Taking the Ferry from Friday Harbor

Taking the ferry from Friday Harbor

smooth the water with no whales today

from here nothing looks poor or in squalor

chains of islands into Fidalgo Bay

til we rest at the dock to end our stay

kelp glows with light on these waving sea weeds

a seagull picks up a crab as it feeds

it is time to depart this vessel now

leave behind frivolous desire and needs

return with new vision and a plan for how

 

How to clear the woods of branches and twigs

arrive next spring to burn them in fire pit

weather permitting we’ll see how life rigs

hopeful of future          accept what we get

there is so much work and no time to sit

thankful for still being able to move

thankful there is totally none to prove

enjoy indépendance of off the grid

no power creates a new kind of groove

complex arrangements are better left hid

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dVerse prompt to write a dizain – 10 lines 10 syllables each line

ababbccdcd

double dizain – do it twice

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Taking the Ferry from Friday Harbor

Illusion

 

a thud on the window

see-through glass brings the woods outside in

just for a second the bird believed it could fly into my living room

hit hard

spine fracturing thump

 

 

a pine siskin is convulsing outside on the deck

its beak moving as if it eats

feet traveling in a journey

wings that cannot move

Illusion

No Words

« Darkness came, full of moths and beetles.  I was oppressed by the velvety emptiness of the word and swathes of soft grass.  Then the fumes of the night put me to sleep. ».  Laurie Lee

 

in the dark no words

moths and beetles take to air

I sleep night’s fragrance

 

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dVerse prompt to change Laurie Lee’s prose to poetry.  Thanks for some great prose to work with. #4

No Words

Gardens

Fern Garden

swords pointing upright soft fronds curling

out of the ground

turn hard sharp then bend

bird’s nest

ruffled and feathered

soft under the rhododendron

Water Garden

wet with salamanders and frogs

hiding in the lily pads

bog bean taking over

hard slate waterfall 

needs watercress between cracks

or flow again the dry creek bed

Vegetable Garden

wintered over the arugula and beets

one chard plant survived the snow

time to plant more greens some peas

these beds are ready from last fall’s harvest

now sun is warming their cold soil

plant the radish and watch it grow

Flower Garden

primroses always the first to show

nursery bed with more hellebore 

cut back the fuchsia before it blooms

hummingbirds bumblebees search branches

lavender iris lilies galore

plant more hyacinth let its fragrance flow

Who can work these gardens?

Feel the earth between tired hands?

Feed the roots and make them flower?

Gardens