#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 30 – Abandoned House

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 30 – Abandoned House

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

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Theme: Abandoned buildings (Ruins, Derelict, Haunted, Post War, History, Atlantis/Machu Pichu/Other…)

Abandoned House

With imagination soaring high
haunting and happy wild memories
remembering the good times, when
laughter and love filled the air

a home once full of health and joy
when it stood in all its splendor
mind hearing voices echoing upstairs
many now not living on this earth

so many secrets living within its walls
now groaning floorboards, broken glass
rotting stairs falling apart from age
now memories are all there is left

rubbish scattered everywhere
over-grown ivy-clad moss walls
a smell of bats, rats scarring away
spider-webs clinging everywhere

an uninhabited building, house no joy
only a shadow left in the cold mist
ruins of time, a home once lived in
no longer, home of laughter and joy.

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#A to Z Challenge – 30 April 2018 – Z is for Zinnia – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 30 April 2018 – Z is for Zinnia – a Haibun

#atozchallenge – Nature & Outdoors Theme

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Zinnia is a flower I used to grow in the garden some fifty years ago, the reason I haven’t grown it since is that it is a flower that like warmer weather and it never seemed to survive living under a mountain.

Their range of appearances is from a single row of petals to a dome shape. Zinnias have a great range of colors from a white, to a chartreuse, yellow, orange, red, purple, or lilac.

popular flower
butterflies like zinnias
hummingbirds also

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 29 – Frustrations of life

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 29 – Frustrations of life

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

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Let Sour Thoughts Go

Completely overwhelmed stress, anxiety
Let the feelings flow, laughter or tears
suck on a lemon, make a queer face
Let the fermenting flow before it explodes

All are cleansers for a peaceful body
Feel the warmth of a hug, priceless
just stop over-taxing the mind, smile
peace, stillness, enjoy treasures of life

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 28 – Magical

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 28 – Magical

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

Theme: Seeing, Spying, Watching, Witnessing

magical santa snow globe
reindeers floating past the moon
sleigh full of christmas gifts
little boy dreaming
snow flurries fall
blocks vision
lost sight
gone

Octet Poetry is an invented form introduced by Dr. Laura Andersson. It is simply a diminishing octave.

How to write an Octet Poem: Eight lines – 8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1 syllables, unrhymed.

It can be written as a mirror or can be reversed.

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#A to Z Challenge – 28 April 2018 – Y is for Yellow Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa Itea) – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 28 April 2018 – Y is for Yellow Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa Itea) – a Haibun

#atozchallenge – Nature & Outdoors Theme

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Yellow Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa Itea) were very common, on our farm there was plenty of stinging nettle in the thick bush, their main source of food, they laid their one or two eggs onto the nettle leaves which the larva would eat, and for sure humans won’t go near it.

They also feed on the nectar from the Hebe flowers that is common in the bush.

Normally the last of the season’s brood survive as larvae until the next season so their survival rate is good.

larva drab black grey
a beautiful butterfly
loves stinging nettle

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 27 – Spying

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 27 – Spying

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

Theme: Seeing, Spying, Watching, Witnessing

Lost Lover

bright eyes witnessing the present moment
finally knowing where she now stood
seeing believing, the deceit
all that once existed gone
truth giving her freedom
unhappy marriage
so many lies
heartbroken
love lost
free

Reverse Etheree Poetry – The same as the Etheree form the only difference is that the syllabic count is reversed: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

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#A to Z Challenge – 27 April 2018 – X is for Xyris – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 27 April 2018 – X is for Xyris – a Haibun

#atozchallenge – Nature & Outdoors Theme

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Xyris – Known as Yellow-eyed grass.

X is the only letter I could not find anything in the nature theme in New Zealand, that I know well, having worked or seen in my lifetime, so I have gone for the plant Xyris.

It is a perennial aquatic plant found near swamps, shallow ponds, and wet drains, it has long stems topped with a scale-covered brown spike, the spike produces a number of yellow flowers.

There seem to be different types of Xyris but all known as the same type of yellow-eyed grass family, most of them seem to be in some part of the USA.

As I have never seen it, maybe you haven’t either, so hopefully, I have described it correctly.

clusters of small flowers
they appear in the morning
expand afternoon

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#A to Z Challenge – 26 April 2018 – W is for Wasp – a Haibun

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#A to Z Challenge – 26 April 2018 – W is for  Wasp – a Haibun

#atozchallenge – Nature & Outdoors Theme

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Wasps have been a pest in my life every year on the farm, now living in town, I’m so relieved not to have those little yellow and black striped insects stinging me as I come across a nest of them in the garden when weeding, usually hiding, their nest concealed with long grass.

It is said that it’s only the female that has a sting, I don’t know about that but I have been stung many times, especially when you find a nest, I think you have the whole hive chasing you, not nice.

We had a hundred Nashi pear trees, wasps would ruin the fruit by puncturing holes in them for the sweet nectar.

I used to put frozen meat outside on a table to thaw and the wasps would puncture the plastic bag and feed on the thawing meat.

So glad I have got away from them, they can and have killed out a whole hive of bees.

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making home-made jam
windows, doors need closing tight
wasps love something sweet

April 2018 A to Z Challenge

#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 25 – Winter has Arrived

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 25 – Winter has Arrived

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

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Winter has Arrived

autumn leaves still laying low, winter came early
no howling winds this month the frost arrived early
winter is not supposed to be here yet, it still autumn
according to the seasons of the yearly months

little bugs are all dormant sleeping in the cold
everything is cuddling under the mighty trees
ice burning my fingers, toes frozen in my boots
Its freezing and soaking through my cold body

rays of light from the sun trying to get through
flower petals all hanging their cold heads low
the breeze wraps its self around the corner
it is getting colder by the minute, its freezing

the coldness has weakened my old legs
Its freezing and soaking through my body
panting in the cold air, trying to discover,
my souls warmest place, home, and hot soup.

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 26 – Oaks a Mighty Tree

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#NaPoWriMo or #GloPoWriMo – Day 26 – Oaks a Mighty Tree

Thank you Suzanne Olivante for the NaPoWriMo Photo Daily Poetry Prompt

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Oaks a Mighty Tree

Nature plays a role,
role in her capacity,
capacity always with much love
love flowing over, causing so much flooding.
Flooding is a disaster so many times for some,
some tiny acorn seed washed downstream floats onto fertile soil.
Soil spouts out new life, a mighty oak tree is formed, important regrowth.

Regrowth playing a vital role in forest ecology with oaks,
oaks having tough leathery shells survived many mighty knocks,
knocks helping to crack the shell, too heavy for the wind.
Wind does not help oak trees with germination.
Germination maybe with squirrels,
squirrels planting nuts serve oaks.
Oaks a mighty tree.

How to write a Cortes Nonet Poem

14 lines (2 stanzas, 7 lines each)
First stanza syllable count as follows:  5/7/9/11/13/15/17
Second stanza syllable count as follows:  17/15/13/11/9/7/5
The last word of each line is the first word of the next line.  (word form)
The first word of the second stanza can either be the last word of the first stanza OR a new word. The poem can rhyme or have no rhyme at all.

Invented by Josephine Ann Louise Cortes-Love aka MajesticRose on AllPoetry, March 2012. It was inspired by the original Nonet.

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I have made a mistake, this poem is for Day 26, Tomorrow I will publish Day 25.