, eh?
Oh well. I'm sure the government will reveal the cause to us someday.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011

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Friday, January 7, 2011

I've Won the Celebrate Poet of 2010 Award!!

I'm blushing right now
because I just learned,
I won an award somehow -
7 votes were earned.

Thank you, Jingle and to my fellow poets who voted me in!
It was such a wonderful way for the new year to begin. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tongue Twisted Twhyming

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Resolutions require restricting rubbish resolutely.
That's why you must commit to them so absolutely.
Research resoundingly rebukes rubber-band-ability
citing astoundingly low rates of adult adaptability.

I say... as long as I believe I can change, I can.
And... only I can ensure my next time is "better than".
If you're already worried you won't be able to sustain,
I hope to re-inspire you, from temptation to refrain.

I, Rhyming Rachel, realize rhyme readers relish rhythm
and want to perfect my craft for myself and for them.
Recalling ridiculous riddles and a rascally rabbit rambling,
tongue twister practice became my mind's next meandering.

Tongue twisters are totally tougher than I thought,
though I like writing these baby twisters quite a lot.
Tiny training tempts transformation to turbocharge.
That's the message I want to send out here by and large.

Baby steps and positive reinforcement are what we all need.
When easier on ourselves we're more likely to succeed.
Just a few days ago, I thought I couldn't write a tongue twister,
but randomizing them in rhyme turned out to be the perfect mixer.

Smarties slash silly self-sabotage sauntering 'stead of sprinting,
remembering that before writing cursive they had to learn printing.
Sipping, simmering, savoring and swallowing small successes is scintillating.
So twist your resolution today if you felt tongue twisted twymying was elating.

© January 4, 2011 - Rachel Hoyt

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This poem won me the Honest Scrap Award in the Thursday Poets' Rally!