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National Poetry Month #eatingpoetry

Welcome to April and National Poetry month! What are you planning to do to celebrate poetry this month?

  • Attend a poetry reading?
    If you’re in the Vancouver area / Lower Mainland, you’re invited to ours. The Fraser Valley Poets Society‘s April event is a Blue Moon Reading, April 13th (6:30-8:30 p.m. Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.).

Yours truly is the featured reader that evening. I’ll be reading from Borrowed Gardens, the anthology that three friends and I published in December 2014. (There’s a small sampling of the poems in the book here.)

There will also be an open mic following the Blue Moon feature, so bring a several of your own poems to read.

Poetry Month Poster - League of Canadian Poets

Fragment of the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Month Poster – 2015 (click on image to enlarge)

The League of Canadian Poets has suggested the wonderful theme of FOOD for this month’s poetry. To go with that theme, here is a poem about one of my favourite childhood treats:

 

Puffed Wheat

Puffed Wheat—my generation’s Cheerios
for baby’s highchair tray.
Wheat grains magically blown up
beige-speckled, quarter inch
elongated puffs, tiny bums.

I didn’t like them as cereal
that I had to eat in a rush
before they shrunk small, slimy
and sticking to teeth when I sipped
the sweet speckled milk dregs
from the bottom of the bowl.

But a concoction of butter, cocoa
sugar and syrup cooked
hot enough to brand skin
poured over 8 cups in Mom’s enamel roaster
mixed frantically with a wooden spoon
before the sticky mass congealed to stiffness
then warm-pressed into a buttered pan
made the best birthday cake
in the world!

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (all rights reserved)

Share your food poems with other Canadian poets using the hashtags #eatingpoetry and #NPM15

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Objects

 

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Forsythia

Happy First Day of Spring!

Forsythia

Forsythia (Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly)

forsythia
sprays grey winter
with spring sunshine

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Haiku, Nature

 

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A rose by any other name

Magnolia

Magnolia (Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly)

A rose by any other name
would be magnolia

© 2015 by V. Nesdoly – All rights reserved

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Nature, Objects

 

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St. Patrick’s Prayer

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Butchart Garden, Victoria, B.C.

Butchart Garden, Victoria, B.C. (Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly)

The Prayer of St. Patrick

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and near,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

~ Author Anonymous

(This prayer, found on Belief Net,  is in the public domain)

 
 

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fingers interlace

Pine tree and forsythia

Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly

fingers interlace
forsythia and pine
it must be spring

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2015 in Haiku, Nature

 

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one beady eye

I’m back. I haven’t posted here in a long time. But it’s spring and the sap has started to flow.

I took a walk this afternoon and, with my camera, found haiku all over the place. I’ll share them over the next while. (Wouldn’t want to flood the place with the spring runoff.) But it sure is nice to be writing poems again!

Here’s one for tonight…

Hiding rabbit

Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly

one beady eye
through twigs and branches
who’s watching who?

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Haiku, Nature

 

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January sunrise

Pink clouds reflecting sunrise

Sunrise – January 21, 2015 (Photo © V. Nesdoly)

Walk in day’s first light
to a wild chorus of birds
sky grows more intense
surroundings come alive as
we stroll under milkshake clouds

© 2015 by V. Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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On clear days it’s so encouraging to see the sky begin to light up as early as 7:15. Spring is on the move!! This photo was taken on Wednesday, January  21st at 7:55 a.m..

We’re back into clouds and monsoons again now. But I console myself with how much longer the days will be when we next see early light under a clear sky. Our local weather lady said the days are getting longer by 2.5 minutes per day right now.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Nature, Personal, Tanka

 

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