Sunday, July 26, 2020


It's Writers' Pantry #30
Brevity rules. Levity Assists
Submitted to Poets & Storytellers United
July 26, 2020

 "Simplify, Simplify" says Thoreau
and I try to keep it so 
good advice when things are tough
but I must say I have to ponder
why saying it once wasn't enough

"Don't pole vault over mouse droppings*"
I adhere to the advice of Dyer
But in these times of quarantine
The droppings are getting larger, it seems
and the bar is getting higher

I need to consult my book of quotes
to get me through these times
Heaven knows it's quite a task
to find a quote that rhymes

I wanted to end with the comfort
of tried and true adages
but alas the only rhyme I've found ....
I apologize, it's cabbages!
For those of you who are Dyer fans, he did not use the word "droppings", but a more crude version!


  1. This made me chuckle. Such truth with humor.

  2. Hi there Bev,

    There is always such a clear sense of the best of the human spirit and gentle humour in both your work and your generous comments to others that always lifts me - when I read your words - thanks a lot for being you!

  3. LOL, nice one Bev. Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday, today.


  4. haha this made my Sunday. great write Bev!

  5. *Chuckle!!!* You made my Sunday!

  6. OK, got me. The don’t pole vault over mouse droppings is absolutely hysterical. And cabbages works!

  7. Your rhymes are always brilliant! And although I don't know who Mr Dyer is/was, I like his adage.

    1. WAYNE W. DYER was an internationally renowned author and speaker in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth.

  8. I agree with the size of those quarantine mouse droppings! Hahaha!

  9. To make one laugh, that is special these days. Thank you. There's a lot of droppings around, isn't there?

  10. Oh the first verse is a total winner...absolutely loved it..! Why did he repeat it,indeed!

  11. This made me smile... I too love your opening. There are days the only word that comes to my mind is covid. Yet, thankfully the sky opens and I can hear my muse speak much more.