Two Challenges

Dale offers the theme “in bloom” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.


Linda Kruschke’s Paint Chip Challenge this past week requires us to use ten of the following:

sunflowerwatermelonpoolin your eyesclear skiesbefore the rainmargaritahot saucezest for lifeheavenlysunshinetotal eclipseout of the bluethe whole enchilada, and yellow brick road

Loss

In your eyes I saw clear skies
before the rain that day.
All left at once out of the blue,
the sunshine and the sunflower, too,
the hot sauce zest for life I knew.
Our margarita laughing pool
shut down. You went away.


Many Bright Flowers
Roses
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Buildings of the Past

Dale offers the prompt “buildings of the past” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge. The photos are from an old home preserved in a park in northern Illinois.


Here is my poem for Linda Kruschke’s Paint Chip challenge.

A tiny trinket out of jade
deceptively was smoothly made.
I bought it. Why? I do not know.
My dreaming mind got caught, went slow.
I wonder now how much I paid.


Preserved Illinois Home
Preserved Illinois Home
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On a Small Scale

Dale offers the prompt “on a small scale” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge. I’m hoping these bees are small enough.


Linda Kruschke’s Paint Chip challenge this week featured occasional poetry for Mother’s Day.

Gaia really wasn’t there
the way my mother was.
The full moon of the night or dawn
were never heartbeats I’d count on
the way my mother’s was.


Bee Up Close
Bee Up Close
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My Green World

Dale offers “my green world” as the prompt for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Green Leaves
Green Leaves
Fern
Fern
Up Close Leaves and Shadow
Up Close Leaves and Shadow

And here is my submission to Linda Kruschke’s Paint Chip poetry challenge for this week.

There’s quicksand by the pearly gates
for those who wander off the way,
who love the breezy, sleazy mud.
Then pleasure pops – another dud.
On pins and needles now they say,
“Let’s try again!” And there they stay.


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