I’m hosting today at www.ethicalela.com for the April 2022 #VerseLove – Day 11 of 30 – come check us out on Dr. Sarah Donovan’s site as we write daily to celebrateNational Poetry Month!

Quirky Poems

Our Host

Kim and Boo Radley (Fitz in background)


In the book Poemcrazy:  freeing your life with words by Susan Goldsmith Woodridge, I felt a deep sense of connection when I read about how Wooldridge’s younger brother had made fun of their dad’s tacky blue socks – nylon, with two black stripes around the top and, upon his return to college, found his dad’s ugly socks hiding in his suitcase.  The next time he returned home, he hid them in the house until they were found by his parents and returned during the next family gathering, even once making an appearance next to a rubber chicken in his honeymoon getaway car. Twenty-five years later, they are still exchanging these socks that they hide until one finds them and returns them.  It brought back memories of my parents, who, up until my mother’s death, took turns hiding a Where’s Waldo figurine around the house for the other to find.  


We all do quirky, bold things that break the ice and bring us closer together.   Think of a time that you’ve done something quirky – – with friends, with family, with students or even complete strangers.  Let’s share our quirky exchanges today and whatever emotions they bring – in whatever form of poetry we choose.

Though we posted on social media a lot, i didn’t ask permission to use her image on my blog, so i drew a duck instead.

Silke with Squeaky in Berlin, Germany, May 2019

Quirky Quackers

in Berlin, Germany

with tour guide 

Silke /Zilkuh/

who said we could

call her Silky

“like my hair”

she joked

and smiled

and laughed

by the wall

but group rules

were no joke

she had a little duck

named Squeaky 

she’d squeeze 

all through the crowded 

streets so we didn’t 

waddle off

people stopped and stared

at this grown woman 

little duck

held high


leading a team 

wondering whether they, too,

might better get in line

we were her ducks

in a row

until it was time for 


we grabbed a partner

and then another pair

and quacked by fours

to be sure all her ducks 

were safe

swearing we would never

use these quirky tricks with our

own groups of touring students

then secretly rushing off to buy 

our own squeaky ducks

 Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

3 Replies to “I’m hosting today at www.ethicalela.com for the April 2022 #VerseLove – Day 11 of 30 – come check us out on Dr. Sarah Donovan’s site as we write daily to celebrateNational Poetry Month!”

  1. Oh, my goodness…how fun. I love the quirky squeaky duck story. And, this is the first time I’ve stopped by your blog. It’s lovely. I’m off to free-write and think up some quirky tales. Thanks for the inspiration at #verselove today.

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    1. Linda, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting this morning. I can’t wait to read all the quirky poems today – I savor the odd stories, the humor, the experiences that make us laugh a little and give us something to think about with our writing buddies! I’m really looking forward to the writing and the reading. I wish we were in an old, rustic cabin in the mountains somewhere on a writing retreat and I’d pour us all coffee and stoke the fire!


  2. Now, that is funny–quacking ducks in a row.

    I also enjoy hidden object pranks like the one in your preface. A student and I had one going with a distinctive-looking pencil. He conceded defeat when he found it on his bathroom sink at home (I enlisted his mother to place it there).

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