Saturday, December 13, 2014

My "Colorful" NY Times Poetry Contest Entry

Monochrome Life
by Rachel Hoyt

Red and yellow,
Black and white -
They look different at first sight.

Dame or fellow,
Queer or straight -
Choices or a stroke of fate?

Shout or bellow,
Stick or stone  -
Words penetrate skin and bone.

Harsh or mellow,
Type or tool -
The monochrome life creates a wise fool.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.


Nicolas Kristof of the New York Times
asked for poems about color and I sent this rhyme.


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

What Are You Thankful For?

Thankful for Thanks
by Rachel Hoyt

image by Stuart Miles via freedigitalphotos.net

I'm thankful for the faces that
I see as often as my cat
And the ones farther away
Who share my blessed DNA.

I'm thankful for anyone who
Can cheer me when I'm feeling blue
And push my laugh to a new key
When I start with an ounce of glee.

I'm thankful for all things in life
Which ensure that I feel less strife -
Everything from my pillow
To caffeine, sweets and OK Go!
But, most of all, I'm thankful for
The fact that thanking helps me more - 
It reminds me that life's not so bad
And, in the end, makes me more glad.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.

This rhyme was inspired by two pieces of interesting "news" - 

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Why Can't I Conceive of What I Don't Know?

Known Nescience
by Rachel Hoyt

image by samuiblue via freedigitalphotos.net


If only I'd known
to ask me tomorrow,
I wouldn't have sewn
that seed that caused sorrow;
but then how would I
have known what to tell me?
I suppose that blind eye
was what helped me see.

Copyright © 2014 Rachel Hoyt. All rights reserved.


BoingBoing explained why we are totally unaware
of the many things we can't know (and we don't even care).

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