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Day 12 | April Poetry Month Challenge | When Life Gives You Lemons

WFSC Creative Writing Facilitators, Mike Deregowski and Kelsey Hoople, challenge you to participate in national poetry month. 1 poem per day for 30 days with no working ahead. 😉

Overall theme 'When Life Changes'.

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Day 12 | April 12th | When Life Gives You Lemons

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Linda Pedley
Linda Pedley
Apr 21, 2021

April 12th – When Life Gives You Lemons

Ever have one of those days

When things just didn’t go right?

You wiled the hours away

Then had to stay up most of the night?

Ever get lost in the crowd

Not knowing which way to go?

Quiet when you should have been loud

Giving in when you should have said no.

Sometimes on the losing team

Sometimes ahead of the pack

No rhyme or reason it seems

Just keep going without looking back.

Gave up your seat on the bus –

Chased by a goose on the loose?

Wanted limes but no matter the fuss

When life gives you lemons make juice!

© Linda J. Pedley April 2021


Kelsey Hoople
Kelsey Hoople
Apr 17, 2021


Lana O'Neill
Lana O'Neill
Apr 12, 2021


When life gives you lemons

Slice them thin

Raise your chin

Find a grin

When life gives you lemons

Spread them out

Don’t just pout

Share your doubt

When life gives you lemons

Squeeze the seeds

Heal your needs

Do good deeds

When life gives you lemons

Grate the zest

Boost the test

Climb a crest

When life gives you lemons

Peel the rind

Loose the bind

Free your mind

When life gives you lemons

Shine them bright

Tamp the blight

Flip the fight

When life gives you lemons

Sip the juice

Call a truce

You can choose



When Life Gives You Lemons…


Lost your job?

You’ll find another one

No time to sob,

Make time for a hobby; have some fun.

Make lemonade, son


Going through a bad break-up?

Get out of bed and take your keys,

You need to live it up.

Plenty of fish in the sea.

Make lemonade, son


Car breaks down on vacation?

That’s not the time to fret,

Save that for another occasion.

You’re there for adventure, I bet.

Make lemonade, son


World not what you expected?

Life not as you planned?

No one has it perfected.

And don’t worry, you can withstand.

Just make lemonade, son

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