IllinoisTimes - Poetry http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-34-1-poetry.html Sat, 25 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 first 100 days poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18332-first-100-days-poem-2.html first 100 days poem #2
first 100 days poem #2  parents, teachers, be advised –when we  confront them our savvy kids  can now tell us  oh those are just alternate facts you’ve heard about us © 2017 J...]]>
origins poem # 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18300-origins-poem--1.html origins poem # 1
my mother’s forebears changed theirname on the ship so we are wardnersnot weidners three brothers fought inthe revolution two survived I knowlittle of my mom’s mother only she wasa sea captain’s...]]>
textpoem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18261-textpoem-1.html textpoem #1
2 YY U R2 YY U BI C U R2 YY for me.see we had texting when I was a kid this was rampant in autograph books there was later but still long agoa published book of letter-stories called I think A B ...]]>
cat poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18238-cat-poem-2.html cat poem #2
these frightful frigid temps of lateI ponder on our city’s homelesslighter thoughts have touched oncats – a kid whose allergies forbidfelines has nonetheless befriendeda large yellow stray gus liv...]]>
springfield poem for jan 21 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18213-springfield-poem-for-jan-21.html springfield poem for jan 21
spfld’s last weekend was five star – fromcheers at the buses leaving pennys 110women pink pussy-capped bearing pbj’s– to saturday before the old state capitolmore than a thousand fol...]]>
mythology poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18181-mythology-poem-1.html mythology poem #1
I’ve been pondering zeusruler of the state supreme kinglypower he cast down thunderboltswhen angry or to punish any onehe disliked he was adept at changinghimself to get what he wanted hebecame a sw...]]>
apologia poem #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18157-apologia-poem-3.html apologia poem #3
 apologia poem #3dear cherished charities – smallestfrogs to largest shrinking icecapsswollen babies’ bellies to all helplesshomeless prisoned poisoned deformeddemented defamed defunded: you ...]]>
newyear’s poem # 16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18137-newyear%25E2%2580%2599s-poem--16.html newyear’s poem # 16
sometimesyou just have tostopand pull upyour socks...]]>
My Gift http://illinoistimes.com/article-18078-my-gift.html My Gift
This poem was written by my mother,Vera Wardner Dougan, to my father,for their first Christmas together, 1924.I give it here again, for it is sosimple, appropriate and tender.  JDJIf I could give...]]>
silence poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18049-silence-poem-1.html silence poem #1
 silence poem #1people sing about silence writeabout silence there must be spacebetween words between soundsdifferent silences have differentmeanings some you know arecoming and you wait for – ...]]>
thanksgiving poem #11 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18021-thanksgiving-poem-11.html thanksgiving poem #11
 two weeks ago I sat in my silent autoas the super moon rose over lincolnpark the visibility there unimpededlast night I sat an hour in my drivewaysurrounded by brahms (the receptionfrom WILL isn...]]>
sides poem # 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17985-sides-poem--1.html sides poem # 1
 sides poem # 1I’m sick of hearing there are twosides to everything there are threesides six a dozen a thousand and ifreally only two is each equally sound look at galileo look at tycho brahe l...]]>
it’s all ok poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17961-it%25E2%2580%2599s-all-ok-poem-1.html it’s all ok poem #1
it’s ok to grab others’ busts bumsif you’re rich enough it’s ok tolie also repeat lies over and overtill half the country believes youthat half incensed by faux newsfoxes vixens if you’re ri...]]>
continuity poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17931-continuity-poem-1.html continuity poem #1
continuity poem #1in my daughter’s dining room I sitat a table where I sat my first nine years facing me the matched cupboard my brother tipped over not once but twice during those years broke all m...]]>
early november haiku http://illinoistimes.com/article-17905-early-november-haiku.html early november haiku
getting nippy outmy tomato plants are bloomingtoo late now buddies...]]>
shakespeare poem # 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17870-shakespeare-poem--1.html shakespeare poem # 1
