Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 663 (That Corner Store)


It was always filled with stir-
That neighborhood store, on the corner.
.
Mother would always send Sandy
to buy some eggs-
She’d walk over there with her
toothpick legs.
.
Or perhaps one day, it might be
some bread-
Sandy would get whatever Mother
wanted and said.
.
The best part for Sandy-
Of course, was looking at that ja,r of
candy.
.
And, every once in a while she was
able to get a piece-
An action she hoped would never cease.
.
Sandy is grown now and remembers so
very well-
That corner grocery, with so many tales
to tell.
.
Thank goodness Mother took a picture of
it long ago-
For it is now an empty space, where much
grass does grow.
.
She can still picture herself with the skinny
legs making that trip-
Rewarded with a piece of candy, as a tip.
.
It was always filled with stir-
That neighborhood store, on the corner.

-2011-

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Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 287

Off to Galveston we went-
And the whole day we spent.
.

.
On the beach we got sand
between our toes-
And yes, it did burn, when
the saltwater, got in our nose.
.

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The sea gulls were fed-
Lots and lots of bread.
.

.
We rode the ferry and fed them
there too-
Riding along in the air, is what
they tend to do.
.

.
A sandcastle was built and of
course we buried ourselves in
the sand-
We helped Mama fix lunch, we
gave her a hand.
.

.
And after we ate, we played some
more on the beach, until we were
tired-
To come back again, we are well
inspired.
.

.
Off to Galveston we went-
And the whole day we spent.

-2010-

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Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 207 (Eating Grapes)

The grape crop was ready
for harvest-
And was reined in by
special guests.

For in South Africa, no
one could keep the baboons
away-
Even with electric fencing,
noisemakers, and rubber
snakes, they still came by
the hundreds everyday.

To them the only proper
treat-
Was to eat the grapes that
were sweet.

For if they were sour, they’d
leave them behind-
For the poor grape growers
to scour through and find.

The grape crop was ready
for harvest-
And to rein them in, was
the famously uninvited
guests.

-2010-

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Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 205 (An Innocent Spring)

The springtime came and the bulbs
began to sprout-
It had happened for the last 21 years,
so I had no doubt.

That they would return as they have
every single spring-
The purple blooms amongst the green
leaves, has become a traditional thing.

First, the green leaves come up and the
blooms follow behind-
A lovely bunch of flowers is what I always
eventually find.

But, this year was different, for as I saw them
standing tall-
When I got up closer, it wasn’t that way at all.

The outer ring was all that stood straight-
While the ones in the middle, didn’t look all
that great.

It looked like someone, or something had
laid them flat-
I was amazed about the situation, and
thought, well how about that?

And then I realized it was my daughter and
her friends who had done this particular act-
I could have assumed that a little courtesy is
what they lacked.

I could have gotten upset and thrown a fit-
But then I looked at the situation again, from
where a childs’ mind sits.

Only young once, the little idle minds, saw so
much fun-
In making this area a play place, in the shade
away from the sun.

A place to imagine, a place to hide-
Couldn’t have done it better myself, had I
tried.

The daughter and her friends will grow up and
one day move away-
And at another time, on another spring day-

I’ll look at the blooms, and wish she were still
around-
To play, in the blooms again, as if they were
once again new found.

The children grow up, and lose the innocence
of imagination of play-
But, I’ll still see them, in the blooms, on any
given spring day.

The springtime came and the bulbs
began to sprout-
It had happened for the last 21 years,
so I had no doubt.

-2010-

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Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose (School Is Out)

School is out-

Without a doubt.

.

School is no longer-

As now the summer is stronger.

.

And for a good reason-

For this is the summer season.

.

A season to rest-

Without much test.

.

A season to rule-

With no particular schedule.

.

A season to relax-

To the ultimate max.

.

A season to look forward to-

The back to school season, when the summer is over and through.

.

School is out-

Without a doubt.

-2014-

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Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 228 (Bloated Fishing Contest)

There was a Garland man who wanted
to win a bass boat in a fishing contest-
And instead of playing fair, to cheat he
did his very best.

He weighted down the fish
as best as he could so that
it would weigh more-
And then he waited silently
as he knew that his rewards
would shortly be in store.

But as the judges noticed a lump
in his caught fish-
The Garland man apparently did
not get his wish.

There was a Garland man who wanted
to win a bass boat in a fishing contest-
But ended up serving 15 days in jail,
for he did not pass the cheating test.

-2010-

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Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 227 (Banana Pudding)

There was a little girl-
Who made banana
pudding out of this world.

She put the stuff in the
bowl-
And then the magic
would unfold.

After stirring and stirring
the pudding began to
get thick-
And then into the bowl
some vanilla wafers, she
would stick.

And of course cut up pieces
of bananas, she would also
add-
Almost to the end, she would
be glad.

There was a little girl-
Who made banana pudding
out of this world.

-2010-

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Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 602 (Coffee Time)

 

I looked in the cupboard, and what did I see-

Just a bit, not a lot, of that stuff called coffee.

.

It was back in November of 1942-

When a rationing, of coffee, had to accrue.

.

Every five weeks, the allowance, of only one pound-

And, you can just imagine, how it did not make the round.

.

At the time, back then-

The grounds must have been used over and over again.

.

And, as time went by, what would eventually leak-

Is a new kind of coffee, that was really weak.

.

To spread it out, as far, as one could-

Learning to like weak coffee, as something good.

.

The rationing was eventually over, in July of 1943, and the nation did survive-

But, into a full flavored cup of coffee, they did immediately dive.

.

I looked in the cupboard, and what did I see-

Just a bit, not a lot, of that stuff called coffee.

-2011-

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Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 268 (Out Of Season) 

Now that school is out
of season-
To go back, I see no
reason.

I can play all day-
Nothing can get in my way.

I can sleep in late-
I don’t have to worry about
the date.

I can roam in rhyme-
I don’t have to think about
the time.

I can grow up and do as
I feel-
All of a sudden, this does
not feel real.

Now that school is out of
season-
I will enjoy it, but, of course,
I will return, with good
reason.

-2010-

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Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 229 (Off To The Zoo)

There was a family who
went to the zoo-
To see all of the animals
that they were not used
to.

They saw the lions and
the bears-
They saw the monkeys
with all of their stares.

They saw the elephants
and the giraffes-
They had lots of fun and
many, many, laughs.

There was a family who
went to the zoo-
And after many visits,
all of the animals, they
got used to.

-2010-

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