Peace of Mind

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“What brings you peace of mind and cleanses your spirit?” This was our question for the d’Verse Poets Pub poetics this evening. For me it is not just one particular thing. I love sitting under the trees and watching nature hum all around me. Music soothes my soul, both listening and playing music on my guitar with others. I love going to the Nursing Home each week where I read stories and play music and sing with them. I always come away renewed! But, I have found that posting on my blog each day brings me the most peace of mind. If I have been busy all day, all that mind clutter goes away when I sit in my chair and begin writing a poem and finding a photo or two that I can add to it. Sometimes it is the other way around. If I have no particular inspiration, I look through my photo files and am always able to find inspiration. Connecting with all of you is most rewarding. It is not so much the likes on my posts, but the comments and personal interactions that make what I do here worthwhile. So, for that I say thank you for your support and encouragement.

Sharing thoughts with you
Connecting with such great friends
Brings joy to my soul

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

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What Most People Miss

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Today I sat under the trees
watching the buzz of activity
that most people simply overlook.
The big black ants were running
up and down the bark of the willow trees.
On the knock-out roses, a black tiger tail
flitted from flower to flower;
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A humming bird drank deeply from
my red crape myrtle and zinnias.
And then // as I sat in wonder,
a beautiful blue dragonfly
landed softly on a long dead stem
on the other side of the stream.
He kept going away and coming back
to pose for me, while I took his picture.
His gossamer wings, barely visible,
shimmered in the sunlight;
Bugeyes bulging out of his head
seemed to be the biggest part
of his fragile stick-like frame.
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All this, while birds sang
and flowers bloomed
among the grass and weeds nearby.
Life is Good!

What an amazing creation!

 

Nature Returns

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Last fall the gas company cleared the right away behind our property. I was sad to see the trees go and the topsoil removed. They buried a twelve inch natural gas line and then covered it over with the original top soil. A couple of months ago they planted grass over the whole thing. The attempted to leave the natural wet areas unchanged, leveling and covering it with mesh netting to protect it.  The grass grew and the natural growth came up through the mesh. Today I found wild flowers once again blooming. Nature’s resilience is amazing.

Whatever we do

Progress scarring the landscape

Nature blooms through mesh

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

 

 

 

 

Just Imagine

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I am always amazed at the imagination we have and how far mankind has come over the centuries…. then I look at nature!

Imagine
The thrill of the imagination
Takes us places we can never go
Beyond this earthly home
Out into the solar system
Wrapping our minds around the
Concept of a galaxy in a world far far away
Imagine going into the depths of the earth
All the way to China as we used to say
…Our way of saying very deep
Imagine riding with Voyager
As it continues to sail out into the universe
Beyond our solar system to worlds unknown
Having paid its dues in 2012 sailing on
Singing I’ll fly away oh glory I’ll fly away
Who are the imaginers of the present
With visions beyond this realm
Pushing the outer limits in ways yet to be
Not content to live in Earth’s isolation
Rather seeking ways to imagine
The reality of a Star Trek generation
That will stretch our imaginations even more

All of our achievements amount to very little when compared to the world around us, and the universe… which is beyond imagination!

I cannot imagine that it all just happened with a Big Bang!!

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Nature Theory

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I believe nature is given to us
to show that we are only temporary.
Not the ones who control nature…
but rather, the ones who nature puts up with
in spite of all our wasteful self-centeredness.
If we were to disappear // gone for ever…
nature would continue to flourish without us
taking over the earth // erasing every trace
of our existence on this planet.
When we spewed crude oil into the Gulf
it was only a short time
until nature had swallowed it up…
Swallowed it up and buried it
under the sludge below.
Volcanoes continue to erupt changing the surface
creating new land to be worn down.
Mt St Helen erupted blowing rock and ash for miles
sending up dust into the atmosphere helping to close
the ozone hole, that we once heard so much about.
As the earth warms and populations increase
we can make every effort to “save our planet”.
But it is only a matter of time until nature takes it toll
Changing our life on earth forever.
Whether for good or ill remains to be seen…
All of our digital AI will have little affect

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Merril asked us to write about a theory, real or imagined. We hear so much about Global Warming and how it will affect our planet. My theory is that we are very limited in what we can do to stop it. With increasing populations on the earth it is inevitable that we will eventually destroy ourselves, if nature doesn’t do it for us first! Feel free to disagree with my theory, it won’t change a thing! The future remains to be seen! I think of Chernobyl and the way nature has taken over since the meltdown.  I enjoyed watching the PBS special 20 years after man disappears from the earth. It is fascinating to see how fast nature takes over everything. Feel free to share your opinions.

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Grand Caverns

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This week we traveled to Virginia to visit with my son and his family. While we were there we spent an afternoon going through the Grand Caverns located near Grottos, VA. The formations were very impressive. as we wondered underground from room to room. Our guide used a blue light to point out the special features as we went. It was a cool 56F underground. We were moving continually so we did not mind at all. These are some of the formations we saw there.

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

The Hum Behind It All

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Behind my poetry musings you will find
The TV humming with PBS documentaries
Great Performances or Songs in Blue Grass time
Sometimes The Voice or the Big Bang Theory
Keeps me chuckling as I write my poetry
My brain is an odd one you see
It needs sound distraction to keep my mind free
Odd as it seems it works for me.
If I write in silence there’s a tinnitus reaction
Becoming an unpleasant sound distraction.
When the well runs dry and there’s no inspiration
My photos never fail to bring rejuvenation
Natures gifts in digital form reignite my fire
Birds or Flowers // Butterflies or Bees
Are always there // they always inspire
My imagination runs and words flow freely
Poetic lines on my blog where you can see me

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Gina at d’Verse asked us to look at the hum behind our poetry. Juggling writing and others things like job or family can be challenging. It can also be inspiring. For me it is Nature and everything around me. I feel like I am living on the edge of inspiration. But when I write I always have something going in the background. My brain seems to focus better when there is a distracting hum. Mine is usually the TV!!

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Nothing Lost in Translation

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Words, as powerful as they are,  lack something when translated. Earlier this week there was a discussion at d’Verse Poetry Pub about the difficulty in translating poetry from one language to another. To me, it is almost impossible to translate accurately even when getting all the words correct. In some instances there are no words to translate an expression of a given language. When it comes to nature…

Nothing is Lost in Translation

They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words!”

Which shows that only words

    can be lost in translation

But the best poetry of all is nature in full array

A sunset //a mountain vista // a flower in bloom

In the poetry of God // nothing is lost in translation

 

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Effortlessly (Haiku)

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It always amazes me how beautiful wild flowers appear along the roads and highways. Even thistles produces a flower second to none. Perhaps we should expand the definition of flowers for our garden.  We work so hard to make our flowers grow, while nature’s flowers seem to grow effortlessly. I think we should all get back to growing effortlessly!

Nature produces

Most beautiful blooming weeds

Should call them flowers

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

One Slip

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Linville Gorge is a favorite hiking spot in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. You can see the cliffs that shadow each side rising high above the trees and falls below. Although there are warning signs telling hikers of the danger of getting to close to the edge, you can see in the photo,  some still do not listen. Several hikers over the years have been drawn to the edge like the beauty of a sirens song, only to make one slip and fall to their death.  I believe there is something in our wild nature of invincibility that tells us we can handle it. It won’t happen to me. Sadly we may only get one chance to find out how wrong we were to believe that.

Standing on the edge

of  natures awesome beauty

One slip ends it all

 

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No Soft landing here…

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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