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as twilight set in
crickets began chorusing
a sameness of song
in their nature its innate
to be well synchronized
the tree is known
to one and
all
and the word clan is etched
on the trunk's 
wall

branches of the tree
tell about
kin
and of who was born
to aunt
Min
  
the lineage of the
tree may interest
you
and so might the
date of eighteen sixty
two

if you've studied
the tree
carefully
it will indicate to you
a little
history

now that the tree
has been
uncovered
what have you thus
far
discovered
he
departed
from
his
homeland
and
went
venturing
over
the
oceans
grand

he
landed
upon
a foreign
shore
whereupon
he
instigated
the
sorrows
of
war

the
natives
numbers
were
whittled
down
and
they
lost
their
empire's
crown

the
story
may
be
familiar
to
you
and
if
I
say
conquistador
it'll
be
a
vital
clue

the
motherland
of
Spain
gave
birth
to
him
the
expoditioner
of
acts
that
were
so
grim
thrumming cicadas  
sang their monotonous song
as the sun's hot rays
pounded down on the bushland's
thirsting arid patch
Feb 26 · 586
Haiku
from o'er eastern hills
a brightly glowing moon's face
rose in late eve skies
Feb 24 · 121
Virus
the world community
must be at all times ready
for another virus's chaotic
and volatile eddy  

there's a fifty fifty chance
of a new virus ocurring
and the very thought of it
isn't all that alluring 
 
humanity cannot afford to
let down its guard
whilst a damaging virus load
is living in its yard

the bane of a virus is
ominpresent
and its effects are said to
be so unpleasant
    
hear ye hear ye
this being the decree
from the uncontrolled spread
of virus we're not free
Feb 19 · 283
Alleviate
of recent days
the solar panels
and wind turbines
couldn't ALLEVIATE
the cold indoor climes

thereby causing the folks
of Texas to freeze
under the many inches
of thick snow

how they all hankered
for that old fashioned
coal generated
electricity
which would ALLEVIATE
the boreal conditions
atrocity
Jan 21 · 423
The Poet's Quill
the poet's quill wrote about
the merit of free
expression  
never would it become
a prisoner of
repression  

the poet's quill being enduring
of its staunch
belief
that to stymie liberty's voice could
cause but
grief

the poet's quill did
not shy
away
its purpose was intent on conveying
in an unfettered
way
Jan 18 · 48
Free Speech
the tongue of free speech
has come under
attack
by those who want it
hauled off its
track  

were the free speaker
to yield to the Fabian
left
no more would we hear the
alternate tone's
weft
    
the mainstream media
have joined in with the
assailing
for of an independent angle
they'll not be
regaling  

over the next while
there's got to be a stand
taken
if not freedom's voice
will be
forsaken
Jan 18 · 136
Wedding Bells
wedding bells peal o'er
the world to-day
they peal in such an
exuberant way

pealing for the bride
and groom
who'll be partnered
to love's bloom

pealing of devotion's
everlasting bliss  
the beauty of a warm
loving kiss

pealing a nuptial
togetherness
the sharing of a close 
love fondness  

pealing
pealing
pealing
an amplified sound
pealing
pealing
pealing
a joyous resound

wedding bells peal o'er
the world to-day
they peal in such an
exuberant way
The poem was inspired by wedding bells, that were pealing a few days ago.
Jan 18 · 138
Haiku
the sun decided
not to shine brightly to-day
hence the sky being grey
Jan 17 · 30
Of The Ear
we'll hear messages
clarion
clear
on owning a well
functioning
ear

yet when short circuits
occur betwixt brain and
ear
the messages
aren't so
clear
a supernatural symphony
floated on the
air
like a ghost twas
lurking
somewhere  

yet a realization
didst
dawn
of a cello evoking
a spooky
morn

clasping hands
drew around
ears
to drown out the
eerie sound's
fears
Jan 15 · 163
Ousted(Haiku)
of recent times
we've had a mouse invasion
in our small township

we're seeking trappers
to rid their big pestilence
before we're ousted
Jan 5 · 209
Fixing
posting poems
on Hello
Poetry
has become
an
impossibility

for as I got to press
the save
button
(THE BAD GATEWAY NOTIFICATION)
will invariably
don

