The Woes of Just-So's

Attention, shoppers! Sometimes simply settling can be unsettling indeed.

The Woes of Just-So’s

Why do we settle for things that are cheap –
For mystery burgers and panties that creep,
For cars that don’t last and for colors that weep?
We purchase the worst, buying junk that won’t keep.

The trouble has nothing to do with the tag.
The price, ever dear, give us no room to brag.
 To pay, we must all be halfway in the bag,
As quality flees, making shopping a drag.

The whiz-bang computer has gone on the fritz.
A hot, spiffy gadget is giving us fits.
But let’s hit those sales with a fresh buyers’ blitz.
C’mon now, perhaps we have all lost our wits.

We’ll pull out our plastic and frown at the bill.
We may hem and haw, as we fill up the till,
But come back next week to revisit the thrill
Of purchasing junk to send on to Goodwill.

Our new shoes, though stylish, sport skimpier soles.
The latest in blue jeans boast pre-shredded holes.
And yet, savvy marketers hold the controls.
How can we not notice for whom the bell tolls?

c2012 by Linda Ann Nickerson

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Poetic Ponderings on the A to Z Blogging Challenge

Having completed a full month of alphabetically titled posts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge in April, bloggers are posting reflections today.

Here on Nickers and Ink, I picked 26 classic poems to match the A to Z dates for the 2012 blogging festival.

Last year, I wrote 26 original poems, as I participated in National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). You can find links to last year’s A to Z poems at the end of each of this year’s blog posts throughout the month of April.

This year, during the April A to Z Challenge, I decided to honor great poets instead.

Did you catch all of these valuable verses from famous poets?
  1. A is for Annabel Lee
  2. B is for A Bird Came Down
  3. C is for Chamomile Tea
  4. D is for Do Not Go Gentle
  5. E is for Everybody Tells Me Everything
  6. F is for Fragment
  7. G is for Good Friday
  8. H is for How Doth the Little Crocodile
  9. I is for It Is a Beauteous Evening
  10. J is for Joy
  11. K is for The Kiss of Cure
  12. L is for Lilting Lullabye
  13. M is for My Native Land
  14. N is for Next, Please
  15. O is for One from One Leaves Two
  16. P is for A Poison Tree
  17. Q is for Quiet Girl
  18. R is for The Road Not Taken
  19. S is for Still I Rise
  20. T is for The Triple Fool
  21. U is for Us Too
  22. V is for The Village Blacksmith
  23. W is for Where Art Thou, Muse
  24. X is for eXiled
  25. Y is for Ye Flowery Banks
  26. Z is for Zaccheus
How many of these poems did you recognize? Which were your favorites? Did any of these verses bring back high school or college English class memories?

A to Z Blogging Challenge finishers: 
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Personally, I finished the 2012 April A to Z Blogging Challenge with six sites:

Here’s how it feels to reach the finish line!

Whee, A to Z!

I love to read.
I love to rhyme.
With words I need
In verse to chime.

A month of lines
Has filled my heart
With symbols, signs,
Like Archer’s dart.

Rekindled muse,
It reappears.
As themes transfuse,
Verse volunteers.

From A to Z,
And Z to A,
A month-long spree
Sets words a-play.

The race may end,
And writers rest.
But words unpenned
Will be expressed.

c2012 by Linda Ann Nickerson

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