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)

July 29

Intricacies

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The beauty of lichens up close

As lovely as a coral reef

Tightly bound and crust-like – crustose

Diversity beyond belief

Pebble-like, clustered – squamulose

No need for SCUBA and debrief

The beauty of lichens up close

As lovely as a coral reef

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Flat sheets and leaf-like – foliose

Closely explored in disbelief

Free-standing, branching – fruticose

A terra-firma reef motif

The beauty of lichens up close

As lovely as a coral reef

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(A Rondel Prime Poem)