would seem that the
server isn't
transmitting
and that it might need
a little
fixing
Sep 2020 · 541
Haiku
her bloom smells e'er sweet
yet when she turns into fruit
there's a bitter taste
Sep 2020 · 373
Haiku
on a gentle breeze
fluffy dandelion seeds
did saunter around
Sep 2020 · 398
Haiku
the colors of spring
emerge from winter's cocoon
of white snow wrapping
the peoples of the world sighed a sigh of relief
on a miracle cure being found by virologists  
which would forestall the disease's unending grief

the discovery hailed as the most favorable of twists
no more vexation did it cause with its widespread span  
on a miracle cure being found by virologists  

every country's population were so joyous in clan
a vaccine had finally arrived bearing good news
no more vexation did it cause with its widespread span

the men and women of science got great reviews
for they'd delivered a successful antidote
a vaccine had finally arrived bearing good news
  
injections rolled out on an extensive rote  
all nations so grateful to see the needle's point
for they'd delivered a successful antidote

a day of celebration mankind didst anoint
all nations so grateful to see the needle's point
the peoples of the world sighed a sigh of relief
which would forestall the disease's unending grief
Sep 2020 · 300
Haiku
as the clock of life
ticks away its years advance
unto a dotage
Sep 2020 · 291
Haiku
love is a bouquet
filled with the bloom's embrace
of scented flowers
Sep 2020 · 111
Nightmarish Array
our world became
contaminated
by a disease that
immigrated

its spreading curse
infected every
land
with a contagion
so horrendous of
hand
  
on an ill eastern
wind the bug blew
in
thence its destruction
did ominously
begin
  
no respite does the
blighting virus
display
for it is abnormal  
in its nightmarish
array
Sep 2020 · 85
Haiku
immense flames of fire
keep eating California's
forested landscape
a good shoulder rotation
is a must
if you'd like the ball to stay
on the driving range's crust

should a sand trap lie
in your way
make sure the chip
shot doesn't go astray  

Arnold enjoyed
a day on the course
using a nine iron
of considerable force  

the sport has captured
a president's heart
so he flies to Florida
with a caddie's cart

if you get your clubs
out
you can follow the below
par leaders about
Sep 2020 · 57
Haiku
on a warm morning
silken corn tassels swayed
in the wind's soft flow
Sep 2020 · 736
Haiku
golden leaf streamers
cascaded o'er the aspen's
tall majestic stem
everyone who is eligible
shall fill out a card on this day
and they'll be hoping that it
is directed in the appropriate way

there's been a bit of noise
being made about postal ones
and the person who is in charge
of the mail was put under the gun

on the day there will be either
a congratulation or a commiseration
and people will hear of it throughout
the breadth of the nation  

who'll get the tick of approval
to do the job
which entails leading the country's
large mob

soon the day will arrive
on the scene
so says the calendar's
Tuesday screen
Sep 2020 · 379
Songs of The Requiem
beneath the ground many
thousands of souls lay

they had their lives
taken prematurely

songs of the requiem
play in remembrance

never shall the world forget
the disease's marring scar

that which dimmed a human's
light of existence
Sep 2020 · 130
Haiku
the sun's staring eye
looked through my west window
with a fixed gaze
the stone will be placed
in a regent's
crown
and has a valuation
expensive of
gown
  
the color of blood
tells about its
hue
which is striking in
its opulent  
view

a girl's name from
yesteryear
that starts with the letter
R makes it
clear
  
The Rolling Stones mentioned
it in a Tuesday
song
and during the sixties it was
popular with the
throng
    
it is found in the exotic
country of
Thailand
and has an appearance
exceptionally
grand
Aug 2020 · 189
Haiku
minute dewdrops clung
onto the tall grass blades
earlier this morning
Aug 2020 · 57
Names
how some like to play
the name changing
game
for it is an obsession that gives
them a measure of
fame

Toby Kingston keeps fully
occupied playing the
game
every minute of the day he's employing
a newly minted
name  
and if he's got a spare second
in his naming
drill  
he'll pop a few more names
on the naming
bill

should Toby be reading this poetic piece
especially written for
him
would a name like Golly fit well
in his name changing
trim
Aug 2020 · 107
Secrecy Tag
of recent days he's turned up
using another name's
guise
yet the eyes were instantly
onto his photograph's
apprise  

would seem that he wishes
to conceal a past
identity
but the beard which he wears gave
a good clue concerning his
entity

the cat is quite literally out
of the open stringed
bag
the peepers are dead certain
about the man's secrecy
tag
Aug 2020 · 77
From A Distant Shore
from a distant shore
the pervasive disease floated
in
whereby every country
was infected with its
min  

