Future Giftwrapping

CHRISTMAS

Cheerful time for the kids – soaking up the season
Hectic time for the parents – hoping to get the gift to please them
Raiding the shelves like angry bears, barely enough can stay
Interesting commotion for the malls, the charity ringers, the bells they play
Saint Nick comes around only once in his celebrated red and white
Then disappears to the backs of minds until the next 25 days to silent night
Making time for family is the meaning of the season
Above all the gifts I’ve received – video games, clothes, food, money
Sharing the moment with the loved ones just has to be the best reason

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Q is for Quadruple

Questions of the universe, they’ve quizzed our minds
Understanding nature’s perfect even
As much is contained within this pool divine
Drawing them can be fun, since it’s as easy as pie
Rollicking fun are cartoons, the four fingered discount guy
Ulysses S. Grant, he came and went on March 4
Proudly introducing Mac in the year of dystopia war
Love in four seasons, a rare green quartet
Embers reaching four feet high, haven’t gone North yet (besides the other three cardinal directions)

April A to Z Challenge

O is for Optical

So our eyes are the main reason the world is like it is today, why the use of different shades of colors to convey different meanings matters so much, why attention to intricate detail is a big priority in the end, why photography, television, or movies even exist. Everything that was created or written down, every tall skyscraper erected, every movie produced or photo taken, every sports game ever played, is because we not only have a wonderful sense of vision but also the awareness and intelligence to use it in a way no other species has come remotely close to. Humans see the world as their own and have always had a mission to shape it in their minds desire. We’ve most likely been involved in the largest collaboration project ever, one that has spanned millions of years from the time man first learned to use tools – the project to shape planet Earth from its natural untouched state to a thriving ball of activity and creativity, and look how far we’ve come.

Our eyes collect so much data and world experiences over a lifetime that if you could somehow retrieve all of those pictures off our massive “hard drive” of a brain and load them onto a computer, you would probably fill its hard drive to its capacity in no time – and two terabytes is just not going to cut it.

Some of the best moments in my life witnessed with my own eyes:

  • Seeing everyone in my senior year, including me, finally reach the end of their long journey and graduate from high school.
  • Seeing myself graduating from college, receiving that degree.
  • Seeing my hands fumbling with that steering wheel, driving a car for the very first time.
  • Seeing the very first African American president, Barack Obama, elected in the United States in 2008.
  • Watching the Detroit Tigers storm to the World Series in 2006, getting in off of a Magglio Ordonez game winning home run, ending an era of struggles and embarrassment.

And the worst moments:

  • Watching the Tigers get clobbered in that 2006 series against St. Louis, 4 games to 1
  • 9/11
  • Boston Marathon Bombings
  • My second grandmother dying in 2003 (or seeing her struggle with cancer beforehand)
  • The acne years

And yet another acrostic poem keeping with the trend of previous posts:

Outlook beyond the world so vast
Prairies and fields, mountains and grass
Toward enlightenment, the vibrant of the soul
Ice storms rain down, crater sized hole
Counting off calendar years, eager for tomorrow
Asking now, not when
Lit a fire, warmed away sorrow

April A to Z Challenge

BATZAP by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

N is for Nose

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Don’t be a nosy Rosie. Keep your nose out other people’s business. Got your nose. Keep your nose to the grindstone.

These are just a couple of common sayings people have used that wordplay on our device of smell. Some interesting things about the grindstone saying: it apparently originated from millers putting their noses to a millstone or grindstone in order to check that the wheel used to grind cereal wasn’t overheating, but another origin theory is that putting your nose to a grindstone was a punishment of hard labor for workers, which is the general meaning for the saying today: keeping focused on your work.

The scents of things that worked my olfactory nerves today:

Glazed chicken in cranberry sauce
Peanut butter sandwich
Fish patties
Turkey stuffing
Crunchy almond cereal and milk
Confectioners candy

Acrostic poem:

New smells, mind excited
Olfactory itches, image brightens
Sweet scents of rose, foul odors of gas
Everything counts,  keep it to the grindstone and stay in class!

Who nose what I’ll have next for the letter O?

April A to Z Challenge

BATZAP by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

M is for Mouth

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Continuing the theme of the human anatomy from last post, I explore the far regions, ahem, of the mouth – and this isn’t just strictly the eating mouth, it could be the mouth of a cave or river or the opening to anything in general such as a trombone. Our mouths are used for a number of things, ranging from eating, drinking, tasting, talking, singing, kissing, and making facial expressions. And some people use their mouth way too much, as in never learning to just shut up!

Making vocal imagination and
Opening to hungers satisfaction
Under the bridge, the river opens
To teeth chattering inside
How her lips tremble with mine

April A to Z Challenge

BATZAP by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

L is for Legs

Legs seem to be universal, something that is found in nearly every living and non-living thing. Humans have them, animals have them, insects have them, desks, chairs, and kitchen appliances as well. They help in movement and support, are a thing nature decided millions of years ago would be beneficial in helping organisms with finding food and running away from being food. We all seem to operate on an even number of legs since that is nature’s way of keeping everything balanced. Of course, some animals developed wings for better survival, but they still use their legs for those times when it isn’t a pressure situation involving the fight or flight response, when they can just tromp across a fence or wire like it’s Sunday morning.

My two legs these days probably don’t get as much exercise as they should, since I have been stuck in front of my computer most of this year, only occasionally going outside to take some pictures or look for the cat that went missing for two straight days (he comes back eventually after a night on the town).

My acrostic poem for legs:

Little engines, pumping pistons
Energy propelled, man on a mission
Going places in a hurry, fast as a fly
Swamp water up to your knees, jump high, touch the sky

April A to Z Challenge

BATZAP by Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

Trust No One

Taking them seriously was only just jeering
Rising up from the ashes, I could newly see them peering
Under the moonlight, my mind began to brew
Starting to make sense of it all
Trusting no one but you

“No, I see it there, the way you stare,
Oh, I can’t just believe you, know the hurtful things you’ll do”

Only then will it begin
Nearing the light, repenting sin
Everything I’ll become, will be because I won

#Writing201


So basically the first verse of my poem is about not trusting anyone in this world, not even your closest friends or family, since you’ll only feel worse when something bad happens. The second verse is about being aware in a relationship since things usually never come out untarnished. And the final verse is about trusting only yourself, and a spiritual being if you may, in what you believe the most to be righteous and honest.