Monday, January 6, 2014

The Incredible UCF Knights

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Fiesta Bowl victory.

What a game!
What a year!
What a team!

UCF Knights—
the most amazing season.
UCF Knights—
a true hometown team.


Wow, what a game!
Whoa, what a season!
Whooo, what a team!

© Catherine Giordano 2014

I don’t pay much attention to football and I don’t do news print poems on a regular basis anymore, but this was too much of a big deal to let it go without a shout-out.  Go Knights!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013


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A once in a life time event
Bringing together two holidays;
One sacred,
One secular.

An historic overlap--
The first day of Hanukkah.

Two holidays—
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Both joyful,
celebrating religious freedom.

Two holidays--
Both beloved,
bringing families together.

Thanksgiving. Hanukkah,

Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day.  It won’t happen again until 79811.  Such a rare even just had to be commemorated with a news print poem.
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The last time it happened was in November 29, 1888 when thanks giving was on the last Thursday of the month and Thanksgiving fell on the fifth Thursday of the month.

© Catherine Giordano 2013

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Navy Yard Shooting

A two-hour shooting rampage—
Twelve people shot to death.
Pop! Pop! Pop!
Shots fired.
A dozen died.

Another act of violence.
Another mass shooting.
Another rampage.

There is something evil in our society.
There is something wrong.

Another massacre.  Another day of hand-wringing.  Another day of inaction on gun safety. 

©  Catherine Giordano 2013

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Have Fun with
 SpongeBob SquarePants

Channel your inner kid.

Bring back a sense of play.

Appreciate a wink of whimsy.

Think lighthearted.

We all need this in our lives.

Consider adventurous playfulness,

levity, and a sense of fun.

Be as wild as you want to be.

The most important thing in life

is being willing to laugh.

In my essay, “The Amazing Gift of Laughter”, I say declare today “Act Like a Kid Day.”  (It’s in my book, “What Ifs, If Only’s and So Whats.”)

© 2012 Catherine Giordano

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Monday, August 19, 2013


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Very greedy lionfish,
gobbling up
shrimp, crab, and reef fish.

They deliver a painful sting
that can produce
severe swelling.

A threat, a nuisance,
that cannot be eliminated.
But, they’re tasty.

If you can’t beat them, eat them.
They are here to stay
Make the best of it.

The Orlando Sentinel had an article about lionfish in last week's paper and it reminded me of this poem from January 4, 2012 that I never posted. They are still a problem.

© 2012 Catherine Giordano 

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Monday, August 5, 2013


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         as fast as you can—

     utterly pure,
        just you alone—
           Heart blessed.

    close to flying,
        strong and free—
            Endorphin-infused joy.

I used to enjoy going out for a jog.  Now, I have back problems, so no more running.
This is an August 2012 poem that I did not post to this blog last year.

© 2012 Catherine Giordano
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Not Guilty

George Zimmerman is a free man.

The jury acquitted Zimmerman.

Jurors found Zimmerman acted
in self-defense
when he shot Travyvon Martin,
an unarmed teenager.

A tragedy.
A travesty.
A heart breaking outcome.

In the wake of the verdict,
can Trayvon Martin rest in peace?

To the dead we owe the truth.

And outrage!

What I like most about this type of poetry is the freedom I have with the words I select, and the words I drop, to create a message and tone so different from the actual news story.

© 2012 Catherine Giordano

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