Category Archives: poetry

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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Newborn

You slip into the crook of my arm as I recline on the sofa, your diapered bottom cradled like a football. I can feel your body beneath my hand rise and fall with your breathing. You – most likely – … Continue reading

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AtoZ: Q ~ Asking the right questions

qualified queries quell questionable outcomes quantitatively Q is for Query #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 … Continue reading

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