Invitation—a paint-chip poem

Published November 26, 2017 by kdorholt

B977CF0D-0170-40DB-A367-60DAEA19C87BI found a writing activity using a paint-chip sample card from a hardware store,so I tried it.
My words are underlined (My list also included “lime “sorbet” but one choice can be omitted)


The hint of mint—
As refreshing as this morning
Sun’s light lingering after
Last night moon’s dark—
Beckons me to breathe
To my slumbering soul.

A sigh of sweet peas,
A whisper of wisterias-
Drawing me through the dewmist—
Delights in wistful waiting
For my heart’s sudden skip
At simple perfection.

A rare May apple—
A springtime fairy tale—
On a branch above
Offered like a gift for gods,
Just out of human reach,
Not ripe nor ready.

The Bermuda grass—innocent
Of a maiden mow—caresses
My feet with country kisses
Enticing my timid toes
With taunting pastoral play
Careless of consequence.

And I live again
In my beaming .bloom of life
Bedecked with golden wonder
Bedazzled by the welcome—
Away from wearisome winter—
Bewitched by a game of leap frog.


Mirror Image

Published November 15, 2017 by kdorholt


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We look alike
we two
one visage
vice versa
mother and daughter
dresses unnecessary
name tags handy
she posts her picture
Facebook tags me

We of fixed
countenance forever
formed in tandem
years apart
twinned in time
by nature’s folly
and fate’s fortuity
but fortune dealt
diverging destiny

I marvel at
her move beyond
the bonds of
both of us
heart purer
patience longer
purpose clearer
my mini me
but more


To the T-Rex

Published November 9, 2017 by kdorholt

trex and prey

Your stub arms
So long derided

As inefficient comedy’s
Survival of fittest

A natural joke
Seen scientifically anew

Much weightier than
Any wrestler’s legs

Two-clawed Titan slashers
Deep wounding deadly

Mass-destruction maulers
Large-body liquidators

Shreds dinosaur flesh
In quick succession

Inflicts incapacitating pain
Nerve . . . muscle . . . veins

Extreme carnage inescapable
In its evil

Let cynics snicker
Your power prevails!






Saints and Martyrs: Once Upon a Time (Badge Book 2015 “Off-the-Shelf” Found Poem 2)

Published November 8, 2017 by kdorholt

Off the Shelf 2

Saints and Martyrs: Once Upon a Time

The morning began
with celebration
to mothers everywhere
at the parochial school
each boy (angels
since the dawn of time)
crossed the ancient
archway to manhood
in his heart
singing songs
with his silver tongue
in their arms
a rose and
a tissue packet
for each mom

In the silent church
the resident atheist
an elegant woman
clad in a glamorous
fox fur coat
long flaxen hair
six inches below the shoulder
built golden images
with her tears
and longed for
a chivalrous father
a deep devotion
a burning love
a spontaneous life

The Fourth Edition of Laughter (Badge Book 2015 ‘Substitute Texter” Poem)

Published November 8, 2017 by kdorholt

The “Substitute Texter” found poem we were to choose a source text where key terms reappear frequently throughout it and replace key terms with another unrelated term and write a poem from the text. I chose an article about entangle and replaced that term with “laughter.” If I were to revise this, I would substitute more repeated words than just one.

has spread
around the world
without the need
of advertising,

spread simply
by word of mouth
like a most wondrous
infectious “virus”

With laughter,
as with love,
who needs a cure.

is easy
reduces stress
quiets your restless mind

it grows organically
the results
surprise you–
abstract “something”
without up or down

“Laughter Art”

Beauchamp, Michelle and Linda Farmer. “Greetings and Welcome.” Tangle Guide: 2015 Edition. Web. 30 March 2015.

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