Mainly works of Haiku, (but some other works also) by Mark Shean- New page under ‘construction’ as I transfer poems from my note book, (the kind with actual paper in it) to my lap top. My rss feed is http://mafirearmsafety.com/feed/ for any updates to this site. M.S.

INTRODUCTION:

I was introduced to Haiku when I was in the third grade by a Mrs. Hanna, one of those rare teachers that make a lasting impression, from then to now I have been ‘hooked’ on the simplicity as well as the depth of Haiku.

We can define/breakdown HAIKU in this way:

HAIKU (hi’koo) A major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables, divided into three horizontal, (English style) lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables, (Japanese style is vertical)  employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons.

Evoke (i vok’) To call up, produce, or suggest (memories, feelings, etc.) to elicit or draw forth: ‘the music evoked the mood of spring’.

Allusion (e loo’ zhen) n. A passing or casual  reference; an incidental mention: an allusion to Shakespeare. A metaphor, to allude to.

Metaphor (met’ e for’) The application of a word or phrase to an object or concept it does not literally denote, in order to suggest comparison with another object or concept, as in (“A mighty fortress is our God”).

Mine for the most part is not purely traditional Japanese Haiku in any strict sense. I have made a point of not reading published poets Haiku so as to be original, and without influence from them in creating my own thoughts and style. I think of my ‘style’ as American Haiku, I touch on many things including politics, I claim in my Haiku an ample touch of  ‘poetic license’ as is the right of any poet at heart.

My  ‘American Style’ Haiku, Objective; To create an image or scene from each line, to tie together and start you on a quest to complete a scene/story from these fragments in your minds eye, to stir the imagination in a few short lines.

The following Haiku are the sole creation and property of Mark Shean, and cannot be reproduced without his explicit permission. These Haiku are dedicated to my beautiful wife Diane : )

Brite hazel-blue eyes

happy,  pretty Autumn soul

My hearts desire

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Imagination

From seventeen syllables

A story is wrest

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To link with the old

Common thread, with modern thoughts

Times, climate of world

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1.

Small town, baseball game

Apple pie set out on sills

Porch swings, light laughter

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2.

Green, orange and brown

Sentrys to dusty dirt roads

Wild black eyed susans

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3.

Children run and hide

all-ee  all-ee, in come free !

Parents remember

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4.

Good memories, bad

Lifes experience, minds eye

Times past, subtle change

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5.

Deep grey mornings dawn

Ominous, swift, snow chilled clouds

Winters pending storm

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6.

Mighty soaring wings

Diving death, a rabbits cry

Eagle nest, young’s kill

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7.

Veiled sun straining

Grey day waits

December marches on

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8.

White, colorful orbs

Watching changes in the world

Your souls reflection

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9.

Forever the night

Interpreting life’s bounty

Intricate textures

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10.

Some people will say

True loves feeling comes but once

Hear only your heart

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11.

Idle day, cane pole

Drifting bobber, gentle tug

Happy lads blue-gill

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12.

Wild windswept whitecaps

Stormy clouds racing onward

Gulls erratic flight

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13.

Agile, wary prey

Nervous nibbles, twitching ears

Fleet hooves, steady fear

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14.

Tree buds hardy growth

Forest branches reaching out

Springs boundless promise

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15.

Tranquil harbor waits

Jetty, protective sentinel

Oceans moody whims

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16.

Full moons blue haze cast

A snow-scapes reflective glow

Clear, crisp winters eve

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17.

Grass, glimmering dew

Early morning, night retreats

Wrens melodious song

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18.

Minnows reflection

Survivals unending play

Great Blue Heron’s eye

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19.

Gale driven crystals

Sanctuary nature seeks

Forest’s straining boughs

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20.

A young pilot dies

Country’s reflective sorrow

Parents dream, high cost

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21.

Stormy day, plane crash

Lofty goals, now such a loss

Prayers sent to Heaven

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22.

Shadows lengthening

Steadily ascending moon

Night creatures stirring

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23.

Night’s promise of snow

Moon’s encircling halo

Dawns cold, telling flakes

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24.

Deep forest shadows

Murmuring brook, speckled trout

Natures solitude

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25.

Peepers incessant calling

A footfall

Silence

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26.

Passing chill, Springs warmth

Natures fragrant scents waken

Budding new life stirs

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27.

Softly falling snow

Mesmerizing danger illuminated

A nights traversed road

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28.

Churning depths assault

Breached jetty’s futile battle

Sea’s harsh endeavors

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29.

Bright hazel-blue eyes

Her happy lighthearted soul

My hearts desire

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30.

Wide cool blue ocean

Sands shimmering heat mirage

Tan, relaxed bodies

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31.

Warm breeze, swaying hay

Clear sky above amber plains

Whispering beauty

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32.

Sea’s treacherous reef

Flashing beacon, ships warning

Graveyards looming hulls

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34.

