Three Ways To Be Prepared For The Summer


  1. Sunscreen.
  2. Beach towel.

3. Fully vaccinated.


And plenty of water
drinking to evoke-
To avoid that unwanted
heat stroke.

Three Upon Us

  1. Saturday.
  2. Sunday.
  3. The whole weekend.


To stretch and ward away-

You know………….Monday.

Three Ways To Know This Ain’t Great-Grandpa’s Day

  1. Everybody votes.
  2. We attempt to treat
    all the same.
  3. We have video when we don’t.


To re-play-
Over and over again,
on any given day.

Three Wednesday

  1. Middle of the week.
  2. Hump day.
  3. Halfway to weekend.


The will-

To have a good day,

while bearing the middle.

Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 870 (American Bandstand 1957-1989)) (Dick Clark 1929-2012)

The memories live on-

Even though the host is gone.


On American Bandstand so many guest artists there were to be-

Including Bill Haley and His Comets, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Johnny Rivers,

Glen Campbell, The Byrds, Roy Clark, Pablo Cruise, Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder,

Bill Withers, Ritchie Valens, Luther Vandross, Redeye, and Jeannie C. Riley.


We tuned in so that all could be seen and heard-

The Turtles, Underground Sunshine, Robert Palmer, Patti Page, Jack Jones, Mac

Davis, James Darren, Sheena Easton, The Flamingos, Helen Reddy, Lou Rawls,

Lionel Ritchie, Junior Walker and the All-Stars, and Little Richard.


Great guests and music was always on hand-

Vic Damone, DeBarge, Kim Karnes, David Cassidy, Mel Carter, Captain and

Tennille, Bobby Rydell, Neil Sedaka, Gino Vannelli, Village People, Bonnie Tyler,

Andy Williams, R.E.M., Mary Wells, and KC and the Sunshine Band.


The show always turned out to be a smash-

With the likes of Debby Boone, Bread, The Chordettes, Patsy Cline, The Coasters,

Fontella Bass, Beastie Boys, Anita Baker, Stephen Bishop, Righteous Brothers,

Dionne Warwick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Johnny Cash.


Much music, yes, we can remember when-

Seeing and hearing the Carpenters, Freddy Cannon, Question Mark and the

Mysterious, Rare Earth, The Bangles, Bee Gees, Bobby Vee, Debbie Allen,

Donna Summer, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Frankie Avalon, and Eric Carmen.


To the TV set we had to go-

To see The Motels, Men At Work, Mickey & Sylvia, The McGuire Sisters, The

Jaggerz, Michael Bolton, Blondie, Crystal Gayle, Marvin Gaye, Barry White,

Bobby Vinton, Stephen Stills, Ray Stevens, Grace Slick, and Sal Mineo.


Music that tended to agree-

The Delicates, Neil Diamond, The Cowsills, Creedance Clearwater Revival,

James Brown, Buffalo Springfield, Smokey Robinson, Stephanie Mills, Ray

Parker Jr., Wayne Newton, Linda Rondstadt, and Clarence “Frogman” Henry.


Also on hand-

Were Cannibal & the Headhunters, Eddie Kendricks, Chaka Khan, Donny Osmond,

Tony Orlando & Dawn, The Buckinghams, Johnny Burnette, John Mellencamp, Melanie,

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Tiffany, and John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.


You know the favorite, you know the one-

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Teena Marie, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Thelma Houston,

The Champ’s, Cher, Dick and Dee Dee, Dokken, Troy Donahue, Sheila E., Expose,

The Moonglows, The Emotions, Freda Payne, Kenny Rogers,and Roy Orbison.


The show certainly had its ways-

Highlighting Bobby Helms, Dion and the Belmonts, Eddie Cochran, Judy Collins,

Perry Como, Harry Chapin, Stray Cats, Rufus Thomas, Lou Christie, Roy Rogers and Dale

Evans, Frankie Avalon, Steely Dan, Edwin Starr, Little Eva, Rick James, and Isaac Hayes.


The rocking certainly got done-

Solomon Burke, The Grassroots, Dr. Hook, Billy Preston, Pink Floyd, Sergio Mendes, Al

Martino, Herbie Mann, The Manhattan Transfer, Laura Branigan, Peter Brown, Steppenwolf,

Jimmie Rogers, ABBA, Bryan Adams, Alabama, America, Sam Cooke, and Carl Carlton.


So much to dance to-

The Commodores, Natalie Cole, Jim Croce, Huey Lewis and the News, Evelyn Champagne

King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Anthony, The Imperials, The Shirelles, Dell Shannon, Dusty

Springfield, Rick Springfield, Jimmie Rogers, Johnny Taylor, Mel Torme, and LuLu.


