March-May 2016

This posting comprises another trio of Scruples (#’s 9, 10, 11).  The previous eight and their posted dates are: #’s 1-3/ December, 2013; #’s 4-6/ March 2014; #’s 7-8/ September 2015.

All share the same leitmotif : “The idea of scruples has to do with ethics and morality: what is right and wrong. Scruples are a kind of moral compass that lets you know what’s right.”  (https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/scruples )

Written with the best of intentions, may they be well worth reading.

 

  Scruples

         9.

Too bad for the jar
of jellybeans
as a cat
with a sweet tooth
shows up, all
at once, out
of curiosity, on
the top shelf…
Worse comes soon
after, when
he starts pawing
around, by
and large, closer,
closer…

Their worst off
would be
if, in due time,
he devours
the strawberries,
key limes,
every cherry,
a whole lot
of tutti fruttis.

 

           10.        

               
Today was meant for me
                     to find a starfish
with seven arms, another
                          map stowed
in a bottle, a mixed bag
                                of old coins…

The best beachcombing comes
                        after a storm;
as soon as the tide lies low,
                            more and more
flotsam shows up…

Whatever does can make
                        any day’s luck
good or bad, sometimes
                               in a streak.

 

            11.

 

Honey—a bunch of Huns
                   is heading this way—
                           astride the mountain road,
                                                  raging at full gallop.

While I fetch the wagon,
                    take a last, fast look
                             around—make the load
                                                    good and light.

Those fiends won’t find
                    a soul to greet them,
                              much less do their bidding.
If all goes well, we’ll ferry
                         the river by dark,
                                    hide on the safe side…
Elsewhere, only a miracle
                   can save our home,
                             sweet home, from
                                                  the likes of them.

 

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