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Making up time sometimes ain’t pretty



Sometimes making up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. This poem, which I first published in 2007, tells the all-too-true story. Here’s what happened, one morning, as I tried to make up some time during my daily commute to the office. At the time, this experience cast a shadow on my employment and perhaps caused me to blush.


Making up time

Rushed for work and out of gas,
With no time for the looking glass,
I snatched my keys and headed out
To face the daily knockabout.

I tossed my briefcase in the trunk
And grabbed a mug and roll to dunk.
I turned the corner at full tilt,
And raced my neighbor out in guilt.

Somehow, I zipped through every light.
Perhaps I’d make it; I just might.
My hopes were raised then, just a smidge,
Until I saw the tollway bridge.

The entry ramp was jammed with cars,
From rattling heaps to sleek Jaguars.
I sat there waiting for my turn
And listened to my stomach churn.

My dashboard clock was ticking eight,
Just taunting me that I was late.
My boss would gloat and call me out.
My well-earned raise would be in doubt.

But, living in the here and now,
I’d have to buy some time somehow.
My coffee drained, I glanced around
To spot efficiency newfound.

My makeup bag was in my lap,
While I sat in the traffic trap.
So, as I rolled my car an inch,
I put my face on in a pinch.

My lipstick smeared across my chin;
My eyeliner was crooked, thin.
Just then, the car began to skid;
Mascara smeared across one lid.

I spilled a compact on my skirt
And hit the brakes, now on alert.
The car behind me came too fast
And hit my bumper at full blast.

I stopped and shifted into park
And leapt out, gearing up to bark.
The reason for my sudden strife?
The driver was my boss’ wife!

She glared at me, and I at her,
With both our tempers much astir.
A cop arrived to part our brawl.
“Cosmetic damages, that’s all!”
c2007 by Linda Ann Nickerson

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Happy Thanksgiving 2015 from Nickers and Ink


Happy Thanksgiving.

Marking this occasion of gratitude and remembrance, here are 10 favorite poems for Thanksgiving.



However you spend this happy holiday, may it be peaceful and pleasant.

Truly thankful.

Wednesday

Autumn is a little crafty.




The fall season makes many of us want to explore our creative bents and try our hands at artistic endeavors. Autumn crafts are fun to do, especially when they include seasonal samplings taken directly from nature’s wonders.

And sometimes, a weather shift and a glowing fall sky inspires a little seasonal rhyming. So there it is.

Crafty Autumn



Autumn’s coming. Leaves will fall.

Time to make a corn husk doll.

Let’s arrange some dried wildflowers,

Spending happy crafting hours.



Kids paint cones and gather gourds;

Dab collages on driftwood boards.

Autumn art is fun to make,

So catch the kids, and take a break.

c2007 by Linda Ann Nickerson



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Crafty Kids
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Beware the cold snap




As fall flies in with whirling leaf
A heavy heart may hoist its grief.
The season’s shiver shakes the bones
With marrow numbing undertones.

The weakest ones may swing to smite,
Recoiling as the most uptight.
So thoughtlessly, they ills entice.
It grows too late to break the ice.

Still woozy, stand we there to hold
Remaining ground, now frozen, cold.
But seasons pass, and so we stroll
To exercise our self-control.

A frost has come upon the air.
We wonder if we even care.
When fancies may run hot and cold,
Offenses may be best untold.
c2015 by Linda Ann Nickerson



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Annoyance
 vintage - public domain


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