April 30, 2020

A common blue violet blooms in the crack of a boulder.

Success(ion)

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A seed lands, crack expands

Roots making life from hard rock

Water feeds new plant needs

In the shade of a great hemlock

Boulder becomes mineral crumbs

Roots, rock, rain in wedlock

Through sun and storms new soil forms

The tale of a forest epoch.

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A Naturette Poem. A poetry form I invented to write about a tiny detail of nature.

The 8-line poem has the following rhyme scheme and syllable count:

6AA

8B

6CC

8B

6DD

8B

6EE

8B

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