d’Verse Prosery: Clouds

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“But these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter

Against the blue cloth of the sky”

–from “Clouds” by Constance Urdang

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Whispering Dawn lifted her head above the blackberry spires she and her daughters had worked their way among. Her girls were busy shoveling as many berries into their bellies, as their buckets, so she chirped to get their attention.
Each of them froze and looked to their mother for further explanation of this seldom used warning.
Dawn pointed toward the East where dreamy white clouds chased along the ridge. The girls nodded then watched her draw an imaginary line along the horizon ending in the Westward sky.
“But these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter against the blue cloth sky. What do they mean, girls?”
In unison they gasped, “Fire!”.
The girls rushed to escape the patch in a fluster when their mother chirped once more.
Again they froze.
“Panic kills more often than flames. Never, EVER, forget that. Now, follow me.”

(144 words)
https://dversepoets.com/2021/08/16/prosery-clouds/



The Price of Kindness

On Saturday morning, I took my granddaughter to the grocery store. As we were putting our groceries in the car, a man stepped into view who was talking on a cell phone in an agitated voice.

The gist of his “conversation” was that he’d run out of gas in an unfamiliar town, that his gas gauge must be broken and he had only two dollar to get gas which wouldn’t be enough to get back to Springfield.

His performance was very good. He added that he was afraid and pleaded with the “person” on the other end to help him and he was also trembling. Oh yeah, he added that he had been visiting his mother before he had gotten lost.

Katherine was buckled in and as I put the last bag in the car, I interrupted him asking,” Would ten dollars help?” He said some thing like, ” So much for you guys, some nice lady is offering me help! Thanks for nothing.” and he closed his phone. I could hear Katherine saying, “Oh grandma, that’s so nice!”

At this point, my instincts said that I was falling into a scam but my heart was unsure. What I did know, was my granddaughter was witnessing human kindness.

I needed change, and since Kat was buckled in, I locked her into the car to go to the desk for ten dollars.

When I came out, I handed the grateful, still teary-eyed, man the ten saying,”Please pass this kindness on to someone else one day.” His answer was, “I sure will. Karma is a good thing.” He walked away.

If I had been a man, my next step would have been to say, “Hey, I’ll give you a lift to your car.” This would have cleared up the scam or not, but inviting a stranger into my car would have turned a kindness into a reckless act.

On top of it all, I had decided that the lesson for my granddaughter was worth ten dollars and no longer cared if I had been fooled. I had spent ten dollars on more foolish things, for sure.

Katherine and I talked while we rode home. I explained that this man may have been lying in a very practiced scam but, since I wasn’t sure, thought it was a good thing to help. Also, that it is never a child’s job to help an adult. Dealing with strangers is never good for kids.

And now, two days later, I am convinced that I had been scammed as I replay the events. I would have still done what I did, though. And karma may have the last laugh, if that man was taking advantage of the kindness of others.

No Reason for Raisins

“No reason for raisins.”

The old woman said.

“Try a carrot, some celery

Or toast up some bread.”

I wanted to tell her

That bread wasn’t sweet,

I was craving a something

Delightful to eat.

“This isn’t good, lady.

Seems pretty lame.

Those kind of treats

Make snacking a shame.”

 She handed me floss,

A toothbrush and then,

Said, “No reason for raisins.”

All over again.

I Googled that treat.

Found interesting news.

Raisins are just like

The gumdrops we choose.

Oh yes, they are natural,

Have vitamin C,

Why was this lady

Torturing me?

Seems raisins are sticky,

Can make your teeth rot.

Just like a gumdrop,

Believe it or not.

I needed to thank her

Knocked on her front door.

“I won’t ask for raisins

For snacks anymore.”

Her wisdom was helpful.

She was merely concerned,

Just sharing from life

What  she’d already learned.

“They once were my favorite.

Really good taste.

But giving up teeth,

Was a horrible waste.”

“No reason for raisins.”

This now is my boast.

My next snack time choice,

Will be carrots or toast!

———

PS. Raisins are far better for a child than gumdrops. I enjoyed the sound of “No Reason for Raisins” for a poem. At the same time, wanted to remind caregivers of the “sticky treat” hazard.

Fenton Fallworthy

Fenton Fallworthy was a scarecrow.

So he hung around, had no place to go.

Liked to imagine he was scary indeed.

Yet all the birds kept eating his seed.

Then he made the angriest face of all.

A scarier one, I cannot recall.

It did not work. They would not flee.

They laughed from top the apple tree.

He waved his legs when breezes blew.

One stormy day, he lost his shoe.

What a nightmare was his job.

It wasn’t right that he got robbed.

Then he tried a brand new style.

He wore the biggest, brightest smile.

The crows were rattled, wondered why?

They didn’t trust this happy guy.

“A trick must be upon his mind.”

“Let’s go along, a new place find.”

He giggled ’til his straw poked out.

“Worried birds don’t hang about.”

If you find some trouble, we all do.

A cunning smile may work for you.

Stranger Danger

You are wiser than you’ve ever been.

Your brain knows right from wrong.

There’s a story I must tell,

Because I know you’re strong.

*

A stranger shouted out my name.

I didn’t know his face.

He said he needed help from me,

Which COULDN’T be the case.

I  ran away as he approached,

Keeping lots of space!

NO adult needs help from kids.

So I kept that speedy pace.

If a person’s strange, that IS the rule.

Away from them you race!

Even if they shout or cry,

Quickly leave that place!

*

Remember manners don’t even count,

When there comes up a  stranger.

You won’t get at all  in trouble, friend,

You’ll get right out of  danger!

Diversity 101

Katherine age 5

Katherine surprised me again. Since I have been listening to kids for many years, I was accidentally privileged to notice how accepting she has become. We hope kids learn these lessons but realizing they have  “it” is a real delight.

A former blog of mine is about an imaginary island of creatures called Averflatties. Kat and I made them up. One of the details that she added was,” Averflatties put sprinkle cheese on worms for dinner. This is gross to us but not to Averflatties.”

Wow! Has my “girlfriend” learned about diversity already?

This morning, Kat was handed a hot chocolate. I asked her to test it to see if was too hot. Her answer was,” It’s just right to me, Grandma.”

“To me” was the eye opener. She must realize that others have differing opinions. There are some adults that I know who haven’t entertained this principle. I’m so proud of her once again!

Victim’s Apprentice

There’s always faults.

YOU are to blame.

Intent assaults

Excuses lame.

 

There’s no remorse.

What can I do?

My lawyer’s course

Intent to sue.

 

Don’t have to try

I won’t regret

From loudest cry

The scene is set.

 

Ask not the rules

You didn’t read?

Fakes and fools

Have rights indeed.

 

My mind is clear

My solemn vow.

TRUST, my dear,

I own you now.

 

Your tear stained face.

Wheel chair on

In greed’s embrace

Absconding John.

 

Yes, you’ll get your due

Perhaps a brand new car?

So many likes of you

I’ll tell them where you are.