Sunday, November 10, 2013

November

I love Cynthia Rylant's book In November.  I love it because it is well written and November happens to be one of my favorite months of the year. It reminds me of why I love November  Every year, especially in July-September, I yearn for November. I adore November.

Finally this weekend felt like November and Autumn.  After months and months of horrible, suffocating humidity, I awoke to sweater and turtle neck weather and yearned for cups of warm tea and coffee.  I drank in the cool, crisp weather. The morning took me by the hand and invited me to slow down and savor  life. The cool sunny mornings are the best. The best.

November. It is my "just right" month.  The weather changes and leaves descend to the cold unforgiving ground. Trees brace for the blusterous winter weather, feeling rather naked and exposed. In November,  the temperatures are nice and cozy.  The mornings are quite chilly and the afternoons require a light sweater or long sleeved shirts. The evenings are enveloped by darkness and the air temperature decreases by the hour.  Hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate are my preferred drinks. Soup is perfect in November. Chicken soup. Tomato soup. Potato soup. Vegetable beef soup. Any soup will do.

November is the perfect weather for taking long walks. I love to walk near my house and breathe in November. In the Summer months, you won't catch me outside. The heat gets to me and my poor, poor lungs. November's weather, however,  is great for my asthma and getting in some more steps. It is not too cold or too hot, but rather perfect.

November is the month of great football. Every year, I love to watch my beloved Ohio State Buckeyes play football.  The football season heats up in November. I lounge on my couch, flip the channel to see my Buckeyes play against that team from up North.  I am forbidden to write their name, but to help those of you who maybe oblivious to this rivalry, I will mention their name this one time. The greatest rivalry in all of college football (sorry UT and  Texas A&M) is between Ohio State and Michigan (that team from up North). This game always takes place the latter part of November. I remember waiting the whole year to watch the game as a youngster. My family and I marked the date on the calendar and settled in for a real barn burner. We lived and died by the results. It is serious stuff, as bragging rights are on the line for one whole year. When I think of football, I think of The Ohio State Buckeyes and the rivalry game. Go Bucks!

I can't have November without Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving means family. Thanksgiving means lots of comfort foods and pumpkin pie. It is really the only day that I will get up super early to prepare a feast that will occur around 2 pm. I love to get up and get the bird in the oven, make real lumpy mash potatoes and use my mom's coveted recipes for stuffing, cranberry salad, and brocolli casserole. I enjoy making all of these delicacies for my family. It brings back so many great memories of Thanksgivings past spent with my family in Ohio. My mom would always have me help her grind out the cranberries and oranges with the peel in her iron hand grinder. I loved helping her prep the night before Thanksgiving. I still have memories of seeing the humongous turkey being placed in water in the kitchen sink. My brother Tim would take the wet bird out and chase me around the house with it. It was quite funny!

Ah. November. There's really no other month that I love more. The weather, drinks, food, family traditions, along with football make it very special for me. I wish it could be extended to sixty days!




Saturday, November 9, 2013

Headache

Headache

I feel a headache
coming on
dizzy

I feel a headache
very strong
gotta sit
down

Light sensitivity
Lights
Multicolors
stretching
for all to see
gotta
rest

I feel a migraine
creeping in
close my eyes
head down
leave me
be

I feel  migraine
blaring it's ugly 
head
mind numbing
pain
throbbing
migraine

I feel a migraine
taking hold
stomach hurts
minds wailing
when will it end?
rest needed
slumber
calling


This migraine
won't subside
turn down the shades
Tylenol by the handful
eyes closed
damp cloth on
forehead
laying supine
on my bed
Migraine
debilitating
excruciating
Migraine
in the house
behind the eyes
subsiding
slowly
quietly
Migraine

Friday, November 8, 2013

Let Me Write!

Well this is my first post to Let Me Write!  I have been thinking about starting a new blog.  This one, we'll see how it goes, will be a little different from Just Write Baby! because I am going to write whatever I want and not think about anything else.  How is that different?  The other one is more educational.  This one is still educational but it's all mine and not associated with my work email.  In fact, I am trying to find away to get Just Write Baby! with my private email.  I don't know if that is possible.  So here goes!  I am going to let it flow and what happens.  I am also going to try to put into practice what Crystal Allen has told me!  Write everyday, no matter what so as to hone my craft.  Let me Write then!  Remove the barriers now 'cause I am about to blow this popsickle stand!  Let me Write!

Let Me Write!

Let me write!
Don't 'cha get in my way!
Let me write!
Can't ya hear what I got 
to say?
Get out the way
Cause like you
I got a lot to say
Get things off my chest
remove the chip- like
boulder from my shoulders
Cause ya know?
It's weighing so stinking
heavy
heavy 
heavy

Oh how I wish
I could stand up to ya
Let you know
what's in my mind
heart and soul
Sometimes
it is just waiting to come out
but then
I start to thinkin'
How you dissed my
peeps so bad
Wanted to clock
you upside the head
Wrestled with the idea
in words alone
cause I am so daggone
tired of your spite
time to take flight

Feel so cramped up 
waitin' for just
the right time
to move you
with my words 
that yearn to fly
outta my mouth
into the sky
free at last

Yearn to be 
free
Just like me
Bite my lip
til I need some
stupid stitch
cause you got me
all in a tizzy
about how you know 
so much bout
everything
like you are God
or something

Got some news for ya
Not quite
Not even close
why O why
do you think
you gotta go
putting everyone 
down 
with your
disrespectful words
and phrases
followed by 
laughter
thinkin' everything is
such a stinking 
joke
on me

Your groupies laugh
cause they feel
the vibe
they next in line 
to take your beating
as they bow to your
falsified throne
Not me
Not today
feed up
to the nth
degree

Just tryin'
to keep 
some semblance of
me
don't want to loose it
but I am close
very close
close to 
letting my words
fly
places they've never
seen 
or wanted to go
You got me
so 
furious
how you treat
everyone'
How can 
you
be
allowed
to 
persist
1,000 names on the list
hard working
people
learning
humble
it's all
so jumbled

What cha got 
to say bout that?
Nothing
at all
Wish in some way
I could say
the right way
what I need
to let play
out in my mind
cause I want
to shut up
the noise
hurt and 
tears 
that you 
cause
through 
intimidation
falsification
of being
a decent
human being

But hey
the day
is coming 
soon 
when
I am going 
to let it fly!
In the best way
possible
Bullies
fall
by 
someone willing
to stand
up 
for what is right
no matter
the consequence
Gonna be
me
Sooner or later

Cause I 
can't stand it
anymore
Gotta stand
forth
for those
who cannot
stand for 
themselves!
Soon!
One day
Soon!