Just Enjoy Yourself Marathon 2020 Week 7

The Marathon journey is in its fourth year. Just Enjoy Yourself is the current incarnation. Let’s do it!

Today’s Marathon, 2/14/20 (Happy Valentine’s Day!)

took place at home. It’s freezing cold and blustery and I did not feel like going out.

I decided that I would Marathon at home and intersperse housework with poetry writing. Yes, sometimes it has to be that way, and sometimes, it feels good to be that way. Today is the latter. I feel restless and can’t settle. Not to mention that if I don’t get up and move around, oh, I stiffen up pretty quickly. So, let’s see how a stop-and-go Marathon works out.

Enough talk. My plan is to continue to pursue some avenues from recent weeks:

work on the Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.
try some more syllable-counting poems.
and see if I can do another 10-10-10-10-10/5 poem (5 lines, 10 syllables each, rhyming).


The housework/poetry-writing combo worked well. Here is a sample of some things I did…

Here is just a regular poem. It was a Little Vine that grew too big.

the quarrelsome
the dilemma-ridden
the romantic
sometimes they thank me and sometimes not
but I always tell them the truth
at least as much of it as can be seen
with a beat-up crystal ball and my own two eyes

This poem is for Large Artist Sketchbook 2020, Image 5. Let’s call it: Friday Guy.

I use a pencil marked with the day of the week
keep me straight on which iteration of
quintuplet look-alike workdays
I am dealing with
and in particular because
I want to recognize that valued colleague Friday
soon as it hits the street loud and proud
day five of five slide-through day outta here day
so I can say a big hello! snap the point of Friday’s pencil
on green paper spreadsheets and leave the lead mark that says
it’s Friday!
and rejoice. I am half out the door already
sitting here in situ neck twisted clock-watcher position
(I cast aside my usual just-short-of-a-faceplant-on-my-desk
Monday through Thursday demeanor in honor
of the honored guest) though always
of course
I am pencil in hand. That guy. Yes, him.
I point. Me, that’s him. TGIF guy. Me, that’s him.

PO 2-14-20 #2

This is a 10-10-10-10-10/5 poem – 5 lines of ten syllables and they rhyme. Shout out to rivrvlogr for his suggestion of Rhyme Zone. Since I was at home I had access to the internet and tried it out. Worked great.

I used the word “wide” for this one. I give you the original version and one where I rearranged it a little to make it flow better. Can’t tell what the final form might be, but I value this structure for its ability to lead me down some crazy and interesting paths.



Steered the old boat just a little too wide.
Running late. Managed to land her curbside.
Drat. I did hope to gloat but the graveside
service is just wrapping up. Cyanide
convinces. Call it art, not homicide.


Steered the old boat just a little too wide.
Running late. Managed to land her
curbside. Drat. I did hope to gloat
but the graveside service
is just wrapping up. Cyanide
convinces. Call it art, not homicide.

Thank you for reading!

5 thoughts on “Just Enjoy Yourself Marathon 2020 Week 7

  1. I feel like we need Columbo to come and investigate that last poem! Friday Guy describes the type of situation that makes me judder, the type of job that would make me clock-watch and in which every day seems tediously the same. One of the great things about working with children is that no two days are ever the same.

  2. Oh, Colombo, I would pick up the phone in a minute if only I could reach him…(I loved that show). And Friday Guy, well, I think every person has had one job (if not more) where Friday was your best friend…

  3. I loved watching Columbo with my Granddad. It was a favourite for both of us. And I used to watch Quincy with my Mum.

    I’ve definitely done those humdrum jobs that feel like being stuck on a hamster wheel and where every minute feels like an hour. It is what makes me appreciate all of the engaging, fulfilling jobs I’ve done even more.

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