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Dutchman’s Breeches


I thought I missed the time of year

when droves of Dutch appear

to flaunt their frilly breeches.

 

But one cold rainy day

turned them out my way.

 

Dutchmans Breeches

 

Fridge Poetry


Had a chance to play with my new refrigerator poetry magnets this morning. The spaces between two words and their s is intentional, because they came as separate magnets. This is what I came up with.

 

green grass shimmer s up

frog song in a melt water field

tree s bloom early

White-Socks


White-socks,

Why are you climbing that tree,

with those leaves in your mouth?

Zhĭ·găg´


skunk

Hey kid,

why did I have to let you out at 2:30 in the morning? I knew something was up when I called you back in and you didn’t show up right away. When you finally slunk in, it hit me! You had to go and play with “the-little-black-and-white-Kitty”.

You thought he was purring because you both had found a friend. But you got too close for comfort, and met the clueless office coworker when you entered into the orbit of his cologne.

It only takes five minutes to Google a remedy for Skunk spray: a quarter cup of  Baking Soda, a little dish soap and a quart of Hydrogen Peroxide from the store. But in that time you managed to trot all around the house looking for help and to jump into 3 beds.

After washing your head according to the prescription, and chopping your affected hair off–all the while my eyes were watering– we got you squared away. (Here is a link or two, to find out what to do. )

Now all I have to do is wash my sheets in a bleach solution, dump my stinky clothes, and sleep under different sheets and a few blankets with the windows open until the house airs out.

I know you feel bad, and could use some more comfort, but you are sleeping on the floor tonight.

 

 

 

Too Hasty


several maple trees tapped with buckets

In my zeal to tap Maple Sugar Trees

I did not look up high to see

this one was dead.

Crow Moon


March is a month of many transitions so it has a few Anishinabe names to describe these. There is:

Ăn·dĕ´gō·gē´zĭs, or Crow Moon. Not that Crows migrate, but they fly around the area more. Perhaps because the warmer weather during March days melts the snow and the crows search to eat the preserved bodies of various animals which the melting snow reveals. (Hence my Haiku yesterday :) )

crow moon
Also

Canadian Goose Moon

Nĭ·kĭ´gē´zĭs, or Canadian Goose Moon. This is the time of the year when the Canadian Geese start migrating back north if the weather is favorable.

There is also  Ō´nă·bă·nĭ·gē´zĭs or Hard Crusted Snow Moon. With warmer weather during the days, the snow melts and then freezes again at night, causing its surface to develop a hard crust. Sometimes, during the day, it is just warm enough for there to be sleet that freezes when it hits the frozen snow on the earth.

and,

Bĕ·bū·kwĕ´daa·gĭ·mĕ-gē´zĭs, the Snowshoe Breaking Moon; Because of the hard crust, it is easier to break your snowshoes when walking on this type of snow.

or,

Zēn·sĭ·baa·kwăd´ōkē´gē´zĭs, or, Maple Sugar Making Moon. Warm days and chilly nights are the best kind of weather for Maple Sugaring as the sap flows best in these circumstances.

The Crows


melting crusty snow

a well preserved body birthed

the Crows come calling

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