Saturday, August 30, 2014

Is Your Food Drought Tolerant?

Edible Advice
by Rachel Hoyt

Lettuce chop
our water use
eating crops
that don't abuse.

Orange you
a drop concerned?
Corn it be true
all chops are earned?

Olive Earth
is drenched with greed,
suckling since birth
where instinct leads.

Cheese, Louise,
we've chugged and chewed
all we could seize,
all sprouts and spews.

Beef or all
our fruits are dried,
sip a tall
glass of, "I tried."

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

California's almonds have been getting some bad press.
Some make it sound like they're the cause of my state's water mess.
Yet, if most looked at all that they ate and gauged it's water use,

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lucid Dreamers Think Outside The Box

Think Rebound
by Rachel Hoyt

image by 2nix via

Lucidity uncorks my mind,
right when I want to unwind,
just as stresses cease to be,
and, for a moment, I float free.

Then my tormentors appear,
as blank faces or ones held dear,
surrounded by strange scenery,
things I feel but can't quite see.

Once awake, I know the gist,
my gears feel oiled, begin to twist,
form answers where light seemed expired,
to all except why I'm still tired.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

shows it's truly not as deep
and that it means that that brain can
 solve problems outside its span.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

From Wanderers to Drivers to Freight

Road Work
by Rachel Hoyt

image by sippakorn via

We walked the path less traveled
and found we liked the way.
We carved the earth with trowels
and oxen carts and sleighs.
We made wheels so we would roll
faster down dusty trails.
We smoothed the bumps, filled the holes,
to make our paths less frail.
We now use the less traveled
to make the journey great.
We set aside our trowels
and turned into the freight.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

This poem was inspired by A Brief History of the Road,
things in nature and inventions that help us move loads.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Inconvenient Timing of Eureka Moments

Lost Poem
by Rachel Hoyt

image by MR LIGHTMAN via

Missing: one poem in rhyme,
Last seen Wednesday around nine.
Two lines in the shower came,
Then dribbled right down the drain;
Three feelings blew through at noon,
Then skipped off to hop the moon;
Four signs on my commute shone,
Then went dark as sunset moaned;
Five rhymes chimed in a bird's song,
Then were hushed by a ding-dong;
Six words sparkled in my eyes,
Then went mute like stealthy spies.
The lines vanished before my pen,
Somewhere between now and when.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

Wired recently examined why creativity sprouts
when you're in the shower or out and about.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Reward Seems Greater if it Comes From Your Choice

by Rachel Hoyt

image by Stuart Miles via

My choice is better than your choice
because the thought was mine;
My choice is truer to my voice,
yours imitates it fine;
My choice is cause to rejoice,
yours (sometimes) tickles my spine.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

Scientists say we like our choices more
than any plan another might have in store.

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