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Carrier Pigeon

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Carrier Pigeon

Bird Lady has tossed her breads.
Clay pigeons, come leave your beds
time to stuff stool pigeon heads!

Dockyard pigeons, homing too
from bridge girders and the zoo
Pigeon Forgers, drop by, do!

Pigeon-chested, pigeon-toed
pigeon-heated by the road…
full tums all—that is the goad.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

Poetry Friday regulars will recognize the Jane Yolen-invented form of this ditty (a septercet: seven syllable lines, three lines to a stanza, any number of stanzas), my attempt to rise to this month’s challenge at Michelle Barnes blog Today’s Little Ditty.

(If you’re curious about what some of these pigeony figures of speech mean, check HERE.)

And now, I’m soon off to Bellingham and Poetry Camp! Hubby and I even did a reconnaissance trip a few weeks ago when I needed some software that was only available south of the border. On that outing we scouted the campus of WWU, so I even have my bearings (sort of).

See some of you this weekend!!

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PF-2This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by Karen at Karen Edmisten: Mom. Writer. Consumer of Coffee (I like that last!).

 

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Form poems, Light, Nature

 

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Clematis’s kids

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I just love the post-blossom stage of clematis flowers. To me they look a lot like tousle-headed children.

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PF-2This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Catherine at Reading to the Core.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Haiga, Haiku, Nature, Personal

 

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Crow

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Crows always seem like such wise old watchers to me. If they could talk, I wonder what stories they would tell

I took the photo of this old sage in  Loeppky Park, Dawson Creek this summer.

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PF-2This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Michelle at her blog Today’s Little Ditty

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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in Form poems, Haiga, Poetry Friday

 

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Dunsmuir Garden

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Dunsmuir Garden (Surrey, B.C.) in late June. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Dunsmuir Garden

Hollyhocks, apples,
lavender, lettuce, Swiss chard
love close company.
Friendships grow across the fence–
thriving in community.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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PF-2I haven’t had a garden of pretties and edibles for some years now. We’re not allowed to grow food plants in the garden beds of our townhouse. But if I ever had a food garden again, I’d like it to be a plot in a community garden. There’s something about gardening in community that seems so right!

This post is connected to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by Penny Klosterman at her blog,  Blog-a-penny and her jots.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2016 in Form poems, Nature, People, Poetry Friday, Tanka

 

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Rodeo Senryu

One of the things we did on our holiday was go to the Dawson Creek Rodeo. What a fun afternoon and evening in a stadium that looked out on picturesque prairie. It was like being on the set of Heartland!

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Scene from the rodeo bleachers. Event: Tie-down roping  – Dawson Creek, B.C.  (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

What I love to do at rodeos is to challenge myself with getting shots of the action. Rodeos are full of action!

Today I’m posting three senryu (human haiku) based on a few of my rodeo shots. (Be assured, no animals were injured in the process of these events.)

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Event: Barrel Racing – Photos © 2016 by V. Nesdoly.

BuckingHorse

Event:  Saddle Bronc Riding – Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly

 

Chuckwagon

Event: Chuckwagon Race – Photos © 2016 by V. Nesdoly

(All poems © 2016 by Violet Nesdoly – All rights reserved)

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PF-2This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe.

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Posted by on August 25, 2016 in Form poems, People, Poetry Friday

 

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Magpie

Poetry took a back seat this busy summer of being a mom and grandma first, writer second. But I did take lots of photos and tried to write a little something every day inspired by a photo.

Northeast B.C., where we spent the last three weeks with family, has many magpies. One morning one of them  was flitting about in a yard we passed on our walk. It is the subject of my poem for August 10th.

 

Magpie

Did you know…

– Australian magpies swoop and buzz walkers, joggers and cyclists during nesting season.

– Magpies are known (along with other corvids) for their intelligence. The Eurasian magpie even recognizes itself in a mirror.

– In some countries (like China) people believe magpies (Pica pica) bring good luck. They also appear as characters in folklore, stories, and rhymes from around the world

– Some people love magpies but others don’t!

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PF-2This poem is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Dori Reads.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Nature, Poetry Friday

 

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Summer pickings

As we made plans for the summer, I knew our back-and-forths would make it hard for me to do much writing. So I decided to keep it simple and combine poetry-writing with my love of photography… a sort of haiga.

Here are three gardens I snapped in last little while (sadly none of them are mine).

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Garden galaxy
Milky Way turned molten
June Calendula

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hollyhock

Hollyhock—so cute
in flouncy summer sundress
of rose seersucker

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Summer sky blossoms
celebration petals spark
a garden party

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PF-2This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Books 4 Learning.

 

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2016 in Haiga, Nature, Poetry Friday

 

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