Category Archives: poetry

spitting on the fire

With July’s record-breaking high temperatures here, it’s been frustrating and – truth be told – rather depressing to watch flowers in my native plant garden wilt before reaching full bloom and then turn end-of-summer brown without setting seeds. What happens, … Continue reading

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Last Pic of June, ’21 (and May)

For Bushboy’s Last on the Card challenge. “The rules are simple: 1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 30th June. 2. No editing – who cares if it is out … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice

The first day of summer dawns hot and dry; not like it used to here in the moderate Pacific Northwest of my youth. The air outside is stifling, so I stay indoors listening to the hum of the fan and … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows

Smudging windows with your nose, Marring floors with dirty toes, Shedding on the furniture, Crud you’ve rolled in cakes your fur. Snoring, scratching, snorts and whines, Odors one cannot define, So many things best left unsaid, For now, it’s late. … Continue reading

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Brainstorming in a Vacuum

“I wonder if I – “ “It wouldn’t work.” “But what if – “ “You can’t. No training; no expertise.” “But – “ “Can’t afford it.”  “I’m curious,” I say. “Do you even know what we’re talking about?” He glances … Continue reading

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Spring Harvest

As my native habitat garden takes shape, I’ve been drawn to it almost daily. In the wet fall I checked for problematic standing water at the base of the young crabapple tree and marveled at the resilience of rain-battered kinnikinnick. … Continue reading

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The Afterbeat Waltz

[to the Tune of the Tennessee Waltz (two-three) (one-two and-a)] When I was Seventeen High school band Agony Playing the French horn, you See (two-three), (one-two) while the Rest of the Instruments Soared with the Melody I got the Slow … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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… … Continue reading

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