April 20-30 2023 Poems Do Drop In

April 20-30 2023 Do Drop In

April 20-30 2023 Do Drop In


April 21—A poem about being a grown-up
April 22—Twins, pairs, doubles, or doppelgangers…
April 23—Incorporate Shakespeare in some way
April 24—Bird and the bees
April 25—Ask a question
April 26—Confess!
April 27—Commerce, money, acquisition, retail therapy…?!
April 28—Coincidence or synchronicity
April 29—The wow factor!
April 30—The whew factor!

April 21—A poem about being a grown-up

There is a phrase
Common among younger people
In their 20’s and 30’s

Called “adulting”
Referring to all the things
That adults have to do

I always thought
That this phrase
Was almost nonsensical

But then I became
An adult
Back in the day

Where there was
No such word
To describe
Being an adult

And becoming an adult
Was a much simpler thing
Then in the era
Of helicopter parents

Of their children

And young children
Are not allowed
To “free range”
Be out in public

Without their over
Protective “parental units”
Watching their every movement

April 22—Twins, Pairs, Doubles, Or Doppelgangers…

They say
That in this world
Everyone has a doppelganger
An evil twin

Someone who looks like you
Sounds like you
But are not you

But I seriously doubt
That there is a doppelganger
For me

I like to think
That when God created me
He threw away the mold

Creating me as a unique person
John “Jake” Cosmos Aller
The one and only

April 23—Incorporate Shakespeare In Some Way

Circa 1600, English playwright and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616). (Photo by Stock Montage/Getty Images)

I wrote my first poem
In 1971
When I was 15.

And have written thousands
Of poems since then
Now I am close to 70.

But during all these years
There is one poetical form
I have only attempted once.

And that attempt
To write a Shakespearean sonnet
Was just lame.

And I have written
Several COVID sonnets
Which were invented
During the COVID pandemic

Shakespearean sonnets
Just don’t work for me
Just can’t hear
the iambic pentameter meter.

Although I can get
the rhyming scheme down.

Wish there was
An online poetic meter dictionary
Don’t know why
Someone has not come up
With that.

I can’t hear traditional meter patterns
Perhaps because I grew up with
Severe learning disability
Half blind and half deaf

With a severe speech impediment
Did not speak properly
Until the 3rd grade
After years of speech therapy

And so perhaps
I just can’t hear
The iambic pentameter
Or other meter based Poems
Which I generally avoid.

But the Burns Sonnet
Like a Shakespearean sonnet
But without the iambic pentameter
That sounds like a form I can do.

They say Burns wrote sonnets
In this way
Because as a Scotsman
With a thick accent

He could never hear
Iambic petameter
So he wrote his sonnets
Ignoring meter.

That inspires me
To try my hand
At a Burns sonnet.

April 24—Bird And The Bees

The ants do it
The bees do it
The birds do it

The cats do it
The deer do it
The dogs do it.

The monkeys
in the zoo
do it.

So why can’t
We do it?
Let’s make love.

Before the cows
Come home
In the morning sun.

April 25—Ask A Question

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What is love, tell me if you know

Love is what it is
Those who know don’t tell
And those who tell don’t know

Do you know what love is, Joe?

What is love, tell me if you know

And how can you make it grow?
More than just biochemistry
It is pure madness

What is love, tell me if you know

Love is what it is
And sometimes
Love is what it ain’t
That’s the Zen of love

What is love, tell me if you know

Based loosely on the classic Tower of Power Song, “What is hip?”

What Is Hip Lyrics

[Verse 1]

So ya wanna dump out yo' trick bag
Ease on in a hip thang
But you ain't exactly sure what is hip
So you started to let your hair grow
Spent big bucks on your wardrobe
Somehow, ya know there's much more to the trip

What is hip?
Tell me, tell me, if you think you know
What is hip?
If you're hip
The question, "Will it show?"
You're into a hip trip
Maybe hipper than hip
What is hip?
[Verse 2]
You became a part of a new breed
Been smoking' only the best weed
Hangin' out with the so-called "Hippie set."
Seen in all the right places
Seen with just the right faces
You should be satisfied, but it ain't quite right

What is hip?
Tell me, tell me, if you think you know
What is hip?
If you're hip
The question, "Will it show?"
You're into a hip trip
Maybe hipper than hip
What is hip?

Come on

Hipness is. What it is
Hipness is. What it is
Hipness is. What it is
Sometimes hipness is, what it ain't

April 26—Confess!

On his deathbed
Sam Adams confessed
To his wife, Maria Lee

About all the affairs
He had had
Over the years

She smiled


“I know
And forgive you
For I too had
A few “

They laughed
And he died.

April 27—Commerce, money, acquisition, retail therapy…?!

many packs of us dollars

many packs of us dollars

The best things in life are free
But you can give them
to the birds and bees

I want money
Huge piles of money
big piles of money

It’s all about
The Benjamín’s
the Harrisons
the greenbacks
My love

Your love gives me such a thrill
But your love won't pay my bills
I want money

Big piles of money

It doesn’t matter
As long as I get
my Money

Money doesn't get
everything it's true
But what it doesn't
get I can't use

they say
money can't buy you love
but it sure
can rent you some fake love

I want money
Big piles of money
That’s what I need

April 28—Coincidence or synchronicity

They say
There are no coincidences
In life

Everything happens
For a reason

All in accordance
With the universe’s
Divine master plan

Meeting you on that date
Was my karmic fate

April 29—The wow factor!

When I met you
My dream girl
My heart went

You were real
Standing in front of me

Zings went
The stings in my heart

Sparks flowing
From heart to heart

as Koreans say


Just wow!


April 30—The whew factor!

joe biden
joe biden

The last election
Ended with the victory
Of love
Against  hate

As we all said
We almost lost
Our democracy

But the hour
Is getting late

As a rematch
Becomes likely

And will love to prevail
Again against
the dark forces
Of hate?

the End

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