Monthly Archives: January 2021

On a Whim? MonPoePro

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On a Whim?

It seems sometimes

if not for a whim, nothing,

not a thing would I have done

planning was not a strong suit

had never worked out when I did

so why bother to plan and fret

or stay home and do naught

it’s more fun to just do

a whole life of whim!

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A few of my Jane Austen collection
  1. For the opportunity to publish a Jane Austen anthology.
  2. For new, fun books still being published with Jane Austen as the protagonist.
  3. I am thankful that I have traveled much in my life when it was fun to travel.
  4. For all that I learned from people I met through traveling outside the USA.
  5. For the computer that makes it easy to write, share and record my thoughts.
  6. That the perpetrators of the assault on our Capitol are being arrested and charged.
  7. For the milder weather days promising winter may not last too long.
  8. For the responsible people wearing masks and taking the vaccine.
  9. For people who share the beautiful poetry they write that lifts a low heart.
  10. 10.For my new Jane Austen ceramic mug even though it is a left-hander; a gift to me at Christmas.


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Photo by Michelle McEwen on Unsplash

When it is truly time for a break, to tear myself away from the computer when the words are flowing so easily saying exactly what I want to say without effort or the delete button and to prevent sore back muscles and eye strain; I look over at my favorite teapot, a gift from a dear friend many years ago.

Yes, I tell myself with no argument from me in return, it’s time!

I put the water on to boil, and when it does, I use some of it to warm the pot, slush that hot water around its innards to heat the sides as well.

My mouth begins to water as my mind alerts me that a wonderful treat is at hand.

I empty the teapot, scoop a healthy spoonful of tea from the canister into the pot and pour in the boiled water, let it steep as the aroma tickles my nose.

No way will I filter out the true taste of my tea by using that horrible, commercial invention called a teabag.


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MondayPoetry Prompt -21.01.11.

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Otherplace Dreams

A lady wrapped in furs

keeps away midwinter chills

dreams of tropical islands

where sunshine warmth bestows,

‘tis essential to the healthy mind

shedding the brrr from frosty window sills. (C) arlene s bice


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Image by M. Maggs from Pixabay 
  1. Snow. A light snowfall that probably won’t last but seems to cleanse the world around me. My world, my country needs that cleansing right now.
  2. That the poison of the Republican party has risen to the surface and revealed itself to those last few who wouldn’t believe it existed. Now a cleansing of that party can begin.
  3. The present person in the White House is finally leaving, hopefully in a straight-jacket with duct tape over his rather big mouth. May his children follow him out the door.
  4. That the incoming president has the wisdom to select many women and people of various ethnic backgrounds to fulfill the positions surrounding him.
  5. That I have the freedom to write what I believe without recourse.
  6. Hooray for Simon & Shuster for withdrawing a book contract from Josh Hawley resulting from his traitorous behavior shown online for all the world to witness.
  7. For all the writers who have the courage to publish their writing and their books.
  8. For the peace that follows the turmoil of riotous destruction.
  9. For the chance to rebuild.
  10. For the Americans who put themselves in harm’s way to help our country grow, straight, healthy, open-minded, and respectful of others.


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Image by emmagrau from Pixabay-thank you

Some people seem to think it took forever for year 2020 to finally be over. But I take exception to that. It seems to me that as soon as I turn the calendar to the next month, time zips on by in a flash; it’s the 5th, the 15th and when the 25th comes, forget it, the month is gone!

I find that I cannot keep up because time is passing by so quickly. I wonder if it is because I am immersed in my work, because I am content with my life or if there is a reason I haven’t yet discovered. But I know that time is zipping away too fast.


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Monday Poetry Prompt-monument

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Monuments-arlene s bice



men build ‘em

feed their egos

use any excuse,

to tell the world

how great they are

do they reflect

honor, freedom



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Picture by Melissa Zikos from Unsplash. Thank you.
  1. For the perfectly, slightly chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc wine that I toast to all my family, friends and acquaintances, new and long-time. I love you all dearly. You’ve helped form me into who I am today.
  2. I’ve survived 2020 by wearing a mask.
  3. That I still use my time productively as a writer.
  4. That I’ve been in touch with my first Maid of Honor and she is healthy and still single, by choice, too.
  5. For all the various jobs I worked at that gave me a full life of experience and empathy.
  6. For all the people who have entered my life and made a difference. Some turned me onto a different path…and it was good.
  7. For the angels who watch over me when I make stupid mistakes…or maybe they were just lessons to learn.
  8. Music in my life. It can create a memory to write about or to just enjoy.
  9. To have loved and been loved…the greatest reward on earth.
  10. For those who overlook my scars and impurities and like me anyway, maybe even love me in their own way.


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