its waves have been
two
stage
as they've come in
a repeat
gauge  

and its spread has done
damage
untold
many millions of people caught
in its psychopathic
fold

the world's population
shall breath easy once
again
on a remedy being discovered
to quash its
bane  

our globe awaits that
untroubled
day
when the eastern virus's current
finally vanishes
away
Aug 2020 · 105
Kindred Connection
the two men shared a
kindred connection
though each one was very
different in perception  

they both had a love
for water colour painting
oft they'd sit at an
easel's acquainting  

one of the artists being
a most evil man
whilst the other artist
showed a far gentler pan

yet an abiding affection
of visual art
tied them together
and not apart
Aug 2020 · 42
Debating Task
when the old guy comes out
from behind his Covid-19
mask
will he be up to the arduous
debating
task    

some say that he shouldn't
engage in the
contest
as he'd not look like he was  
at his very
best  

if he decides to concede before the
discussion
starts
he'll spare himself from upsetting
his own apple
carts
Aug 2020 · 143
Haiku
light veils of mist hung
o'er the river's snaking course
on day break dawning
the bird isn't attractive
in its
looks  
this you'll discover on
seeing it in
books
    
it patrols over the land
searching for
meat
which is lying atop the
ground's dusty
beat
  
this bird will travel
with others of its own
kind  
as they seem to have
a fraternity of
mind  
  
people in African countries
know it
well  
for it picks clean
a carcass's
shell

its name rhymes
with the word
culture
yet there's no refinement
in its
nature
random splashes of cerise
were painted in the eve sky
they predicted a morrow
of beaming sunshine
tiny black ants scurried around
building high mounds out of dirt
before the heavy rains fell down
this last Thursday eve
Aug 2020 · 157
Haiku
a low flying crow
eyed pumpkin seeds lying
in Helen's backyard
Aug 2020 · 138
Our Freedoms (Free Verse)
our freedoms
were
seized  
the day it arrived
on our respective doorsteps    
we're prisoners
shackled
tightly
to the disease's will
none of us can escape
we're heavily
restricted
our movement can't be
at fullest liberty  
the feeling of being
well hemmed in
stays constantly
on our minds
and we're all screaming
for
release
the holding power
of its infection
won't let go
and the torture
never
diminishes
Aug 2020 · 324
Haiku
a damp winter's day
prevailed in our region
dank twas its cold feel
they say
they say
that he'll be blown away
blown away
in a ballot paper display

they say
they say
that he'll have an unfortunate day
an unfortunate day
of terrible gray

they say
they say
that he'll be made to pay
made to pay
for his unpredictable play

they say
they say
that he'll receive an unforgiving spray
an unforgiving spray
from the fifty states array  

they say
they say
that he'll not survive the onslaught's affray
the onslaught's affray
which is coming his way
The poem is based on Donald Trump.
Aug 2020 · 55
Change
is there going to be a change
of administration
or will the status quo still be
leading the nation  

with the election being
one hundred days away
that's when the citizens
get to have a final say    

both candidates are hoping
for a decisive win
but only one president
can be voted in

when early November arrives
on the scene
we'll have an idea as to who'll
fill the oval office screen  

presently Trump and Biden are
pitching their spiel
to an electorate who could well
alter the tiller at the wheel  
  
is there going to be a change
of administration
or will the status quo still
be leading the nation
Aug 2020 · 54
Fatigue
everyone is suffering

with Covid-19

fatigue

they've had seven months

of its preventative

league

social distancing

hand washing

and the

lock-downs

have all worn the spirits

of the people's

crowns

yet the outlook ahead

seems to

suggest

that we'll be stuck for some while

at the exhaustion's

behest

how we would like to again

resume our normal patterns of

life

instead of being in this

most extraordinary

fife
Aug 2020 · 212
Haiku
toward western hills
the last vestiges of light
sink as day draws down
Salvation

the vaccine spells salvation
for
humankind
as its immunity will be of
a resolute
mind    

our global population
receiving an injection
shot
that shall wipe out the
contagion's vast
blot

we're looking forward
to deliverance
day
when we can bid the ills
of the virus
away
Aug 2020 · 380
Haiku
gelid wind blusters
drove a freezing current's trail
through the snow clad dales
Jun 2020 · 172
Haiku
many dappled shadows
played on the forest's floor
as light winds did blow
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