Tuesday, December 24, 2013

50 States of Pray


                                                                   

Today  Mark Koopmans has brought writers from all over the world together to share our hopes and dreams for 2014. Thanks to Mark for creating this worthwhile effort, and thanks to our troops for keeping us safe. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year. Be sure to visit the talented contributors to 50 Shades of Pray . In the meantime, I've decided to go in a slightly different direction.
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Grey Matter


What is this place,
Lots of strange devices.
No, I'm not making a face,
Yet, another guy with vices.

Please don't tell my folks,
They raised me to do the right thing.
If only I hadn't eaten those yolks,
My thighs look huge in this swing.

Sometimes I want to raise my fists,
At all the duds I've gone with.
Wasted time on that psychotic machinist,
Not to mention, that misguided multi-linguist.

Though bitter at first,
Sweetness flows in gentle gates.
Flourishing in pounding bursts,
Blending together to percolate.

I pray that we'll stay,
Tightly bound at the hip.
How my lips burn to the fray,
For his deep, rich macchiato with extra whip.



60 comments:

  1. I love it, Julie. It's hot and sexy. I hope he was very generous with the whip. Smiles. The brilliant last makes for a brilliant twist, and I could really related to the stanza about "all the duds."

    Love and blessings for a wonderful new year and lots of hot tall ones.

    xoRobyn

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  2. PS I keep making typos. I should get some zzs. I meant, "The last line makes for..." xo

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  3. Robyn - I think we both need to catch some zzz's! You're such a perfectionist that you're allowed to make a typo at 2 AM! Thanks for the kind words, but your poem really was BRILLIANT. Thanks, and all the best to you in the New Year! PS: One day I would love to share a hot tall one with you!

    Julie

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  4. Excellent! Have a good holiday and let's drink to a healthy and happy new year :-)

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  5. Like the humorous twist to that poem, Julie!
    You have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

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  6. Aloha Julie,

    I'm going to look at my barista a little differently tomorrow...

    (splutters)

    Well, he's not *my* barista... Starbucks just whips him into shape for me :)

    Anyway, THANKS for participating and oh my... if there were a prize for originality, I'd bet my latte on you winning :)

    Cheers and Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

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  7. Not what I was expecting when I came here, but this is great! My barista puts cayenne pepper with the chocolate He calls it a Mayan Mocha, but I think he's just spicy like that.

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  8. Well done Julie. Hope you are enjoying the holidays.

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  9. I can always count on you to put a smile on my face.
    Have a wonderful and blessed season with your family, Julie!
    Writer In Transit

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  10. Nice... you have given the gift of a smile. May you have a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year!

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  11. Very good, Julie! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas =)

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  12. Very clever. That last line was brilliant. Since I am not doing HERE'S TO YOU until next year.... here you go:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBrXby8BqgU

    I wish the quality were better!

    Merry Christmas Julie!!!

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  13. Rosalind - Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year too! Cheers, and thanks a latte!

    Alex - Merry Christmas, and happy New Year to you and your wife! May the Hot Tamales be flowing at all the new holiday movies! Thanks Alex!

    Mark - Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful blogfest. Sorry that I had to veer a little off course, but I couldn't get your clever title out of my mind. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you, and your family! They're very lucky to have you.

    Bethie - The Mayan Mocha sounds like it has a nice kick to it, and I love the name! Thanks Bethie, and happy holidays!

    Rhonda - Our younger son came in from college, and our older son is visiting too, so we are having a great time! Wishing you, and your family happy holidays too! Thanks Rhonda!

    Michelle - Merry Christmas, and happy New Year! I hope you're able to take a little break, as I know how busy you've been! Thanks so much Michelle!

    Bish - I tried to write something serious, but this kind of snuck up on me. Thanks for the lovely compliment! Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year, Bish!

    Thanks Elsie, and a Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you!

    Julie

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  14. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Thighs are not the only place I would worry about with those egg yokes. I would eat some Kale or baby spinach to wash them out.

    My husband came home from open heart surgery four years ago on Christmas day. He is now listening to some of the things I suggest with his diet.

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  15. Susanne - Thanks, and Merry Christmas to you!

    Robin - Thanks, and I can't wait to see the video! 'll try again later when the other computer is available. Merry Christmas Robin!

    Munir - I'm glad that your husband is doing well, and is following your diet! I'll also have to remember your suggestions. Thanks Munir, and Merry Christmas to you, and your family!

    Julie

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  16. Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family dear friend.
    http://shufflingalongwithparkinsonsdisease.blogspot.com/2013/12/have-yourselves-very-merry-christmas.html

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  17. Truly funny. How do you think that stuff up?

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  18. Mary - Thank you so much! Wishing you, and your hubby a Merry Christmas, and a happy and HEALTHY New Year, my friend!

    Yvonne - I just couldn't help thinking about a parody of 50 Shades of Grey. Fortunately, Mark Koopmans was a very good sport about my twisted version of his inspirational blogfest. Thanks for always being so supportive, Yvonne! Merry Christmas!

    Julie

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    1. Oh, I think it was brilliant, Julie, and more power to your elbow for going there :)

      (Still going to be a little wary when I'm next asked if I want whipped "with that Cap" - especially if I'm wearing my Angels baseball hat :)

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    2. Mark - You may have to trade it in for a Devil Rays cap! Thanks Mark, and your blogfest has been a huge success! Merry Christmas!

