The Flow

Steel Bridge over the North Saskatchewan River – Edmonton, Alberta

North Saskatchewan

Cars flow above river’s flow

Both will freeze over

Steel bridge long gone … cars still flow

Traded for concrete four-lane

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I took this photo many years ago from the top of the CN Tower in Edmonton, Alberta. What a different perspective from the top floor. Security would not let us up there these day!

This is written in the Tanka form.

Seduction

Tomato in my garden (2)

Springtime smiling green
Tomatoes heavy on the vine
Shining in the sun
Swollen flesh pumped full
Rainwater fills every space
Face tanned by the sun
Chameleon turns
Green to blushing red cheeks
Smiling in the sun
Seduction draws me
Sinking my teeth in your flesh
Juice drips off my chin

My tomato photo taken this morning: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Frank Tassone discussed the Imaginism style of writing poetry, where the subject is described with detailed imagery.  He asked us to write in Free Verse or a series of Haiku. I love writing Haiku so I chose that format.

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Killing the Albatross

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One or my favorite poems is The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Anmol (alias HA) , at d’Verse today, asked us write a poem regarding Climate Change. I decided to try something different and write a Quatrain of sorts using the lines from the Coleridge poem  turning it into a Climate Change poem. I had them side by side when I wrote them, but it did not translate when I loaded it into Word Press.

Climate Change… Killing the Albatross
The breeze dropped, as trees were chopped
A very sad day indeed
An now no one ever spoke a word
As we dreamed of a time with trees

The sun rose high in the caustic sky
In the blistering shine we burned
Everyone hid inside their homes
And for cooler times they yearned

Year after year, day after day
The weather never changed
Both hot and cold were caustic
As the planet grew eerily strange

People, people, everywhere,
And all the food did shrink;
People, people, everywhere.
And no water in the sink.

Every tree and plant did rot: O Lord
We never thought this could be!
With creepy crawler things with wings
And termites gnawing on dead trees

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Excerpt from: The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
Down drop the breeze, the sails dropt down,
“Twas sad as sad could be;
And we did speak only to break
The silence of the sea!

All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

The very deep did rot: O Christ!
That ever this should be!
Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

Photo of a crowd of people on the street : Dwight L. Roth

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Spring Flow

 

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Summer moss is gone but water continues to flow

Winter rains and excavation changes everything

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Environmental efforts try to preserve the wetlands

April showers turn flow into flood as a result

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Water recedes leaving fresh green growth among the rocks

Natural flow continues to wind its way to the pond

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Nature recovers // flower pods form // wild flowers bloom as usual

Dead leaves compost

 

iPhone Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Perpetual Motion

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Cycles of life // ever changing

Water // seasons // life and death

Try as we may //no changes are made

Earth’s genetics determine its fate

A hiccup here // a burp there

New islands form // others wash away

The cycle goes on

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Kim from d’Verse asked us to write a Quadrille (exactly 44 words) using the word cycle. There are many ways one could go with this, but I decided to write about cycles that seem to never change.  There are so many cycles that we and the earth go through it seems like perpetual motion to me.