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While the ashes of marriage #2 were cooling, I began a journal here in verse, to keep myself out of trouble. So far so good, and one day at a time. I took a hiatus this past January, and I missed it terribly. Writing daily had changed the way I think - not my opinions, but the process of thinking itself. So here I am back again, and hungry. I began with three rules: (1) Iambic pentameter, (2) Perfect rhyme, and (3) It had to be true (no hyperbole). I hereby amend rule number 3: If I'm writing about myself, yes, it has to be true. But it doesn't, if I want to tell a story.

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JULY 15, 2010 2:27AM

A Rattling. Wednesday July 14, 2010

Rate: 10 Flag

                 1.

I bought the kids a treat at Trader Joe's,
A simple thing:  A little tin of candy,
A dollar each.  As any parent knows,
This sort of thing can come in really handy,
Whenever there is fighting in the car.
It really doesn't matter where you are.

                 2.

The car has little pockets in the door,
For riders in the back, for little storage.
I'm not too certain what they're really for.
They're filled with rubber bands, and change, and forage.
My son has several acorns on his side;
By now I'm sure that all of them have died.

                 3.

Today I had a meeting out of town.
I had to drive, to meet prospective clients.
I spent the morning trying on a frown:
Commuting, to discuss the firm's compliance,
Just wasn't how I'd planned to spend the day.
So grumping, grouching, moaning all the way...

                 4.

I heard the tin of candy in the door.
Reminding me of what the trip was for.

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DB, that was beautiful.

Amazing how the little things can bring us back to earth.

Your writing gives such perfect little snippets of life. I enjoy it very much. Thank you for these little gifts.
A dollar for perspective and inspiration. Such a deal. Inspiration and perspective in the middle of the night from you, priceless.
Nice piece, then you knock a hr with the last line.
Spent McDonald's burger wrappers here. But I totally know what you are saying...

:)
First you make me think. Then you make me smile.
Very creative, with meaning. R-
So sweet and real. Clients/compliance - I like that this is the most complicated rhyme in the piece; that seems to fit.
Who was in your car in step #4 -- your kids or your clients?

: )

(R)
Excellent, as usual. This had the cadence of "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" and some of the same feel.
one has to respect--no, i respect your commitment to fatherhood and your seemingly inate ability to pen the very every day and the extraordinary in form. exquisite form at that.

"3.

Today I had a meeting out of town.
I had to drive, to meet prospective clients.
I spent the morning trying on a frown:
Commuting, to discuss the firm's compliance,
Just wasn't how I'd planned to spend the day.
So grumping, grouching, moaning all the way...

4.

I heard the tin of candy in the door.
Reminding me of what the trip was for."
You've gone above and beyond on this one. I like how you work in this longer form. You take the idea full circle in the end.