      Julie

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  19. Dear Julie,

    A fantastical frenzied feast of food for thought. Finally a whip spelt properly. Not a WIP in sight. What a delight. You did very well and with that I shall go percolate myself. Did that sound right.

    A peaceful, positive holiday season to you and your loved ones, my dear friend.

    Gary :)

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    1. Gary - We really do have to whip those WIPs into shape, unless you or I decide to write one! If you need to percolate in the privacy of your own home, that's fine with me. Wishing you, Tristan, and Penny a very Merry Christmas, my dear friend!

      Julie

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  20. Love the poem, Julie! Happy Christmas to you and yours and I hope the new year makes those WIP's WC's :-)

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  21. Hah, it's brilliant Julie, I love it, and I'm having one right now with a double whip of course. Hope you're having a great festive time with the family. Enjoy :)

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  22. Mildred - ...strokes for different folks?! Hope you had a nice Christmas!

    Val - I would love to write a WIP that resulted in a WC, unless it got flushed down the WC! These abbreviations are so confusing! I can't believe that Christmas is already over. Hope you had a great one, and wishing you a fabulous New Year! Thanks Val!

    Rum-Punch Drunk - You deserve a double whip for the holidays! It's always fun when our kids are home. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas! Wishing you all good things in the New Year! Thanks RPD!

    Julie

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  23. Hi Julie - love the way you've gone with 50 States of Pray .. grey matter and deep rich macchiato .. well life will hold different thought processes for me .. from your words. For some reason I wanted to add in a moustache...? My grey matter perhaps is gray ...

    Have a very happy festive time ... and then happy New Year - Hilary

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    1. Hilary - I love the idea of a mustached machinist who loves macchiatos! Just as long as he's not a masochist! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Wishing you an amazing New Year filled with rich discoveries! Thanks Hilary!

      Julie

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    2. Hi Julie - well a machinist too - that would add another dimension .. but being a masochist would be too much ... I'd definitely shut the book at this stage!

      You too here's to a brilliant 2014 .. cheers Hilary

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    3. Ha ha! I had a feeling that you had read at least one of the books! I also had to see what all the fuss was about! Thanks again, and cheers to an amazing 2014, Hilary!

      Julie

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  24. Wonderful verse most enjoyable to read.

    Happy New Year and a successful one also.
    Yvonne.

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  25. Very imaginative, Julie!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! Wishing you all the best for 2014!

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  26. Your poem tree was a perfect piece for this post. Beautifully done, Julie. Happy New Year. I look forward to sharing more posts with you.

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  27. Yvonne - Thank you, and I wish you the same!

    Michael - Enjoy the holidays, and have a wonderful New Year! Thanks Michael, and your kind words really mean so much, as you did such an outstanding job for Julie's book!

    Lee - Thanks Lee, and I hope your son is on the road to recovery. Wishing you all good things for 2014!

    Julie

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  28. Your poem was the whipped cream atop my Irish coffee.

    Here's wishing you and your family all the best in the new year. (With lots of whipped cream, of course.)

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    1. Susan - A perfect choice on a cold winter night! Thanks Susan, and I wish you and your family good health and happiness in the New Year!

      Julie

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  29. I enjoyed the poem - some regrets, yet who could regret that that coffee with the whipped cream? Do the extra pounds really matter?
    Nice to have met you.

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  30. Hi Julie - doing the rounds for the bloghop :) Love your poem - once I read the last line I read the whole thing again with new eyes!
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
    x

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  31. Such a lovely post, Julie. Thank you for sharing this! :)

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  32. This is a pretty cool poem!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  33. Fanny - Not when you think of creative ways to work them off! Thanks Fanny, and happy New Year!

    Suzanne - Thanks for giving it another chance! Have a great New Year, Suzanne!

    David - A little sarcasm goes a long way with me! Wishing you a wonderful New Year! Thanks David!

    Gina - Thank you so much! Have a very happy New Year Gina!

    Julie

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  34. Such a sweet poem. I hope you have an amazing 2014. :-)

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  35. This was a fun read - your poem made me think back on some of those "duds." I smiled. That was because of your words. Happy New Year!

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  36. Misha - Hope you had a great birthday! Thank you, and have a happy New Year!

    Elizabeth - I really appreciate your kind words! Wishing you a wonderful New Year! Thanks Elizabeth!

    Julie

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  37. Whew, was not expecting that. It get hot in here? My barista is usually some high school dropout who won't even look me in the eyes because he hates his own existence that much.

    Happy holidays and all that!

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    1. A Beer For The Shower - Sounds like your barista's attitude needs to be whipped into shape! Thank you, and wishing you both a very happy New Year!

      Julie. .

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  38. Fun poem! I'm a tall skinny mocha cappuccino girl myself!

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  39. Now I know for sure there is a wee bit of devil in you. Happy New Year, Julie!

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  40. Kim - I'll take mine with some Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies please! Thanks Kim, and happy New Year to you, and your family!

    JJ - Only a "wee bit!" Thanks JJ, and the same to you!

    Julie

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  41. Just dropping in to wish you a happy, peaceful and productive 2014, Julie!

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    1. Michelle - It seems like you already have a head start on the "productive" part! Thanks Michelle, and I hope that 2014 is a fabulous year for you!

      Julie

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    1. Vett - Thanks for the kind words! Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year!

      Julie

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  43. I'm just catching up on my blog visits now.

    This is a great and somehow sensuous piece. Love it!

    And have a great 2014!

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  44. Jenny - Thank you so much! Hope that you also have a wonderful 2014!

    Julie

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