July 15

Plucky

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Tiny seed settles in a crack

Dormant during the winter storms

Emerging from the dark tarmac

As the cold solid soil warms

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Strongly choosing not to conform

Tiny seed settles in a crack

Seemingly bucking all the norms

Some folks may be taken aback

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Of course there are a few drawbacks

But tradition doesn’t inform

Tiny seed settles in a crack

Persistently the plant performs

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Through every season she transforms

For success she has quite the knack

While refusing to be uniform

Tiny seed settles in a crack.

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(A Empat Empat Poem)

June 10

New Find

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She scours the forest for hours looking for flowers

Rains showers won’t dissuade this escapade

In verdant glade she knows something grows

Here she tiptoes carefully between shades of green

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Looking for something bright in the light that might

Delight, whites abound purples astound

No one’s around to reveal her zeal

She’ll keep seeking, fascination piquing.

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Field guide in hand, walking the land to understand

Firsthand, to embrace her place

In this space. From ants to plants

It all enchants, but her reflection is on connection

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Finally she spots unfamiliar flowers that dot woodlot

But cannot put name to same

Without shame she opens the guide, stooping beside

New flower trailside, knowledge expanding with understanding.

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(A Vers Beaucoup Poem)

May 27

Trifolium pratense

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Improves the soil wherever it grows

Why call it a weed, I’ll never know

Lots of food for pollinating bees

Rabbits find it a delicacy

It is Vermont’s state flower

And known for its healing power

Great for butterflies, red clover.

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(A Septet Poem)