January 8, 2020

Liquidambar styraciflua


Snow boots near spiky fruits

Seeds far from the capsules by now

Dropped in turds spread by birds

Away from the blades of a plow

Just the shell where it fell

After tumbling from a bough

debris under a tree

But still helping with life somehow


Invented poetic form


8 lines with the following rhyme scheme and (syllable count) about small finds in nature.


B (8)

CC (6)

B (8)

DD (6)

B (8)

EE (6)

B (8)

November 14, 2019

Root System Morphology of Oregon White Oak on a Glacial Outwash Soil


Deep tap root with fire

And poorly drained soils, gravel

Creates laterals


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A Sciku

July 30, 2019

Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Papilio polyxenes asterius


On slender stalk

Prolegs prop the pudgy

Dill demolisher

Fennel finisher

Carrot cruncher

Celery savorer

These fleshy stubs stick to stems

Enabling efficient eating and

Methodical mandible munching

In a day’s duration

Leaving nothing but a stark stripped stem

Upon which perches a plump pre-pupa.


An Alliteration Poem