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Acrostic Garden Nature

The luckiest guy alive

Title prompt : C/o John Cooper Clarke

Scattered the seed

under a spruce based siding

noting the date and time

someone must have been looking over me, –

hail mary moment – for

in the redness of the sky – came a flash of light

next thing you know, enough raindrops for the buried seed to drink

expectant seedlings popping up to say hello

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Acrostic Birds

Perched

#napowrimo #acrostic

Positioned on the top of the neighbours roof

every day they

rest their talons on an aerial or tile

closely observing what the

humans have left for them

excitedly, they spot the bright yellow kernels

divebombing the position where they’ve been left

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Nature

Meditation

My mind was focused on two large pine cones

engaged in a race under an iron bridge

determined to reach the other side

in order

to beat the other to the bank

a force of nature willing them on

to reach the end before their friend

if you were wondering who won

of course – it was neither – it was the squirrels

now nibbling on them at the end of the bank

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Birds Poetry

Spooked

Salford 14th April 2020

#Napowrimo #Covid19 #Wildlife

Someone send out a message

Particularly to the man in the big house

Our feathered friends are not amused today – because

Our nation happens to be on lockdown – and no one sent them a message

Keeping the routine isn’t working – there’s nothing in the bins!

Even the prize of a dropped ice-cream isn’t sufficient

Drops required of birdseed – quick.

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Poetry

Exploring

Salford 9th April 2020

The wildlife of the locality

have had their free reign

with everyone inside

and no sight of rain

swooping around

enjoying the air

landing on rooftops

without a care

meeting up with old pals

on a moonlit street

the pickings are meagre

there’s no one to greet

watching the geese and ducks

out on parade

spotting scattered birdseed

heading off on a raid

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Nature

Few

#Fowc #Few

Happy is the humble helicopter seed

that make their way from their parent tree

and land in fresh fertile soil

to grow and prosper

for many are chosen for the journey

but few actually succeed

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Food Poetry

Root

#fowc #root

Root Vegetable (Parsnip) , (P) by inky from stock art

the source of the plant

grown from the seed

fed from the soil

Out of Sight

Unseen by most

till dug by the gardener

keeping those flowers

in perfect bloom

all the way to autumn

Special roots – Cleaned

and cooked in the oven

are tasty in stews

Edible Garnish

for the Sunday Roast,

sweet, juicy, tasty

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Acrostic Autumn Nature Poetry Seasons

Chestnut

#CYW #Chestnut

6th November 2019

Coming from two trees that hold its name

Horse and Sweet varieties exist

Each Autumn kids can be found playing games with conkers

Sweet fare created from the conkers sibling

Tartlets and pies and they’re even used at the Christmas table

Note however – you can’t eat the conker

Unless of course – you happen to be a squirrel

Though its easier if you find one – to plant it for a new tree.

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Birds Poetry

Topsy-turvy

A piece by inky in response to the in other words prompt

Upside down and Backwards

Photo credit: Garak01 from Pixabay.

Upside down and Backwards

You always wanted to be different

the other birds shook their heads at

Your topsy-turvy view of the world

but you always raised a smile

when the bottom of your seed tray appeared

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Birds Poetry

The Race

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They’ve waited around
practicing their manoeuvres
up and down the canal side
mastering approaches

Eyes focused
for a signal
and a time
and a place of green

Spring afternoon
perfect conditions
for old friends
to compete against each other

Superstar sportsmen
can only sit and watch
as gladiatorial battles take place
on the terracotta tiles

Spectators look on
from vaulted vantage points
up high and looking down
on the contest below

As they take their positions
and wait for the starter
spreading the breadcrumbs
across the walkway