Our Surefire Remedy

(Some of these short poems see Creation as if through a child’s eyes. Some of them suggest a more mature view of the Creator. A few of them even reflect the long perspective of age. Most are not intended to be Scriptural, sometimes not even spiritual. Yet they may give your spirits a lift: By the middle of the week, who doesn’t need a chuckle or a changed outlook?)

OUR  SUREFIRE  REMEDY

When we got sick
with chick-
enpox,
our mama warned us not to scratch.
We itched
and twitched
and twitched
and itched.
We wished we could jump
in a scratchy briar patch!

When we got sick
with chick-
enpox,
we found in books a remedy which
could take
away
that urge
to scratch:
For when we would read,
we forgot to itch! 
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas

Doctor’s Office / Dentist’s Office

(Some of these short poems see Creation as if through a child’s eyes. Some of them suggest a more mature view of the Creator. A few of them even reflect the long perspective of age. Most are not intended to be Scriptural, sometimes not even spiritual. Yet they may give your spirits a lift: By the middle of the week, who doesn’t need a chuckle or a changed outlook?)

DOCTOR’S  OFFICE  /  DENTIST’S  OFFICE

Doctor’s office, dentist’s office –
which one seems scarier?
Thoughts about what’s coming next
raise a big barrier.
 
    Magazines and books and puzzles
don’t make things easier.
Posters showing body parts
sometimes make me queasier.
 
    Dungeons, even torture chambers –
they might feel roomier
than this waiting room where I sit,
getting still gloomier.

 
Lots of patients, but no hope of
the more the merrier.
There’s my name! I’m jumpy, like a
spaniel or terrier.
 
    When the doctor or the dentist
tries to be funnier,
even jokes don’t make my nose feel
any less runnier.
 
Soon the worst is past. No one could
feel any happier.
Being scared of nothing – what could
be any sappier?
 
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas 
 
 
 

See Your Doctor / See Your Dentist

(Some of these short poems see Creation as if through a child’s eyes. Some of them suggest a more mature view of the Creator. A few of them even reflect the long perspective of age. Most are not intended to be Scriptural, sometimes not even spiritual. Yet they may give your spirits a lift: By the middle of the week, who doesn’t need a chuckle or a changed outlook?)

SEE  YOUR  DOCTOR  /  SEE  YOUR  DENTIST

Is a twinge in your toe
enough reason to go
to the doctor?
Does a wheeze in your chest
mean you really had best
see your doctor?
Is a sound that’s not there
enough cause for the care
of a doctor? 
 Should you go see the doc
if your knee gets a knock
playing tennis?
Can your doctor explain
if your lower back pain
is a menace?
Well, to tell you the truth,
if the pain’s in your tooth,
see your dentist!
 
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas

Sneezes Are Sneaky

(Some of these short poems see Creation as if through a child’s eyes. Some of them suggest a more mature view of the Creator. A few of them even reflect the long perspective of age. Most are not intended to be Scriptural, sometimes not even spiritual. Yet they may give your spirits a lift: By the middle of the week, who doesn’t need a chuckle or a changed outlook?)

SNEEZES  ARE  SNEAKY

Sneezes are sneaky.
They sneak up your snout,
and you must kerchoo
to inveigle them out.
 
    Sneezes are sneaky.
Sometimes they turn shy,
and you are left sneezeless
as time passes by.
 
    Sneezes are sneaky.
You think the time’s past;
your nose then explodes
a melodious blast.
 
 Sneezes are sneaky.
They spray through the air
and share your pet virus
with friends everywhere.
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas

What Can You Do?

(Some of these short poems see Creation as if through a child’s eyes. Some of them suggest a more mature view of the Creator. A few of them even reflect the long perspective of age. Most are not intended to be Scriptural, sometimes not even spiritual. Yet they may give your spirits a lift: By the middle of the week, who doesn’t need a chuckle or a changed outlook?)

WHAT  CAN  YOU  DO?

What can you do
when there’s nothing to do?
Read a book.
Learn to cook.
Slide a sled.
Go to bed
and forget all about
that temptation to pout.
 
What can you do
when a lesson is boring?
Meditate.
Decorate.
Sneak a peep.
Go to sleep
and hope there’s no snoring
to drown out what’s boring
What can you do
when your nose starts itching?
Rub it fast.
Blow a blast.
Scratch it hard.
Disregard
sensations of twitching
that hint you’re still itching.
 
What can you do
when you’re feeling lonesome?
Get a pet.
Board a jet.
Make a friend.
This will end
those times when you’re only
one person, and lonely!
Copyright © 2016 by Perry Thomas