Sunday, May 19, 2013


Convict me of dandelions,
large puddles of ketchup,
June scent of Scioto rain.

At breakfast I get drunk on Bach,
chasers of Copland and Joplin,
hotdogs from a cart by noon.

Find me guilty of eating at the kitchen sink,
ordering drive-thru McDonald's fries ―
you shotgun, me in a Stetson.

I pretend to hate mosquitoes on the Fourth of July ―
come at me with sparklers, buckeyes,
little American flags stapled to sticks.

I want to pursue our life, liberty, and happiness,
but there's something you should know ―
I love A. Lincoln, shamelessly.

tk/May 2013

Thanks to  R.A.D. Stainforth for this excellent read.

Lighthouse Dandelions by JamieWyeth 
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  1. Ode to summer, you in a Stetson .. may I ride shotgun? This is one of my Tess favorites!!!

  2. And self-evidently great words.

  3. Oh, yes... I see fireworks now! Love it, Tess!

  4. Nice word-usage in this, it was fun to read.

  5. I tried to find a favorite line but couldn't..each word...line ..image... is gorgeous.x

  6. this is stupendous- love it!

  7. Ah, spoken like a girl from the heartland! Love this anthem of yahoo! Great write, Tess!

  8. If this doesn't sound like summertime, then nothing does. Great poem...

  9. pure energy thrown out for our pleasure. success.

  10. Found this very interesting..the opening line sets the pace for a firework display.

  11. So ripe with Americana. Love where this took you... and by the way, I visited Steepletop with me. Was like visiting a cathedral for me....

  12. What a great idea! I love it. Simple and lovely article.

  13. You and Abe would make a great homeless busking couple, debating Philosophy while getting drunk on Bach with hotdogs for Breakfast, printing greenbacks from a portable press with gay abandon, wgile dodging assassins bullets- loved it Tess, Salut

  14. This is fantastic, I love your style of writing it is so alive

  15. Great word-craft, Tess! It sets it apart from the usual!


  16. Felt so much energy in the words! Now I'm excited for the Fourth of July!

  17. I can feel summer arriving in waves of heat and fireworks!

  18. I too really get the feel of summer with this. I was throwing out my collection of pine cones. among them were two Ohio Buckeyes. I saved those.

  19. se are a few of my favourite things..

  20. Wonderful this Tess a pleasure to read

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  24. And here you could've taken the Fifth
    and stayed silent.
    Glad you didn't.

    I'll bail you out.

  25. caught me off guard with that last punch Tess... loved it!

  26. You have very good happy to visit your who doesn't love Abe?

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  30. Ohio... a very friendly and down-to-earth place. We lived in Beavercreek, OH and my husband worked at WPAFB for a a few years. NOW, if I had EVER used ketchup on Texas beef in Texas ... I'd of been done in!

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  32. The reading did make the words dance and sing. Glorious summer is coming.

  33. Nice one! I just so happen to love A. Lincoln shamelessly, too.

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  35. Really tardy to the party here Tess but wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed both the prompt (love anything by any of the Wyeths actually) and your poem...beautiful on the page and the's so...saucy, and/or sardonic, I think is the word I've been looking


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