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

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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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Trip to the beach 7-4-10 015

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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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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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Natural Resilience

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When I looked at this collapsing building, I thought, how interesting it was that the oak tree, which is probably close to the same age, is still growing and strong. We pride ourselves in being able to create things that last, but nature’s resilience often outshines us with little or not effort.

Manmade building creaks

Winter winds may bring it down

Old oak tree lives on

 

Nature’s resilience stands

Stronger with each passing year

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

 

Patience…Nature’s Rule

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Patience… Nature’s Rule  (a Hai bun)

In our world, we bow down and worship instant gratification. We find the opposite is true with nature. Since time began, nature has been patiently going through its annual cycles and seasons.

The book of Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time and a season for everything, a time for every purpose under heaven. Nature teaches us to be patient and wait for the right moment. The buds sitting in each joint wait for the sun, rain, and light to be exactly in sync before opening.

Sometimes we think we must make things happen in our life instead of waiting for the time to be right. Rushing things usually ends in disaster. The prophet Isaiah tells us, Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength.  There is a lot of wisdom in waiting for the right time to bloom. You will know when everything is in sync and the time is right.

Stump of each dry leaf

A bud full of potential

Waiting patiently

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Victoria Slotto Kicked off our week with Haibun Monday—No Ko Me—Tree Buds

“In Japanese the word pending is implied in the Kigo, No Ko Me--tree buds. The bud holds so much potential, the possibility of the tree becoming all that is was created to be.”

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Nature’s Resilience

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In my flower bed I saw that daffodils were pushing up through the ground, in spite of the fact that we had snow five days ago that shut everything down for three days. When I stooped down to take a close-up photo, I discovered that there was a hidden crocus blooming among them.  How amazing to see nature’s resilience.

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Winter showed herself with snow and ice

Closed down schools as airports de-iced

We were cautious // afraid to come out

For fear we might fall or get stuck while in route

We stayed all cozy and warm in our house

Crocuses and daffodils hid quiet as a mouse

The sun came out with snow on the ground

Kissed shoots and warmed leaves in beds all around

Excited and thrilled flowers opened their petals

Showing hope of spring in those cold shadows

Daffodils

Nature has cycles that each year never miss

Flowers bloom early with the bright sun’s kiss

No matter the cold or ice or snow

Nature is resilient // as spring will soon show

 

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Photos taken today with my iPhone!  Dwight L. Roth