IllinoisTimes - Poetry http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-34-1-poetry.html Fri, 03 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 cheesestory #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15820-cheesestory-4.html cheesestory #4
the story is that my grampaas a young man in collegeboarded a train at madisoncarrying a large package of limburger cheese he carefullystowed it on the overhead rackat one end of the warm coachthen ma...]]>
genesispoem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15769-genesispoem-1.html genesispoem #1
 genesispoem #1I think our great maker had it okay maybe a little confusion about light and dark but on target until that sixth day I think things would be a lot better now and back through much...]]>
state debt poem # 2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15750-state-debt-poem--2.html state debt poem # 2
 state debt poem # 2why stop at the museum, guys?there’s nothing here we really prizelop the lib’ry, what’s left of it –no one reads so why not shove itclose the parks, let geezers taketh...]]>
storypoem # 22 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15618-storypoem--22.html storypoem # 22
 storypoem # 22it’s hard to write a poem a weekand keep them what is called a poem what’s the definition of apoem anyway john knoepfle ourlocal guru talks till he runs out ofsteam sometimes j...]]>
wordnerd poem # 9 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15586-wordnerd-poem%25C2%25A0-9.html wordnerd poem # 9
 she’d lost her fitbit said the sign in theY locker room my daughter and I knewnothing of fitbits but found the wordquick in the mouth not a slow wordlike drawl we tried to make one fasterfatba...]]>
cowcount poem #1100 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15552-cowcount-poem-1100.html cowcount poem #1100
 cowcount poem #1100 mitch you’re totally wrongwhen you say why do I need1100 cows on my computer my reply is if you need 11 cows it is good to have 1100 to choose fromwe have the singing cow t...]]>
knee surgery poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15527-knee-surgery-poem-1.html knee surgery poem #1
a friend writes her husband isan easy patient he just lies onthe couch in the living roomdoesn’t really want anythingthe children are delighted touse him as warm furniture...]]>
mother poem #11 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15487-mother-poem-11.html mother poem #11
mother poem #11for a long time I’ve considered myself “young-old” pretty soonI better start thinking “old-old”if I knew then about old what Inow know I’d have been moreunderstanding more h...]]>
lincoln poem # 15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15458-lincoln-poem--15.html lincoln poem # 15
what a weekend all us lincoln loverslocal and out-of-towners unitedthe effort was worth it people wererespectful from where we were onfourth street stood silent as the hearsewent by its black ostrich ...]]>
lincolnpoem # 14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15430-lincolnpoem--14.html lincolnpoem # 14
 lincolnpoem # 14 it gives me pleasure to go past the statue of lincoln in front of the state capitol more often than  not children are climbing around jumping off the blocks tag and catch m...]]>
culinary poem #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15396-culinary-poem-4.html culinary poem #4
my greek friend sonja(she grew up in crete)was making me a greekomelet I asked “what makesa greek omelet greek?” sheresponded “a greek cook”...]]>
trivia poem #7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15366-trivia-poem-7.html trivia poem #7
 trivia poem #7 here’s a trivia question when was pizza invented well I will have to tell you for you’ll never guess it was before 753 BC I was just rereading the aeneid (in translation)...]]>
half-lincoln marathon poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15326-half-lincoln-marathon-poem-2.html half-lincoln marathon poem #2
 wow the biggest event of the spring I’vejust been watching 2000 runners streampast my door all colors ages sexes plumpskinny a few kids with parents a fewparents pushing babes in wheelies sawa...]]>
alps poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15295-alps-poem-1.html alps poem #1
alps poem #1I was torn before at the news a hundred fifty lives lost in the alps especially those students and teachers returning from a happy exchange in spain I hoped no one  saw it coming till...]]>
veach poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15268-veach-poem-2.html veach poem #2
