Monday, July 16, 2018

Unrelated --photos and poems for July


cool wind
crow calling someone . . .
                     something . . .
~ ~ ~

on the riverbank
in my own company
distant train whistle
~ ~ ~

droplet
hanging from a lily leaf
the damselfly
~ ~ ~


pergola's downside
after a shower
the wet chairs
~ ~ ~

the safety
of mother's underbelly
three-day-old giraffe
~ ~ ~



dolphins leaping
into the moon's silver path
quiet evening
~ ~ ~

listening
for the baby to waken
the day-long rain
~ ~ ~


counting forty sips
by the same hummingbird
before it flies off
~ ~ ~

a new nightwatcher?
no, just the full moon above
awakening town
~ ~ ~

c 2018, PL d/b/a lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

SUMMER anytime, anywhere: a poem

                                    Sage from Gordon's Mother's Day planter

SUMMER
(rediscovered in LUCIDITY POETRY JOURNAL, Summer, 2002)

Pack up the 'wagon, we're leaving this town
with our kids for two weeks at Nebo's campground.

A giant Impala packed close as sardines
with two youngish children and two more pre-teens,

six sleeping bags, cots, and a blue-striped tent
--its raising is always a stressful event.

"Let's find the swimming pool," begs older youth,
and, finding the bottom too fast, breaks a tooth.

Tennis preoccupies father and sons,
while daughters, with mother, bounce, swing, slide and run.

The day Dad turns forty, mortality looms;
he gazes toward sunset through coneflower blooms.

At night when the katydids kickstart their tune,
we see near the table bright eyes of a 'coon.

One night when it's raining, the tent starts to lean
we move cots to center away from the screen.

Bacon and coffee, charcoal and woodsmoke--
aromas spread over each camp like a cloak.

Hiking and reading, card games, volleyball,
away from computer, TV and the mall.

Two weeks every summer till children are grown
make memoried pictures to relive alone.

                                                  Summer sunset in Egg Harbor, WI,
                                                          photo by Gordon Paulus


c 2018, PL d/b/a lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sights and sounds in my part of the planet : POEMS and photos


A LIST POEM: SENSES
A plane
gardenias
birds
fresh coffee
cool breeze
~ ~ ~ 6.17.'18

                                                               woodpecker at suet cake

KNOCK ON WOOD
Chipmunk,
raccoon, neighbor's
cat, squirrels, ant-hills, blue jays,
woodpeckers, finch, titmice--so far,
no snakes!!
~ ~ ~ 6.5.'18


HAIKU
brown thrasher
bathing & grooming
for the longest time
~ ~ ~ 6. 14.'18

A brown
thrasher gleans food
from below the suet
feeder. I never see him in
the bush.
~ ~ ~ 6. 7. '18

Mother's Day plant (s) along the back wall

ON MY BUCKET LIST?
Never,
ever looked in
a nest to see either
eggs or baby birds--I'm missing
a treat?
~ ~ ~ 6. 7. '18


POPULAR DRINKING VENUE
A squirrel
at the bird bath --
all critters need water.
Why chase it off?? The suet cake's
nearby!
~ ~ ~ 6.5.'18


DRINKING, BUT NOT A BIRD
After
plugging up two
good-sized holes, I know why
the holes existed: there is a
chipmunk!
~ ~ ~ 6.5. '18


c 2018, Pat Laster d/b/a lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

PEOPLE poems through the years


SPRING IN HONG KONG - '03
Tiny
ballerinas
rehearse their routines. Pink
tutus & tights and surgical
face masks.
~ ~ ~
FROM AN OBIT - '05
The task
of teaching in
a one-room schoolhouse: none
of the students were the same age,
alas.

Husband
gone to the war,
she cares for ailing mom
& two small children on her own.
Bravo!
~ ~ ~

YOUR BOSS IS CALLING - '05
Sister,
soon to retire,
wakens on a Friday--
she thinks it's Saturday, goes back
to sleep.
~ ~ ~


AMATEURS VS. PROFESSIONALS - '07
After
critiquing poor
haiku from the heartland,
I read Upstate Dim Sum. What a
difference.
~ ~ ~

NOW AND THEN  - '12
I swing
and inhale new
gardenias' aroma
thinking I should be busy with
something--

sanding
the dish cupboards'
insides so I can paint
or transplanting the moss rose, or
weeding.

Some days
seem only for
"being" and reflecting,
and this cool mid-May day is one
of them.
~ ~ ~



c 2018, PL d/b/a lovepat press, Benton AR USA 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

One Memorial Day's poems

.
No breeze
except the one
made as I swing and write.
Birds still sleep? Not the usual
traffic.

As I
swing, the shadows
of the Norfolk pine grace
pages of the newspaper while
I read.


A small
brown butterfly
flits onto my paper
for a millisecond, then to

 pansies.
Even
most vehicles
sound subdued, respectful
on this Memorial Day as
they pass.
As if
in deference
to Memorial Day,
the flag--and the neighborhood are
quiet.

No scent
of charcoal, steak;
no raucous swim parties
on this Memorial Day. Still.
Somber.
Yarrow,
gardenias
and Easter lilies, all
white, two with strong aromas, all
blooming.

I love
to see a small
bird chasing a larger
one away from its habitat.
Go, bird!
Night bugs
beginning their
'time'. Wind chimes interfere
as does the roar of a bike. Still,
bugs rule!





c 2018, PL, d/b/a lovepat press, Benton AR USA


Friday, May 11, 2018

Mid-May flowers and one poem

PESKY--UNTIL THEY BLOOM
Privet,
honeysuckle,
hated most of the year
are spring-welcome, their aroma
sublime.
PL - [5.11.'18]
~ ~ ~ ~


Dianthus with driftwood

Dianthus and oxalis

Dutch iris. I was afraid they weren't going to bloom. I trimmed the burning bush and azalea that hemmed them in. Lo! and behold, they're blooming.

Oxalis that might crowd out the coreopsis, cone flower and purple jew

A second-year patch of white oxalis photo bombed by a mullein pink/ Rose Campion/ lambs ear. (And the photog's shadow.)

All these photos except the privet one taken May 11, '18 on my LG tablet. I email them to myself, save them to a pictures folder, then voila! I can use them for my blogs.

c 2018, Pat Laster, dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA


Sunday, April 29, 2018

April Showers - ala e. e. cummings



april showers
—under the influence of e. e. cummings

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--c 2018, PL, dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA