Wordless Wednesday ~ Poppies

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Blue Sky

The morning is spent, and me with it.

Hours of pulling weeds, spreading wood chips,

planning which shrubs to transplant where…

Some call it gardening.

It’s blatant manipulation, really;

rearranging earth’s flora to satisfy human aesthetic.


From my chair on the porch, I look skyward.

“Ah,” muse has joined me. “The sky is yours to ponder.”

I ponder muse instead. “The sky is mine?”


A scrub jay has been eavesdropping.

REE REE REALLY!?! his strident call inquires.

He flits away, a blue blur among green leaves.


WHO WHOOO WHO, questions a collared dove

from a tree further distant.

Who says the sky is yours?

I glare at muse. “See what you started?”


A lone grey pigeon cuts expanding circles above.

Owning the sky, eh, muse?

Usually, the homing pigeons fly in multiples.

Raised by a neighbor, I am told,

who lets them out regularly for exercise.

Are they his, I wonder? Or does he – in reality –

manipulate earth’s fauna for human enjoyment?


In the course of fifteen minutes three jets have passed overhead,

marring the bright blue sky with jagged white contrails.

Two big crows eye me from a nearby fence.

“No,” I sigh. “The sky is not ours.”

We just pollute earth’s elements for human convenience.


I’ve pondered enough. I’m going inside.

“The sky is mine,” I scoff, shaking my head.

“– to ponder… I said ‘to ponder’,” muse mutters.

“It was just a thought that struck me, like — out of the blue.”

“Tell that to the birds,” I say.



for dVerse poetics challenge: Blue Tuesday

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Some magnets don’t stick

Back in November of 2018, I discovered the joys of magnet poetry, and this website that facilitates playing (poeming?) online. I have a vague recollection that I was so excited, I committed to writing a magnet poem at least once a month. That lasted exactly two months.

So I’m recommitting to, uh, at least one more poem. Since 2018, they’ve added the option of choosing specific topics, and so the words that are “drawn” are easier to turn into something cohesive. For this poem, I used the “nature” option.

Nature Song

Breathe as the ancient forest.

Follow every warm wind.

Shine like a wandering soul,

and the rest is but a song.


Check out the link above and play along.

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I Recant

Today’s poetry challenge at dVerse is to write a palinode. As host Grace explains:

A palinode or palinody is an ode or song that retracts or recants a view or sentiment to what the poet wrote in a previous poem...

The writing challenge is to write a palinode. This can be in relation to a poem you have written before (please link or include prior poem)...

My prior poem, which I posted on April 13 of this year is Spring Reveal:

Whose legs these are I think I know;

Encased in jeans all winter, though.

Today I’ll shave, first time this year!

The spring reveal: legs white as snow.



And the palinode:

These legs of mine I will not show

Although it’s spring, it’s way too cold.

I’ll not yet shave as legs with hair

Are warmer than when they are bare.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Large-leaved Lupine

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Last photo of April ’21

April is always my busiest month in posting thanks to the National Poetry Writing Month challenges that I try to participate in. I always think it’s going to energize me to keep up the momentum for the rest of the year, but that never quite pans out.

Last year, after posting daily in April, I averaged one post per month for the subsequent seven months. This year, I hope to perform better than last. I mean the bar isn’t that high, so…

I will be exploring new blog “challenges” this year, beginning with one I discovered on Manja Mexi Mexcessive‘s blog. The rules, as posted by the challenge host Bushboys World:

1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th April.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo”

The last photo I took on my iPhone last month:

Sebastian ~ hunting or hiding? He’s much better at the latter.

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AtoZ: Z ~ Zoopacolypse

zoned out zebras stare

zombies zigzag through the zoo

zephyr stirs their hair

Z is for Zombie


#AtoZChallenge: 26 posts in April, topics to proceed alphabetically. Creating a theme for one’s blog challenge is optional. My theme for 2021: a three line alliteration each day (5-7-5, haiku-ish) with the first letter of each line the same as the letter of the day.

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Wordless Wednesday (on Thursday)

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AtoZ: Y ~ longing for the past

yesterday’s years yawn

youthful yearnings yellowing

yield the yoke of yore.

Y is for Yesterday.


#AtoZChallenge: 26 posts in April, topics to proceed alphabetically. Creating a theme for one’s blog challenge is optional. My theme for 2021: a three line alliteration each day (5-7-5, haiku-ish) with the first letter of each line the same as the letter of the day.

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AtoZ: X

xylophonists who

xeriscape with xenoliths

exude xeric zeal.

X is for Xeric.


#AtoZChallenge: 26 posts in April, topics to proceed alphabetically. Creating a theme for one’s blog challenge is optional. My theme for 2021: a three line alliteration each day (5-7-5, haiku-ish) with the first letter of each line the same as the letter of the day.

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