Sunday, November 22, 2020

Autumn: Theme and Variations - poems



THEME AND VARIATIONS


Theme
A TRAVELER'S MEDITATION
(Amphion pattern)

God's handiwork is all around:
        Bright red leaves,
        Wheat in sheaves,
Fertile farms where flock abound;
        Shaded cows
       chew and drowse;
Mountains' multi-colored dress;
        Thunderclouds
        draped in shrouds:
God's bounteous works are limitless.

Variation 1
        HIGHWAY 23 IN AUTUMN
                Neville pattern

God's handiwork is all around:
 in scarlet, yellow leaves
and golden wheat in sheaves.
Sun-burnished pasturelands abound;
leafy groves shading cows
that switch and chew and drowse.
God's goodness--in all life--profound.

Variation 2
        SAME TIME EACH YEAR
                Neville

The autumn beauty's everywhere--
magenta, scarlet leaves,
bronzed stands of wheat in sheaves;
sun-burnished pastures, fragrant air;
umbrellaed groves whose boughs
shade drowsy brindle cows--
creation's annual fall affair.


Variation 3

AUTUMN SONG (a Pantoum)

God's handiwork is all around,
Magenta, scarlet, yellow leaves;
sun-burnished pasturelands abound,
cut, ripened wheat stands bronzed in sheaves.

Magenta, scarlet, yellow leaves,
umbrella groves of sassafras,
cut, ripened wheat stands bronzed in sheaves--
a visual banquet unsurpassed.

Umbrella groves of sassafras,
a camouflage for brindle cows,
(a visual banquet unsurpassed)
which nonchalantly chew and drowse.

Like Garland's fresh-shaved stubble, gold,
sun-burnished pasturelands abound,
and I sing with the oriole,
"God's handiwork is all around."

Variation 4

AN AUTUMN MINUTE
Minute pattern

The autumn beauty's everywhere--
in fragrant air,
magenta leaves,
bronzed wheat in sheaves.
Sun-burnished pastures stubbled gold,
lone oriole,
umbrellaed groves
--bovine alcoves--
a visual banquet unsurpassed,
a rich repast.
All senses share
fall's love affair.
--poems from my book, Variations, 1994

c 2020, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA





Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Blogging: Poems about nature's animal and bird beings


 Blackcap

the only one

to visit the feeder

while I'm sitting near by social

distanced.

~ ~ ~ ~

OH, NO YOU DON'T!

The long-

unseen chipmunk

accesses the steep steps

of the south porch. From the swing, I

dissuade.

~ ~ ~ ~

A squirrel

heads this way till

I call "nyah!" It turns back

and disappears, waiting till I

go in.

~ ~ ~ ~


When I

notice a bird

bathing, I smile. Living

with respect and care for nature's

beauties.

~ ~ ~ ~

a crow

carrying off

the thrown-out corncob

~ ~ ~ ~

WATCHING? WAITING?

Not quite

back in the house

from filling the feeder

when I see a gray chickadee

fly in.

~ ~ ~ ~

SLEEPY?

A long

time between sips--

What does the robin think,

see, wonder about, cogitate

over?

~ ~ ~ ~


Ah! Pool

all to myself.

Though it's cooler today

than it has been, it's okay, says

blackcap.

~ ~ ~ ~

c 2020, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA



Saturday, September 5, 2020

Already September? Where has this year gone? POEMS


Son's hanging pot of summer plants

IN COMES SEPTEMBER

Quiet--
inside and out,
cloudy, rainy, humid.
Early September; seasonal
changes.

Quiet
disturbed by sounds
of rain on gardenia
leaves outside the open window:
darkness.
~ ~ ~

opening
before my eyes--
pot of purslane
~ ~ ~

More of son's gardening results

A BATTLE
The fly
and I fighting:
it has speed & I have
a plastic, floppy flyswatter.
Fly wins.
~ ~ ~

Cooler
outside than in
this fifth of September,
even in the sun on the swing.
Quiet.
~ ~ ~
c 2020, PL, dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA
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Monday, August 10, 2020

Poems: Untitled Cinquains for August

Shadows of Summer

At dusk,
a firefly joins
me on the porch as I
cool off from yardwork. Is it a 
"Peace!" sign?
~ ~ ~

A squirrel
chirrs forlornly--
its nesting tree was trimmed
and its life-long homeplace was hauled
away.
~ ~ ~ 

Branches
of the "shoe tree"
cut back to lose burden
now that the roadside has a new
owner.
~ ~ ~ 


Foliage
shades the rocky
roads to the riverbank.
A cold spring feeds the swimming hole:
childhood.
~ ~ ~

Impressed
or chagrined that
I gave the right answer
to a riddle the collegian
offered?
~ ~ ~


Grandpa
shows his grandson
an old-timey shoe horn.
"Can you play me something on it,
Grandpa?"

Slight breeze--
slight tinkles from
wind chimes this cool morning
in early August. Has summer
broken?


c 2020, PL, dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Friday, July 24, 2020

poems - after a long time away - blogging

Pears almost ready

park walking trail
solitude--except for
the butterflies
--PL, from connecting our houses, 1995
~ ~ ~ ~

leaving row of holes
where it paws out earthworms
a small raccoon
--Dion O'Donnel, another day, 2001
~ ~ ~ ~

warm afternoon--
even maple leaves seem
too tired to move
--Edward J. Rielly, Maine,
from Timepieces, 1995
~ ~ ~ ~

drenching rain
lightning playing where the clouds
touch the earth
--Dion O'Donnel, everyday living, 1997
~ ~ ~ ~


By dusty roadside . . . 
  a tiny brook tugging hard
     at wild watercress
--Gertrude Morris, NYC,
from Timepieces, 1997
~ ~ ~ ~

on building's facade
the wind-tousled palms appear
almost debonair
--Dion O'Donnel, from daily walk, 1999
~ ~ ~ ~

"on the groom's side, please"
a woman veiled and in black
attends our wedding
--PL, from So Hot For So Long, 2012
~ ~ ~ ~

coreopsis blooms
lofty pedestrian bridge
slowly taking shape
--PL, from the taste of summer, 2005

juvy cardinal
'chits' and forages for seeds
thrown in the driveway
PL, unpublished 
~ ~ ~ ~


from deep down inside
the bee putting on pollen
from the pink flower
--PL, unpublished
~ ~ ~ ~

All of these poems are dated July 24.

c 2020, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Thursday, June 18, 2020

June poems from different years

down-the-hill neighbor
when I returned from errands
he had mowed my yard
          2005-Couch Street, Benton
~ ~ ~ ~

picking up the pace
airplane and thunder above
the trail in late June
         2001- Arkadelphia
~ ~ ~ ~

Group Living clients
out for daily exercise
on the walking trail
          2001-Arkadelphia
~ ~ ~ ~


teenager gloating
"I've had no bath for a month
but I've gone swimming!"
          2005 - Benton
~ ~ ~ ~

two wrens
the color
of suet
         2018 - Couchwood
~ ~ ~ ~


a mockingbird
walking-flying the dorm steps
early June morning
         1998 - Arkadelphia

c 2020, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Birds and squirrels ---and a snake!

SITTING GUARD
A squirrel
co-opts fallen
seeds, scaring the young birds
in their foraging. I'm here to
umpire.
(5.9.'20)

DISCOVERY
Little
wrens can stretch for
suet and they don't raise
their heads as some birds do when they
swallow.
(5.1.'20)


AT LEAST THERE'S A CHOICE
Blackcap
at the dwindling
suet cake tries and tries
to access it; goes to the seed
feeder.
(5.8.'20)

RECOGNITION
I hear
her 'chits' before
I see mama redbird
fly to the branch with the suet
feeder.
(5.6.'20)


AND I WAS SOCK-FOOTED!
Prepping
to sit on swing
and read, I spy a grown
mockingbird chipping at a large-
bore snake,

the first
I've seen since I've
lived here (one month shy of
fourteen years). And then while I stewed,
it crawled

a ways
on the ramp. I
threw a gee-gaw at it,
it retreated to the ground or
under

the ramp.
I ran in for
my tablet for proof, but
by that time, it had disappeared.
Oh, dear!

Now, each
step I take must
be monitored for black
and long and slithering before
I move.
(5. 18. '20)

c 2020, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA