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Fun With Clichés

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“Extract from a cartoon by Priestman Atkinson, from the Punch Almanack for 1885, mocking clichéd expressions in the popular literature of the time”

 

The following was written for a challenge over at V.J.’s called:

V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #86: cliché

 

The grass is always greener

or so they say

But my grass is a labor of love

 

A little bird told me just the other day

A little of this, a little of that

Goes a long way

 

A penny saved, is a penny earned

After all, it’s a no brainer

 

A place for everything and everything in its place

is a sight for sore eyes

 

Clearly Deserted #Tanka

 

What do you see #18Image Credit; Hoi An- Unsplash

The bike you see in this picture tells me quite a bit. This is what I see: Used perhaps by a poor tradesman to haul his tools from one job to another. It could belong to a homeless person as I can see a few stakes and a tarp. His tent perhaps. It may be weathered, rusty, and old but it is still quite functional to some.

 

Clearly Deserted

 

You used to ride me

when you were developing

now old and rusty

Left behind, clearly alone

holding all of your rubbish

 

© Susan Zutautas 2020

 

 

This was written for Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge, and for What do you see.

 

 

 

 

Poem for Bear – What do you see #17

This children’s poem was written for a challenge over at Keep it Alive called What do you see.

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Image Credit; Lisa Fotios- Pixabay

 

 

There was a bear upon my bed

He looked like a sleepyhead

I picked him up and said hello

He said to me please don’t go

Where did you come from little bear

I don’t know somewhere out there

I’d love to stay with you and play

But I must go to school today

Please take me with you he said

I don’t want to stay here on this bed

I picked him up and off flew

We make such a lovely two

©Susan Zutautas 2020

Curious Kitten

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Image Credit; Pinterest

 

Inquisitive one

Fascinated by the glow

Intensely focused

 

Unable to move

Attracted by shiny things

Hypnotized kitten

 

© Susan Zutautas 2020

 

This was written for a challenge called What do you see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encased in Clay

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This poem is written for What do you See challenge over at Willow Poetry.

 

I died a very long time ago

Encased in clay, broken, total dismay

Now here I stand with head in hands

Staring blankly across the lands

My soul is still alive

Even though my body died

I stand in wait

Wanting to be taken to the gate

Yearning for my soul to be set free

Will it ever be?

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Kitty’s Dilemma

Kitty cat, her dad, and Tomcat reach an agreement about marriage.

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The Perfect Gift

This short story was written in response to What do you See Challenge.

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It was their second anniversary since Meg and Ian started dating and Ian was so happy when he saw the look on Meg’s face as he handed her this beautifully wrapped gift.

“Happy Anniversary, Meg. I love you more and more each day that passes.”

“Oh, Ian, I feel so bad, I didn’t get you a gift, but I did plan a romantic dinner.”

“You know me, I love to eat, so dinner is perfect and I’m sure it will be delicious if you’re making it. But first open your gift and I’ll pour us a glass of wine.”

Meg slowly unwrapped her gift and when she opened the box she was delighted.

“How on earth did you know to get me this.”

“Well I had a little talk with your mom and she told me about your grandmother’s china and how it was missing one cup and saucer. She showed me the pattern and I searched and searched and finally found this at that little shop downtown, umm … oh ya, the Coffee and More shop.”

“This is the perfect gift Ian, now we’ll have a complete setting for twelve when we get married. I love you, and thank you so much.”

cup and saucer

©Susan Zutautas 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becoming A Butterfly

A 4 stanza haiku about a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, and the purpose of the butterfly.

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The Witch and The Flower

A poem about a lonely witch who had only a flower in her life to bring a little joy.

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Childhood Problems

What do you see May 7th

Hello tree

Can you see me?

I’m standing right in front of you

I’m very scared and very blue

I ran away from home you see

Really don’t know what’ll become of me

I’m standing here, the lake behind me

If I slip I’ll wrap my arms around thee

I don’t know what I’m going to do

I wish I could live here with you

My mother died and dad remarried

My life has become harried

I really don’t want her in our lives

She’s always hitting me on my behind

Why did my mother have to go

I truly, truly miss her so

A thought just came to me

I’ll go to my grandmother and  I’ll see

If she and I can live happily

Thank you, Mr. Tree

I’m so glad you listened to me

I feel much better now, so I’ll let you be

 

©Susan Zutautas 2019

 

This poem was written for What Do You See.