The Dark and the Light

Morning’s sun takes evening’s dark
To bring on light past gray.
Fading stars in silence mark
Morning’s sun with evening’s dark
Like old fears swept away
Refreshed by night for day.
Morning’s sun takes evening’s dark
As light wipes out what’s gray.

Linked to The Cosmic Photo Challenge where Dale’s theme is “the dark and the light”.

Also linked to Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile. What brings a smile this week is waking up in the morning realizing I have another opportunity to smile.

Morning
Morning

From Above

From above on rocky hill
I see green trees below me.
The wind blows as it wildly will
Far above this rocky hill.
Distant curves of mountains fill
Horizons blue like wavy sea.
From above on rocky hill
So many trees below me.

Linked to dVerse Quadrille where De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) is hosting with the word “fill”.

Also linked to The Cosmic Photo Challenge with the theme “From Above”.

Also linked to Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile. My smile this week comes from the memories of Palmer’s Park in Colorado Springs and the many hours spent walking there.

Looking Down
Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile
The Cosmic Photo Challenge

Nature As Art

Linked to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with the theme “nature as art”.

Also linked to Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile. I smile when I realize how little my own efforts have had to do with things. I mainly had to show up and serve.

Winter's Breath
Winter’s Breath
Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile

Colored Textures

Imagine how you'd see in darkness
With little for the eyes to do
Then feel the texture of spring colors
Daily gifts of red and blue.

Linked to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with the theme “the textures of your life”.

Also linked to Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile. My smile this week comes from memories of spring colors at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Poppies
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Look Up

They all were aiming the same way
Though wild they’re organized.
They chattered some. What did they say?
I’d likely be surprised.
Underneath I watched the sky.
Two droppings were well placed.
Some of them thought they should fly.
One dropping missed my face.

Linked to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with the theme “Look Up”.

Also linked to Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile. What made me smile was my own foolishness to stand for an unnecessarily long period of time underneath those birds. It gave some of them enough time for target practice.

Linked to dVerse Quadrille. Kim from Writing in North Norfolk is hosting with the word “wild”.

Together
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Outer Cold Inner Warmth

With roaring emotions fresh troubles may start.
Soaring of insight warms a cold heart.
Decide how this moment’s most fittingly spent.
The iron of anger with kindness is bent.
Doors opened outward bring shivers and cold,
But sunlight, bright sunlight, though cloudy stays bold.

Linked to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge where the prompt is “Outer Cold, Inner Warmth: The Comforts in Your Life”.

Also linked to Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile. What made me smile this past week with gratitude was the acceptance by Kids at Heart Publishing of three of my poems for their future anthology.

Also linked to dVerse Quadrille where De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) hosts with the word “roar”.

Outer Cold
Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile

Welcome to the 2020s

The turning of the calendar
Drops decades in the past.
It’s not enough to worry me.
The present tends to last.

Linked to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with the theme “Welcome to the 2020s”. Also linked to Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile to welcome cheerfully a new decade.

Fungus
Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile