We split
mother’s dog, Ginger,
between the three of us,
by an updated application
of Solomon’s wisdom
for those who squabble
over precious items
and insist on
getting their way.

If Solomon’s words
were an allegory
about his devilish willingness
to plunge into civil war
with a bloody divide
of the kingdom of heaven,
we obliged in a modern manner
that permits lawyers
to grow fat
on our stubbornness.

Through it all
I caught glimpses
of us taking turns
portraying mom or dad
as if a stage play
was written to document
their endless skirmishing
and pyrrhic victories.

copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney


This poem is a fancy. Happily, my siblings and myself did not argue over items left behind when our parents passed away.

A week ago, I passed the one year start of this blog post per day adventure. I am happy to report that my followers went upward from 13 at the start to 148 as of yesterday.

If you think about it, as a poet, to get your work read and considered by others is the goal past the joy of creating the poem in the first place. When I simply participated in local open mics maybe 20 people would hear two or three poems per month (per week when there were more open mics) out of approximately 75 that I wrote each month.

It has been easier than I thought to keep up the pace with poems for the daily blog post. At first the chore was intimidating, but the activity, the daily writing, loosened up the process and the creative centers of the brain. Like all endeavors, practice made it easier to accomplish.

My practice has been to write 5 or 6 days per week and edit on Sunday. During the following week, I read all the poems aloud to Dianne and make little edits that appear during the living room performance. Later Dianne goes over the poems as editor and corrects spelling, corrects grammar and suggests lines be cut from the piece or gives suggestion on editing those lines. About a month after I create the poem, I do another editing job and make the poem ready for the blog post. And you see it at that point.

If I am able to keep up the pace of follower-growth (13 fold), I predict 1,924 followers by this time next year. We’ll see.

Thank you to everyone who visits the blog posts and to the followers. You are a diverse group from around the world. Never dreamed my poems would visit so many countries.

Love & Light


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