Sunday, February 22, 2015

Birds in my Forest -- a Challenge Poem

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Birds in my Forest

Many birds are in my forest,
Let me tell you about my three
Killer Jane annihilates rest
Bonnie Sue hides up in her tree
That leaves for you my Marilee
Workaholic, she watches all
Savior of the world, help at call

Downy Woodpecker
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Poem Copyright, ©  2015 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
 Photos courtesy of Margaret with her request/permission
Today I am linked with Margaret at the Real Toad's Play It Again, Toads! #14 poetry blog.
It is Fireblossom Friday's February, 2014 Challenge (here) for my replay. "Today we're going to try the Rhyme Royal. It's pretty simple, really."The rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b-b-c-c. You can write seven-line stanzas, or you can break it up as a tercet and two couplets, like this: a-b-a, b-b, c-c. OR as a quatrain and a tercet, like this: a-b-a-b, b-c-c." (I chose this second form in Iambic tetrameter:.)

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday Challenge Poem:

Retired is Good
Why am I so tired?  Stock answer is
"It doesn't matter, I am retired."
I would hate to have missed the fun of life
Remissed I would be to my family

My bones do not all carbon to relate
They've got Teflon, titanium, steel
Veins of mesh tubes to channel my red blood
Hoses for cars, water and things till late

Retired I am, proud of it, can't complain
Better than my friends. To me, Heaven sent
But now they're six feet under, absent all
Not a bad life, tired is no excuse

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Photo and Poem Copyright, ©  2015 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

(picture was taken last April in Key West, Florida--Remiss if you miss it)

This post is now linked with  at the Real Toads, The Tuesday Platform

I linked to the Real Toads and found Thursday's  post,
 get listed for February: Absent .  There was the challenge:

 - The words: miss / remiss --  deem / redeem --  wager / dowager --  pulse / repulse --  file / defile --  peat / repeat -- sent / absent
I used "missed and remissed" and "sent and absent", then two of my own, "tired and retired" and "late and relate".

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

One Single Impression: Miss (long for)

Originally posted on June 12, 2011

The Friend I Miss

We met there on the bridge one early morn
Admired your beauty always when I passed
Always thinking of the hard life you had
Friend my dear I miss you now very much

You've gone away I'm guessing in the morn
You were laying there lifeless on the side
Brave, you died a death you never deserved
Each time I pass I pause and wonder why

I miss the sight, you watching for a bite
Did you have a family I'll never know
No grave no flowers just a few will mourn
Count me one to ponder each time I pass

Photo and Poem Copyright
© 2011 Jimmiehov
All Rights Reserved

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Prompt word, Miss (Long for), suggested by Harshad Meta
Space Within: Attempt to put in words....

Find more poems at
One Single Impression using "Miss" as prompt

Also linked February 3, 2015, to the Real Toads, Tuesday Platform
 - Every time I'd cross the bridge I would look for this grey heron. He would sit on the rail of the Hwy 1097 bridge over the north end of Lake Conroe (Texas).
 - Finally one day I was able to take his picture. He would always fly away when I slowed too much. Once I saw him dive for a fish. He didn't come back up so I am sure he went 'out to eat.'
 - The day we returned from our Midwest holiday I looked for him. Instead there was a pile of feathers and legs and bones by the side on the bridge where he liked. I hope it was a sudden death. Probably a truck sucked him off his perch.
 - I wanted the poem to be able to stand independently of the bird picture. My interpretation then would be about a 'wandering' lady I met who encountered a terrible misfortune.
 - It can be whatever the reader wishes. Possibly it might relate to an experience in his or her life.

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Rewind -- a Flash 55 Poem


Oh to feel young again, her sigh
Thoughts of birds in the trees
Flowers in the garden
Wearing sixteen bees
I'd like to run with the wind
Chase a butterfly, fall and get skinned
I'll beg your pardon
If I land on your toe
Please don't let me cry
Just wanna go. And go

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Poem Copyright,
© 2015 Jimmiehov,
All Rights Reserved

Rhyme scheme:
 . . a – b – c – b –
 . . d – d – c – e –
 . . a - e 

I'm linked with Kerry O'Connor at the Real Toads, FLASH 55 PLUS

Kerry's instructions:  " Write a piece of poetry or prose on a subject of your choice in precisely 55 WORDS ."  She suggested a line word count and a rhyme scheme for a form she has devised.  I used the rhyme scheme but not her word count.  I did end up with 55 words counting the title.

LOL (Little Old Lady) picture from a friend's Facebook

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