February 20, 2020

Lichens

A pale green glossy sheen

With some rough patches here and there

Foliose, Fruticose

Living symbols of good clean air

Dwell on boles and phone poles

Employing support anywhere

Algal fused with fungal

Look for them nearly everywhere

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Naturette

8 lines with the following rhyme scheme and (syllable count) about small finds in nature.

AA(6)

B (8)

CC (6)

B (8)

DD (6)

B (8)

EE (6)

B (8)

January 8, 2020

Liquidambar styraciflua

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Snow boots near spiky fruits

Seeds far from the capsules by now

Dropped in turds spread by birds

Away from the blades of a plow

Just the shell where it fell

After tumbling from a bough

debris under a tree

But still helping with life somehow

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Invented poetic form

Naturette

8 lines with the following rhyme scheme and (syllable count) about small finds in nature.

AA(6)

B (8)

CC (6)

B (8)

DD (6)

B (8)

EE (6)

B (8)

July 30, 2019

Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Papilio polyxenes asterius

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On slender stalk

Prolegs prop the pudgy

Dill demolisher

Fennel finisher

Carrot cruncher

Celery savorer

These fleshy stubs stick to stems

Enabling efficient eating and

Methodical mandible munching

In a day’s duration

Leaving nothing but a stark stripped stem

Upon which perches a plump pre-pupa.

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An Alliteration Poem

July 24, 2019

Broken Finally

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Pounding

Waves of heat and

Humidity

Deafening hum of sharp fan blades

Ceases

Dehumidifier rattle

Replaced by tree frog chirps

Katydid buzz

Bird song

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A Butterfly Cinquain Poem

July 23,2019

Necrophila americana

The American Carrion Beetle

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Death

Feeds life

Soft Maggots

Are tasty snacks

Carrion Beetles

Consume flesh and fungus bites

While transplanting mites

Eating what we won’t

Try forcing us

And we may

Prefer

Death

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An Arkquain Poem

May 1, 2019

Because I Sat

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Because I sat for a moment

On a stone bench

Feet on pebbled concrete

I noticed more bird song

With each breath

In

Then

Out

I saw a crow fly above me

With long bits of the garden

In beak

Back

And

Forth

Creating home in a tall white pine

Life was happening

Around me

Not

To

Me

Because I rested

Breathing

In

Then

Out

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A Free Verse Poem