Listen

Clear blue sky above,
thrush singing the joy of spring.
I sit and listen.

Rocket Science

“All right, it was an exaggeration,” Michael admitted as he defended himself and his reputation as an amateur rocket scientist to his friend. “Yes, I cheated, I didn’t power the thing using an artichoke for fuel.” They were staring at the remains of his crashed attempt to send his daughter’s teddy bear into orbit. “But now I really do need your help to find that bear or my life won’t be worth living. I saw it floating down so at least the parachute worked, but where the devil is it?”

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The above is today’s Random Words exercise for my Writer’s Group – to create a mini-saga using the randomly selected words: rocket, artichoke, defended, Michael, exaggeration, bear and parachute.

Single Tree

Today I struggle to write a stone,
so much going on but no words come;
the single tree
lost in the forest.

Magnolia Blooms

Delicate magnolia blooms,
later here than further south
but no less beautiful.

Shades of Green

Shades of green begin
to cover the bare branches;
trees dress for springtime.

Starling and Pigeon

Starling and pigeon
fighting by the bird feeders.
Pigeon wins the bout.

Water Flowing

Water flowing day in, day out,
along the gutter, down the drain.
Officials come to stand and stare,
scratch chins, then go away again.
Water still flowing, day in, day out,
along the gutter, down the drain.

Myopic

A myopic sun
squints through the haze
of a misty Spring morning.

Buttons

“Mums are like buttons…
they hold it all together.”

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day, or more correctly ‘Mothering Sunday’, here in the UK. This quotation comes from the card sent to me by my youngest son.

Tulips

Stoically
the tulips stand firm
against the onslaught
of hail stones.

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