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Maryann Hurtt


My mother 
taught me knock kneed
bellowed witch doctor songs
tangoed down the hallway
stretching legs and arms
into sweet contorted hugs
did she know some day
I'd need to remember
how silliness
saves the world
at least some of the time
ting tang walla walla bing bang

© by Maryann Hurtt.
Used with the author's permission.



Maryann Hurtt lives in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine, where she hikes, bikes, reads, and writes. A retired hospice nurse, she co-authored, with Cynthia Frozena, a hospice care planning manual. More recently, she has published River, a chapbook, and Once Upon a Tar Creek: Mining for Voices, an eclectic collection of poetry, history, environmental issues, and graphics. A new collection, Broken Blossoms, is forthcoming from Fernwood Press. Maryann's poetry has been published in a variety of print and online journals. And speaking of journals, she says she's discovered that several members of her family kept gratitude journals about their everyday lives; Maryann is inspired to carry on the tradition. Learn more about her at



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We love this poem and the poet! Love, Jim & Dad :)
Posted 02/18/2012 05:33 PM
Hello, Maryann, Like your poem very much. Sometimes, silliness can get you through!
Posted 12/02/2011 03:53 AM
Maryann, your Mom had it right! You are lucky.
Posted 12/01/2011 01:32 PM
Now there's a truth! Here's to silliness.
Posted 12/01/2011 12:57 PM
Marilyn L Taylor:
Love this, Maryann! Marilyn Taylor, your friendly one-eyed one-horned flying purple people-eater
Posted 12/01/2011 11:11 AM
I love this poem. It reminds me of my own crazy fun mother who died in 2001. Thanks Savannah
Posted 12/01/2011 09:39 AM
Great fun. Reminds me of a friend's refrigerator sign that asks "What if the Hokie Pokie really IS what it's all about?" I particularly enjoy the integration of the singsong lyrics even into the title.
Posted 12/01/2011 08:54 AM
Janet Leahy:
To save the world with song and dance—now there's a campaign slogan!
Posted 12/01/2011 08:10 AM
Chuck and I are still smiling, Maryann. What a fun poem! Hugs, Mandi
Posted 12/01/2011 07:46 AM
Great line: sweet contorted hugs. Kudos, Maryann! Marilyn
Posted 12/01/2011 06:52 AM
Beautiful. Reminds me of my mom's silly singing ("I went to see my Suzy/She met me at the door/Her shoes and stockings in her hand/and her feet all over the floor") and funny dancing. I remember being astounded to learn as a kid that not all mother's did such things!
Posted 12/01/2011 06:34 AM
Kay Sanders:
Wonderful way to start the day, Maryann - with a laugh-out-loud moment and then a bit of reflection that yes, this can save us all. Thank you, dear friend.
Posted 12/01/2011 05:50 AM
nancy scott:
A good lift for the day.Thanks.
Posted 12/01/2011 05:30 AM

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