Queensway moose

Moose on my bedroom wall

filtered light

the moose on my bedroom wall

alive in the woods

the Queensway moose, his life

taken for losing his way


The story behind this short poem can be found here. A one-line preview is that a moose on a city highway was shot ‘for public safety’.

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following a path

of tear-shaped leaf rosettes

noting aversion

a verdant mat of plantains

strewn wild—not unwanted here


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Broadleaf plantain is commonly regarded as a weed, an unwanted broadleaf that crowds out grass. Of course any plant can be a weed if unwanted. There is nothing inherently unattractive or noxious about plantain—it is actually ‘friendly’ to humans being both edible and medicinal.

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018 Finding the Way, July 15 to August 14

letting go


small row of onions

selectively harvested

by rodent gourmet

teaching a gardener

the art of letting go


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For Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018 Finding the Way

The onion patch in the photo is larger than the one referred to in the poem…the poem’s patch is a smaller section where I planted extra seedlings…my generosity will face a greater challenge if I have nibblers in the main garden.

thunder rain

hard dark sky

trees braced motionless

in sewer air

lightning flashes thunder rolls

winds roar in a summer storm


I’ve realized lately that I rarely write about the rain. Then I read ‘Fifty shades of rain’ by Toni Spencer at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads and decided to notice the next rainfall more closely. The storm came tonight. Apparently there are more than 50 words in Japanese for different types of rain.

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