Category: Nature

Flying South – The Wayra

A flock of red-crested pochard standing together

Flying South

Whooshing of wings flap
In the early morning air
Constant quacking breaks silence
Too numerous to count
Snowbirds have returned with a splash


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Grace is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with form
I am not familiar with. 

The Wayra (Quechua - wind) is a popular verse form of Peru and Bolivia. It appears it originated in an indigenous Quechua language but has found its way into Spanish literature. It is a short syllabic verse form.
The elements of the Wayra are:

1.a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
2.syllabic, 5-7-7-6-8
3.unrhymed.

Plus we are to incorporate onomatopoeia! 

Sun – Compound Word Verse

Sun

Breaking the night in orange glow
Rising in the sky but still slow 
is sunlight

Streaking though the limbs of oak trees
Catching dust particles with ease
are sunbeams

Dancing on water’s gentle waves
Sparkling diamonds memory saves
as sun-kissed 

Tanning bodies on sandy shores
Skin soaking in lotion one pours
for sunburn 

As the day wears on it sinks low
Towards the west it now must go
to sunset


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Grace is hosting D'Verse Poets and she has prompted us with
Compound Word Verse.  

The Compound Word Verse is a poetry form invented by Margaret R. Smith that consists of five 3-line stanzas, for a total of 15 lines. The last line of each stanza ends in a compound word and these compound words share a common stem word which is taken from the title. (In the first example below the stem word is “moon” from the title “Moonlighting”; the compound words related to the title are moondust, moonbeams, moonsongs, etc.)

The Compound Word Verse (3 lines) has a set rhyme scheme and meter as follows:

Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b
Syllable/Meter: 8, 8, 3 

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Artist’s Impression

Artist’s Impression

Rain clouds slowly moved on
after resolving their differences
with an impatient evening sky
anxiously waiting to throw
a star-spangled velvet cover 
on the remains of the day

If the full moon could speak
he would gently ask for
the wind to refrain
That the sea might remain calm
and allow its light to reflect 
on a still surface illuminating the night

The artist’s preparations, meticulous 
A serene nightscape comes to life
On a daily blank canvas
Earth and sky exist in harmony
Calming, soothing 
and brilliant in its beauty


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Word Prompts

Star-spangled - RDP
Resolve - FOWC
If - Stream of Consciousness


The Turnover – A Quadrille

The Turnover

The fragrance of night jasmine
lingers in the evening air 
leaving scented memories
of sun-kissed days warming the skin

Soft rustling of late summer leaves
clinging tentatively to boughs as autumn winds
begin to blow, heralding the inevitable change
that is about to begin.


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Linda Lee Lyberg is hosting Monday Quadrille at D’Verse Poets
and has given us the prompt word ”Linger”

A Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words excluding the title

Volatility

Volatility

Gently floating fluffy clouds
Frothy as air, dancing along the wind
Long gone 
A sky thick with blanket of marzipan clouds
Suffocating, sucking oxygen from the atmosphere
Thunderous claps break the heavy silence
Seconds before an electrical charge shoots daggers
Across the darkening expanse
Penetrating the ground avoiding the electrodes
and scorching the earth with its volatility


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Word Prompts

Word of the Day - Marzipan
RDP - Frothy as Air
Stream of Consciousness- ‘Ode’ (in any form we choose)

An Inevitable Death

An Inevitable Death

The sky cries scarlet tears
from bloodied white clouds 
forming across a sun’s fury
as it burns the earth
Its weeping sadly not enough
to douse the flames of disregard 

Neglect cheap
Blinding us to inconceivable perils
now impossible to reverse
An inspired carpet of verdant forest floor
destroyed by the punishing wrath
of an angry creator


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Earthweal openlink weekend
RDP - Inspired Carpet

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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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