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Word Walking
Mike Orlock


I soddle
and doddle,
I nuddle
and scunge;
I dander
and meander,
I wander
and lunge;

I ramble
and shamble,
I saunter
and trip;
I hobble
and toddle,
I mosey
and skip;

I clump
and I stump,
I troop
and I traipse;
I swagger
and stagger,
I pound
and I pace;

I leave there
to get here,
and once here
Iím there;
my life is
a long walk

© by Mike Orlock.
Used with the authorís permission.

Mike Orlock is a retired high school English and American History teacher who divides his time between the Chicago suburbs and a vacation home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He has been married for 49 years to his high school sweetheart and inspiration, Liz, and greatly enjoys being grandfather to five beautiful granddaughters who keep him, he says, "jumping like a frog on a hot skillet." Mike's short stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications and he was Poet Laureate of Door County, Wisconsin from 2021 - 2023. Mike's latest book is Toes, Toads, Tulips & Turtles, released in fall of 2023.


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Thanks, Sharon, for telling me about Mike Orlock's poems. I love all of his verbs!
Posted 01/21/2022 11:15 PM
Yes, just pure fun. I love it!
Posted 01/20/2022 01:14 PM
Fun words. Think I'll soddle and doddle my way today! Congrats on the poet laureate honor. Marilyn Zelke Windau, Sheb. Falls, WI
Posted 01/20/2022 09:54 AM
Janet Leahy:
Congratulations on being named poet laureate of Door Co, one of my favorite places, lots of wonderful poets in the area, and great opportunities for classes. "Word Walking" was fun, thank you.
Posted 01/20/2022 09:30 AM
A joy to read aloud!
Posted 01/20/2022 08:58 AM
Thank you fir a fun, language poem.
Posted 01/20/2022 08:31 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I'm a big fan of Mike Orlock and love this funny, clever rhyme. He had me from the title, "Word Walking" to the last line which was my favorite: I leave there to get here, and once here Im there; my life is a long walk shuffling somewhere. Amen
Posted 01/20/2022 08:28 AM
Darrell Arnold:
I like this. I love clever word play. My favorite old-school poet is Thomas Hood. My favorite of his classic works are "Sally Simpkin's Lament," "Faithless Nelly Gray," and "Faithless Sally Brown." Those who enjoy Mr. Orlock's work (including Mr. Orlock) will surely enjoy Thomas Hood's work. Robert Southey's "The Cataract of Lodore" is also of Mr. Orlock's style. Fun, fun, fun.
Posted 01/20/2022 08:22 AM

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