November 2

Fig

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Sticky fig needs a wasp to fruit

Otherwise it’s all leaves and root

This fact the squeamish may dispute

Tiny wasp pollinates

Leaves eggs and wings along her route

In fig’s sweet flesh, tastes great.

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(A Burns Stanza or Standard Habbie)

June 9

Positivity is the buzz word

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The mosquito is annoying

And there is no doubt about it

Perhaps we can live without it

With my patience they are toying

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Masters of camping destruction

The mosquito is annoying

Being out I’m not enjoying

To avoid I need instruction

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Surprisingly they do some good

Repellent I am deploying

The mosquito is annoying

Helping frogs into adulthood

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I’ll think twice before destroying

Assisting with pollination

Now I say with hesitation

The mosquito is annoying

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(A Viator Poem)

April 25

Making New Trees

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Chartreuse catkins sway in the breeze

Waiting for a wind gust

The strategy of many trees

Avoiding need for lust

Dingle dangle through them wind flows

Pollen moving as the breeze blows

Dingle dangle

Dingle dangle

Where it may go nobody knows

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Chartreuse catkins sway in the breeze

Pollen blowing around

No need for the efforts of bees

Set far above the ground

Swinging swaying dust releases

Gathers in corners and creases

Swinging swaying

Swinging swaying

With each gust the chance increases

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Chartreuse catkins sway in the breeze

Causing irritation

Triggering in others a sneeze

And exasperation

Flutter quiver from way up high

Pollen clouds where songbirds fly

Flutter quiver

Flutter quiver

Creating new catkin supply.

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( A Trijan Refrain Poem)

February 18

The Slipper Orchids

Phragmapedium

Paphiopedilum

Cypripedium

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Insect attractor

Attention grabber

Wall flower

Shoe bloom

Clever co-evolver

Illusion creator

Terrestrial trickster

Embellished epiphyte

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(A Kenning Poem – or more specifically a poem of Kennings)