Change

Now it is only a trickle of a stream

where boulder rocks and pebbles accumulate

no hint of water on their smoothness

a dry bed until the hard rains come

gathering a force that pushes land

creates a new course through the city streets

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dVerse prompt on writing a quadrille using the word stream. Also recalling the flooding at Zion National Park and the water flowing through the streets.

Change

Rainforest Haiku

  

rain rustles the fern

licks and twists it into green

subdues fire with wet

trickle of water

soft fur of the forest floor

sharp damp protection 

kiss of trillium 

white feather-like bud released

star of the lost cloud

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NaPoWriMo Day 3 prompt to create a word list based on Michael McClure’s Personal Universal Deck of 100 words.  Create a poem using some of these words.

Rainforest Haiku

Travelling to North Rim

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Travelling with the storm perched over the canyon we head to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon both going there the storm moving faster along the rim while we drive over the plateau happy to be dry in these moments arriving at the campground everything is wet but the storm has passed the sky clears revealing the colors of layers of chiseled rock lit by the setting sun

Two years later I travel that same road there is no storm but snow is on the ground where the Cat Fire burned last summer we watched it burning from deep in the canyon hotshot fire fighters called in helicopters fly in and out delivering their load plumes of smoke rise over the Kaibab Forest we float safe on the water of the Colorado River and smell the air from 8,200 feet above now the snow covered ground hides the char of the Cat Fire black surrounds the base of these ponderosa pines others are burned completely pinyon junipers pine needles scrub brush 4500 acres burnt from a lightning strike

Travelling to North Rim

Rain Rein Reign

We feel the rain all day

go out in the wet forest to listen 

for one joyous bird song 

there is only the sound of water drops 

on the canopy of trees and the creatures 

are held in rein from their singing

clouds melt to blue

as a melody springs from branches

and the sun will reign again

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dVerse prompt on rain, rein and reign

Rain Rein Reign