Posted in Body, Bones, Death, Life, Place, Poetry, Practice, Seasons, Spirituality, Things That Fly, tagged change of seasons, Fall Equinox, Fall in Minnesota, fire, shadows & light, sparks, tanka, what matters to her on October 12, 2013 |
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Fire For The Autumn Equinox, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2013, photo © 2013 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
What matters to her,
after all is said and done—
long walks in the rain;
sparks to light the blackened night;
a place to spread her ashes.
Embers — After All Is Said & Done, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2013, photo © 2013 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
-posted on red Ravine, Saturday, October 12th, 2013
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Posted in Nature, Place, Practice, Seasons, Skies, Things That Fly, Topic Writing, Wake Up, Weather, Writing Practices, tagged Bob Chrisman, change of seasons, clouds, drought, missing the rain, red Ravine Guests, summer heat, the practice of writing, trees, turning leaves, writing about clouds on August 26, 2012 |
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By Bob Chrisman
Clouds disappear in the night sky here in the city. Before the sun sat, gray clouds had covered the sky and now I can’t see anything except a dark gray sky. If I go outside and sit on the steps I’ll be able to see the cloud cover because the spotlight from the disowned Frank Lloyd Wright on the Plaza will shine off the clouds and I’ll know if the clouds have gone away.
The summer has been free of cloud for the most part. We look with anticipation at any cloud that floats across the sky. Rain? Will it bring showers? The cloud floats by and leaves the ground dry.
The clouds have passed over us, except for a rare sprinkle here and there. You can almost hear the trees sigh with relief as any water, no matter how little, falls on them. They swallow it up and beg for more, but this summer, more has not come their way.
The edges of the leaves have dehydrated as though the moisture had leaked out of them—some leaf vampires have attacked all the leaves on every tree. The victims of these vampires turn brown and fall to the ground. Color has left the leaves and turned them to a dull green. A few have turned a pale yellow, but for the most part only shades of brown are visible on the trees.
We will have rain tonight. That’s what the weather people say. Showers. But, at almost 9 p.m. the air is warm and still. The cicadas saw away in the trees outside, a deafening chorus that arrived early this year.
Everything has come early this year: the heat, the drought, the turning leaves. The only thing that hasn’t come at all is a cloud to relieve the thirsty earth.
NOTE: WRITING TOPIC — CLOUD is the latest Writing Topic on red Ravine. Frequent guest writer Bob Chrisman is joining QuoinMonkey in doing a Writing Practice on the topic.
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Posted in Nature, Photography, Poetry, Practice, Seasons, Skies, Things That Fly, Wake Up, Writing, tagged blue skies, change of seasons, into the blue, micropoetry, my blue period, places I find inspiration, skylines, skywatching, skywriter, skywriting, the space between, trees, Walking with the Wind on March 11, 2012 |
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Spring Walk, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2012, photos © 2012 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
Let the essays compose themselves.
Two yellow finches and a strong March wind—
-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, March 11th, 2012
-related to post: haiku 4 (one-a-day) meets renga 52
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