Monday, May 14, 2018

Goodbye Adam

 (The McCarthy Middle School talent contest version, Adam in a kilt, was better.)

I spent this year's Mother's Day at Adam Gregoire's wake.
It felt like a nightmare and I thought my heart would break
At the pictures of the boy who used to hang around...
Ate and slept here.  Yet, today, they'll lay him in the ground.

He was such a lovely boy; so funny but so sweet.
Taught our son to play guitar and how to keep a beat.
I can still remember them - in triumph on the stage.
Such a talent gone from us at far too young an age.

Both my sons attended with me and they made me proud
As we stood in line and waited with the massive crowd
Come to say goodbye and offer useless sympathy
And, like all but Adam's mom, thanked God she wasn't me.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Journeying to The Tower

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I am on a journey to The Tower; it's my third...
Which, you'd think, would mean I'd stop and savor every word;
Slow it down. No need to rush - I know how this all ends.
But, that's not the way that I'm re-reading them, my friends.

Once again, these tales of Roland's quest swept me away.
Right now I'm in Mejis but I'll finish there today.
I expect to reach the Calla later on tonight.
I can't seem to pace myself; I've given up the fight.

I'm all in. Absorbed (again) by Sai King's masterpiece.
Not until the journey's end will my obsession cease.
Therefore, you may not hear from me for a week or so.
Hope that you and yours stay well, but now I gotta go.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Play-off Beards

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Last night, Boston's Bruins beat Toronto's Maple Leafs.
Mr. S., who often mocks my own sports gods beliefs,
Has got his own superstition which is pretty weird;
He, like many hockey fans, has grown a play-offs beard.

I think it looks kinda sexy but could use a trim.
"You can't touch a play-offs beard," he scoffed when I asked him.
Which is rather problematic, since our eldest son
Starts his new job Monday and he's also growing one.

Will his new employers understand or will they think;
"This guy looks like he could not be bothered?" That would stink.
Boston's first game against Tampa's not 'til Saturday...
My guys may not shave 'til June if we go all the way!

Mr. S., who is the boss, can get away with that
But our son might find himself in H.R. for a chat.
If he's lucky, his new boss will be a Bruins' fan -
One who's understanding of the play-offs shaving ban.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Pretty Lies

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I just bought new clothes... They're in a size I haven't worn
Since the days of long ago; before our sons were born.
It's the size I wore before I dated Mr. S.
Clothing sizes changed a lot in 30 years, I guess.

Please don't get me wrong!  I must admit, it was a thrill
When the zipper on the khakis zipped... But, even still!
This is not the body that I had when this size fit
Even if you factor in the saggy, aging bit.

Clothing manufacturers tell us a fairy tale
Easily disproven by the household's bathroom scale.
30 years ago, this size would not get past these hips.
('though that fact may not prevent some future shopping trips.)

Which, of course, is why they do it - tell us pretty lies.
It's more fun to purchase clothing in a smaller size.
But, I'll bet you anything, if I had vintage pants
In this size, the zipper on them wouldn't stand a chance.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dear Mother Nature... Really?

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More than half way through the month of April and it's cold!
We had snow this morning...  Winter's getting pretty old.
Don't know how much more of cold and rainy I can take.
I've  grown really sick of it.  I need a little break.

Somewhere warm and sunny - near an ocean - would be nice.
Margaritas on the beach?  Don't need to ask me twice.
It's not gonna happen but a girl can always dream...
Still, if I don't see the sun tomorrow I will scream.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

The Boston Red Sox Home Opener - 2018

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(A more appropriate sport for current conditions at Fenway Park.)

Red Sox' Opener's today...  They're home at Fenway Park,
Where the wind chill feels like it's below the freezing mark.
Fans will bundle up in layers and make a joyous sound
When the Red Sox take the field and Price steps on the mound.

I refuse to make predictions about who will win;
('though we've started 5 and 1) it's still a sports gods' sin.
It is much too early to risk jinxing anything...
Up here, where the Red Sox play, it isn't even spring.

They're predicting snow tomorrow - Saturday, as well.
After that they say we'll have a lengthy, chilly spell.
At the rate that temps are falling down on Yawkey Way
We should just delay the Red Sox. Let the Bruins play.

Friday, March 16, 2018

The New England Patriots - Fire Sale!

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I wish I knew what's been happening inside Gillette:
We don't know the story behind Malcolm Butler yet,
Or if there's a power struggle really going on,
Or if Rob Gronkowski has decided that he's gone.

Amendola, Lewis, Butler, and Nate Solder are;
Jimmy G's in San Fransisco and a rising star.
(I have never liked the fact New England always cuts
Players who deserve a raise for working off their butts.)

I'm aware that there are caps on salaries, but still
If we do not pay them what they're worth, then others will.
This feels like a fire sale where everything must go...
I'll admit that I'm concerned. I haven't panicked though.

This is not the first time and I'm sure it's not the last;
We have gotten through upheavals like this in the past.
With Tom Brady at the helm we'll - once again -adjust.
Just keep on repeating to yourself; "In Bill we trust."