Shine on Strawberry Moon–June 24, 2021

“According to this Almanac, as the full Moon in June and the last full Moon of spring, the Algonquin tribes called this the Strawberry Moon. “The name comes from the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries in the north-eastern United States

This is the last super moon of 2021.

June’s full Moon is always particularly low in the sky, this can make it shine through more of the atmosphere than at other times in the year.

It won’t technically be pink or red but, according to NASA, its low position can sometimes give the full Moon a reddish or rose colour.

Hanging low in the sky
Luscious and full
Seems close enough to touch

O Succulent moon
If I place a plumb ripe strawberry
in front of your shining face
I can imagine
the sweet rich strawberry juice
dripping over my face
and into my mouth
before creating a long pink trickle
down my t-shirt.

“Strawberry moon with reflection” by vpickering is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Flip-Flop Seasons

Spring and Fall
are flip-flop seasons.

Spring flips forward towards Summer
and then flops backward towards Winter
Sometimes each week
but with surety each month,
the season advances forward.

Fall can fall forward towards Winter
and then backwards towards Summer.
It seldom fails to fall for it's ultimate
destination.

In the Southern Hemisphere
Flips-flops are reversed,
 like water flowing
counterclockwise
down the drain.





Honeysuckled Memories

I got my honeysuckle blooming' on the honeysuckle vine,
An' the love is blooming' there all the time.
From New Orleans by Harley Quinne

Slender white or yellow flower
deftly pinched from the vine
by eager young fingers,

Pistil firmly pulled
through the bottom of the trumpet
extracting a single viscous drop
of clear shimmering honey
deftly siphoned by
 a waiting tongue.

Waiting impatiently for the bee
to buzz off to the next flower

Arguing whether the white flower
or the  yellow flower
produces the sweetest drop of honey

Repeating until all of the flowers 
have been plucked

or we collapse to the grass,
intoxicated 
by the overwhelming scent
of  honeysuckle blooming 
on the honeysuckle vine.

We were driving through the Virginia countryside early one Saturday in mid May and realized there was no honeysuckle to be seen or smelt. Hopefully our chilly Spring has only delayed one of the best natural perfumes of Spring. Finally smelt my first honeysuckles on May 17.

Where Mankind Goes, Does Trash Follow?

We've conquered Mt Everest
and left discarded oxygen tanks.
refuse, dead bodies,
and now the COVID virus.

We've been to the Moon
and left more than foot prints in the dust.
Flags, golf balls, and maybe a Rover or two.

We've been to space
and left thousands of items of space junk.
Occasionally Space sends it  
hurtling back at us.

We have polluted our rivers with heavy metals,
our air with toxic vapors,
our airwaves with misinformation,
our oceans with plastic and other debris.

Prior civilizations have left artifacts behind.
We learn from examining them
and we call it archeology.

What will future people learn about us
from the trash we leave behind?
And what will they call it?




Horse’s Head

Horse’s Head in the Graveyard
Blonde plume mane
dried brown scale-leaf head
red ribbon bridle

Unlike the Godfather memes,
I doubt this is the gift
that nobody wants

Not a loving tribute
to a pony-mad schoolgirl.

A gift to notable horsewoman?
A memorial to  newly passed
beloved family pet?
A horse now joined forever with her owner?

So many questions;
 the grave yet holds its secrets.

Peace Rose Day, April 29–Poem 29

Each year on April 29th, National Peace Rose Day honors a well-known and fruitful garden rose.

The light yellow to large cream-colored flowers of the Peace rose have slightly flushed crimson pink petal edges. It is a hybrid tea rose that is hardy, vigorous, and highly resistant to disease.

French horticulturist Francis Meilland developed the Peace rose between 1935 and 1939. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France to protect the new rose, he sent cutting to his friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States. It is believed these cuttings were sent to the United States on the last plane available before the German invasion.

The Roses of Sarajevo--
pockmarked roses on the street
reminder of a mortar shell
that burst and left a
rose-shaped mark
where someone died
blood red paint
within the lines.


Painted Rose of Sarajevo

National Peace Rose

And Never the Twain Shall Meet: The Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean at the tip of South America

A remarkable picture from a video from a cruise ship of where the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean meet. The Straights of Juan del Fuego, at the tip of South America, (South of Argentina and Chile) is where the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean meet without mixing. Did you know that the two oceans do not mix? Watch the video that shows it to you. So why do these Oceans’ waters not mix?
Because there is a huge difference in salinity between the clear water of the Pacific Ocean that comes from melting glaciers, is cool and low in salt, while the water from the Atlantic Ocean has a high salt concentration from many rivers along South America.  Therefore, the two oceans have different densities, which makes the waters almost impossible to mix.
Also, it should be noted that during stormy conditions, mostly in winter (summer in the northern atmosphere) there can be as much as a 6-foot difference between the two oceans.  Now the question is which ocean is which?
If you look in the background near the end of the video,  you’ll see a landmass in the distance, that’s South America so the cruise ship was heading from West to East.  The Pacific is Blue. and the Atlantic is muddy green.

This video was debunked as actually being taken in the Gulf of Alaska. However, there is scientific evidence that different oceans or rivers don’t co-mingle and do have different colors.

What Bird Species Are Near You?

Carolina Wren hatchling from our back porch last year

There is a new and rather amazing internet tool for learning the probability of birds likely to be found currently within your ZIP code area.

Go to michaelfogleman.com/birds, enter your ZIP code and hit update.

You will be given the probability of a species having been reported there during the chosen month.

You can click on a species to find out where best to find it during the selected month, a very cool service indeed. This works for any ZIP code in the U.S.

This service was created by Michael Fogleman, a North Carolina birder who used historical data of sightings reported to the listing service eBird, a service of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

For instance, on March 23 for ZIP 55391, there was a predicted 26% chance of seeing a hooded merganser within 10 miles of my ZIP boundaries. In February my chance was 0.4%.

My response included 113 possible species in 55391 on this date.

My Source:  Research Buzz, April 1, 2021

I tried this for April and May for Charlottesville, VA and got different results for each search.

Synching with the Ebb and Flow–Poem 24

Water surges, rushes, swirls up the sand
each flow reaching further along the beach
until high tide
when  
the ocean
retreats, withdraws, pulls away
leaving a line of shells and debris where the ebb began.


As I pause to reflect on this 
twice daily event
my breath synchronizes 
with the hypnotic sounds
and sights of
the tide's lap dance with the shore.


Earth Day: April 22, 2021–Poem 22

The Earth Day 2021 theme is Restore Our Earth and features five primary programs. The Canopy Project, Food and Environment, Climate Literacy, the Global Earth Challenge, and The Great Global CleanUp.

Each time you plant a tree
you're adding to the canopy.
Canopies can be found
any place above the ground.

Eat  green and eat local
save the environment by being vocal.
Please eat foods which are in season
taste and price are two good reasons.

Climate change is not a scam
It  really happens and not a sham
Become aware about the climate
Don't monkey around, you alpha primate.

This year's challenge is the bee.
How many of them do you see?
If they do  not pollinate
Food will cease at a very fast rate.

Cleanup air or land or sea.
What's in your vacinity
that needs a helping hand to pick
up the trash that makes us sick?








Key West is for the Birds–Poem 20

Key West is for the birds
so many different sounds are heard

Roosters crow any time of day
while pigeons coo, always on display
screeching gulls snatch fish or bacon
anything left out may be takin'
Squawking pelicans line the pier
whenever a fishing boat draws near
In the butterfly house on Duval
pink flamingos screech and call
while soft spoken doves are underfoot
 along the path they quickly scoot

Waterfowl also quack and honk
Very at home in the Republic of Conch