Monday, February 10, 2020

Between winter and spring: poems

                                                  Last year's roadside flowers

FEBRUARY 7 2020
After
last night, no more
lows in the 20s, at
least for the next week. I'm ready
for spring.
~ ~ ~ ~

long roll of thunder
two birds keep eating
from the suet
~ ~ ~ ~

male cardinal
sitting on abelia branch
next to quince blooms
~ ~ ~ ~

AFTER TODAY, 11 MORE MONTHS
Last day
of the first month
a young tufted titmouse
enjoying a full "bathtub" plus
the sun.
~ ~ ~ ~

TO THE SQUIRRELS
Popcorn
with sea salt tastes
old. I find the "Best used
by" date. No wonder! July of
last year!
~ ~ ~ ~

gentle rain 
mockingbird drinking
from the half-filled birdbath
~ ~ ~ ~

three crows
finding the refused
canned cat food
~ ~ ~ ~

tight buds on short stems
brought inside to force blooms
yellowed, but no flowers

These ARE in bloom in 2020

c 2020, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Saturday, February 1, 2020

And all of a sudden it's February! - Poems

placing the helmet
upside down
for the wren
~ ~ ~ ~

new snow
on japonica blooms
Groundhog Day
~ ~ ~ ~

a dove calls
close by
but out of sight
~ ~ ~ ~

oh, wow!
the sweetness of the apple
from the sale carousel
~ ~ ~ ~

before dawn
the long freight
coming . . . and going
~ ~ ~ ~

driving after dark
a running length of gray fur
stopped by my tire
~ ~ ~ ~

spring cleaning
on the warm winter day
early daffodils
~ ~ ~ ~
c 2020, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Saturday, January 4, 2020

POEMS WRITTEN DURING JANUARYS/JANUARIES


the incessant sound
from a dining room wall
traced to attic vent
(2010)
~ ~ ~ ~

snowman coffee mug
but no sign of snow so far
this January
(2012)
~ ~ ~ ~

"... not bitterly cold..."
15 degrees feeling 
bitter to me
(2001)
~ ~ ~ ~

kick-standing bike
still on the porch
house gone*

one payment shy
the fellowship hall
now gone*

the school scattered
beyond the wall
bearing its name**
(1999)
~ ~ ~ ~
* from Andrea Harter, AD-G
** from J. Slivka, AD-G


c 2020, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA


Sunday, December 15, 2019

Advent and the ides of December

pre-Christmas cleaning
after watering indoor
plants, the smell of rain
~ ~ ~ ~

for my hunter son
a shotgun shell coaster set
or camo grill tool?
~ ~ ~ ~

column about books
ends with a plug for his own
(would I do the same?)
~ ~ ~ ~

one week till winter
a sparrow
in the birdbath
~ ~ ~ ~

church service cancelled
"No power. Forty degrees
inside. Don't drive down."
~ ~ ~ ~

c PL, dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

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