A talented dancing audience to see-

To the music of Cyndi Lauper, The Pointer Sisters, Tommy Roe, The Ronettes, Sam and

Dave, Chubby Checker, Shawn Cassidy, Terry Jacks, Freddie Jackson, Sonny James,

Loverboy, C.W. McCall, Johnny and the Hurricanes, Peggy Lee, and Brenda Lee.


So many bands-

The Staple Singers, The Temptations, The Spinners, Sir Douglas Quintet, The Romantics,

Danny and the Juniors, Frogmen, The Emotions, Iron Butterfly, Buddy Holly and the

Crickets, Three Dog Night, The Diamonds, The Dells, and Tommy Sands.


Music both fast and slow-

The Raspberries, Real Life, Otis Redding, Eddie Rabbitt, Peter-Paul-and Mary, Chi-Lites,

Julian Lennon, J. Geils Band, Norman Greenbaum, Chic, Leif Garrett, Gloria Gaynor, Chic,

Lamont Dozier, Peter Frampton, Bobby Freeman, Annette Funicello, and Don Rondo.


Music to cause a stir-

Skeeter Davis, Bill Medley, Los Lobos, Little River Band, Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina,

The Dazz Band, Bobby Day, Jackie DeShannon, David Essex, Ike and Tina Turner, B. J.

Thomas, Conway Twitty, Kool and the Gang, Sonny and Cher, and Night Ranger.


We loved to hear them sing-

The Supremes, Talking Heads, Elvin Bishop, Bobby Darin, The Crystals, George Thorogood

& the Destroyers, Tanya Tucker, UB40, Jerry Vale, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Del-Vikings,

Duane Eddy, Dr. Hook, Adam Ant, Bananarama, Tony Bennett, Chuck Berry, and Ben E. King.


To hear, to remember when-

David Bowie, Pat Boone, Everly Brothers, Shelley Fabares, The Bay City Rollers, The Beach

Boys, Ashford and Simpson, Paul Anka, The DeFranco Family, Electric Light Orchestra, Betty

Everett, Pat Benator, Jack Blanchard, Misty Morgan, Jose Feliciano, and the Fifth Dimension.


Dancing throughout the land-

Andy Gibb, Hamilton-Joe Franks-and-Reynolds, Tom Fogerty, Danny Bondaduce, Etta James,

Jan and Dean, Love Unlimited Orchestra, McFadden and Whitehead, Curtis Mayfield, Drifters,

Dr. John, Donovan, Devo, The Ohio Players, Evie Sands, and John Fred & His Playboy Band.


Music well done-

Della Reese, Johnny Ray, Bobby Rydell, Marie Osmond, Evie Sands, Paul Simon and Art

Garfunkel, Somethin’ Smith & the Redheads, Connie Stevens, James Taylor, Tears For Fears,

Fats Domino, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Jackson 5, and John Sebastian.


Didn’t or couldn’t miss-

Tommy James, Gladys Knight & the Pips, B. B. King, Jean Knight, LL Cool J, Grace Jones,

Trini Lopez, The Mamas and the Papas, Henry Mancini, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Lovin’

Spoonful, Maureen McGovern, Loverboy, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, and Johnny Mathis.


So many more heard and seen-

Miami Sound Machine, Roger Miller, The Miracles, Van Morrison, Eddie Money, New Edition,

Mr. Mister, Johnny Nash, Billy Ocean, The O’Jays, The Osmonds, Wayne Newton, Paul

Peterson, Peaches and Herbs, Bonnie Raitt, Gene Pitney, Dolly Parton, and Don McLean.


Many music schemes-

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Prince, The Brothers Johnson, Bon Jovi, Gary U.S. Bonds,

The Brady Bunch Kids, Bow Wow Wow, The Boys, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Scott Baio,

Susan Anton, Aerosmith, Patti Austin, Frankie Avalon, and Brooklyn Dreams.


There were no stops-

A Flock of Seagulls, The Five Satins, The Four Tops, The Four Seasons, The Animals,

Anita Bryant, Roseanne Cash, Champaign, Jimmie Dean, Def Leppard, Ann Margaret,

Connie Francis, Aretha Franklin, The Gap Band, The Go-Go’s, and The Gumdrops.


To remember when TV dancing came aboard-

Leslie Gore, Al Green, Guess Who, Robert Goulet, The Hollies, Billy Idol, INXS,

The Impressions, Hall and Oates, Weird Al Yankovic, and Tennesse Ernie Ford.


Surely, many, many more were missed-

On my poetry-form  attempted incomplete list.

The Highlight Of The Day-In My Own Way # 522

To say goodbye, in 1970, as far as we could tell-

Diana Ross and the Supremes sang their final song at Las Vegas’ Frontier Hotel.

Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 976 (Still Listening To That Symphony)

REFLECTIONS, of a singer, when I was young-

I HEAR A SYMPHONY, that is still being heard and sung.


THE HAPPENING that had a certain sound-

In the midst, of LOVE CHILD, that could be found.



Music to sing along with, as all the words we did know.



DIANA ROSS, you got our attention, as the world could see.



Songs we still listen and sing to, from way back when.


And, when you left the SUPREMES, we all felt the better-



Didn’t happen, but, then again, you are THE BOSS-




For a lifetime, of great music, let’s give this special woman a hand.


REFLECTIONS, of a singer, when I was young-

I HEAR A SYMPHONY, that is still being heard and sung.






Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose: The Oil Spill



Mr. Green Eyes Watched The Super Bowl

Mr. Green Eyes watched the super bowl
And his eyes followed each play that came to unfold,
As the football was kicked in the air-
Mr. Green Eyes’ gaze went everywhere.
On this active game he was surely sold.

To follow the ball he did well
His following eyes were in a spell,
And as the players ran across the field-
Mr. Green Eyes’ fate was sealed.
To watch the Super Bowl until a winner
he did smell.






Before That Next Bite #11

Three Tasty:

  1. Candy.
  2. Cake.
  3. Brownies.


Stuff only for a treat-
Not a regular everyday
to eat.

Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose: The Oil Spill







Three Wheeeee

  1. Travel 38,712 miles during campaign.
  2. Be paid 57.5 cents per mile.
  3. Earn $22,259 for mileage.


Keep moving and pass go-
With the idea of extra money to grow.



Three For A Makeover (2012)

1. House.

2. Grandma.

3. Chuck E. Cheese.


Now a hip electric-guitar-playing

rock star-

For the kids to enjoy, while eating

pizza, playing games, and driving

some kind of play car.


Three Beginnings (2012)

1. Go.


3. Let the games begin.


To remember when-

The Olympic games begin.


Practice It Right-Let’s Be Polite (38)

With heavy snow, to stay off the road-

For that type of driving carries too much of an emotional load.



Mary Elizabeth Rumsey’s Rhyme And Reason-During The Winter Season (151)

In February, in some places, some still can-

Go outside and build that special snowman.




A Child’s Time-In Simple Rhyme (228)

Looked outside for snow-

Knowing that it wasn’t gonna happen,

knowing that it was a no-no.



Three For Winter (2015)

1. Holidays.
2. Snow.
3. Bumblebees.
Hairy bodies, not in retreat-
Working hard , to retain that body heat.




Three Things That We Can Remember From Our Childhoods (2012)

1. Playing outside.

2. Grandmother’s stories.

3. Eating candy.


Memories that cannot be replaced-

Eating that stuff, as a child, with

the sweet taste.


A Child’s Time-In Simple Rhyme # 830

A childhood sweet dream-

Involves ice cream topped with a cherry and cream.




Three Times For Snacks:

  1. Morning.
  2. Noon.
  3. Night.


As long as they
contain a wealth-
Of goodness and health.

Three For A Character (2011)

1. Swimming in the cement pond.

2. The love of animals.

3. A country girl at heart.


Elly Mae Clampett-

As a native born Louisianian, as country

as one could get.


Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 699 (Writing Through The Fingers)

There was the one who could write-

Her words made other lives’ bright.


At first she didn’t know that she could


Until one day the words just came out

right there on site.


All of her life, she did not know-

That on everything she carried

had words on it that continued to grow.


It must have been a natural thing, for

she did not have to assert-

The words came naturally, there was no



It was as if her words flowed through her fingers,

as soon as she would pick up a paper, in which

to write-

Later on it would be the same scenario, in type.


As she wrote, she did not think it was all that-

As a matter of fact, she wondered why she wrote

what she did as she sat.


Until one day, she picked up a piece of paper that

she had written a long time ago-

It was something that she could not have written,

the words she did not recognize or know.


But, it had her name on it, so it was have been

written by her-

It was so wonderful, that it gave her a heartstir.


Obviously, she was too critical, of her own work,

as it was being done-

Had to be put away, and brought back out again,

for it to shine in the sun.


There was the one who could write-

Her words made other lives’ bright.



Three That Are More Helpful (2012)

1. Someone who has a kind heart.

2. Someone who thinks of others.

3. Someone who is humble.


A high chant-

Not heard much from the arrogant.



Three Songs To Remember (2012)

1.  I Started A Joke.

2.  I Gotta Get A Message To You.

3. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?


Robin Gibb, a voice that will not go away-

To be heard, in time, on any given day.

Three Places To Enjoy A Great Joke (2012)

1. Around the water cooler, at work.

2. On the freeway, via radio.

3. At the dinner table.


To eat-

And, be able, to stay, in your seat.

Before That Next Bite #10

Three To Avoid:

  1. High calorie count.
  2. Greasy.
  3. Too much salt.


You know the good stuff.

Not Seen In Four Years

A goodbye kiss

One that this country
should not miss,

A loving couple to see-

Much needed in this society.

As our President puts a visit
to Walter Reed on his priority list.



Modern Mother Goose-On The Loose # 911 (Hearts On Parade)

The hearts were on parade-

Both chocolate and paper made.


A large array, of color-

From the rainbow, as it were.


A valentine for you, a valentine for me-

For that is exactly, how it should be.


All shapes and sizes, are given out-

And, if you don’t get one, you know that

it is enroute.


A day of love, a day of friendship-

A day to also see flowers, and strawberries in

chocolate dip.


The hearts were on parade

Both chocolate and paper made.


A Child’s Time-In Simple Rhyme # 890

Both valentines and candy-

In the classroom, will come in handy.



Gonna Try It-Not On A Diet # 960

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I think-

That many cupcakes will be highlighted in red and pink.



Another California Fire Conspiracy Theory

Or it might have been

Little tiny green women,

Who decided to land on earth-

And then to magically give birth.

To little tiny demons that would
explode into fire over and over again.

Or it might have been

Little tiny green women,

Who decided to land on earth-

And then to magically give birth.

To little tiny demons that would
explode into fire over and over again.

Mr. Green Eyes Celebrates Mardi Gras

Mr. Green Eyes saw
A lot of sights at Mardi Gras,
Floats, trinkets, and marching bands-
This was the tradition of his owner’s land.
Pure fun entertainment in the raw.

Mr. Green knew he could catch some beads
All he had to do was follow the lead,
With his tail straight up in the air-
Beads caught right there was easy fare.
A bit of lagniappe is always a welcome


Three For Dinner:

  1. Veggies.
  2. Low calorie.
  3. Low sugar.


A wealth-
Good health.

Mr. Green Eyes Relaxes On Sunday

Mr. Green Eyes Relaxes on Sunday
Just like on any other day,
Like on a Saturday-
Or even on a Wednesday.
One cannot break this relaxing sway.

On the bed
On the rug that is red,
On the window sill-
Wherever he can lie still.
To relax Mr. Green Eyes always looking ahead.


Three Ouch:

  1. Hunger.
  2. Temptation.
  3. Distraction.


To budge-
Right past that fudge.

Another Avenue


Three Not To Do:

  1. Cheat.
  2. Discount your plan.
  3. Throw it all away.


As it were-
Any slips to immediately
start over.

About All Of The American People

I can now see

That our government will once again be,

About the American people-

And not just one man or his family at will.’

We were never meant to idolize the
office of the presidency.

Three Right Now

  1. It is Sunday.
  2. It is the weekend.
  3. It is about over.


Monday on the way-

First one of the weekday.

To Revisit Oscar-That Always Causes A Stir # 22

Three Regarding All The King’s Men:

1. Year awarded: 1950.

2. Location: RKO Pangages Theatre, Hollywood, California.

3. Actor/Actresses: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Joanne
Dru, John Derek, and Mcercedes McCambridge.
An inkling of Lousiana Governor Huey Long-
The story of goodness, leading to corruption,
and how it goes wrong.

To Revisit Oscar-That Always Causes A Stir # 19

Three things about “The Best Years Of Our Lives” (1946)

1. Year awarded: 1947.

2. Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California.

3. Actor/Actresses: Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews,
Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Harold Russell.
The lives of three men coming back from WWII-
Both happiness and problems, they all happen to acrue.

To Revisit Oscar-That Always Causes A Stir # 16

Three things about “Casablanca” (1943)

1. Year awarded: 1944.

2. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

3. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains.
Under a dire circumstance-
Romance is given a chance.


To Revisit Oscar-That Always Causes A Stir # 13

Three things about “Rebecca” (1940)

1. Year awarded: 1941.

2. Biltmore Bowl, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California.

3. Actor/Actresses: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and
Judith Anderson.
Filled with mystery.

To Revisit Oscar-That Always Causes A Stir # 14

Three things about “How Green Was My Valley” (1941)

1. Year awarded: 1942.

2. Biltmore Bowl, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California.

3. Actor/Actresses: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, Anna
Lee, Donald Crisp, and Roddy McDowall.
A tale in simplicity-
Of the struggles of a mining family.

Three In Order (2014)

1. Make film.
2. Show film.
3. Honor film.
In short-
An Oscar, to sport.


Three In Focus (2015)

1. Family.
2. Job.
3. Oscar.
Yearly nominations-
That create a sensation.


Three To Walk Out Paris’ Front Door (2015)

1. Thief.
2. Criminal.
3. Thug.
To recover & find-
Charlie Chaplin’s first Oscar,
won in 1929.



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