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Divorce Bard

Divorce Bard
pretty how town, USA
February 13
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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JANUARY 23, 2012 1:38AM

Jitney #2. Sunday Jan 22, 2012

Rate: 8 Flag

I had the kids today.  Just here and there, 
And now and then.  So maybe I should say,
Today I jitneyed children ev'rywhere - 
My two, and friends we picked up on the way.
I have them both tomorrow then, as well.
Or three, or seven - I can never tell.

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Ah yes, I know those days. In, out, up, down, here, there. An extra kid or two, who cares, where are we going again?
And once more to rate.
I had to look up 'jitney' ... it's a new one on me!
Thanks, DB.

And yes, I remember those days well too.
────────────────▄████▄ For sharing your children with us in a timely and honorable fashion.
I love that word. I love this poem. A snapshot of life in process....R
new word for me as well
this piece just
gosh darn swell

I love the gentle ease of this ...
heart smiling ... gentle ... ease ...
gentle ease ... of being ... with ...
lovely ... gentle ... ease ...
This was just a trifle, really. But then, my time with the kids amounted to a trifle as well. With all the comings and goings, I THINK I remembered to give each of them a kiss.

froggy, if we weren’t on opposite coasts, we would probably be waving to each other as we drive by daily. Thanks for reading. (And rating!)

Kate! Well then you have to go read my first Jitney – it’s a link on April 11, 2010, there to the left. I learned the word from my mom. She must have been talking about the same thing.

Algis – oooh champagne, that would make a nice end to a day of jitney service.

Michelle – it is a nice word, isn’t it. You got me curious, this is from Wikipedia: “The name comes from an archaic, colloquial term for a five-cent piece in the US (the nickel). The common fare for the service when it first came into use was five cents, so the "five-cent cab" or "jitney cab" came to be known for the price charged.”

Muse – see my note to Michelle. I guess it’s a regionalism, most common in the eastern US?

anna1 – jitneys, gentle ease, there’s something nice about that lilt.

Thanks everyone! Goodnight!
DB, you know I actually DID go read your first 'Jitney' the other night before I commented here. I saw that this was No 2 and thought surely I had read your first but because I didn't know what it meant I figured that I must not have read it and went to look. Sure enough ... I hadn't. So I did read and enjoyed too. In actual fact I then found myself re-reading some of your other poems too.
Oh Kate, I wish you were a publisher and a publicist. How easy my dreams would be.
Sorry, DB, if only I could help ... but I will wish for your dreams to come true, too. They can only come true if you believe in them and keep taking steps towards them. So march on ....