Category: Nature

Winding Down

Winding Down

As the earth stills there is a hush
emblazoned sky in orange crush
Spoonbills wade the color of blush
Nothing to rush, nothing to rush

The sun has left taking its light
In the darkness the moon glows bright
Shining beams wherever it might
Stars glint at night, stars glint at night


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Grace is hosting D’Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with writing a Monotetra, See below:

*Comprised of quatrains (four-line stanzas) in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of 8 syllables per line
*Each quatrain consists of mono-rhymed lines (so each line in the first stanza has the same type of rhyme, as does each line in the second stanza, etc.)
*The final line of each stanza repeats the same four syllables. This is what makes the monotetra so powerful as a poetic form – the last line contains two metrical feet, repeated.
*This poem can be as short as 1 or 2 quatrains and as long as a poet wishes.

Stanza Structure:

Line 1: 8 syllables; A1
Line 2: 8 syllables; A2
Line 3: 8 syllables; A3
Line 4: 4 syllables, repeated; A4, A4

Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl

A mother of pearl sky
Overtones for the day’s finale
Coral colored horizon
burns into the sea
as the elusive green light
flashes farewell
to a surreal sunset  

Fragrance of coconut
Floats on the evening air
Fading footprints
in the exsiccated sand
are taken back
by the gentle flow
of evening tide

Blue and yellow sails
fly on a lone schooner 
still visible in the diminishing light
In the silence
a feeling of peace
descends on a tranquil scene
akin to paradise


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Word Prompts

Akin - Word of the Day
Exsiccate - RDP
Real - FOWC

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A Fair Exchange

A Fair Exchange

My favorite plants do not grow here
The soil is not to their liking
So I learn to love new exotic ones
that tolerate the dryness of our winter
and welcome the hot rainy season 
Gone are the pretty blue hydrangeas
and pink hybrid roses tinged with gold
Replaced by bright yellow Allamandas 
and Wedgewood blue Plumbagoes
Strikingly elegant the orange-blue Bird of Paradise
stands tall holding its head high
Instead of sheltering myself under an Oak tree
I now sit in the shade of a Royal Poinciana
Marveling at its shadow-providing beauty
heavily adorned with burnt orange blossoms
The palm trees host varieties of orchids
clinging to the trunks with their outstretched tendrils
Hot sun and heavy rains gift me 
with a stunning technicolor of exotic blooms
A trade I gladly accept
 
 
 
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Claudia Schoenfeld, one of the original founders of D'Verse Poets, is hosting tonight and he has prompted us with 'Gardens or Gardening'.  A favorite pastime of mine.



Image Bird of Paradise Pixabay
Image Royal Poinciana by note thanun on Unsplash
Image Allamanda by DEZALB from Pixabay
Image Plumbago by Ian Lindsay from Pixabay 
Image Butterfly Orchid Wiki 

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

The moment had come
as the sun broke the night
An orange sphere rising 
The first of summer light
 
They danced in the circle
Flowers woven in their hair
Among the ancient stones
In each hand a burning flare
 
Kneeling at earth’s altar
Chanting a prayer in rhyme
Celebrating Midsummer
Marking the passage of time
 
 
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A Gift – Quadrille

A Gift

Silver lined clouds
bringing hope after a heavy rain storm
A semi circle of rainbow
smudged against the grey expanse
that we might stare 
in amazement
Late afternoon rain showers
causing a mild inconvenience 
but gifting us
with the magical memories
of Nature’s wonders


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Mish is hosting Monday Quadrille at D’Verse Poets and has prompted us with the word “ Smudge”
A quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words excluding the title

Always Different – Poem of the Month – June 2021

Always Different

Downy pink feathers
Lay on dew-drenched grass
A Roseate Spoonbill had
rested, fluffed and preened
before startled into flight
Grey-streaked sky
burnished gold with morning sun
as fading moon bids farewell
The morning chorus begins 
and activity becomes feverish
Another new day has dawned
and no two are ever the same
 
 
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Lisa from Tao Talk is hosting D'Verse Poets Open Link Night
Check out the wonderful video she shared with us!

Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay 

Wildflowers – A Haibun

Wildflowers

The Full Moon of May is known as Flower Moon to signify the flowers that bloom during this month.  It makes me think of Texas wildflowers.  The beautiful gifts of nature that come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

I lived in Dallas, Texas for 14 years and will never forget the miles and miles of brightly colored wildflowers that would grow along the side of the highways and in fields.  It was a sight difficult to describe to anyone who had not seen it for themselves.  It was as if nature had laid down a multi-colored wall to wall carpet stretching for miles.   You would see Indian Blanket, Pink Ladies, Black Eyed Susan, Indian Paintbrush. Mexican Hat, Milkweed, Texas Bluebonnet, Blackfoot Daisy and many more.

The Texas wildflowers was as inspiration of Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon Johnson. Both were nature-loving Texans.  Johnson’s crowning achievement was the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, or “Lady Bird’s Bill,” which not only promoted the planting of wildflowers and other fauna along the growing Interstate Highway System but also limited billboard advertisements and other roadside eyesores such as junkyards.  To this day, Springtime in Texas is a magnificent sight.  The flower fields have become popular settings for family photographs and weddings.

Texas Bluebonnets
Black-eyed Susan and Milkweed
Colorful carpet 
 
 
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Frank Tassone is hosting Haibun Monday at D'Verse Poets and has prompted us
to write a haibun about The Flower Moon of May.

In Gratitude

In Gratitude

I watch from my window
as the night begins to steal the day
pushing the smashed pumpkin sun
lower and lower into its fiery furnace

The sky glorious in majestic purple
sewn with golden threads 
My heart is full at this sight
Taking my breath with its beauty

It is in these chance moments that I am grateful
for the gifts that come to me each day
I am inspired by the colors of nature’s wheel
Matching my body’s chakras
Grounding and balancing me

I live in gratitude for this day
as the night claims it birthright 


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Word Prompts

Chance - RDP
’Mash’ - Stream of Consciousness
Open Link Weekend - Earthweal

Eagle’s Eye – A Seguidilla

Eagle’s Eye

So I might fly to great heights
I was born with wings
To soar high above the earth
Seeing many things
Hunting here and there
With keen eye sight sharp and clear
My prey unaware
 

 
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Grace is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted
us to write a Seguidilla.
A Seguidilla has seven syllable-counted lines (7,5,7,5:5,7,5),
and rhymes the second and fourth, and the fifth and
seventh lines 
 

Image by Flash Alexander from Pixabay 

The Break of Day

The Break of Day

Caught by the morning sun
Spanish moss
Is dipped in spun gold
and hanging
from ancient oaks
The gentle flapping
of duck wings
shaking off water
Fleeting shadows
of leaves
carried by the wind
Whispering words
echoing in your mind
as the day begins
Gently and sensuously
with its sights and sounds
 
 
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Sanaa Rizvi from A Dash of Sunny is hosting
Open Link Night at D'Verse Poets tonight.

Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay 
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