Travel Seasons

In the fall, traveling across Kentucky and the Virginias, on our way from Mammoth Cave National Park to Shenandoah National Park. The autumn colors peaking on the trees, no rain, no wind. Drive by the bourbon distilleries, you can smell the sour mash.

Along the Florida Gulf Coast there are the signs for tupelo honey and oyster man wanted. This winter it is raw oysters served at Up A Creek. Searching for my favorite sourdough bread baker who has left the town and returned to Orlando.

Springtime was in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. There it is dry, no fires allowed. The lakes are down, dry grounds all around. Nature displayed everyday in forms cast towards the horizon. Now it is snowing in Utah.

returning to home

patient as a summer day

new journeys unfold

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Travel Seasons

City of Rocks

out in the desert of New Mexico

a city of rocks

amazing to see

from near and far

it rose

by volcanic action

in a sea of hot brine

a city harder than concrete

testing time

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dVerse prompt to describe a city

City of Rocks

Florida Freeze

Today it is cold in Florida

there is ice on the wires

frost on pine and palmetto

mittens are sold out at Walmart

everybody has something to say

about the weather

waiting for a change of tide

a new moon or south winds

today that north northwest

brings down a chill

threatens snow in Florida

Winter on the Gulf Coast

isn’t always tropical breezes

blowing in from Belize

expect a hard freeze tonight

the northwesterly delivers

a harsh blow of minus below

picked up in Iowa

swept across plains

and plantations of Alabama

and Georgia

onto the fronds of palms in Florida

Accept the unexpected

everyone trying to stay warm

and make a buck

cover everything up

don’t let your pipes freeze

as the temp goes 25 degrees

cold sunshine of Florida

be ready to lose heat

prepare for more sleet

is climate change real?

it’s 20 degrees in Florida!

a real Florida freeze

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camping in Florida in the cold and dVerse prompt to use areas of silence in the structure of the poem

Florida Freeze

Canyon Blues

fix my knee
count to three

stiff neck
what a wreck

climbing high
to the sky

Grand Canyon
find companion

feeling ill
take a pill

lay in chair
get some air

a new feelin’
done with reelin’

eat a cracker
I’m no slacker

find a look out
got no doubt

I can do it
nothing to it

comin’ round
don’t look down

feelin’ better
take off my sweater

no more chills
just Canyon thrills

on to Zion
more heights tryin’

Canyon Blues