Moles Rule


by Harmony Hodges

I got cold, really cold

so I burrowed down deep

below the gazebo

and looked forward to a nice quiet winter

 

Was I comfortable? No I was not!

 

On the first day a partridge squawked all night

and kept me awake

 

On the second day a pair of doves ate so many pears

that they complained all night about their stomach aches

 

On the third day, three hens scratched

and pecked on the gazebo floor

(like nails on a chalkboard)

 

On the fourth day, four birds kept

making calls, chatting about their personal lives

until I wanted to save humans the trouble and poison myself

 

On the fifth day

some do-gooders

strung up at least five strands of

lights and poked and prodded and pounded

them into place

 

On the sixth day

migrating geese decided to roost inside the gazebo

and honk like New York City gridlock

 

On the seventh day swans

held a meeting in the gazebo

and complained about their ugly ducklings

 

On the eighth day, COWS!

a petting zoo formed around the gazebo

and lots of screaming children

learned about milking

 

On the ninth day

(oh my throbbing head)

ladies in their high heels

sounded like a herd of elephants

as they danced and pranced

 

On the tenth day

Who was leaping? The elephants?

 

On the eleventh day

Pipers piped. OUT OF TUNE!

 

On the twelfth day

(and my favorite by far)

Drummers

(I would have preferred jackhammers)

 

Yes, I could have moved right away

But instead I had a type of mole meltdown

 

I dug a massive tunnel

around the perimeter of the gazebo

a wide tunnel

a deep tunnel

until the entire thing collapsed -

an unfortunate sink hole

everything gone including

the twinkling lights

 

Satisfied

catharsis complete

I moved

in search of a peaceful winter

 

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Writers Bio

Harmony Hodges is a mixed media artist living in Portland Oregon. She writes poetry and fiction. Her writing has appeared in Kind of a Hurricane Press.


Inspirational ImageIlluminated by Alex Grichenkoby Alex Grichenko

Pieces Inspired by this Image

'A Delightful New Beginning'
by Jennifer Tirrell Roberts

' The Lights of Christmas'
by Beth Magee

'The Christmas Wish'
by Susie Lindau


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