November 26

Sunday Sounds

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The game is on in the background

The woodstove clicks warming the home

Soft padding as the kitty roams

Dominoes clatter marking next round

Loved ones chatter, glasses clinking

A great Sunday to my thinking.

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(A Spanish Sestet or Sextilla)

November 25

Sunday Games

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Playing games on Sunday afternoon

No one will win anytime soon

Twelve more rounds of this game to play

Keeping our dots incognito

Until our turn at dominoes

Family chatter causing delay

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(A Spanish Sestet or Sextilla)

November 19

Decisions

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Two roads diverged in a wintery wood

They will converge again with different tales

One trail to the creek, one between hardwoods

One should keep your feet dry, boulders to scale

Other entails wet rocks hops and strong deadwood

Each would be a challenge, now to pick a trail

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(A Wreathed Sestet with a nod to Robert Frost)

November 15

Snowbirds

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Tracks in the snow let me know where you go

Gray squirrels run in circles throughout the woods

Near feeders the three-toed hops of junco

Woodpeckers pace up and down the ironwoods

Follow the heart-shaped tracks of buck and doe

We’re all leaving tracks through the neighborhood

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(A Sicilian Sestet)

November 3

Show Going

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Community theater entertains

Amateur actors simply not mundane

Amazing voices and endearing knack

The pay is only audience feedback

They act they sing they dance and move the sets

It’s as local and hands-on as it gets

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Creaking folding chairs in an old stone church

Audrey II’s voice booming down from a perch

Snacks and cold sodas sold by volunteers

Enjoying the show’s opening premier

They act they sing they dance and move the sets

It’s as local and hands-on as it gets.

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(A Collins Sestet Poem)

October 29

Goldenrod

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Often blamed for causing sneezes

By hurling pollen on the breezes

Bees treasure these late fall flowers

Drink its tea for its healing powers

Considered a weed by so many

This humble plant’s benefits are plenty

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(A Sestet Couplet Poem)

October 22

Samara

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Colossal samara sculpture spinning

The gentle breeze provoking giant seed

Around the garden at a ghostly speed

The bronze patinaed green and weathered well

Enormous silent, it has me grinning

The towering art, not aunaturel

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(A Wordsworth Sestet)