Saturday, January 15, 2022

Poems from Quilled Quintains anthology, Merry Bombadils, MSPS branch poets


 TANKA

89-year-old house

getting its first fire

extinguisher

   now, what will extinguish

   rodents in the basement?

~ ~ ~ ~

TANKA

huge poinsettia--

granddaughter's Christmas gift

before Thanksgiving

   no matter that her dad bought

   and delivered it to me

~ ~ ~ ~


A NEW DAY

(Tripod)

Perfectly

clear blue sky except for

a silverfish-sized, rumbling airplane

early in summer's

cool morning.

~ ~ ~ ~

FIRST, I SMELLED IT

(Tripod)

Now, I hear

the rain on the far porch

that's uncovered. And the roadway sings

as vehicles zing by.

Yes, it's rain!

~ ~ ~ ~



 OR EAT FROM THE RIND

(Cinquain)

Using

a grapefruit spoon

on a small discount fruit,

but easier to cut in small

pieces.

~ ~ ~ ~

~ ~ ~ ~

c 2022, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Winter solstice poems

winter solstice

inside, quince blooms, berried

euonymus, moon vine

~ ~ ~ ~  

winter solstice

oak leaves covering

daffodil shoots

~ ~ ~ ~

the fall edition

arriving on the first day

of winter

~ ~ ~ ~

winter solstice walk

the impressionist landscape

without my glasses

 ~ ~ ~ ~

winter solstice

the last piece of pear cake

from Thanksgiving

~ ~ ~ ~

a blackbird

on the top-most branch

--winter solstice


c 2021 PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Poems on Pearl Harbor Day many years later


 

Pearl Harbor Day--

a branch of red leaves

framing the stoplight

---from a branch of led leaves

~ ~ ~ ~

32 degrees

yet birdbath water not ice

Pearl Harbor Day

--from to snug in a leaf

~ ~ ~ ~

after they married

December 5, '41

war broke out

--from in front of the moon



c 2021, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Autumn poems


 SENRYU

late September

granddaughter just now coming

for her Christmas gifts

~ ~ ~ ~

CINQUAIN

Poor dove--

can't/won't fly to

feeder--must be content

to glean, like Ruth did, what is found

beneath.

~ ~ ~ ~


CINQUAIN

A lone

moss rose blossom--

pink--in the airplane plant

this mid-October! Where did it

come from?

~ ~ ~ ~

CINQUAIN

Changing

into long sleeves,

long pants and socks! Forty-

eight degrees outside seeped into

this house.


c 2021, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Saturday, September 4, 2021

September 4th poems from monthly booklets


 early September

near the courts, a tennis ball

in poison ivy  

a patch of yellow - 2005

~ ~ ~ ~

Labor Day

sweeping the dust from one place

to another

just before dawn - 2006

~ ~ ~ ~

having the most fun

ever at a football game

junior band student

a crisp brown leaf - 2015

~ ~ ~ ~

Summer

trudges on, its

heat softened this year. Kids

have returned to school. Football is

on us . . . (from ADG editorial, '02)

September Cinquains - 2018

~ ~ ~ ~

Trying 

to wipe the stem

off a pear on the mug,

thinking it leaf litter, perhaps

a bug.

September Cinquains -  2020

~ ~ ~ ~

opening

before my eyes--

pot of purslane blooms

fishing off the dock - 2021

~ ~ ~ ~

c 2021, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Birds, flowers, plants and a wasp


                                                         Eric's hanging basket of purslane

THE NEVER-ENDING WONDER

A wren

dives under blooms

of purslane several times,

then into the airplane plant pot.

Searching?


For what?

Now, a dove flies

in, drinks, flies out. A red

wasp circles the birdbath, lights on

the rim.


Do wasps

string birds? Dove, squirrel

forage under the seed

feeder. Do squirrels threaten doves? No,

the dove


needed

another drink.

And before my poem

was done, all animal life had

vanished.

~ ~ ~ ~ 



c 2021, PL dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA


Thursday, July 22, 2021

A Few Summer Poems


 CINQUAINS

FROM THE PORCH SWING

My back'

to the roses

by the Couchwood Drive sign,

their beauty stands for others to

enjoy.


EACH DAY

Mornings,

when I sit out,

I should look around for

something new. Today, it's rain on

the ramp.


SOMETHING NEW

Today,

when I look out, 

I see six white toadstools

of different sizes on the south

side yard.


I WATCH

Juvy

female redbird

perches on the shepherds

crook above the purslane pot. Then

she bathes.


A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Night bugs

not waiting for

dark to begin their songs.

Now, polyphonic arias

emerge.


c 2021, PL, dba lovepat press, Benton AR USA