Bare limbs intertwined

Warm shuddering, sweet release

Soft sighs subsiding

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35.

Angry windswept sea

Racing clipper, soaring hearts

Billowing canvas

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36.

Great fog shrouded lake

Birch canoe’s silent progress

Hawk feathers, war paint

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37.

Lusts ageless calling

Rhythmically rising, falling

Youth’s forceful yearning

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38.

Mid June summers night

Young couple, back seat romance

Chevy’s squeaky springs

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39.

Tulip fields, windmills

Ox drawn barge’s, long canals

Friendly folks, wood shoes

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40.

Young lovers hiking

Rain, a tent hastily pitched

Pleasures warmth within

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41.

Warm Hawaiian night

Inhibitions abandoned

Splashing, laughing, love

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42.

Children’s bobbing fun

Rainbow colors tug on strings

Balloons in the park

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43.

Joyful memories

Children skipping, London Bridge!

Youthful wonderment

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44.

Happy playground sounds

Adventure rides, shiny slide

Childhood fantasies

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45. to 56 Dedicated to September 11, 2001 Lest we forget.

Bound in infamy

Winged evil and innocence

A shocked nation mourns

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46.

Selfless courage

Unparalleled moral strength

The flight of ’93’

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47.

               Flame, billowing smoke

Softened steel, cascading glass

The hellish descent

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48.

Scarred, surging workforce

Individual courage

Many the brave soul

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49.

Duties valiant call

Responders courageous toil

Big ‘A’s bravest fall

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50.

Frantic families

Scant success, few miracles

Forlorn they linger……….

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51.

Charred rubble, grim crop

Volunteers searching, weeping

Drastically changed world

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52.

Honest, steeled resolve

“Your with us or against us”

Countries on notice

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53.

A Speech to Endure

Hushed, and attentive Congress

Emerging leader

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54.

An angry nation

Sharpen the swords, beat the drum!

Righteous call to arms

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55.

Family, loved ones

Red white and blue Patriots

Thoughts of what matter

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56.

Congress reminded

Honor the Constitution

Uphold and Defend!

We Will Never Forget 9-11

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57.

Evening, fading light

An angler casts out his bait

The surfs gentle lull

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58.

Squirrels nervous chatter

Forest creatures warning knell

Predator stalking

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59.

Lions rush, wild fear

Success not, another night

Hungers agony

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60.

Calm surface facade

Abyss, darkest mysteries

Vastly unknown world

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61.

Battles swirling smoke

Young men aged from death and strife

Old veterans mourn

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62.

Morning dove in flight

On high, speeding talons plunge

Blood falling to earth

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63.

Silky satin sheets

Inviting lovers pleasure

Sensual, joined bliss

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64.

Carelessly tossed stone

Serene pond’s disturbed surface

Rings reaching outward

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65.

Sun sparkled fair sea

Albatross, white wake churning

Merchant ship, steam on!

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66.

Watchful amber eyes

Patient, powerful puma

Acute senses probe

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67.

Faded vanities

Flowing time, forgotten names

Fame’s fleeting moment

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68.

Tandem swans in flight

Till deaths parting, natures bond

Loyal, steady course

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69.

High meadow, dawns light

Shimmering alpine flowers

Natures velvet dance

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70.

Mothers diversion

Padded death swiftly passing

Fawns instinctive fright

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71.

Coma mind, trapped soul

Muted cry to be set free

Hopeful prayers, cold fear

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72.

Days dawn, flashing hues

Many throated melody

Feathered harmony

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73.

Deadly shoals, ships plight

Heaving sea, windswept fury

Waves crash, lights warning

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74.

Time silenced ego’s

Mortality once realized

Melancholy thoughts

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75.

Wild eyes, nostrils flared

Gate opens, bolts, mane whipping

Hooves flash, pounding heart!

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76.

Vast covering clouds

Suns filtered beams, darkened days

Woodland paths cold way

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77.

Circled stars with stripes

Liberties toll, freedoms cost

Country’s Bill of Rights

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78.

Guard well your loved ones

Through deeds and prayer, evil heaved

Thy Lord will guide thee

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79.

Fear not the darkness

Thy Lords light shall guide brightly

the pathway to love

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80.

Sorrow not of death

Brief life, fleeting memory

God’s eternal joy

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81.

Smitten loyalties

Seek in prayer the Lord to guide

Prosper in HIS love

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82.

United Nations

Overrun Constitution

Presidential nod?

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83.

Struggling workforce

Corporate greed taken hold

America torn

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84.

Special interest groups

Overlooked constituents

Priorities bought

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85.

Politicians scheme

Handouts, to keep people down

Progressives welfare

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86.

Police the worlds wrongs

Ignore America’s throngs

Misled ambitions

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87.

Taxation’s bondage

Five months of year, slavery

Congress, apathy

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88.

Your tax for worlds sake

Constituents frustration

Congress, arrogance

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89.

Money sent abroad

An ungrateful, sponging world

Middle class, awake!

