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Of Rock and Water #nonet

Middle Purgatory Falls, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire

The bones of ancient mountains watch us
Hundreds of millions of years old
Reminders of Pangea
When the young Earth was one
Sentinels of time
High granite walls
Always there
Placid
Still
Hear?
Thunder!
Clear white streak
Crashing water
Liquid knife cuts through
Never ceasing turmoil
Sounds of rush and glory
In an ever-changing rhythm
Life blood of a breathing planet
The ancient land is always made new

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week it was a photo prompt and, since I was chosen as poet of the week for the last photo challenge, Colleen used one of my photos. I wrote a double nonet for that hourglass shape. yeah, I like that form ;)

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The photo is of Middle Purgatory Falls, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. there are three beautiful falls on the Purgatory Brook as well as countless rapids and small waterfalls flowing into the brook.

The Appalachian Mountains were formed hundreds of millions of years ago when all of the plates bumped into each other creating a super continent, Pangea. This later broke apart, yet you can still see the shapes mirrored across oceans, and find rocks on one continent that seem to belong to another.

The Great Quest #nonet #doublenonet

The flow of time brings us together
In a microscopic moment
That lasts for eternity
Souls conjoined for a step
Explore for a season
Search for answers
Look with me
Spirit
Seek
Us
Meaning
Push forward
For a moment
On the long journey
We have only one quest
Forever breaking new trails
By the river of existence
Forever searching for its meaning

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This was written for Colleen’s weekly Poetry Challenge. This week the challenge was to use the two words Life and Move, but using only synonyms of those words. I decided to do a double-nonet so I could get that hourglass shape…

Today’s “Poem” #nonet

I am looking for inspiration
I try a few words at random
I look back at some old works
I scan my images
But I have nothing
Where is the muse?
I’m left dry
Empty
Blank

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This was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. Today was poet’s choice. I had nothing, so… I wrote a nonet. ;)

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Photo is me with my “Covid-long hair” – I’m going for that early 1970s Prog Rock star look ;)

Of Abandoned Barns and Broken Buses #nonet #doublenonet #Ekphrastic

Image by mollyroselee from Pixabay

Blinders keep us focused on our “now”
Only living for the moment
We move mindlessly forward
Harm gone unrecognized
Impact unnoticed
Neglect unseen
Greed unchecked
Selfish
Now
Gone
Future
Sands creep in
No going back
Relentless changes
Damage accumulates
Once pure is now decrepit
If we could see, could we change it?
Or is it too late to turn back time?

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This was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. This week was an Ekphrastic, that is, we needed to create a poem that explores a piece of art. Anita Dawes, who won last month’s Ekphrastic challenge, chose the image at the top, an image by mollyroselee from Pixabay. I chose to do a double nonet.

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OK, not so subtle about our environmental impact ;) But Earth Day is almost here!

Alone, At Last #nonet

At last we can have our dance, alone
The smell of life is in the air
Your presence makes me feel young
Your flesh so inviting
A bit of pleasure
A bit of pain
Just one bite
Immortal
Dead

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This was written for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. This week there week a theme of Immortality was chosen by Merril D. Smith. I immediately thought of vampires. Didn’t you? ;) I wrote a nonet.

Trees #nonet #haiku

back-yard

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Shh
Listen
Gold and Green
Living, breathing
Center of the wood
Heartbeat of the forest
Holding Earth’s ancient wisdom
Towers of organic knowledge
What would you tell me if I could hear?

Eldest oak
To a young sapling
Growing truth

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This was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge.  This week the challenge was in the form of a quote (chosen by Sue Vincent):

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.” Herman Hesse

I chose to do a reverse nonet followed by a 3/5/3 haiku to make a tree :)

Photo was taken a few weeks ago from my back yard looking up the hill behind my house into the woods

They Said it was Over years Ago #doublenonet #tanka

Eagle

It happened again
How can a human do that?
Pain of the centuries
My hand fits nicely in yours
Bound by our humanity

Years ago they told us all is well
Humans judged by their character
Full equality for all
They said the world is fair
The battle was won
One family
United
In peace
Love
But
They lied
Still two worlds
One rule for “them”
Fear of the other
Blind eye turned to the truth
Indifference to suffering
A world of hate and division
They said it was over years ago

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These joined poems were written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge.  This week was poet’s choice. I wrote a double-nonet and a tanka

Warmth #Haibun #Nonet

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Painting by Jim Warren

Warmth

It is a dark and cold November day. The clouds are dragging grey across the dull sky, faded dead leaves litter the ground. Even the fire doesn’t provide warmth. I need something to spark my flame. I need you.

You beckon, drawing me into the bedroom. Beneath the sheets, you cuddled in my arms, I see lovers in the vibrant clouds. The setting sun glints rainbows on the tropical waters with horses dancing in the waves. A warm breeze over the cool, majestic mountains makes me forget the forecast of snow. Waterfalls near and far pulls me more into your allure.

I search you out on a cold dark day
Your agile tongue speaks in my mind
I follow your elegance
Dreaming with open eyes
Bewitched by your tone
Another land
On your pages
A book
You

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This is a double Challenge.

I decided to participate in Sadje’s What Do You See challenge, which she recently started to host.  She provided the painting at the top (Painted by Jim Warren, found on Google) as this week’s prompt.

This was also written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge.  This week’s key words are Grace and Style, but only synonyms can be used.  I chose a Haibun with a nonet.

I hope you enjoyed this love poem to books and reading :)

New Year? #nonet #doublenonet

frozen-swan-pond

The conductor bows, raises his hands
Music flows from the orchestra
Curtains of darkness raises
Fire lights the world’s stage
The sun lifts its head
Shadows depart
renewal
movement
Dawn
Light
New Day
Are you there?
The days lengthen
Lonely night shortens
Is it getting better?
Is the darkness really gone?
Has the new year really commenced?
Will unfolding life really improve?

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week the key words were “Begin” and “Fresh” This week I decided to try a nonet.  Well, no I decided to try a double nonet :)

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Yes, I am finding darkness in light ;)  The first half was just too boring, so…

Why? #haibun #nonet

Blackhole Mind

Why?

Billions of galaxies filled with billions of stars.  Although they say there are limits, for all practical purposes, it is infinite.  And then, from an unremarkable, insignificant dust speck in this seemingly infinite Universe we look up at it all in wonder.  We want to reach out and sample the vastness, wrap our imagination around it, but then on the other side, it is scary, it tests our ego, afflicts the very nature of our being.

A bit of animated matter
Making the effort to survive
What is the meaning of it?
A strange anomaly
Denies entropy
Grows more complex
Beyond that
It thinks
Me
I
I am
I must be
Make the attempt
To understand all
Actively seeks out
Weathers the many trials
More than unchanging matter
A will and a spirit to thrive
To find a place in the Universe

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Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  The words this week are “Try” and “Life“.   This week I chose a Haibun composed of a Nonet, well technically a Double Nonet.  Note – Colleen is taking a much deserved break for the rest of the year :)

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