Walking through my yard as if I were a stranger

helps me notice a “ground gallery” of pine needles

spiraling out from perfectly round holes.

No dirt’s been pulled from the openings;

a few inches from the rim, the ground is calm.

A skunk digging out grubs created these tiny bits of art;

I’ll save this sweet scene

for when I need a dust of snow moment to reclaim a day I’m on my way to rueing.

(Keeps Monsanto away too.)



( Colby’s The First Book of Animal Signs)

Dust of Snow


The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued
http://youtu.be/qqUEBwgA4cU (I hope this Skunk Mom shows her kids how to dig for grubs in my lawn.)

3 thoughts on “Resolve: Walk Through My Regular, Natural World Like a STRANGER, Notice What I’ve Never Seen Before ; Update My View of Things; Then Capture It in a 420 Character-9 Line Poem.

  1. I love these posts, Patty. You’re teaching us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary. You’re like my hero, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who practiced “the observation of trifles”. How much there is to see if only we really look. Here in your “ground gallery” are worlds within worlds within worlds.


  2. I really enjoyed this, Patty. I ended up using this format for a poem on my blog. It felt awesome to have a structure.

    However, I really loved yours. That getting down to the ground real feeling of just needing that little bit of unseasonal memories for those cold, cold winter nights.


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