Sharing Stories

Many flowers & cat (at Ariele's house)


Lately I’ve been singing the blues,

promptly turn off six o’clock news.

Seems everyone is right and wrong.

I dream, shouting, “Just get along.”

Solutions seem farther, not nearer,

wide open space, fresh air is clearer.

Time to change “the good old days,”

agreeing to try all-around new ways.

Tidy solution—not easy finding a cure,

sometimes, a need to spread manure.

A special seasonal journey to the zoo,

experiment, buying exotic animal poo.

Enriched seeds--watering superpower,

pop-up—rising earth grow lovely flower.

Momentous celebration—bang a gong.

Together we recover, becoming strong.

Recently, it feels like what’s old is new,

as stinking ideas prompt a sigh of “p.u.”

April Ryan is using her quarantine time adding credits to her poetry and writing career, including recent publication in the Seattle Laureate Poet’s blog. Good work, April.

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