A Chipmunk Named Morning Sickness… by Toni L.A. Cross

Deep in the pit

of my stomach

a chipmunk seems

to have gotten loose

and he’s running

and chattering

and scurrying about

looking for nuts

or some such


I try to tell him

now just isn’t the time

he’s upsetting my breakfast

and he’ll have to pay!


The demise of the candy heart brigade, by Toni Cross


Brutally crunching up tiny sweet hearts

Those stale remainders of February

Whose ranks were once a veritable rainbow

Now only a few distasteful colors are left

Mainly the greens and the yellows

Their death cries are pathetically corny

They call me “Sweet Love” and “Angel”

As if these attempts at seductive platitudes

Could halt my ever chewing teeth

Or still my craving for more

Hibernating with a few good books…

Hello, dear World!

I’m afraid that I’ve been quite ill of late and formed some rather reclusive habits. The combination of sickness and the frigid temperatures of my home state have both driven me to cozy, dark corners and the crisp bindings of fresh smelling books.

What, you wonder, HAVE I been reading?


Fever 1793

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire


The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

(To name a few…)

I enjoyed all of the above mentioned titles, but my favorite was the last, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. I can’t believe I waited this long to read these! I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I am not usually terribly fond of spin-offs on classic tales. (Usually much is lost in a modern take on things.)

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is the story of Mary Russell, an independent and especially intelligent young woman, who literally stumbles across the retired  Holmes. The book slowly unfolds the intricate relationship that follows. There is plenty of mystery, action, and analytical deduction, while not so much as to kill the flow of the narrative. I am hooked! Having devoured the first book in a day and a half, I am chomping at the bit waiting for Tuesday, when I return to work at the library and have access to the rest of the series. Oh well…. maybe I will just have to break down and find them before then. (Hmm, I wonder if the library near where I am staying this weekend has a membership fee…)

Don’t get me wrong, the Hunger Games series WAS fascinating. I didn’t stop reading them until I had finished all three. The plot, most notably in the first book, has some very original twists and turns. The books are somewhat juvenile in parts and violent on almost every page, but the characters are interesting and fairly well-drawn. I despise perfect heroes and heroines as a general rule. Katniss’ most endearing quality is probably her imperfection. What is even more amazing is the fact that Peeta manages to stay a believable and even favorite character. He is unselfish and kindhearted, almost without exception, yet he isn’t annoying. Some important points are made on various social and political evils, but for the most part this series is thrilling sci-fi FLUFF.

And you ask, what is “FLUFF”? Glad you asked…

FLUFF = Fun Light Unique Fictional Fare

So, go find yourself some good FLUFF this week or feel free to borrow from my list.

I’m going to sign off, I have a new stack waiting! Yay!

Definite Priorities: A Sonnet, by Toni L.A. Cross

Priorities are fickle things
Decreed my internal general
The imperial code of common kings
Deceptively ephemeral
I say that they stand immovable
Sure with youthful confidence
So what if they’re unprovable?
Submit, choose acquiescence
Don’t think or debate, just believe
Follow this ignorant scheme
Bow to the all-knowing naïve
Fall at the feet of idealistic supreme
I know that I know what I know
Until my ignorance I outgrow

O wonderful Oreo! A Silly Poem by Toni Cross

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O wonderful Oreo!

dessert of opposites

black and white

creamy and crunchy

softly sweet with a chocolatey tang

I dip you, I split you

I bite you and lick you

O wonderful Oreo!