Sunday, September 20, 2015


Jack Horne, this month’s activity editor, challenged writers to share a single rhyming couplet.  What a wonderful response!  Jack asked me to thank everyone that contributed to this creative endeavor.

I would like to thank Jack for selecting these poems and for this artistic presentation for publication. Thank you to all the contributors that participated.  It is a growing experience to try new things and a pleasure to see so many wonderful poems below.  I hope you enjoy them.

                                            --Karen O’Leary, Whispers’ Editor

My Favourite Food

Wrapped in newspaper, fish and chips...
...makes me drool and lick my lips

By Beth Winchcombe

Wishful Thinking

Oh for a day without pain...
...for a day of sunshine, no rain

By Beth Winchcombe


A football match, no one scored.
I'm going home - I'm bored

By Beth Winchcombe

Flying Scotsman

Thro' thund'rin cloud an' silent glen
This noisy train wi' lonely men

By Raamesh Gowri Raghavan

The Return of the Native

Fading memories and unwashed hills of clothes
Back from vacation to the job that one loaths

By Raamesh Gowri Raghavan


A limitless foray across the cyberspace:
what a bright and bad discovery made by human race.

By Ndaba Sibanda

Mom`s Advice To A Gregarious Son

Her mom told him: if you`re going to entertain
all your countless friends, happiness you won`t sustain.

By Ndaba Sibanda

Choir Practice

Together voices sing in joyous praise,
While angels harmonize and spirits raise.

By Charlene McCutcheon

The Wish

To sleep and have a pleasant dream
And not to waken with a scream

By Shirley Smothers

Learning to Love

in the dark valley of loneliness…
she discovers hope in forgiveness

By Karen O'Leary

Cable Car

Folk queue up to pay their fare
Then fly up into thin air

By Annie Jenkin

Restless Nights

You utter mumbles have the fidgets
Turn pillows and crumple bed sheets

By Annie Jenkin


Holding hands, we drift to dreams and easy sleep,
our touching is a grace of love, this long embrace is ours to keep.

By Richard Carl Subber

First Words

He’s in full voice, it fills the ear,
the sounds of love are what we hear.

By Richard Carl Subber


Like shooting stars they pierce the dark,
as oohs and aahs applaud each spark.

By Emile Pinet

Monarch Butterfly

Golden rays gilding velvet wings,
reveal beauty reserved for kings.

By Emile Pinet

In Memory of Gayle

My dear friend Gayle, how she'll be missed.
By divine light she has been kissed

By Connie Marcum Wong

Working Woman

I wake and watch the news at 4,
at 5 I watch it one time more

By Barbara Tate


He asked the blonde for just one dance
and gave her one more third last chance.

By Barbara Tate

A Rhyming Couplet

What can be said of these two lines?
They're short and sweet and sort of rhyme.

By Robert P. Hansen

Fourth and Goal

A graceful leap and pirouette
and #1 will be upset....

By Robert P. Hansen

Reaching Out

From the grave she reaches out
Touches my heart, emotions shout

By Sara Kendrick


Six days she lingered in agony's strong grip
Was she able to repent and leave on the gospel ship?

By Sara Kendrick

Jesus Is

Jesus is teacher, a leader, a friend.
He has freely given us, love without end.

By Joyce Johnson

Life Everlasting

Call Jesus' name and give up your sin,
Everlasting life in Heaven to win.

By Joyce Johnson


Ah, to relax by a roaring fire,
Dreaming of things to which I aspire!

By Robert L. Hinshaw


Trees that provided welcome shade on summer days,
Are now clad in brilliant robes that just amaze!

By Robert L. Hinshaw


When friends don't give you due respect
Call them up and charge it collect!

By David Fox


The frigid bus on an icy street
full of frozen people I'll never meet.

By Joan McNerney


Winter tends to gives me the blues.
Then I must wear cleats on my shoes.

By Joan McNerney

Humbling Moment

My hair, I do fear,
is too sparse to shear !

