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Summer Playground – An Ekphrastic Poem

Summer Playground

Gentle waves lap the shore
in late afternoon sunshine
Seagulls squabble in sand
squawking displeasure
A chocolate dog patient, disciplined
sits quietly by her owner
Paying the noisy birds no attention
Concentrating on the water’s movement
Her summer playground is
reflecting the sun’s orange glow
Waiting for the signal she knows will come
And it does, right on cue
One word is all that is needed
and sheer joy explodes in
showers of salty spray


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Merril is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has asked us to write
a summer ekphrastic poem using one of the paintings she chose as
our inspiration.  I chose the one by Peder Severin Krøyer,
Summer Evening at Skagen. The Artist’s Wife and Dog by the Shore

Endless Summer – A Haibun

It is 7:30 in the evening and the temperature is still 90° F. Obviously it was higher this afternoon and the heat index put it over 100° F.  I’m OK with that because I was brought up in grey and cold, rainy weather. However it is still Springtime and here in SW Florida we see the summer beginning earlier and earlier each year.  November to June is our dry season with little rain, so to be burning hot already is indicative of climate change. 

The Gulf of Mexico is already beginning to boil and that is not good.  Especially heading into hurricane season.

Our planet is showing its displeasure.  Forest fires, floods, snow storms, rising oceans, Red Tide and heatwaves in the most unlikely places.

Confused by man’s greed
Punishing weather patterns
The earth is angry


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Frank Tassone is hosting Haibun Monday at D'Verse Poets and has
prompted us with 'Summer'


Summer’s Eve – A Quadrille

Summer’s Eve

As day sits on the cusp of dusk
a slight movement catches the eye
The silent, single silhouette
of a cottontail enthralls

Nibbling grass in the garden
Eyes of the hunted
moving restlessly while
appearing calm

A soothing sight
on a quiet summer’s eve


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Mish is hosting Monday Quadrille at D'Verse Poets. Her prompt is "Nibble"
A Quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words, excluding the title.

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

Season End – A Nonet

Season End

Broken shadows across the cracked ground
Sun slipping lower in the sky
as each day does come and go
Shorter days, longer nights
until equinox
Summer lets go
for Autumn
to be
here

 
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Laura is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us with September and
the changing of seasons.  There are two
prompts offered.  This one is a Nonet.

For those who like a syllabic challenge, I invite you to write a NONET – a nine line poem that begins with 9 syllables, descending line by line to 1 syllable.
Select ONE of these 9 syllable lines as your opener (or more if you wish to write several nonets)

1. It seems as though you are still summer (cite Merwin)
2. Broken shadows across the cracked ground (cite Merwin)
3. The earthed lightning of a flock of swans (cite Heaney)
4. One side is wild with foam and glitter (cite Heaney)

I chose #2

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