Great Blue Heron

They call you blue.  I say you are rather gray.  The mood you put me in when standing at the edge of the pond to fish out the koi.  Brilliant orange harpooned on the beak.  They say a koi can live for fifty years.

Now I watch heron on the beach, the silly legs straggling along the sand, or the patient one roosting in the tree over the lagoon.  There is a white heron on the lake today. Hard to forget the gray.

predator and prey

leave mark on gray windy sky

beauty in color
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the oldest known koi was Hanako, who lived for 226 years

dVerse prompt for haibun in gray
  

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Great Blue Heron

Letterpress

My goal this summer is to do a chapbook of a hiking trip to Cathedral Park in Canada.  I will be doing it in letterpress so brevity will be of great concern.  It will be about twelve pages on quality paper, hand sewn binding and a mix of haiku and other short forms.  Not sure of the print types that will be available to me yet.  Frank at dVerse has asked us to consider brevity so I am starting my project.  Each poem would be on its own page.

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top of Stone City

glacier carved granite garden

alpine fir and larch

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white cloud

castes shadow below

on mountain lake

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distant mountains

stretch 

across horizon

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kwash kwash kwash

my steps grind the stones

of Stone City

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Letterpress

White Pelican

The first white pelican I saw was in Florida.  My husband and I were driving past a pond and there it was resting on the water.  I shout white pelican, white pelican.  (We were sometimes birders.). Go around the block.  He won’t do it.  He keeps going.  There is only so much pain I can wear on my face.  I kept it there for days.

Now in Texas he says – did I tell you there were white pelicans on the lake yesterday?  White pelican, white pelican.  We walk to the lake seeing them from a distance.  We keep walking to the shore and there they are, about a hundred more.

find white pelican

migration flight in winter

wipes the pain away

White Pelican

Change

I change my mind all the time. I say I am going to do one thing and then I do another. I change my mind.  Bees make a beeline.  I am not like that.  I am like the flight pattern of birds caught up in a wind.
 

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There were about a hundred white pelicans on the lake yesterday. Before then I had only seen one in my life. Change is the dVerse prompt. This was change on a number of levels.

Change

Soup

I am feeling faint, can’t think, need to eat. All my “I ams” served in a bowl, spiced up in my self-made stew of projects, people and poetry. Alter the ingredients. Instead of a cup of procrastination, I will use a heaping cup of new vision in appreciation of who I am.  Drink it up.

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prompt from 28 Days of Self-Love by Grace Black

Soup