Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: The Discovery of Making Do"

This poem came out of the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

"The Discovery of Making Do"

I grew up in a family
that practiced the skills
of making-do, and I
discovered ways
of going along.

There was the broom
to fend off the attacks
of a psychotic rooster,
the soup can to fix
a busted muffler, and
the screwdriver to open
a can of soup without
a real can opener.

I played baseball with
landmarks in the yard for bases,
a tennis ball, and a strip of
quarter-round molding that
taught me a lot about physics.

When I visited Russia, I was
the only one in our tour group
who did not  embarrass America
with a complete lack of jerryrigging skill.

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