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Thankful and Poetic Thursday


Hi everybody……Friday means THANKFULS and POETRY.      First is the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop hosted by our buddy Brian.    We talk about all the things we’re thankful for and these days most of us have plenty to be thankful for!     I always include my thankfulness that my Mom and Dad are fully vaccinated and still staying very safe.    I don’t know what would happen to be if I didn’t have them.    I’m also thankful to have had a whole lot of outside time this past week – we had some gorgeous days and I did NOT want to come back inside when THEY wanted me to.    They’d have to pick me up bodily to bring me in and I would just go limp and whine when they brought me indoors.  Mom laughed at that but Dad thought I was acting like a 2 year old human kid.   HAHAHA     If you’d like to join us in the HOP – click the badge above and link up!

I also am happy to share the email from Angel Sammy with his poem based on the photo he gave us last Thursday.    Nice there’s a whole week for all of you to come up with your poems – hope you did – let us know if you wrote one so we can read it on your blog.


Hello Fellow Poets!

Here we are again on a Thursday sharing poetry.    The photo I gave you last Thursday to use for today’s poem was a bit of a toughie – at least that’s what many of you thought!    I hope you were able to figure out a poem after having a week to think about it.

The photo by the way is of a room full of people taking a Civil Service Examination in the 1930s!    So many people getting ready to take a typing test – my Mom says she remembers doing this very thing when she was getting a Civil Service clerk-stenographer’s job in the 1960s.    It was done at the Pentagon and she remembers she was very nervous.    She passed the tests and was rated a GS-4 and got the job as a Clerk-Steno with the Department of the Army!

ANYWAY, let’s get down to poetic business shall we?    Here’s the photo from last week that I gave you and my poem follows.

“Ready, Set, Go!”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell    ©May 5, 2021


Imagine the tension in that huge auditorium

Some so nervous they lost all sense of decorum!

Taking a test to get a government position

Especially for the women – it was a huge transition

From housewife to office job way back then

The office positions were mostly occupied by men!

It looks in this photo like they’re waiting for the “GO”

After taking the test, finding out results they must know

With any luck a whole new life will start for many in this crowd

Imagine telling your family of your success – they’d be so proud!


The link attached to this photo said:

“Some 1300 typists take civil service examinations in an indoor stadium of the McKinley High School in Washington DC on July 9, 1936. 
“With the resumption of examinations for stenographers and typists by the United States Civil Service Commission, such enormous numbers of applications have been received that the examiners have been forced to hold the tests in the huge indoor stadium of the McKinley High School”

Now, who would like to see what NEXT week’s poetic inspiration is?    Here’s your photo to use for your poem next Thursday:


Looks like fun!    Hope you enjoy writing a poem for this one – I think I will!

Please take care of yourselves until we meet again next Thursday………………………OK?

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Hugs, Angel Sammy


Thank you Angel Sammy for another wonderful Thursday visit with you………………..can’t wait to see you next week!

LOVE, Teddy

Thankful and Poetic Thursday


Happy Thursday!   Thankful and Poetic Day around here.    First up – THANKFULS.     Still remaining very thankful that Mom and Dad had both vaccinations and while they’re still masking up and distancing they just plain FEEL more comfortable knowing they are protected.    I’m also thankful that my Mom was finally “discharged” formally from oncology services at the Cancer Center.    Her oncologist followed her for an EXTRA long time after her recurrent melanoma in 2007 because Mom’s “pattern” had been ten years between bouts.    Well Mom passed ten years with no further recurrence by SEVERAL years and never minded the yearly checkups and blood work.    It’s now thought she’s “safely” beyond the window of opportunity for a recurrence.    Anyway, we’re celebrating that.

The second thing we do on Thursdays is enjoy a poem from Angel Sammy – my brother I never met – as he transmits his poem to me via email from the Bridge and I share it with you.    He also sent a photo for NEXT week’s poetic inspiration.   Let’s see…………..


Another Thursday!   Let’s Get Poetic!

Hi everybody.   Hope you enjoyed coming up with a poem for the photo I gave you to work with this week to share for today’s get-together.    You all did a WONDERFUL job last week with your “HOMEGROWN” fruit and vegetable stand poems.   All of them were spectacular.

Here’s the photo I gave you last week – AND my poem inspired by it:

“Snow White and The Seven Ducks”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell      ©April 28, 2021

The leader of this pack is a “tufted” duck

Perhaps her little “hat” brings her lots of luck

Her escorts behind her as she leads the way

On their way to the pond for a swimming day

The third duck in line has a darker beak

The last duck in line looks like a bit of a sneak!

The line moves slowly as the ducks move along

Perhaps they are singing Snow White’s favorite song?

“Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to the pond we go

They may not be seven dwarfs but they put on quite a show!



Oh I just couldn’t resist – the face they were white ducks and there were a total of EIGHT of them – too tough to pass up a chance for a giggle.   I hope you all had fun writing a poem for this photo.    So many things came to mind – and honestly until I saw sitting here starting to write this poem this particular idea had NOT come to mind!     

