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)

October 12

Night Blooming Cereus

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Single bloom filled the evening greenhouse with its scent

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Glowing in its aloneness among the many greens

Warmed by heater, cooled by ridge vent

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Oh so regal, a true hot house queen

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The fragrance designed to lure moths and bats

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Night time flyers privileged to see the show

Too bad this ecosystem is ruled by thermostat

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This bloom moths and bats will never know

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(A Goethe Stanza Poem)

September 28

Paper Wasp on Goldenrod

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It’s always a surprise to see

Not sure why I’m surprised to see

Wasps fly from flower to flower

– – – – – I am not scared

Is it the lack of hair that scares?

Slick pollinators causing dread

It’s always a surprise, you see

– – – – – I am not scared

Simply observe, no one gets stung

Evil’s in the beholder’s eye

Marvel at nature’s keen brilliance

– – – – – I am not scared

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(A Baccresieze Poem)

Wasp Pollination

July 14

Dipsacus fullonum

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With a purple tutu

Covering those sharp spines

Simultaneously

Attracting, repelling

Roadside weed, food for bees

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Glistens with summer dew

Used to comb wool so fine

Grows spontaneously

Endlessly compelling

Now here from overseas

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Armored dangerously

Growing and excelling

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(A Rimas Dissolutas Poem)

June 21

First Day of Summer

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Under an umbrella of sunshine, white clover flowers rise above their own heart-shaped foliage amidst a green mat of linear leaves. They shudder in the warm gentle breeze, stopping only momentarily before vibrating again.

Bees visit flowers

Buzzing to bring life before

Mower buzzes through

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(A Haibun 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)