Mushroom haiku

Mushrooms come large, small, thin, and fat, good for you, or poison. They don’t harm a lawn, they just pop up after rain and look weird, but they break down organic material into stuff that feeds the lawn; just be careful what you eat …

mushrooms rise
through pine needles –
my shadow                                    

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the soil bursting open mushrooms

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pagodas
through fog –
a gong sounds

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Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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Soaring Over the Valley

We are singularly blessed by seeing bald eagles frequently where
we live, and some are momentous encounters, and I expect to see at least
one on Thanksgiving this weekend …

SOARING OVER THE  VALLEY

the bald eagle that flew
directly to my window –                            
last moment rising

eight overseeing
the golf course

two juveniles perched
high on a dead fir tree
in morning sunlight

the one swept low
across the road
ahead of my car

one rising from its prey                                   
trailing ribbons of guts

the eagle that plunged past
as we had dinner
overlooking Finlayson Arm

two from woods below me
circling     soaring
into an aching blue sky

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my scans - after 18 112 cover To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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Morning Math

October (originally the eighth month) shares a root with octopus and octothorpe i.e. Latin octo-, meaning “eight” but became the tenth month in 450 B.C. when the Julian calendar replaced the old Roman one. And then, from numbers to angles and a total non sequitur, Bertrand Russell said “geometry is delicious” which is a thought-provoking idea at breakfast, though it does depend on what one is about to eat …

MORNING MATH

geometry is delicious                              
especially for breakfast
squared toast with round egg
rectangular knife & fork

theorems decline
from plate to spoon
space spanned
table-length by chair
measured and surveyed
with caliper and gauge

every angle chewed over
until an isosceles is broken
on an equilateral arc

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9781771333054_FC‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art. From Inanna Publications, 2016.

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A Pedestrian Day

Some days are so ordinary they defy expression except as ‘humdrum’. And then some small thing, a bird, a sun beam, a phone call, turns the day on its head …

A PEDESTRIAN DAY

the world has turned a prosaic                      
face to me this day
ordering routines into place
matters uninspired
to be dealt with

thoughts plod banal paths
while my hands perform
chores mundane
and poems chorus trite lines

I turn to watch birds
as they zoom across
outside my window
and wonder about
the language of chickadees

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Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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Not Citrus

I’m not really sure which fruit is my favourite, peaches, pears, bananas, apples … I’m allergic to citrus so they are not on any menu of mine …

NOT CITRUS

I am faithful to pears                                 
not oranges or lemons
or their nursery rhyme
of loudly ringing bells

any citrus makes me ill
leaves me gasping
trying to hold air
in hands and mouth

but pears …
they slide down
like children on banisters
if I bite them
they dribble
down my chin
like a full kiss

and the smell of pears
teases me with the desire
to peel and can them
with brandy
contain the succulence
against winter

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my scans - after 18 112 coverTo Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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A Gathering

Crowds can be interesting, bewildering, scary, and, in small gatherings
great fun, especially writers’ groups …

A GATHERING

they’re holding
a writers’ festival                         
on the far side
of the sky

up where sci-fi
western      horror
tales hang out
with clouds
of novelists
a mist of poets
free verse
and rhyming

any soul with
pen in hand
laptop computer
and words to spend
is welcome

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9781771333054_FCA Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art. From Inanna Publications, 2016.

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Stirring the Planets

September’s birthstone is the sapphire and birth flowers are the forget-me-not, morning glory and aster. Sept.1 is Father’s Day in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea; today, Sept.4, is Administrative Professionals’ Day in South Africa (check these out on Wikipedia). I’m always intrigued to know when and what other countries celebrate. Were the celebrations caused by the flight of a butterfly in another part of the world …

STIRRING THE PLANETS

the butterfly flew from a flower            
caused two cars to collide
a tree to drop leaves

one fell on a girl’s glasses
causing her to turn left
instead of right
she tripped over a man’s feet

he caught and drove her
to the airport
where he filed a flight plan
for Arizona forgot the map
ended up in the Caribbean
where he joined a rock band

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Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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