Renovation Geometric

I’ve been thinking about when we renovated our house, quite a few years ago now, but it was a major performance: floors up, walls moved, a new room added. If you’ve ever lived in the middle of a renovation, it’s chaos, fun, and unforgettable …

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RENOVATION GEOMETRIC

it was a summer
of explored geometry                                            reno. 1991 #1
when we erected angles
placed parallels
rectangles and cubes

sunlight defined our math
with lines notched into sky
shadows under framing

we built a place
where geometry would be
held in stability
when we walked
over the doorsill

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willow treegirl8The Willow Tree Girl “… perfect for children in the 7-11-year-old bracket who love to read. …The characters are life-like and the plot intriguing …” Elizabeth Symon. Find it at Smashwords

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Duck haiku

Most days I walk past a small lake where mallard, Canada geese, turtles and, occasionally, heron hang out. It’s a joy to watch them through the year. And the flocks increase …

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ducks swim                                            20140703
in circles -
thin ice

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five ducklings
dive in …
lily-pads

 

sunlit morning -
a child feeds
ducks in the park

 

willow treegirl8The Willow Tree Girl “… perfect for children in the 7-11-year-old bracket who love to read. …The characters are life-like and the plot intriguing …” Elizabeth Symon. Find it at Smashwords

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In the Ordinary

I was struck the other day by the number of things I use daily, take for granted, like cutlery, tables, floors, water, pencils, computers … Ordinary things I pick up, handle, put to use, without stopping to really look at them, or to think where I got them, how much a part of my life they are …

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IN THE ORDINARY

to be sat   stood on                                            152..blog.11.3.11
whether to relax
or reach high shelves

this particular
straight back
needlepoint seat
circle of flowers
and leaves

so that the sitter
knows the perfection
of continuity
in the everyday

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thoseblueshoescoverThose Blue Shoes for ages 7-11 … Weston’s … skill in juggling time past with time present … the plot unfolds with fast-paced action, mystery, suspense and even a ghost. Joan Givner

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The Blue Prairie

July 1st: Canada Day yesterday. And Canada has ocean on three sides which means it’s beach time! At the lake, the swimming hole, or the Ocean. I love watching the waves roll in, trying to decided on the colours in each one, whether they are blue, cyan, green, aquamarine, teal, jade …

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THE BLUE PRAIRIE                                                       IMG_8860..4.11.13. wake

that blue stuff going up and down
it’s the ocean      hang on
don’t walk on it
Jesus did
and had to CPR Peter
when he followed

don’t jump in the deep
unless you’re Jonah
and understand whales

climb down     dip a toe in it
Copy (2) of IMG_3777 beach & oceanouch     cold
this Pacific

swim in it if you must                                                 IMG_0942 (1280x719) breaking wave
but remember it goes to Japan

too far to run
smells bad if you take it home
in a bucket full of shells
with a single star-fish

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first published in Juice

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summerfathercoverA Summer Father … terse, imagistic lines; … It’s not nostalgia that we experience but quiet, poignant grief. Richard Stevenson

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Moon Haiku

We’ve just passed the Summer Solstice and are, slowly, moving towards Fall. It’s the time when we relish the heat, check night skies, and watch the changes of sun and moon; stars are brilliant, and the moon …

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full moon -
our bedroom                                                _S1T5625A..2.25.13.Bill Stewart full moon
in black and white

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your step
on the creaking board -
moonlight

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moon on water
ruffled by wind -
your hair lifts

 

photo by Bill Stewart

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thoseblueshoescoverThose Blue Shoes for ages 7-11 … Weston’s … skill in juggling time past with time present … the plot unfolds with fast-paced action, mystery, suspense and even a ghost. Joan Givner

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Solstice Ritual

The Solstice is almost here and its symbols are varied: the bear, the oak tree, and golden fern pollen; scarlet, orange, and yellow ribbons, candles of the same colours; herbs such as dill and lavender. It’s a day rich with meaning: the mid-point of the year when the wheel turns toward the dark …

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SOLSTICE RITUAL                                                     Copy of IMG_0009.blog.4.27.13 bread

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bread we made that midsummer
flour and yeast   water and salt
pinch of rosemary
drift of chamomile

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kneaded by mother
then set to rise by noon
brother and me watching
as it crept the sides of the bowl
until I, the youngest
with fist dipped in powdered sage
punched down hard   the dough                            Copy of IMG_0007..blog.4.27.13 bread in mkt

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which would rise
again by sunset
to be baked at moonrise
and the smell of it
crown midnight

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we tossed the loaf                                                    cropped-img_2489-chrysanthemums.jpg
hand to hand
broke the hot crust
each taking a piece
laughed as we ate
while the year
turned chrysanthemum

 

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A Summer Father … Here is poetry … interweaving images culled from a wartime childhood with bittersweet memories of a “summer father”. Lynda Monahan

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Games All Year

The newspaper announced the other day that it’s ‘the silly season’. I’m not sure what they meant but perhaps we challenge ourselves in different ways? Stand on one foot for an hour, skip rope for a day? Climb a mountain? Who knows …

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GAMES ALL YEAR

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I play hopscotch
when children are home
and only adults use
the school yard

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sing carols in June
throw feathers out of windows
smell thistles in March
play snakes and ladders
at midnight with ghosts
because children cheat

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summerfathercoverA Summer Father … poems as deceptively simple and cunning as a sniper’s bullet. This book is a Remembrance Day poppy. Dave Margoshes

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