Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Today is the day Angel Sammy and Teddy (Two Spoiled Cats) challenge those who wish to participate to write a poem. They provide an inspiration photo to give us a starting place.

Here’s this week’s photo.



This photo brought back memories of my days in college, and I ended up writing about that. My poem is more a narrative than a poem and definitely not my best work. However, you will learn a bit more about me.


A Dangerous Idea

Hitchhiking is a dangerous mode of transportation—
A lesson I learned first hand in college.
I stuck out my thumb very late almost every night.
I was mugged, almost sexually assaulted—twice
And shot at on campus—by the National Guard.
But I had no choice—buses didn’t run at night,
And I had a job that never ended before 11 or 12.
$1.35 per hour was barely enough to cover rent,
A car was not in my future; Uber did not exist.
But still, hitchhiking was safer 50 years ago.
This girl with all her possessions is a target
For every pervert and nutcase on the road.
If picked up, she could be robbed, raped or killed.
But maybe she carries pepper spray or a gun.
If naive, with no plans to protect herself,
She may get a ride but never reach her destination.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 09/04/2019

If you would like to take part in Thoroughly Poetic Thursday, click on the badge above. You’ll find this week’s and next week’s inspiration photos, a terrific poem written by Angel Sammy and transmitted from the Rainbow Bridge as well as links in the Comment section to other poems.

Thankful Thursday

We seem to have the same thankfuls each week, but just to be thankful about anything is a blessing.

Though our little guy, Sawyer, had a seizure on Saturday, it subsided without the need for intervention, and even better, his last one was 20 days previous. That is the longest time between seizures in at least five months. That is a thankful with a capital “T.”

Though it is not a huge deal, I am thankful again this week for being one of two first commenters on the Two Spoiled Cats’ Tuesday Teaser and getting the badge at the left. In the scheme of things, for me it really is a pretty big deal. It means I actually remembered what day of the week it was when I woke up. As the kitties’ dad says, “When you’re retired, everyday is the weekend.”

Finally, Kitties Blue, their Dad and I, but especially Mau and Sawyer, are thankful that the Friends Furever (Allie, Noelle, Raz and Mom Sharon) were spared the brunt of Hurricane Dorian.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by everybody’s pal, Brian. To join in the hop, post for what you are thankful on your blog, and then click on the badge below to go to his and add the link to your post.