 shakespeare poem # 1spectacular uis macbeth last evedon’t miss it folks it’s still on I tookmy granddaughter years ago shewas nine we prepared by readinglambs’ shakespeare tales recitingdo...]]>
entertainment poem #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17798-entertainment-poem-4.html entertainment poem #4
 now that I’m stented I use thetreadmill at the Y there are twoscreens to alleviate boredom oneatop the other today I could choosebetween walking in new zealandmassive rock formations pondsbosk...]]>
familystory # 11 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17786-familystory--11.html familystory # 11
 my bespectacled father small for his ageyoungest in his class stayed out a yearbetween high school and college andworked on the farm that job didn’t lastfor the married teacher in the one room...]]>
great grandson poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17757-great-grandson-poem-1.html great grandson poem #1
great grandson poem #1far from any city lights here in thecentral nevada high desert countrythe almost cold breeze blows throughopen porch windows and you burrow deeper into the comforter the farm’s...]]>
word to the wise poem #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17733-word-to-the-wise-poem-3.html word to the wise poem #3
not mentioning any names or anythingbut teenage kids here’s a warning word:if you ask a parent for money to go tothe fair and you’re given admission thecost of elephant ears turkey legs rides onst...]]>
north fifth street poem #22 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17686-north-fifth-street-poem-22.html north fifth street poem #22
north fifth street poem #22the stump’s base two yards across andhollow a few inch circle of live growthsupporting the most majestic leafycrowned tree in our neighborhood it had to go every storm hug...]]>
wordpoem #17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17661-wordpoem-17.html wordpoem #17
 wordpoem #17    there’s this net wordgame babbleI tune in for company with morningcoffee it starts my cogs rolling I aim to locate half the words the grids are sometimes huge th...]]>
electronic devices poem #4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17641-electronic-devices-poem-4.html electronic devices poem #4
a teacher guy writes on the chat log:my cellphone is a very old modelat work I look on the deathly silenceand see an ocean of kids with theirearbuds headphones on their facesbathed in the harsh light ...]]>
summer poem # 19 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17592-summer-poem--19.html summer poem # 19
we visited the ben and jerry factorynear our vermont cottage a popularstop for tourists and locals alike a   little kid tipped his cone the pink ball of ice cream flew out I caughtit in myun...]]>
summer cottage #18 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17578-summer-cottage-18.html summer cottage #18
I try to connect with my grandkidsit’s not easy but I think I got mygrandson’s attention he was fishingflinging his line around though notdangerously I said I got hooked oncehe showed interest so ...]]>
summer cottage # 17 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17553-summer-cottage--17.html summer cottage # 17
this place used to be niceit will be again after a bitbut this summer we arriveto plumbing problems powerproblems worst is mice theyhave been into everythingbedding shredded drawersfouled not a dish y...]]>
quotes poem #16 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17532-tes-poem-16.html quotes poem #16
 quotes poem #16 found these from my dad Ron Douganin an old letter sent my kids: “The world’sa MESS! Too bad I’m not going to bearound to straighten it out!” and “Someday I’ll be an ...]]>
summer advice poem #11 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17495-summer-advice-poem-11.html summer advice poem #11
if a bear steals your backpackand you’re alone on the trailstarving you can eat porcupineflesh raw it even provides itsown toothpicks of course if youare a vegetarian you’ll have tomake do with nu...]]>
personal poem # 14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17478-personal-poem--14.html personal poem # 14
personal poem # 14once on a time I put in (at my job) forfull professorship that’s the pinnacleof pay and prestige I got turned downthe committee chair told me “you havenot yet internalized the pr...]]>
gift poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17454-gift-poem-2.html gift poem #2
 last year this column warmly praisedscores of helpful high school kidsthey came again this June some 300volunteers from Minn to Miss, Bostonto Bakersfield. I recently wrote ofGroup 14 who while ...]]>