August 3

Little Sister’s Getting Hitched

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Little sister’s engaged, oh happy day!

The cheer in her heart transcends cell phone waves

Tears run down my face replace words I can’t say

Hope and happiness alternate in waves

They compliment each other brilliantly

In teamwork and laughter their love shines through

Each wonderful, and wonderful as two

Challenges they will face resiliently

He being something quite special to this clan

Sarcasm and loyalty undeterred

And responsibility undeferred

A smart hard working military man

Oh how I wish them nothing but their dreams

And knowledge that life’s as great as it seems

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(A Burns Sonnet)

August 15

Fallen Fungus

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Oh dear the mushroom has been uprooted

Some careless walking has it uprooted

It sure looks like it’s been hiking-booted

The soft pine needle ground buffered its fall

It’s squat, short and stout with not far to fall

Do you think the person noticed it at all?

Amazingly for this organism

This is not death for this organism

Regardless of our own barbarism

Miles of mycelium supporting

Acres of hyphae supporting

Nearly immune to human cavorting

Mushrooms will thrive long after we are gone

As extinct as the great mastodon

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(A Blues Sonnet)