Poetry Reading

Posted on December 19th, 2014 in Stories





For the poetry reading last night, I wore my Luccheses Dad gave me and my compression socks (rolled inside, of course.)


Along with the gravy poem and horse poem, I read this Harvest Moon poem.  It was a great way to end the semester, though I confess, I won’t miss the class!  Next semester is going to be even more crazy with 12 hours: Grant writing, Creative writing, and two core classes!


Under the Harvest Moon


Saturday night, the whole town was at the Harvest Moon Fest,

It was free, after all, and you couldn’t do better than that.

The City held it in the historic visitor’s center,

Really known as the Wal-Mart parking lot,

So you could stroll in and get some batteries, duct tape and a six-pack,

Before conquering the Moon Bounce and buying a hand-painted gun rack.


Well, my editor sent me to take photos,

And it’s amazing what the camera sees,

Like Darth Vader flirting with Nefertiti.

The Fire Department’s oogling the Park and Rec girls again,

The librarians are pitching a fit,

They all bought new khaki pants, but only the creepy balloon artist noticed.


Turn the corner and there’s the newlyweds making out,

A Kleenex Box, pregnant witch and six-foot pizza slice with a beer belly.

The psychic just told a little girl she was going to grow up and have seven children,

While being an astronaut, curing cancer and winning Miss America Christian.

Meanwhile the belly dancers have pulled out a slithery friend,

But the Baptists refuse to wiggle along,

All except Leroy who had a few too many at the Random Beer Garden Booth,

Looks like I just found my front-page shot.


Grandma Riley’s caused a ruckus in the face painting line,

Not even the Lutheran’s preacher’s mother can put Jesus on a 5-year-old’s cheek.

She’s hollering about blasphemy, the artists protest their creative rights,

They called for Sherriff Bill, but he’s Methodist and in the henna tattoo line.


The Celtic dancers are starting up.

Clogs don’t really work on grass, but they’re trying,

Which is more than you can say for the mentalist,

Pulling out magic post-it notes from his pockets that fool no one,

But hey, it’s all in fun.


Someone tugs on my dress,

And what do I see,

But three little princesses grinning up at me.

“Excuse me, ma’am, can you take our picture?  We’d like to be in the paper.”

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15 Responses to “Poetry Reading”

  1. Marjie Says:

    I’m sure that wearing the boots your Dad gave you made you feel good. It’s nice that you now have a break for a little while, so you can rest up for next semester!

    Merry Christmas, Miranda and Ben!

  2. Channon Says:

    Boots make everything better! Enjoy your Christmas break.

  3. Lana Says:

    Well, whose picture made the paper?

  4. Charlotte Says:

    awwwwww, I love these boots. Hope they gave you the oomph you needed :) I’m sure you did a great job at the reading!

  5. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking Says:

    Your boots look awesome! I bet you did a wonderful job at the reading!! We have been so very busy for the past several months that I haven’t gotten a chance to read some of my favorite blogs. So now I am trying to catch up on reading some of them. Yours is always top on my list. Hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and that this New Year brings you an abundance of Gods Blessings!!!!

  6. Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness Says:

    Great poem! I hope life is treating you well. It has been a while since I have stopped by. I hope you had a great holiday season. Take care!! Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness

  7. Rachel (Short[dis]Order Cook) Says:

    Playing catch-up with your posts today. I’m having serious envy with those boots!

    Making me laugh and making me hungry!

    Happy new year!

  8. Charlotte Says:

    Hey, momma! Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you and have missed your words here. Hope you are having a wonderful 2015 and all the best for your weekend! XOXO

  9. Charlotte Says:

    Stopping in to say hi. Hope all is well with you! XOXO

  10. Pietro Brosio Says:

    I hope you are well, my blogger break is ended!

  11. Marjie Says:

    Hi, Miranda, we haven’t seen you for a while. I hope you are well, and that your schooling has gone well. Do drop a line if you have time.

    xoxo Marjie

  12. Marjie Says:

    Just dropping a note to say that I hope you’re well, and that the first 6 months of 2015 have been wonderful for you.

    xoxo Marjie

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