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Spring Housekeeping

One of the house sliders is open to the air today. I walked out to the mailbox and once again looked at the fence post falling backward near the road, bluebird box attached. Another reminder to get this and the other three ready for their annual visitors. I came inside and found two screwdrivers; one… Continue reading Spring Housekeeping

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Thursday Inspiration 43 — free foxes

Rex and Velma had known each other since birth, being born in cages next to each other at the fur farm. Back then they didn't have names, only plastic tags with numbers stapled into their ears the moment they left their mothers' wombs. Farmer John had fox farming down to a science, and kindness played… Continue reading Thursday Inspiration 43 — free foxes

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#Haikai Challenge #125: hawk (taka)

Spring's sun melts snow Hawk's shadow warns too late -- Seeds left uneaten.     Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says: This week, write the haikai poem of you choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the hawk (taka) This is my second attempt at a… Continue reading #Haikai Challenge #125: hawk (taka)

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Sunday afternoon winter poetry

Yesterday morning brought a red-tailed hawk close to the bird feeders. Only when her head swiveled to and fro and when she repositioned herself on the sapling was she brought to life. It seemed she was willing to risk detection at a chance to eat a warm meal. Perhaps she preferred an unsuccessful hunt to… Continue reading Sunday afternoon winter poetry

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dVerse — quadrille #94 — Mercy

Mercy I see her. If hawks could roar, her voice would echo off the silent trees. Instead redtail's plaintive cries enter my ears without fanfare Even cardinals and doves congregated at the feeder Pay no mind to her whine. Dove's demise comes mid contented coo. WhimsyGizmo (aka De Jackson) is today's host of dVerse.  De… Continue reading dVerse — quadrille #94 — Mercy

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The Wanderer and dVerse OLN

The Wanderer Springtime season's when the growing Sunshine comes and the soil, it warms Plants and critters pulse with knowing Feed store sells pheasant chicks when born Orphaned, boxed, sold by the dozen Instead of nuts, seeds, berries, corn Protein mash, their distant cousin Lost to nature, tamed and forlorn Ignoring nature's ways and means… Continue reading The Wanderer and dVerse OLN

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What do you see? #9 Two Against the World

Image Credit: yo Jumba had lived in the forest alone ever since poachers had wiped out her entire herd. Jumba had been asleep on the moss near the stream when the ambush in the meadow occurred or she would have also been killed. Jumba was just old enough to have been weaned or she may… Continue reading What do you see? #9 Two Against the World

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #115 — Unforgettable

penetrating captive bolt gun Jeremy had grown up in a family of meat-eaters. Their belief was that a meal wasn't a real meal unless it included meat. Jeremy questioned it no more than he questioned he put his socks on before putting his tennis shoes on every morning. That was until.... The day started out… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #115 — Unforgettable

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#MM Saturday Mix — The idea was difficult to swallow.

image link Twenty-five years ago, there was a neighbor kid who had gotten into the habit of pulling up the plants in our garden for fun. We'd tried speaking with the boy's mother, fencing in the yard, employing kindness and reason with him, then yelling and threats. We'd even called the police on the youngster… Continue reading #MM Saturday Mix — The idea was difficult to swallow.

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OctPoWriMo2019 Day 14 — Mother Earth

Patient kin Stand tall until We see we are them And they are us. Gaia Spirals finite, infinite loops Recycled bits, when planted at Death, their roots take for life Even our ashes give new life Mother trees watch their Children, patient kin Love stands tall Until we dare To see. Morgan Dragonwillow (with today's… Continue reading OctPoWriMo2019 Day 14 — Mother Earth