January 8, 2020

Liquidambar styraciflua


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


Invented poetic form


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


B (8)

CC (6)

B (8)

DD (6)

B (8)

EE (6)

B (8)

June 5

Nigella damascena


Sky blue and sapphire, sharp angles and points

These annual flowers never disappoint

Amidst a sea of ferny feathery leaves

Soft delicate look definitely deceives

Angled flowers fade, curvy seed heads appear

Purple striped sage green pods house seeds of next year

Love-in-a-mist some say it grows like a weed

Returning year after year from those small seeds


(A Mathnawi Poem)