If You Break My Piñata

If You Break My Piñata

Bug wumples and persnickadoodles.
Gyre-whipped and Polka-dotted.
When I jiggled the piñata of my center-brain,
that’s what fell out.
There’s a whole world in there that’s as open as free love, and
no whippersnapper’s gonna convince me of the opposite.

Why plod when you can boogiesnatch?
Why mince when you can frollope?
Some bug-eyes sit on the fence and just watch the world go by,
but I say you gotta join in the parade.
Shake your wigglewaggle and gyrate your genombres.
They like it that way. They been boxed up too long.

You got a bundersnatch cowering in your credenza.
Open the door and let it boogie out.
It will educate you about the flibberdaddles and teach you the fandango.
Your hips will not know what to do with all they will teach them.
Your toes will flippietoe and your fingers will twiddle.
Your eyeballs will roll in their sockets and your teeth will chatterbox.

Knock-kneed and pigeon-toed, you’ll mince and you’ll canter.
Things will fall from your memory like wrapped candies from a piñata.
You will find toys and prizes and weird hats to change your future.
You will find wind-up creatures that you can wind into life
so they become realer than reality:
blop doodles and freinoys that will perch on your shoulder and execute the tango.

Curlicues to burrow into your ears and open you up to a new kind of music
where the notes are laughter and the rests are heaven.
If you don’t want any of this, then don’t swing your stick at my piñata,
‘cuz if you do and if you are successful,
it will be nothing short of strandacious.
The weak of heart need not play.

This is the dVerse Poets prompt: Say you were going to write a personal ad and didn’t want to waste your or anyone else’s time with a clichéd list of “best qualities”, acronyms on status, race, and sex, or interests such as “love taking long walks on the beach.” (Who doesn’t?) You can write your ad looking for a potential life partner or, visualize your fallen apart soul that has crumbled along life’s rugged path and you are trying to gather all the pieces to become whole once more. Honesty behooves you and your ‘missing part’ as it is the only way to attract that which you seek. Write a poem that only your intended audience will get. Show them who you are, not who you want the world to see. 

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

36 thoughts on “If You Break My Piñata

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Ha!!! Happy to hear this. There were so many excellent poems where they took the subject completely seriously that I felt a bit irreverent by comparison.


            1. lifelessons Post author

              Sadly, they weren’t You had to make cookies and drop them on top of the brownies, but the cookies cooked faster and the brownies were not fully cooked on the bottom. I happen to not be a fan of raw cookie or brownie dough, so they were a bit gross. I ended up cooking them a bit more in a skillet, but they weren’t the best. Oh well. They worked for a photo for my prompt at least.. ha.

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            2. lifelessons Post author

              I know. I thought the same, later, but the instructions didn’t so instruct!! I should have gotten your opinion first…But, they all got eaten, just the same.

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  1. Lona Gynt

    So fundifolus it makes me sparkelifry 💥 !!! This was so fun, alas, I only understand single entendre, and I am not even sure that is a thang 🤔… so fun fun, and great advice too! 💜 it, absolutely superlativittilates!


  2. lillian

    Oh, Oh, OH!!!! I am so late to the reading (again!) . Too much travel and company BUT so so glad to find this. Don’t break my piñata!!! LOVE every last word of this! I’m printing it and putting on my bulletin board😊 Love the spirit of it, the fun with words, the energy! I should be more specific here but suffice it to say I was grinning ear to ear through the entire read and then out came (really, out loud), a YES! at the end. You made my day!😊🎉


        1. lifelessons Post author

          Ha. I am terrible. I have facial blindness and a terrible memory for names! It is so embarrassing as it seems to indicate a lack of interest in people, but that is not true at all. It is just a disability like any other.. One you have to devise tricks to deal with.

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