tanka — spring willow hula

Tender willow fronds hula in early May’s warm breeze. Birds sing their hearts out; confirm to each listener: I’m happy to be alive!

Have you heard of Spinosaurus? Me neither before yesterday

image by Davide Bonadonna “Bigger than a T-Rex, water loving Spinosaurus throws dinosaur orthodoxy for a loop” Michigan Radio | By Stateside Staff Published September 30, 2020 at 5:36 PM EDT I listened to this “podcast” on NPR yesterday on my drive back from Grand Rapids. Just when we thought we knew everything (tongue firmly in…

dVerse — Poetics — To Everything…

‘Twas born a wiggling speck upon a weed, a green, propelling squirm with hungry need. Her yellow sun stripes black yet guileless greed, compelled, refreshed along her mystery. A burgeoned girth, her tummy gives a burp and out her ass a silver-threaded mirth. She spins with glee; soon glows a carapace — she sleeps with…

Doe Meat

I went to the far reaches of the county a couple of weeks ago to look at a house my older son was interested in (parents can do things like this when they are retired and their kids work full-time and do college in the evening) and drove past this place.  It has been doing…

Word Garden Word List #11 (“A Ted Hughes Bestiary”)

Hatched from zodiac of needles and razors, talons and beaks of solely murderous pretense, feathered non-sophists soar thunder vapors; lofty cheesecake stars in post-holiday snaps but if inquisition were curious to know, not only chain-toppers but riflers of rubbish, and theft; opportune scavengers, symbols, screaming their credo in glittered looting arrogance: greed is good. image…

dVerse — Quadrille 144 — Snow Birds

Matters not hue nor contour, when winter’s crystal flies and frosts the trees birds’ feathers shiver large to puff into warm coat fluff. Arranged in tacit, ordered array, clawed stoics cling to chill branches until called to trapeze feeders atwist in arctic breeze. Merril is today’s host for dVerse’ Quadrille Monday. Merril says: Use shiver–or…

poetry — haiga

this is the best my phone camera could do with zoom on the hawk in the tree.