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Idyllic or intense: A-Z verses from vintage visages



Idyllic or intense: A-Z verses from vintage visages

I’ve been on both sides of the editor’s desk. So this seems somehow appropriate, as deadlines loom – right in the middle of what perennially seems to be my busiest writing month. I haven’t actually overshot any deadlines lately, but I have to say I have come awfully close.


 Idyllic or intense?
A rhyming fife on the freelance life

Excuse me, dear editor, I have misplaced
A deadline or two. Let me not be disgraced.
I didn’t ignore it. Imagine my lot.
Confusion is building. I’m simply distraught.

Idyllic, some say, is the freelancer’s week.
I beg, though, to differ. Sometimes I just freak.
The intrigue of stories sets my heart a-beat.
Still, balancing workload and life is a feat.

Excuses! Excuses! I’ll try to improve.
I’ll pay more attention and get in the groove.
I’m writing the next piece right now, as we speak.
Keep sending assignments. I’ll catch your critique.
c2016 by Linda Ann Nickerson

This poem was posted for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), as well as these prompts:

Daily Post: “misplaced”
Meme Express: “ignore,” “imagine” and “improve”
One-Minute Writer: “writing”
Simply Snickers: “idyllic” and “intrigue”

 Image/s:
Public domain photo –
 vintage image

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