Anyway, I have a photo for you to use for NEXT week’s photo poem fun……..ready?

WOW………this should make for some interesting poetry………sure makes an interesting PHOTOGRAPH.     Biggest Secretarial Pool in the world???     Have fun with it – I’m sure you will.   We’ll meet next week same place and SHARE!

Have a wonderful and safe week…………………..life is short enough – don’t make it shorter by taking chances – get your vaccinations everyone!

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Love Always, Angel Sammy


Angel Sammy I loved your poem today.    I can’t wait to read what everyone else came up with too!     Thank you for making Thursdays so much fun.    I’ll see you next week here but in my dreams every single night.

Hugs, Teddy

Thankful and Poetic Thursday


Hi everyone……Thursday is here already.    Time for us to be THANKFUL “out loud” for Brian’s Hop.    If you’d like to join in and tell everyone what you’re thankful for this week, click his badge and link up.    It’s also Poetic Thursday with my Angel brother Sammy.    Every week he gives us a photo and we use it as inspiration to write a poem – lots of fun.

First up – thankfuls.   I’m so thankful my parents are protected by having had their shots and I wish, hope and pray that everyone gets the shots.    Herd immunity will work if everyone participates and protects themselves AND those around them.    Also very thankful that we have so far one of the prettiest Springs EVER.    I’m spending more time than ever out in the yard thanks to the willingness of my Mom and Dad to take me out and let me wander (or lie in the grass which is my favorite thing!).    Thank you Brian for hosting a Hop that’s ALLLL about being thankful!

Now for Angel Sammy’s Poetic event…………………..


Thursday is Poetry Corner Day!

Hi everyone.   Those of you who participate in my Thursday poetic challenge make sure and leave your link to your poem in our comments here on my brothers blog.    We want to read your poems!    I try to find fun and interesting photos for us all to use as “creative nudges” for our brains – inspiring some great fun as we read everyone’s poems.    

Here’s last week’s photo that I gave you to write a poem about to share TODAY with everyone.   You always get a whole week to think about what to write.    Today I’ll give you a photo for NEXT Thursday.   Plenty of time to CREATE!!    This photo I gave you last week could have been taken within a couple miles of my house – the Virginia countryside is covered with farmer’s markets and produce stands by the road just like this one!

“Fresh and Flavorful!”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell      ©April 21, 2021

There’s just nothing like home grown goods

With luck there’s a farm close to your neighborhood

Grocery stores have plenty of “fruit and veg”

But their freshness is often just “on the edge”

Buying from a farm or a roadside stand

Means you get super fresh AND give those farmers a hand

They’re friendly and happy to share the bounty

Often a short drive away in your very own county!

The best produce is often a short drive away

You’ll be surprised too at how little you pay!


We are so lucky to live pretty far away from the big city of Washington, DC.   We live in “horse country” near the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains and there are lots of huge farms and estates around here.    It’s VERY easy to drive out of our little town just a very few miles and find roadside stands or signs at farm entrances for fresh eggs and vegetables.    What a TREAT.    Not just that but Mom and Dad say you meet the NICEST people selling their wares.    Lots of farmers even give their “extra produce” away.   They’re just happy to have someone take and enjoy their bounty.     Sharing is caring.

So here’s the photo I found for you to use for NEXT week’s poem.   You’ve got a week to come up with a poem – remember, poetry takes MANY MANY forms…..short, long, rhyming or not – it’s in the WORDS and not the size of the poem.

Kind of a fun photo isn’t it?   I wondered what that lead duck has on his head –  a hat?  Earmuffs?   This will be a fun one for us to use as inspiration for a poem.    We’ll share them next Thursday.

Meanwhile, thanks for joining in the fun.    Give poetry a try – I promise you’ll enjoy it…………………..REALLY!

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Love, Angel Sammy


Thanks for visiting us again Angel Sammy.   My week wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t do Poetic Thursday.     I will look forward to NEXT Thursday but please feel free to visit me in my dreams ANY TIME!

Love, Teddy

Thankful and Poetic Thursday


It’s Thursday again – time to be THANKFUL and then poetic.    But Thankfuls are always first – – – and if you want to tell everyone what you’re thankful for this week just click the badge above, link up with Brian’s blog and we’ll read what you have to say.

I’m super thankful that we’ve had some decent weather – “playing in the yard” weather.   Mom, Dad and I played with a ping pong ball (one of my favorite toys) yesterday in the grass out front.   They’d throw it and I’d chase it and bat it around for a while before asking for more.    I bat them around inside too but outside I can whack them harder and sometimes they go pretty far – in the house they don’t.     I’m also thankful that my Dad goes for his second vaccine shot tomorrow.   I will feel better when both of my parents are protected and after tomorrow they will be.

