Atmospheric Arkquain

WindRattlesPlastic blindsKnocks plants over Light a few candlesIn case the power goes outThis atmospheric river’sCategory five Trees sway like inHurricanesBranchesBlockTrain tracksTo downtownLooks like I’m stuck Three back to back stormsMight help restore reservoirsYosemite waterfallsMust be raging now Wish I was thereWith my kidCuddledUpHotelAhwahneeSuite would be sweet But she’s far awayWith her dad and stepmotherIn a…

Fertilizer

These shrubs used to be beautifulWhen I was a teenagerAnd people used to expect themTo bloom every year, reliablyCrimson leaves, soft pink flowersSpring after spring, all my youth People expected me to bloomAnd to migrate so far awayI’d never spend a single dayIn the housing projects againI used to get such good gradesSpring after spring…

Mountain Bluebird

BornOutdoorsNever cagedMountain bluebirdsOverhear children wishing they could fly From a low branch in a giant oak treeOne turns his headCautiouslyWatchingUs OnceThe kidsRun awayHe sings sweetlyReminding me how it feels to be free Written for W3 Prompt #34: Wea’ve Written Weekly by The Skeptic’s Kaddish, in response to Dream Seeds by D. Avery Form: Tetractys From…

Eighteenth Birthday Haibun

He said he would be there by midnight, but when the clock struck twelve, he was still a no-show. All of the young men from the neighboring dorm suites had come to mine, ready to celebrate my eighteenth birthday. “Forget him,” said the biology major, “Let me take you to see the bioluminescence. This is…

New Pexels Account

I’ve created a new Pexels account: https://www.pexels.com/@sylvia-cognac-396771898/ Above: California poppies in bloom on the side of a hiking trail over the North Fork American River. The river and river canyon can be seen in the background. Searching stock photos for nature photography in Northern California made me feel like I needed to upload some of…

Pictures of Yellow Ginkgo Leaves

Above: yellow ginkgo leaves cover the ground and benches in front of a glass greenhouse. Early December is the best time to see ginkgo leaves covering the ground in Sacramento, but I was able to find some leftovers. Above: Same thing, different angle Yellow ginkgo leaves, a patch of green lawn, and red and orange…

Playing in the Rain

Atmospheric river stormTwenty six mile per hour windsTall redwood triplets frolicAncient wisdom: Play Inspired by December Poetry Challenge Form: Dodoitsu

Transient Crown Cinquain

InhaleExpand the woundImagine oxygenRejuvenating the damageBreathe deep BelieveIt gets betterManifest inner strengthAlthough it feels like foreverTime heals It’s trueThis too shall passHeartbreak is transientSeasonal, ephemeral likeNature Hold onCaterpillarWinter’s temporaryPain’s a bittersweet chrysalisEmerge TraumaCan catalyzeGreat purpose after restDormant doesn’t equal barrenTransmute InhaleIt gets betterHeartbreak is transientPain’s a bittersweet chrysalis Transmute Written for Moonwashed Musings Weekly Prompt:…

12 Mile Hike and Bald Eagle Sighting

Since I hiked six miles on Saturday, I felt the need to hike twice as many on Sunday. I’m seeing the chiropractor on Wednesday, so may as well strain my body as much as possible before then, right? Seen above: A bald eagle. Male or female, I do not know. I think both are actually…

Autumn in the Foothills

I adore more than anythingPaths blanketed in yellow leavesToo many trees for me to namePersimmon, fig, ginkgo, buckeyeAll varieties of maple Old brick fire station looks like it’sOn fire with autumn foliageThe church looks holier like thisAnd my heart sings a little bitAs I kick through seas of yellow Japanese maple colors changeEvery single shade…