I see a lot of families out walking, biking and generally enjoying together time right now. Which is the silver lining of all the ruckus. So, it only made sense for childhood to be on my mind as a I played with four of the March 2020 NaHaiWriMo prompts: patches of snow, plum blossom, return of the migrants and thunderheads.
I spy croci
peeking through fairy rings
snow patch find
white snow turns pink
when the south wind blows
we honk with the geese
among cedar and fern
we wandered dawn to dusk
porch light migrants
with each flash of light
we count one-Mississippi
big guns overhead
Ellen King Rice recently honored me by posting the above poem on her Naked Came a Fungus blog. She is gathering a “vibrant community” of writers to share some “word-smithing” using South Sound mycology as a spring board for inspiration. To what purpose, you ask? To hook you, gentle reader, into exploring some of our regions’ diversity and to invite you to donate to Feline Friends, a local organization dedicated to caring for abandoned cats and kittens.
a crescent moon
climbs the leafless dogwood tree
you trace my lifeline
Felines and fungi — an unlikely combination, yes? Not so! Ellen King Rice is shepherding a “community of vibrant learners in the arts of word-smithing and mycology.” Folks living in the South Sound can visit her blog and take their minds off the relentless January rain. After a bit of escapism, they could choose to donate to Feline Friends, a local organization dedicated to caring for cats and kittens.
Some days, we just wake up feeling snarky. Like today. But, lucky me! I could combine three January NaHaiWriMo prompts (first tea/first calligraphy/first snow) to burn off a bit of aggression with a bit of humor. As an aside: per Lexico, a slang British term for urinate is “slash” which seemed perfectly appropriate to use.
we sip ‘til full
then step out to slash our names
in new-fallen snow
Caption Me by bambe1964 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Four-footed friends and naps — this was Zorro, and he was quite the snuggler. Who are your favorite furbaby nappers?
For a quick dive into some Scottish tradition, check out this brief article on hogmanay. It seemed like a nice pairing with the NaHaiWriMo prompt of “first visitor.” And a natural place for Droughtlander sufferers to explore some of the back story on Outlander . . . next season is soon to start! Yay!