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Bob Genevro

For the Rock-a-Bye Child in All of Us

Fingerpaint Minds
Brain Teasers forever as the world bounces
Non-toxic tears runneth over
Little hands submerged into a mermaid bubble bath
Dolphins in an underwater ballet
Lions and tigers and blocks, OH MY!
It is the Night of the Roaring Owls
Polka-dot parrots talk to millions of monarchs
Love a world inside an oyster
Eat at the Cinderella Glass Cafe
Bravo for the shiny heartbeat smile!
Indigo touchstones last a lifetime

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The First Anniversary Sonnet

We stood and proclaimed 'I do' wedding wows
and the organ grinded
The Taco Bell Canon in D Major
and Chopin's Polonaise Mayonnaise in Egg Flat.

We dashed into the Sausalito Hotel
into the Queen Victoria room
sipping gold champagne, clicking crystals,
shedding our fig leaves...and multiplying.

Let's celebrate our Paper Anniversary at the Gypsy Cellar.
The candlelight steak dinner comes with a violinist
who will serenade us
to Leon Russell's ballad 'Song for You'.

Edna St. Vincent Millay sums up my glee:
'I only know that summer sings in me.'

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Doing Nothing (Inspired by Poet Miller Williams)

We do things
to keep something from doing something
the milk from expiring
the scale from cracking
the skin from wrinkling
the breasts from pointing south

We do things to make things happen
To remember that first kiss
not to freeze before a charging zoo tiger
to hope the pepper spray will finally work
not to see our secrets & lies
to finally shout BINGO
not to suffer a stroke while shooting baskets

But today
I will punch the snooze alarm at least 5 times
I will loafe on blades of grass &
sketch a purple passion flower

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She Gave Birth in a Fox-Hole

Victoria Elizabeth Borg
Born June 22,1920 in Agana, Guam
Died Pearl Harbor Day 2009

Victoria sang many lullabies
to her
5 children
5 step-children
26 grandchildren
36 great grandchildren
2 great-great grandchildren
and a host of heavenly nieces and nephews.

She was married to Tomas T. Calvaron and his 5 children
on the island of Guam in 1943.
After giving birth to her daughter Rosalita
in a fox-hole during World War II
she made it through
to have 4 more children.

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