(g) mix Settling In? (9.9)

Settling In?
(Septolet, shadorma, Elfje, pi ku, haiku)

Two different,
Were they
The same
Monarchs?

September
Butterflies weaving
In the cooler air

White blooms still
Attracting insects
The old bush
Loves summer
Yet will continue to thrive
Until the first frost

Autumn
Around the
Bend shading the
Leaves in colors before
Falling

preparing
for
sleep this season

another blanket
to cover the thin skin of
those with much less hair

©JP/dh

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(g) mixed verse More Questions Than Answers (9.5)

More Questions Than Answers
(pi ku, tau ku, haiku, Elfje, haiku, tau ku, pi ku, Elfje)

opinion,
voice –
choose to listen

however – so often
we lack
respecting of differences

silence of the wood
would I rather hear than your
human complaining

I
Believe I
Know my place;
Always wrong in your
Eyes

why try to commit
to such restrictively set
rules -… golden…silence

affection from afar
laced with
so much mistrusted and vile angst

forgiveness
is
so difficult…

Especially
Towards self –
I cannot believe your
Opinions of me are
Truth

©JP/dh

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(g) mixed short verse …tangled bedclothes… (9.4)

…tangled bedclothes…
(haiku, tau ku, Elfje, pi ku)

why do we insist
those visions streaming while blind
with sleep have meaning

especially nightmares
warnings,
omens of dreaded foreboding

Wake!
Be free
Of wrestled ideals
That try to advertise
Importance

allow light –
calm
dawning to break

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(g) mixed short verse/ Paces (9.3)

Paces
(pi ku, Elfje, tau ku, Elfje, haiku/haibun)

neighborly
we
compare stories

Of
The fences
We need to
Build for our own
Protection

from the few who will not
play fair
ignoring moral grounds –

Finally
Stop their
Foul play when
The tables get turned
Around

willow bending teaches
tolerance, aids survival;
even with blind eyes

©JP/dh

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(g) Teeming September (pi ku, tau ku, haiku, Elfje) (9.2)

Teeming September
(pi ku, tau ku, haiku, Elfje)

a rainbow
of
vegetables

red, yellow, green peppers
garlic
tomato and a red onion

dance in the garden,
salt salsa with pepper corn;
harvested delights

She
Chopped, he
Uprooted the stump
They are quite a
Pair

©JP/dh

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(g) Game Sky (haibun Elfje) (9.1)

Game Sky
(haibun Elfje)

During my morning walk
I spy the hawk chasing
A vulture away.

I did not realize how much
Bigger the vulture was…
Out of the two birds of prey

There up on Pheasant Hill
I can only wonder if
Any pheasants remain…

*****
Who
Will dominate
The September sky?
Two vultures, one hawk –
Soar

©JP/dh

Note: actually no pheasants remain because a few years back there was
an avian flu of some kind which more or less wiped them out. There are plenty
of small critters up in the woods on the hill – I’m sure enough for all the large birds…

Also note: I went and looked at silhouettes both birds and they don’t look all that different to me.
But the hawk seemed twice as small, maybe it was a juvenile.

 

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(g) Yummy (7.31)

Yummy

Pie
With eggs
I use the
Whites and yolks for
Quiche

Added
White cheddar,
Havarti, onions, cauliflower
And freshly chopped basil
Layers

Store
Bought crust
Does the job
For me – bakes just
Fine

Some
Special tweaking –
Spices to the
Mix; breakfast, lunch or
Dinner

©JP/dh

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