Does not include Mexico’s Independence Day

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Saluting the occasion
of France’s invasion
that Mexico resisted —
most Cinco de missed it?
Not — you’re thinking,
Margarita drinking?
Corona pub crawls?
building walls?
David beat Goliath.
Celebrating the triumph!

©2021 HHThorpe. All rights reserved.

Author’s Note: Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo doesn’t commemorate Mexico’s Independence Day. May 5 marks the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated on September 16. A 2018 survey by

NCiR’ Pilin’ On

Inspired by Laura Sheridan’s “Happy Birthday, Will

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Remembering William Shakespeare’s birthday,
Ms. Sheridan wrote a beautiful poem.
She praised the plays the playwright had penned.
With these fun facts, you’ll feel like you know him.

Will was eighteen; Anne was twenty-six.
With child was Hathaway when they were wed.
Anne birthed their daughter, followed by twins.
Will’s will left Anne his “second-best bed.”

Will mastered reading, writing and Latin.
His parents were likely illiterate.
His children, too, missed out on schooling.
“To be” was “not to be” — not considerate.

Nobody knows what Will did between
Fifteen-eighty-five and fifteen-ninety-two.
There’s still speculation ’bout what he didn’t. …


Your poem is so charming.

It has my heart warming.

Rhymes that I should have heard

left me scratching my beard.

Rhyming I'd normally choose,

but your piece gave me a goose.

Rhymes or not, I'll live with both,

drawn to your flame, like a moth.


So what’s a gar? And why would you want to lick it?

This handsome alligator gar is distinct from other gars by having a heavier and broader body, a short broad snout, and numerous large canine-like teeth usually in a double row on upper jaw. (Image Source)

I’ll bet that you didn’t know the gar is celebrated,
or this day’s been set aside especially for gar licking.
Candidly, I will admit I’m taken back as you are.
Think this is an instance of the internet bait clicking!

Probably my picture of that alligator gar
suggests licking this guy could be hazardous to you.
Perhaps you could sneak-up on him, lick him, then retreat,
but until you’re confident, please stay in your canoe.

Why not skip the licking ’cause the gar objects to foreplay. Eating gar much better, tastes like gator, finger lickin’. Some say it’s a myth…

That look that says (in no uncertain terms), “NO! I’ll lead and you follow!” (Image Source)

Dance like nobody’s watching, but don’t make your…

Surjury Sucesss — cant no longer blame sticky keybord

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Probly didnt know that I was writing wit hout seeng.
Cataragts was vision cloudng for dis human beeng.
F youre not aware, the surgeone takes out the old lens,
subsitoots a man-made won — so heres my updaat, frends.

Operating on mu eye was not done wile assleep.
Forgoin anesthesia keeps the cost of cuting cheep.
Actually, I’m kitting you, but not bout beeng “out.
Id have spent some sirius coin to be knocked coldl, no doubt!

Antyway, I’m duune gread. Im so glad I can sea. Cant belirve how tried I am uf tygos playging me. Thinking I shouldl…

Another view: Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire. (Image Source)

They’re powerful and they’re wealthy

Your skin is showing

Everyone is just a different shade of Pantone. (Image Source/Credit: Photographer Angélica Dass*)

Experience God’s color palette.
Pigments present in all people.
nfinite variations,
ark to light shades. For some
voking fears of
eplacement. No
erit, ’cause
t’s just

©2021 HHThorpe. All rights reserved.

* Angélica Dass is a Brazilian photographer based in Madrid and the creator of the project Humanæ. She gave a TED talk in March 2016 called “The beauty of human skin in every color” about how skin colors “make us see each other as different, even though we are equal.”

This acrostic nonet was inspired by Fọlábòmí Àmọ̀ó’s wonderful poem and prompt, “Shade.” …

Harper Thorpe

Engaged citizen, poet, musician, humorist, family man. I value irreverence, soulfulness, and a big heart. Offering insight, introspection, shock & aw shucks!

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