Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Seasonal poems
















swallowtail
must love the taste
of abelia blooms
~~~~

LEAH FROM KANSAS
Bevy 
of butterflies--
monarchs, to be exact,
each time I pass the calendar
photo.
~~~~

taut red skin
tart tang of yellow flesh
no wonder Wm Carlos Wms
couldn't help himself
from eating a plum
~~~~



Flying
by here faster
than the speed limit. Where's
a sheriff's deputy when you
need one?
~~~~

Blackcap
and cardinal
at the unusually-
ignored suet cake. Is something
amiss?
~~~~

Hedge-row
of yellow bell,
japonica, privet--
a neat hideaway for rabbits
and squirrels.
~~~~


Fenced out
by the neighbors
on the south needing tall
enclosure to keep their future
dogs in.
~~~~

After
last night's t-storm
the temps of early fall
are 70 degrees - very
welcome.
~~~~

c 2019 by PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR US

Monday, September 9, 2019

Poems for September 9, many years

                                          Cottonwoods and pine, autumn @ Dairy Hollow

SEPTEMBER 9

viewing the world
through one eyeglass lens
a cataract gone
--A Lamp to Work By, 2012

viewing the news
through an iPad
paper newspaper gone
--new poem, 9/9/'19

vehicle hauler,
along the interstate
six-car pile up
--Connecting Our Houses, 1997

CRITIQUE
Strange, the
paths our poems
take before coming out
of the woods near perfect, like our
children.
--September Cinquains, 2003

I stop
reading to watch
a hummingird drinking
...and drinking. Sated, it soon darts
away.
--September Cinquains, 2017

on the walking trail
city's truck driver, mower
ignoring their own signs
--A Patch of Yellow, 2005

new college provost--
my child in his daughter's
third-grade class
--a crisp brown leaf, 2015

onto the freeway~
a convoy of semis
already there
--just before dawn, 2006


c 2019, PL, dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA







Friday, August 16, 2019

AUGUST cinquains: blogging



Blue jay
intimidates
the smaller wren, but not
for long. Then, hungry Woody pecks
his fill.
Drowning
out the 'chit-chit'
of the redbird, neighbor
decides to use the vacuum on
her car.

Robin
and brown thrasher
bathing together--fresh,
cool water. A high heat index
forecast.

Juvy
house finches stop
by the full, rain-freshened
birdbath as if to say, "Hey, you
go first."

Oh, my!
The mockingbird
in the nearby holly
is as loud as the panel truck
passing.

Mama
brown thrasher takes
time out from her brood, rests
a l-o-n-g time on the rim of the
birdbath.

Silly
young hummingbird
eschews the colored blooms
and hovers close to the resting
black cat.

c 2019, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA




Sunday, July 28, 2019

After a hiatus, July POEMS

                                                   Mom's begonia, still blooming


Catching
a squirrel eating
suet! I bang the glass
of the window; it scampered down,
away.
~ ~ ~ ~

Extreme
mid-day heat. Blue
jay rests in the leafy
shade close to the suet feeder.
("My turn?")
~ ~ ~ ~

Hanging
the suet cake
just right allows two birds
to eat at one time: cardinal,
sparrow.
~ ~ ~ ~

I walk
across kitchen
with a full cuppa joe
and--at 83--do not spill
a drop!
~ ~ ~ ~

Fighting
the petrified
peel of the sweet orange
sold in a bag of post-dated
apples.
~ ~ ~ ~

Redbird
on tricycle
handle. One flesh-and-blood,
the other a wrought-iron, outdoors
feature.
~ ~ ~ ~



c 2019, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Spring means graduations, flowers, yardwork: POEMS

                       Grandson in a crape myrtle years ago, graduated from high school last week.

a passing truck
painted like a zebra
--this quirky town
(Eureka Springs, '15) 
~ ~ ~ ~
                                                          Coreopsis and purple jew

QUATRAIN
Did Mama ever pray
when her children drove away 
"Dear Lord, they're yours now,
please keep them in your way."?
(April '11)
~ ~ ~ ~
                                                    Another grandson many years ago

the only thing
you will leave 
is what you create
(Tom Padgett on Wallace Stevens. Lucidity retreat, 2004)

~ ~ ~ ~

                       Older son with granddaughter who graduated from high school last week.

CINQUAIN
After
yesterday's wind
and rain, today's roadside
fields of mustard brighten the gray
landscape.
(Hwy 35 to Tull, April '19)
~ ~ ~ ~

                                                                  Google image.

THREE DAYS' PAPERS UNREAD
Resting
from yesterday's
frustrations, noggin-bump,
kin's graduation and a long
trip home.
(5. 17. '19)
~ ~ ~ ~


c 2019 PL, dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA


Monday, May 13, 2019

A 6th mission trip and the poems they inspired

                                                    A collection of UMCOR shirts

gazebo
facing the bayou
--secrets

PL, 5.10.'19 in Baldwin, Louisiana
on a mission trip to UMCOR
~ ~ ~ ~

sugar cane
a foot high
oddly-layered clouds
PL, 2013 trip
~ ~ ~ ~

spikes on his hubcaps
must mean
"Keep your distance"

PL, 2013 trip
~ ~ ~ ~

we drive under
the helicopter
different directions

PL, 2013 trip
~ ~ ~ ~

the yellow one
in the long row of houses
--school on spring break

PL, 2013 trip
~ ~ ~ ~
                            Inside the UMCOR Depot: bolts of cloth for eventual school bags


Geretta unpacking toothpaste for health kids, UMCOR Depot, Baldwin, Louisiana, 2013


c 2019, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Spring: rain, birds --poems

Watching
the cardinal
casing the area
around the suet feeder. He
flies in.
~ ~ ~ ~

After
the ramp's laid,
I widen the flower
bed to include adjacent lawn,
dig grass.
~ ~ ~ ~

the old woman
wearing socks
with sandals
~ ~ ~ 

rain from the roofline
escaping
into the cellar
~ ~ ~ ~

Easter Monday
both our mailbox flags
are up
~ ~ ~ ~

a silent rain
droplets in the birdbath
the only clue
~ ~ ~ ~

                                                                   photo-C. Hoggard

untended
the leggy but leafing
hydrangea
~ ~ ~ ~

c 2019, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA