Monday, October 31, 2011

Super Toddler to the Rescue

Little Lia Vega, you are a real life superhero.
I didn't need to see a cape around your neck to know.
At age two, you used your words and mastered a cell phone
when mommy needed help and no one else was home.
That instinct will serve you well throughout life.
I hope you continue to use it to out smart strife.

© 2011 - all rights reserved - Rachel Hoyt

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Friday, October 28, 2011

I've Got a Sweet Tooth for This Book

Once upon a time, at the edge of the galaxy,
two sweet tooths decided to start a family.
The cravings these two shared weren't all about candy,
but while drawing and writing they surely ate plenty.

The she sweet tooth spun silly tales with hidden adult meaning.
The he sweet tooth doodled them to make kids think they're dreaming.
Together they created a new type of candy store -
one with bubbly cartoons and rockin' rhymes galore!

Everyone who wants to can visit their store
and come back again anytime they want more
in The Candy Store at the Edge of the Galaxy,
a rhymetastic new book I thought you should see.

The brief theme of gambling and talk of rear ends
might bother my more conservative friends
but really the collection is wholesome and cute
and contains lessons written by someone very astute.

© 2011 - all rights reserved - Rachel Hoyt

Before I go, let me leave you with one poem from the book.
I should hope that, by now, you're dying to take a look!

by Aleza Freeman

My hair is tangled,
My nails are a mess,
I spilled a soy latte
all over my dress.

There's a hole in my sock,
I tripped over a rock,
I was late for my date
'cause I don't have a clock.

My head is pounding,
My pet bird is dead,
I just got a ticket
for running a red.

Overdue for vacation
but working instead.
Oh, why did I even
get out of bed?

© 2011 - Big Doodle Head

This post was written for Smiley Sociology Study #9.
Come join the book review link exchange while there's still time!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stopping Satellite Showers

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The sky is spewing satellites down upon the earth.
Once they land, far fewer parts will have value or worth.
Plus, allowing them to just come flying, crashing down,
brings much fear upon my heart and to my face a frown.

to save us money while recycling all the space junk that they can.
They plan to launch one big craft loaded with several smaller pods
which they'll dispatch to scavenge for valuable satellite rods.

I fear our worsening whirling, swirling atmosphere of debris.
I'd love to let a remote controlled vessel brave this danger for me.
I do hope said vessel is prepared to be watched like a hawk
to ensure that all it does is reconfigure used antennae stock.

I learned from the story of Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
that you should always, always, always take the garbage out.
If we continue to let our satellite junk accumulate,
satellite showers will be our destiny and death by trash our fate.

To survive we'd have to find the place Sarah Stout's neighbors hid,
while ignoring a simple lesson learned long ago as an innocent kid.
We need not (yet) fear getting crushed by a tower of rancid spoiled food,
but we may get stabbed by satellite parts as proof that ditching trash is rude.

© 2011- all rights reserved - Rachel Hoyt

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I'll send them to you every two months without fail
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Not-So-Super Supercomputers

Sometimes I think the "kids" these days
As soon as it shows its imperfect ways
they want to trash it like techie polluters.

Like Cookie Monster, the next generation
wants what it wants, how it wants, when it wants.
I feel like I'm having an old age revelation
as failure to meet expectations inevitably daunts.

poem © 2011 - all rights reserved - Rachel Hoyt

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I'm sharing this rhyme and video for You Tube Tuesday.
Come join in the fun!  It's a fun way to play.

Josh from "Its Tiger Time" invented You Tube Tuesday so we could each share one video a week which we found to be fun, inspiring or otherwise noteworthy.  If you choose to participate, don't forget to leave your links in my comments section (so I can come visit you) and on Josh's page (so you can be part of the contest).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Robots Among Us

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I've always wondered how soon we would see
robots become a part of our life histories.
Will they take over all the cheap labor jobs?
Or, will they be playthings bought only by snobs?

We all know that vacuum that does all the work.
I wonder if cleaning ladies think he's a jerk?
He moves round the room cleaning slow and low,
leaving masses of dust where his roundness can't go.

I heard they've created a hair washing robot.
If you can't or don't want to, give this bot a shot.
Oops.  Maybe this robot is a she, not a he?
Or maybe it is really, actually a the?

Perhaps soon, a robot lawyer will take his first case
and we'll learn if they're fit to help the human race?
I think it would be neat if they could help people decide
if they have valid charges that could chap some one's hide.

I bet many parents would like a set of extra eyes.
While your youngster is watching a lesson (or not)
you can see through his eyes the care your money bought.

But the cutest (and strangest) robot we may see
Animal rights advocates think we're harming poor Phil.
It's fair to say that their chances of winning are higher than nil.

I guess the truth is that the robot age is already here.
All we can do now is wait for the crazy ones to appear.
Do you think I could find a robot defense class online?
Some are bound to defect.  It's only a matter of time.

© 2011 Rachel Hoyt - All rights reserved.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Mythical Middle Ground

Photo © Rachel Hoyt 2011

While many in my country are bickering about
who's to blame for all the things that they must live without,
poisoning the earth's aura with anger and rage
instead of working to find ways to get on the same page,

I see that the whole world is really not all that different.
Many feel their life's lacking.  All are seeking merriment.
The recession is everywhere.  Commercial vacancies abound.
In the world's largest mall, very few stores can be found.

The fact we're in these hard times makes it more interesting
to see the new spending opportunities the economy brings.
A new company in Norway is renting mini-submarines out.
I certainly can't afford it, but I'm not going to pout.

I also can't afford less wrinkles or a more perfect smile,
but I hear being perfectly imperfect has been popular a while.
I sometimes enjoy a nice, trendy theme restaurant,
but the Cultural Revolution brought memories that haunt.

I always thought I was a gal who enjoyed the extremes,
yet these days I feel it's not as much fun as it seems.
Sure, the perfect middle ground may not actually exist,
but is the only alternative to spend our whole lives pissed?

Our picket lines and spending opportunities are getting bolder,
but our sympathy towards others is quick growing colder.
While I still admire those who can stand up and fight,
finding middle ground now seems the more important plight.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011.  All rights reserved.

This poem is being shared at D'Verse Poets Pub's Open Link Night. 
I suggest you head there to read more poetry tonight!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Animals & Adjectives

Rare animals are a bit like a rarely used adjective - their presence contains magic that few things can give.

Recondite is the experience of a bird's first flight
to the most wise of humans, try as we might.
Apocryphal seem the rumors of certain dog tricks
until videos of skateboarding bulldogs reach us in the sticks.
Ruminant can describe the rare Takin of Tibet -
a rare cattle/goat like animal that I've never met.
Ersatz ducks are the platypus, if you might indulge me.
One duck lives in lakes and the other in the sea.

Abstruse is the bird, the omen, known as the Albatross.
His foreboding reputation might be what makes him cross.
Neoteric is the incredibly lazy Panda bear.
I'm guessing that's how he keeps his silky hair.
Insipid seems the Sloth due to both looks and speed.
Still, seeing him in person would be interesting indeed.
Mordant sounds the man who, when Capybara's appear,
smiles and says, "Hey friend! What are you doing here?"
Apposite to his home seems the Red Tree Vole.
I wish I lived near and could see him while out on a stroll!
Limpid doesn't describe the Chameleon's appearance,
but the fact that some natives want them "put on clearance".
Salient is the world's oldest Janus (two-faced) cat.
Frankie and Louie beat the odds.  What do you think of that?!

© Rachel Hoyt 2011.  All rights reserved.

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This poem was my rhyming response to Smiley Sociology Study #8.
I'm sharing it for You Tube Tuesday because the video is great.
I'm also sharing it at D'Verse Poets Pub's Open Link Night.
Head there to read more poetry if that's your delight.

Josh from "Its Tiger Time" invented You Tube Tuesday so we could each share one video a week which we found to be fun, inspiring or otherwise noteworthy.  If you choose to participate, don't forget to leave your links in my comments section (so I can come visit you) and on Josh's page (so you can be part of the contest). 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Batman is on the Case

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A woman at work on a case
Had Batman show up at her place
Said he saw in the sky
The bat signal (no lie)
But she just didn't trust his thin face.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011.  All rights reserved.

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This post was written for Mad-Kane's Limerick-Off.
Click to read more.  I promise you won't scoff!

I'm also sharing this at the Poetry Pantry
where there's much more lovely poetry to see.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Review - Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

(click to buy on Amazon)

Shel Silverstein deserves a rave rhyme review
for his latest posthumous message to you. 
(In case you didn’t know, this is number two.  
Runny Babbit came out after his death too.) 
This poetry compilation is 100% Shel
and retains his beloved style quite well. 
Through kids, creatures, animals and “things”,
many further messages he brings. 
He finally tells us why people write rhymes
and that happy endings don’t exist  - just good times. 
He writes of a new diet, though I don’t think I’ll try it,
and of flamingos stealing things in hopes we’ll buy it. 
He illustrates with words the power of please
and why garlic breath brings many to their knees. 
It even has a bit of romance and a fantasy ball game. 
As expected, Shel’s way of saying goodbye is anything but plain.

© Rachel Hoyt.  All rights reserved.

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This rhyme was written for Smiley Sociology Study #9.
Come over and join in!  It's book review time.

I'm also sharing this at the Poetry Pantry
where there's much more lovely poetry to see.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Smiley Sociology Study #9 - It's Book Review Time

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This month I'm writing my first book review,
so I thought I'd make you write one too
unless, of course, you've already reviewed one
and don't have time to write another 'cuz you're busy having fun!

Who knows if anything sociological will be concluded
but into my mind this theme sharply protruded
as a way to encourage book gifting through the holidays
and give our fellow writers the kind of advertising that pays.

Remember, although it can be, your post need NOT be poetry.
Bloggers of all types may use Mister Linky.
I only ask that you stick to this month's chosen theme,
read others' post and leave comments (that aren't mean).
Next month, after I've analyzed all your posts,
I'll write my own rhyme and link to the entries I liked most.
If you don't already have a new book in mind,
many bloggers have e-books which are easy to find!

Non rhyming directions for the poetry challenged:

(1) Create a new post about a rare animal or link to one that was already on your blog. Please note: your post does not need to be poetic or rhyming. All styles of blogs are welcome as long as their post is a book review.

(2) Please include a link back to the Smiley Sociology Study within your post to help spread the word about the link exchange. The more "data" / posts I have to peruse, the better pseudo sociological results I can produce!

(3) copy the link for that post and paste link into Mister Linky below.
Please link directly to the post you want to share, not to your home page.
I will delete your link from the study if I cannot find a book review to link to directly.

(4) leave a comment here to let me know you've posted a link

(5) read links left by others and tell them (nicely) what you think