September 28

Paper Wasp on Goldenrod

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It’s always a surprise to see

Not sure why I’m surprised to see

Wasps fly from flower to flower

– – – – – I am not scared

Is it the lack of hair that scares?

Slick pollinators causing dread

It’s always a surprise, you see

– – – – – I am not scared

Simply observe, no one gets stung

Evil’s in the beholder’s eye

Marvel at nature’s keen brilliance

– – – – – I am not scared

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(A Baccresieze Poem)

Wasp Pollination

September 26

Fearful Cocoon of Ego

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Monarch butterfly floats

Flower to flower, over trees

Around leafy branches, between grass blades.

With feet on solid earth I watch afraid

I will never know gliding on the breeze.

But what if I devote

Time spent fearing to a mindful crusade

Each heartache a flower, I see

The plight as antidote.

In lieu of fear promote

Discomforts as a force esprit

All feelings as weightless escapade.

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A Bragi Poem inspired by Pema Chodron’s following words from The Places that Scare You:

Although we have the potential to experience the freedom of a butterfly, we mysteriously prefer the small and fearful cocoon of ego.”

September 18

Sicyos angulatus

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The bur cucumber

Winds its way

Across fence lumber

Tendrils stray

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An annual vine

On display

Hairy stems that twine

Prevent sway

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Flowers licked by bees

On pathway

Spiny fruits don’t please

Deer today.

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(A Cromorna Poem)

September 22

Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

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The day autumn descends

On the northern hemisphere I wander

My favorite trail noticing the autumn colors just emerging.

Native wildflowers abuzz with bees and bugs and birds. Equally beautiful

Are the strangers to this forest, this meadow, this trail.

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They’re beautiful but they’re destructive

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These plants distract wildlife from the sustaining meal.

They colonize our woodlands.

Dominating our disturbed soils left after progress

Moved through. They’re controlled in their homelands

By soil fungus, airborne disease or leaf eating insects

But here along this trail as far as the eye can see they are unchecked.

To that eye untrained they are part of this splendid autumn landscape.

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They are destructive but they are beautiful.

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Cannot stop global trade introducing

These plants to our nature. Cannot

Eradicate the unwelcome guests like so many ants

To a spring kitchen. Cannot stop the birds with a new found taste

From feeding and dropping exotic seeds.

Cannot just breathe and take in the beauty?

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They’re beautiful, but they’re destructive.

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(A Bop Poem)

September 19

6 Poems 1 Picture

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What did we do while waiting

Time once spent ruminating

Now cell phones are dictating

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(An Englyn Poem)

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Eyes lowered, sneakers tapping, chairs creaking

Speaking is not what we do

Waiting to be called by you

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(An Englyn Penfyr Poem)

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I will risk a shrunken face

Just to get out of the place

Like the movie Beetlejuice

To vamoose to a new space.

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(A Englyn Cyrch Poem)

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This large number I have found

Now has me waiting around

Until the magical sound

Of my name fills the compound

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(An Englyn Lleddfbroest Poem)

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Proximity to the door

Will not reduce my time here

Almost more than I can bear

My number is close I’m sure

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(An Englyn Proest Dalgron Poem)

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It’s fine – don’t call my name yet

So I can get out of here

I am strangely thrilled to get

Time to finish this chapter

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(An Englyn Proest Gadwynog Poem)

September 23

Urban Gardeners

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Swiss urban green thumbs

Go green for food, social, health

Reasons, wealth matters

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(A sciku Poem)

A poetic synthesis of the conclusions of the research article

“Digging for the roots of urban gardening behaviours”