Saturday, November 29, 2014

What Are You Thankful For?

Thankful for Thanks
by Rachel Hoyt

image by Stuart Miles via

I'm thankful for the faces that
I see as often as my cat
And the ones farther away
Who share my blessed DNA.

I'm thankful for anyone who
Can cheer me when I'm feeling blue
And push my laugh to a new key
When I start with an ounce of glee.

I'm thankful for all things in life
Which ensure that I feel less strife -
Everything from my pillow
To caffeine, sweets and OK Go!
But, most of all, I'm thankful for
The fact that thanking helps me more - 
It reminds me that life's not so bad
And, in the end, makes me more glad.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

This rhyme was inspired by two pieces of interesting "news" - 

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Why Can't I Conceive of What I Don't Know?

Known Nescience
by Rachel Hoyt

image by samuiblue via

If only I'd known
to ask me tomorrow,
I wouldn't have sewn
that seed that caused sorrow;
but then how would I
have known what to tell me?
I suppose that blind eye
was what helped me see.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

BoingBoing explained why we are totally unaware
of the many things we can't know (and we don't even care).

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Could We Learn to Coexist with Wildfires?

Behind Old Smokey
by Rachel Hoyt

image by Keerati via

When they named me Smokey,
Do you think they knew?
Did they set that spark free
To shift blame to you?
What if mitigation
Is just a nice myth?
What if propagation
Is every thing's pith?
Word around the forest
Is that you don't know -
Flames don't die, they just rest
While smoke steals the show.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

(Some researchers at UCSB inspired me
to wonder what Smokey would say if he could see
the results of their wildfire study.)