By Robert A. Dufresne

Saliva Salvo

A spittoon is a receptacle of a sort,
for people who employ that spitting sport.

By Robert A. Dufresne

Closing Up Camp

Rosy gold smiles across the water at daybreak.
We begin our final morning at the lake.

By Kelley White

Heat Wave

September day, humid, ninety degrees--
At last a gentle breeze breathes through the trees.

By Kelley White

Sky Loves the Earth

Sky’s love for the earth in crimson glow
After a light shower blooms in rainbow.

By Aju Mukhopadhyay

Rude Hunter Shy Victim

Cat’s plan to ambush a bird, violent and rude,
Does not suit the song-bird’s joyous mood.

By Aju Mukhopadhyay


Joy is said to be absence of sorrow
Like a blue moon that might come tomorrow.

By Paul Callus

Wildlife Safari

We drove about in a wagon,
Trying to find a green dragon.

By Elizabeth Howard

Marching Down Elm Street

In the parade, a weeping clown
and a dazzling queen called Mab Brown.

By Elizabeth Howard


I sip my cup of tea
As I look out upon the sea.

By Phyllis Babcock

Fall leaves gather on the ground
Falling gently without a sound.

By Phyllis Babcock


Combines in the wheat field
Bins hold a bountiful yield.

By Phyllis Babcock

Leaves of Fall

The leaves of Autumn catch my eye,
a fluttering rainbow in the sky.

By Mary A. Couch

Fairy Ring

Within the glen a mushroom ring,
here fairies frolic, dance and sing.
By Mary A. Couch


how far I love to run
when out in the evening sun!

By Ralph Stott


When all is said and done
the drummer beats the drum!

By Ralph Stott

Loch Ness

I think I'd have a mighty shock
if Nessie jet-skied on the loch.

By Jack Horne


  1. Thanks to everyone for these great couplets and thanks to Karen for letting me be activity editor for September : )

    1. Thank you for this "fun activity". I really enjoyed being a part of it. Thanks again--with much appreciation.

    2. Dear Jack,

      You did a great job with this activity. I'm so grateful for all the time you took to format and select these poems for publication. Thank you so much my friend.

      Many blessings,

    3. Dear Barbara,

      Thank you for sharing your creative poems for this wonderful activity. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Jack did a great job with it.


  2. Some sad, some sacred. Others lovely pictures of earth. The funny ones brought me a smile. Thanks,Jack, for a great activity.

    1. Dear Joan,

      I really enjoyed these too. Jack did such a wonderful job with this activity. Thank you for your kind words and sharing your creative poems.


  3. Thank you for hosting this special activity, Jack. Enjoyed the many entries submitted. All the best ~ paul

    1. Dear Paul,

      Yes, Jack did a great job hosting this activity. Thank you for sharing your wonderful poem and for your kind words.


    2. Thank you Jack, I enjoyed each and every one!

    3. Thank you for your kind words. Jack did such a wonderful job with this activity. I enjoyed reading this activity column, too. It's so good to have you a part of Whispers.


  4. Jack, WOW what talent here on Whispers. Loved the activity and appreciate all your hard work in making this special activity such fun to do and read.

    1. Dear Charlene,

      Thank you for contributing your uplifting poem for this wonderful collaborative effort. Jack did a great job putting this all together. Have a good week, my friend.


  5. simply rhymed, full of rhythm, the couplets are joy indeed-

  6. Dear Aju,

    Thank you for sharing your poem, which I enjoyed, for this activity column. Jack did an amazing job putting this together. I hope you will take part in next month's activity too.


  7. These were wonderful to read. Little snippets for all emotions, Thanks everyone for contributing. Hugs,

  8. Dear Suzanne,

    "Little snippets", a perfect description of these wonderful poems. Jack sure did a great job with this activity. Happy Writing!


  9. Replies
    1. Dear Raamesh,

      Thank you so much for sharing your words for this activity. I enjoyed reading your poetry. Wishing you the best!