I’m pretty happy that Angel Sammy sent me his poetry information last night – it’s ready to share with you all……………see below!


Thursday is our day for poetry!

Did you write one for the photo I gave you last week?  Good – tell us about it in comments and give us a link to it so we can read it.    SO MUCH FUN seeing what you’ve written.   I love having a theme in the form of a photo that all of us use each week for inspiration, don’t you?

Here’s the photo I gave you last week – let’s see what you did with it and I’ll share my poem below.    Some of you had no idea what this lady was doing in the aisle – well this is the “Usherette” who served snacks in movie theaters from the 1920’s into the 1950’s in many movie theaters.   Not just snacks – sometimes cigarettes or ice cream, etc.   It was considered a rather glamorous job to have.    

“Snacks Anyone?”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell      ©April 14, 2021


There’s no need to leave your theatre seat

She’s walking the aisles with her tray full of sweets!

She’s got nuts, candy bars, gum and the like

She will bring it to you and save you the hike!

She can tell all her friends that she “works in the theater”

They’ll think she’s a star – everyone wants to meet her

At the end of the night though she kicks off her shoes

And her poor tired feet will be singing the blues.


Apparently there was some amount of prestige being an Usherette back in the day.    And notice that everyone in the theater is dressed up.   These days you sure won’t see that!   It’s flip flops and shorts propped up on the seats in front of you……it’s dumping boxes of popcorn on the floor when you’re finished……it’s sticky spills from soft drinks on floors and seats.    Oh well…………… I thought this would be a fun one for poetry and I can’t wait to read yours.

Here’s what I found for us to use for next week………………..

Mom and Dad see tons of places like this when they go for drives out in the country.    I thought it might make for some fun poetry.     Let’s see how that goes shall we?    Hope to see you again next week right here where we’ll SHARE SOME POEMS!

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Love and Peace, Angel Sammy


I like that poem you wrote for today Angel Sammy !   Our Mom isn’t QUITE old enough to remember these Usherettes but it would be kinda nice to have someone deliver snacks to you so you won’t miss anything going on with the movie.    Thanks for visiting us every week – it’s a real treat for me…..I’m your brother but we never met in purrrson – but I still miss you and so do Mom and Dad.

Love, Teddy

Thankful and Poetic Thursday


Happy Thankful Thursday………another week has gone by since we last thought of what we’re thankful for and shared it in the HOP – I guess I’m sounding like a broken record here but I have the same thankfuls – Mom goes for her second shot on Sunday, Dad will go the week after that, we are healthy and enjoying lots of family time and “sort of” Spring weather around here.    If you want to join in the Blog Hop – just click on Brian’s badge above and link up with us.    Maybe your “thankfuls” are more interesting than mine!

I also have Angel Sammy’s Poetic Thursday poetry email to share with those of you who like writing or at least reading poems that were inspired by the photos Angel Sammy gives us every Thursday.    I like seeing the photos he chooses to give to all of you to use as inspiration – looks like fun to me!    Here’s his email from the Rainbow Bridge:


It’s POETRY Day!

Welcome to another chance to share poetry with me and with all the other folks who tune in to read what we’ve written OR to share with us what THEY wrote which was inspired by the photos I give you every week.    It’s so much fun……..we have a great group of people participating and we’re always happy when someone new joins in the fun.    All you do is look at a photo that I supply every week and write a poem about what you see/feel/sense when you look at the photo.   Easy Peasy.

Here’s last week’s photo which we all used for today’s poems…………….my poem follows the photo:

“Second Thoughts”

Poem by Angel Sammy Kimmell        ©March 31, 2021

So here we are at the edge of the world

Waterfalls that tumble into whirlpools that swirl

We thought this would be fun but who were we kidding?

Sheer drop in this water against rocks we’ll be skidding!

We all like a challenge – true adventure is our desire

But I’d rather walk across the Grand Canyon on a tiny little wire!


This photo is mind boggling and I know most of you like me are wondering if this trio of crazies were just looking or if they intend to go over.   I think they are on the edge and deciding on a plan to go over.   Where they will meet if they all survive – which spot on the precipice looks like the best launch spot – what they’d like to be said at their funerals!

Seriously – crazy time is what this photo is.     I thought it would make for some good poetry.   Can’t wait to read yours – let us know if you wrote one and where we can read it.   I have a feeling we’ve got some whoppers this week.   As for next week’s inspirational photo – here’s what you can use for inspiration for NEXT Thursday’s poetry day:

Well times have changed – I know our kitchen never looked like this but I’m sure my Mom’s Mom’s kitchen did.    Thought we’d find something good to write a poem about with an old-fashioned look back at the way things were.   

Hope to see you next week for Poetry!   Meanwhile, take care of yourselves and stay safe………………………..

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Love and Hugs, Angel Sammy


Loved your poem Angel Sammy – I can’t wait to read everyone else’s poems for this wacky photo!    Gives me the willies just looking at it!   I love and miss you!

Hugs, Teddy