Blue thoughts on Yellow

mirrored karenforte

Photo: Karen Forte

 

In middle school the uniforms

Were yellow tops and blue skirts

For the girls,

Yellow tops and blue slacks

For the boys.

 

The hue of yellow

In the official

Button downs,

Was a pale shade that made

Even the ruddy

Cheeks of children

Wash out

In the sun.

 

I used to think perhaps

This was the only color

Merchants had on overstock

When the school had first opened:

A fabric rescued

After years of fade brought on

By being forgotten

By everyone.

 

Oh, it was a decent enough school,

With friends I have kept

In touch with since the

Beginning of Sixth Grade.

It was the yellow hue

That had me blue.

 

Decades passed

And while

The beauty and the range

Of it in nature

Does indeed move me to tears,

I’m yet to own

A yellow garment

Even after

All these years.

 

 

 

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue and Yellow

 

Gentle Giant

laundry helper karenforte

Photo: Karen Forte

 

Hello Mom

I have come

To help with

The clothes.

Can you see

Just how gentle

I am being

With those?

I did not bite a hole

Heel or toe

In the socks.

Nothing like

What I’d done

To the new

Garden hose.

 

 

For this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Gentle

 

Next Level Parking

High rise parking SmadarHalperinEpshtein (2)

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

In the city where stairways

And buildings rise high

No surprise that car parks

Also aim for the sky …

Be aware it will take

Some time to dislodge

So it could be a tad tricky

To race out of Dodge…

 

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: engines and motors

 

 

No Wonky Donkey

Cuba3 InbarAsif

Photo: Inbar Asif

 

This dung pie?

Don’t you try.

Ownership

He’ll deny.

He lives here

That is true,

But the poop

Ain’t his do.

He’s a stubborn

Old donkey,

And he’ll blame it

On Wonky.

 

 

 

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Farm animals

 

 

 

Graffiti Grin

cheery graffitti PhilipCoons

Photo: Philip Coons

 

If one draws some graffiti

Might as well make it smile

And add hair so it’s noggin

Will not freeze in the wild

(Though perhaps wipes or tissues

Won’t be bad to stockpile …).

 

 

For Kammie’s Oddball Challenge

 

No Sale

cakery SmadarHalperinEpshtein

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

The child gawked at the offers,

Little jaw dropped agape:

Who put Elmo in icing?

Why would anyone want

His best friend to bake?

The boy’s eyes traveled upwards,

Rounded wide at the shelf:

How did Ernie and Bert

End up stuck into cakes?

Can you pull out poor Oscar?

Can Big Bird escape?

This won’t do for my party

I want ice cream instead.

 

 

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Funny

 

Morning Manners

grooming Inbar Asif

Photo: Inbar Asif

 

One cannot head to pasture

On a fine, chilly morn

Without checking to see if

One’s mane’s properly adorned.

 

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Surprise

 

Choo-Choo

train ride SmadarHalperinEpshtein

Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

You can captain a boat

Drive a car

Pilot planes,

But there’s nothing quite like

Driving this

Mini-train.

 

 

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Drive

 

Witch Size

brooms and brushes PhilipCoons

Photo: Philip Coons

 

It’s a one stop

Shop

For brooms

And brushes,

Guaranteed to

Save you any

Crashes.

Fit for any

Odd size

Witch,

Come right in

The selection is

Rich.

 

 

For Kammie’s Oddball Challenge