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90.

Fragile peace and hope

Explosion, death, martyrdom

Nations in mourning

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91.

Rockets deadly route

Big guns rising to answer

Israel’s lost peace

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92.

Grief of families

Long Island, fiery death

Questions unanswered

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93.

New seeds of peace sown

Many nations steadfast hope

Growing peace or strife?

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94.

Peace, prayer, hope, bonded

Slim bridge spanning wide chasm

First steps, faith, courage

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95.

Young children dying

Despair, Chernobyl’s legacy

Nuclear warning

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96.

Fishing plug taunting

Quiet solitude, calm lake

Fisherman’s day dream

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97.

Happy abandon

Scruffy bug-eyed doggy love

Unconditional

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98.

Delicate winged flight

Impulses, flames obsession

Fatal attractions

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99.

Collect, long distance

Youths desperate, hopeful call

Parents prayer fulfilled

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100.

History unfurled

Tall masts, billowing canvas

Freedoms sentinel

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101.

Ye ole Iron-sides

Freedoms stalwart guardian

A grateful country

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102.

Growth, steady, subtle

Natures winter weathered glen

Springtime’s bold promise

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103.

Lone markers vigil

Times weather worn epithet

Visitors no more

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104.

Golden quake, white bark

Colored tapestry, chill wind

Dormant winter nears

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105.

Deep churning waters

Black orb, primitive white death

Great shadow cast down

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106.

Hazy blue sky

Diamonds sparkle on the bay

Slight breeze, tide recedes

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107.

Life’s observations

Shadowed opportunities

Pleasures reminisced

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108.

Breezy, poplars sway

Like fluttering butterfly’s

Leaves dancing shadows

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109.

Deep woods predator

Solitary aloof air

A deadly purpose

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110.

In pursuit of prey

Paths cross under snowy boughs

Cautiously watching

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111.

Solitary course

Devil of the northern woods

Scourge of the trap line

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112.

Snow flurries bluster

January’s cold herald

Winter gray, warm hearth

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113.

Swift mirrored movements

Etched silhouettes, twilight flight

Feathered synchrony

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114.

Autumn frost forming

Shimmering crimson and gold

Landlocked in beauty

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115.

Pointer senses peaked

Camouflaged partridge tenses

Whirring rush to flight

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116.

Sulfurs pungent smell

Plumage exploding outward

Soft mouthed retrieval

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117.

Crystal woods beauty

Balsam dew, sparkling hues

Prisms star-fired glint

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118.

Wander o’er the globe

Dirt, cobblestone or paved way

All paths lead back home

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119.

Coming storm, still air

So subtle natures warning

Funnels roar, black shroud

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120.

Fury, strength, fang, claw

Evolution’s dynamo

Fearful of nothing

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121.

Eagle poised once more

A defiant tyrant taunts

History repeats?

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122.

French, cringing cowards

Short memories, ungrateful

Beneath our contempt

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123.

U.N., impotent

‘Allies’ paid to help U.S.

Utterly shameful

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124.

Welcome undeserved

‘Boot’ U.N. America

Treacherous leeches!

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125.

Subtle changing hues

Turning seasons slowly grind

Feathers flowing south

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126.

Natures solitude

Yesteryear’s beauty preserved

Artistry’s canvas

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127.

Wintry doldrums

Scarlet feathers, holly tree

natures flighty gift

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128.

Canvas reflections

Window through anothers eye

Interpretations

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129.

Conception entwined

Movements rhythmically joined

Threshold of new life

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130.

Shades of green and blue

Moody unsettled ocean

March turns to April

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131.

Patch’s of dawn’s light

Gull’s careening silhouettes

Shimmering ripples

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132.

Time’s, very precious

Many lives weave through them

Eternal endings

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133.

Whispering breeze’s

Creaky cemetary gate

Earthen resting place

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134.

Shadow’s spooky shapes

dead tree, owl’s silhouett

Black cat -a- slinking

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135.

Cycling phases

Shifting tides, moody changes

Clestial sphere

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136.

Wicked witch, full moon

Ghoulies, goblins, scarey sounds

Pumkin patch, dark fears

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137.

Leaves swirling at feet

We spy a jack-o-lantern

Trick or treat! retreat!

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The pinnacle of all our achivements may

also be the sum of all our fears.

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The  wisper of change, the promise of rain in darkened clouds,

the wonder and beauty of earth, signs shifting to new seasons.

All things in the natural evolution of time. A blue sky’s deception that all fares well,

natures twists that belay the false notion.

Spring’s battle to wrest itself finally from Old Man Winter’s grasp.

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People share laughs and sorrow,

people wed, make love and try,

people live, languish then die,

people will wonder of the ‘why’,

life is only made up of what we want

from our tomorrows.

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It is better to be thought an idiot in a fools eyes,

than to be the fool who thinks he is wise……

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Ridicule often is the flattery of  jealousy