Saturday, September 19, 2020

Inked Out of Soil and Sky

my garden blushes
in the most delicious shades

of ripening fruit

Late
summer looks
much like autumn
springing before nature changes
skirts.

when trees burn,
the world grows darkly
uncanny

 

the wee notes

- the new Blogger and I are currently in the I-sincerely-detest-its-guts stage. I can never understand why some platforms take something that works just fine, and turn it into an unnecessary nightmare. I can’t think of a single Blogger “improvement” I like, but I can tell you which I really loathe: not being able to post clear photos.  

- to see the photos that inspired these poem bits, click here, here, and here.

- for Poets and Storytellers United (Writers’ Pantry #38: Ominous Times).

43 comments:

  1. We had our first heavy frost of the season overnight, leaving the lawn so evenly white I thought it had snowed. Same prognosis for tomorrow. Oy.

    Loved the "skirt" twist, and your closing 3 lines is killer-diller.
    Very Cool, MG.

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    1. First frost already! Ours should arrive sometime in early or mid October. I better start making plans to turn my balcony garden into a living mini-jungle.

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  2. Gorgeous images you summon up – even without photos. (Though I did go and look at them too.)

    I have found one thing to like in the new Blogger: when I am 'under the dashboard' I can now scroll down al past posts in a continuous sequence instead of having to keep going back to the top of the page and clicking on the next lot, which was fiddly and irritating. I like that a lot. There are also a number of things I dislike! So I keep sending feedback and I hope someone will pay attention at some stage.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. The continue scrolling, under dashboard, is cool. Thank you for showing me the good.

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  3. I had a similar stand-off with the new WordPress, Magaly. I’m still not happy with it but we have almost come to an understanding. Anyway…
    Your poem is delicious! Your garden’s blushes are similar to the ones I see on my walks in the surrounding countryside: so many different types of berry adorn the hedgerows. I love the thought of autumn changing her skirts – can’t wait to see those colours. There is a definite change in key in the final stanza, which reflects the current mood.

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    1. Kim, I think Blogger and I are in a better place already--I figured out how to sharpen the images. The rest is still unnecessary messiness, but I guess all relationships require compromise.

      One of these days, you must share some pictures of your countryside!

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  4. Firstly I agree, posting is so much of a pain now! The years seasons do tend to sadden when we hop from one to another. However I think the problem is us being human we want everything done our way whereas the seasons do give so much guidance to every other living thing! I like the idea of nature changing her skirt!

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    1. I supposed things do work better for us when they are done our way. In this case, I would just be happy if they continue to do things their (own) old way, lol!

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  5. Oh haven't tied new blogger yet (will investigate)
    Fortunately your words always pain the yummiest images in our minds XXX

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    1. Let me know how it goes for you, Gina love. And thank you!

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  6. Nature changing skirts - I love the image!

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  7. Lovely rich, beautifully balanced and beautiful wring as always Magaly - always a treat to come here. I especially liked the notion of nature: 'changing skirts..." great!

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  8. i liked the stark contrast between the first and third stanzas. i hope the rest of the year stays like the first one.

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    1. The first and last bit were written about three weeks apart. One can hope that the increased gloominess is not following a pattern.

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  9. You are not alone in your hatred of the New Blogger.

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  10. Your rant about the new Blogger platform works for me about the new Facebook platform--I utterly loathe and despise it! Now, for your poetry: The seasons are sometimes clearly discernible, and sometimes not. This is one of those years when they are not. Irrationally, I want to blame that on the current miscreant-occupant of the White House. I'm sure that all the hot air spewing out of his mouth has something to do with global warming and the consequent disordering of seasons!

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    1. I know I shouldn't be laughing right now. The Orange Infection's effect on what seems everything is no laughing matter. But what can I say? You are funny. Bwahahaha!

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  11. Perfect. A 'with I wrote this' poem.

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  12. I know I've read these three bits separately, but together they feel like the beginning of a story, showing you the loveliness of the world and the encroaching danger threatening to snuff it out. How will it all end I wonder? I know I will do my best to be an active part of the story, looking to change things.

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    1. I hope we all use our powers combined, and activate the start of a better season!

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  13. That middle poem makes me want to twirl around in circle skirts for a few moments before engaging with the final poem. And Blogger...just urrrrgh.

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  14. I understand. I kept reverting to legacy blogger until they took it away completelt. Now i am slowly finding my way through the new system. It helps to copy the html of an old pist and work with it for a while, switching between html mode and compose mode
    Happy Sunday. Thanks for dropping by my sumie sunday
    Luv your fruit blushes haiku

    Muchđź’ślove

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    1. I kept on doing the same thing, lol! Even at the end, when I would revert to legacy and it would go back the moment I refreshed. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to make the best of things.

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  15. Your poem is lovely, and I share your antithesis for the "new and improve (ha!)" Blogger. It's been my experience R&D people love bells and whistles and love to play with programs, though they have no dreaming idea exactly how their programs are used. Sooo, they issue "new and improved" to the legions, and let us struggle and give them feedback until they make some workable changes. I hope this is the case with Blogger and all of our hue and cry will straighten them out. It has just been SO interesting to me that Blogger and Wordpress issued their "new" formats simultaneously, I think to prevent jumping ship! At any rate, a heart pox on them!

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    1. I think your assessment holds a lot of true, Bev.

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    2. Or "truth" (if I'd waited enough time to hit Publish *cough*).

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  16. You are blessed to have a lovely garden in the city..those bell peppers are huge.

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    1. I completely agree. My wee garden it's certainly a source of smiles and the occasional snacks and dinners--I just stuffed the peppers in this picture. The plant is growing three more. Yep, I just smiled.

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  17. The colorful "skirts" and blushes of your garden are envious. A contrast to ash and charred trees. Your garden brings hope, Magaly.

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  18. What a striking nature imagery! The last stanza, especially is a beautiful contrast that rendered two different descriptions, that is, at first I imagined trees in Autumn blazing in vibrant colours but then there's also California wildfires.

    I hope Blogger comes right with the posting of images. If it's any consolation WordPress is also problematic when it comes to clear images. But your garden poetry wins on Instagram. :)

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    1. The image that inspired the last poem was certainly a result of the fires. It's very scary to think that the effects of the fires on the west can be seen this far east. I hope the cooling weather helps. Fingers crossed.

      I just found a way to tweak the images, so they are clear. So, I guess that problem is mostly solved. And like you said, at least Instagram is still a great place for garden poetry.

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  19. Nature changes, beautifully expressed. Autumn is a beautiful season just before the bleak winter snow.

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    1. As if Nature wants us to know that all will be well... after the winter.

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  20. I haven't been posting, so I hope the next time I post, I don't get screwed up! Big Hugs!

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