July 31

Stoneleigh

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A large gray mansion built of Wissahickon schist

With 45 rooms embellished in wood grain

Is more impressive when the details aren’t missed.

Easy to be distracted by size insane

In the small details the real wonder exists

The charm of stone flowers is hard to explain

The home’s grandeur is the point some may insist

It’s these small stone blooms that keep it from mundane

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(A Sicilian Octave Poem)

May 19

Picea omorika

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Who says these trees are evergreen?

Do the other shades go unseen?

This is the problem with labels.

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Each month new tones come to the scene.

There are so many more than green.

This is the problem with labels.

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Chartreuse, emerald, forest, citrine

Gold, crimson, coral, tangerine

This is the problem with labels.

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Traits label omits is obscene

Trees so much more than evergreen

This is the problem with labels

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(A Go Vat Poem)