 veach poem #2my good friend becky put together afamily cookbook telling us which onesnot to eat (broccoli casserole) and otherchoice opinions she also made a bookcalled when grandma was a little...]]>
your today’s assignment: item 8 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15228-your-today%25E2%2580%2599s-assignment-item-8.html your today’s assignment: item 8
make a serious stab at accounting forthese two books’ incredible longevityinfluence popularity (even though fewread them these days and knowing themis the mark of an educated person)not many childre...]]>
bovis poem #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15212-bovis-poem-3.html bovis poem #3
 bovis poem #3 I know you have been on tenterhooks to hear the names of prize bulls well I won’t keep you waiting any longer Green Notch Segis Ginger was pretty good Highland Caesar Lochinvar d...]]>
Gold Poem, for the Veaches http://illinoistimes.com/article-15180-gold-poem-for-the-veaches.html Gold Poem, for the Veaches
 Good friends, I wrote this poemtwo years ago, at the Veaches’ Golden Wedding celebration,  and Jerry’s death, but didn’t  print it. Now I do; I’ve been  with the Veach fam...]]>
taxseason poem #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15142-taxseason-poem-3.html taxseason poem #3
Farmer Letter to the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census, 1955From my father R.A. DouganGentlemen: Enclosed is form MC 20gfilled out to the best of my ability. Inote that there is no provision ma...]]>
gene poem #5 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15122-gene-poem-5.html gene poem #5
 gene poem #5GMO sounds like anSTDwell, isn’t it?©2015 Jacqueline Jackson...]]>
valentine poem #6 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15097-valentine-poem-6.html valentine poem #6
thought it was our own idea my sibsand I cut open our stuffed teddys dogsrag dolls put in candy hearts that saidI love you sewed them up sometimes therecipient got a little sticky if it fell in thetub...]]>
goats poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15071-goats-poem-1.html goats poem #1
 goats poem #1  juniper bursts from her stall when the gate is opened leaps nimbly onto the milking bench buries her nose in oats while gillian washes her udder then pulls a stream of milk f...]]>
conundrum poem # 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15038-conundrum-poem--1.html conundrum poem # 1
volume four of my round barn sagawill be in print this spring it’s thelast of the trilogy so we can all soonrelax but here’s a question for youI am including a lively letter from mydad to his kids...]]>
swimming lessons poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14996-swimming-lessons-poem-1.html swimming lessons poem #1
 swimming lessons  poem #1     I don’t recall how kids 3 and 4 learnedto swim I do have a found scrap from ellielabeled “courage tests” the list headedby “swim through...]]>
january 15, 2015 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14977-january-15-2015.html january 15, 2015
today’s her birthday or wasit’s not that I loved her morethan I loved—love—you threeI loved her different just asI love each of you differentand now that particular muchloved much valued diffe...]]>
newyears poem #11 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14942-newyears-poem-11.html newyears poem #11
 newyears poem #11  you may have stacks of moldering dishes piles ofdisheveled clutter a hamper of odorous garments a carfull of indescribable litter snow to shovel letters to tendbills dema...]]>
december end poem http://illinoistimes.com/article-14910-december-end-poem.html december end poem
a friend helping me clean my kitchenor try to clean it brought me a long flatrusty item resting across her palms whatis this I said doesn’t everyone keep aworld war one bayonet in their pantry?about...]]>
PARADOX http://illinoistimes.com/article-14901-paradox.html PARADOX
 PARADOXBy Vera Wardner DouganHolidays are portrayed as times of rejoicing but as we all come to knowthey are often fraught with grief. It seems appropriate to share this poemat this season. It w...]]>
sleighing poem # 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14854-sleighing-poem--1.html sleighing poem # 1
as to one horse open sleighs we sibssat in ours sang jingle bells but if wejiggled too hard and fell out it was eitherinto hay on one side or a bin of oats onthe other for it was propped way up inthe ...]]>
winterpoem # 4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14826-winterpoem--4.html winterpoem # 4
winterpoem # 4on bitter nights when deep drifts blocked our long country lane we  hiked up left the car on the road   snowpants boots our white breath  searing our windpipes we fol...]]>