Carrier Pigeon

A fun poem about pigeons.

Violet Nesdoly / poems

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Carrier Pigeon

Bird Lady has tossed her breads.
Clay pigeons, come leave your beds
time to stuff stool pigeon heads!

Dockyard pigeons, homing too
from bridge girders and the zoo
Pigeon Forgers, drop by, do!

Pigeon-chested, pigeon-toed
pigeon-heated by the road…
full tums all—that is the goad.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

Poetry Friday regulars will recognize the Jane Yolen-invented form of this ditty (a septercet: seven syllable lines, three lines to a stanza, any number of stanzas), my attempt to rise to this month’s challenge at Michelle Barnes blog Today’s Little Ditty.

(If you’re curious about what some of these pigeony figures of speech mean, check HERE.)

And now, I’m soon off to Bellingham and Poetry Camp! Hubby and I even did a reconnaissance trip a few weeks ago when I needed some software that was only available south of the border. On…

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Woodland Therapy?

Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation highlights a couple of the trees mentioned here.

Country Inspiration

A recent article in the Globe and Mail confirms the value of forest therapy. Now,Sugar Maple that’s a value I’ve always treasured, but when I express something similar, folks look at me strangely. I can see in their eyes the query, “Are you some kind of weird woodsy throwback? What about all the mosquitoes? Just tell me where to find the nearest Starbucks.” Ah, but wait.

Cassandra Szklarslo writes about “the forest-bathing movement…which is a cornerstone of preventive health care in Japan.” Forest-bathing?? Weird. The article explains that they’re not talking about bathing in water but “immersing SummerWalkEricDukeoneself in the healing properties of trees.…A walk in the woods can be great for boosting your mood.…A burgeoning group of nature enthusiasts say it can do much more—including strengthen immunity, lower blood pressure, increase focus, and ultimately lower health-care costs if done regularly.”

Data collected in Japan and Korea found that “forest-bathers” had…

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Echoes full of knowing (NPM ’16-Day 14)

Bats are talked about in the Bible in Leviticus 11:13-19 and also Isaiah 2:20. Adam’s Animals offers 6 fascinating facts about the bat on page 14.

Violet Nesdoly / poems

Bats-night Graphic: pixabay.com

Echoes full of knowing

I look a lot like little mouse
little mouse with wings.
At dark leave attic of your house
to hunt for creepy things.

I swoop and swirl, dive and glide
but hardly use my sight,
prefer in dim moon-shade to hide
while scrounging food at night.

I have the rare ability
to somehow find my way
with sound waves and agility,
don’t need the light of day.

Sing little notes so high and fast
you humans cannot hear them.
Know when mosquitoes, moths fly past,
with my sharp teeth I spear them.

My little songs come back to me
in echoes full of knowing.
My ears and brain like eyes, you see
that tell me where I’m going.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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This month at the blog Today’s Little Ditty,  guest poet Marilyn Singer’s challenge is to write…

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God’s Autumn Masterpiece

Beautiful post on enjoying trees through the changing seasons.
You can learn more about trees found in Bible stories in “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation.”

Country Inspiration

Many in our northern latitudes find autumn their favorite season. For a couple of months the countryside exchanges a large part of its green wardrobe for gowns displaying a profusion of colours.

The countryside is a giant canvas. The Divine Artist is gradually painting it with a subtle shade here and a splash of color there. As the weeks pass, the mural becomes more and more vibrant.

Even plants like the sumac, that some consider a nuisance, get in on the act. As if afraid to be overshadowed by the scarlet frocks that towering maples don later inSumac the season, the sumac heralds its place in this drama by dyeing the fringes of the roads and fields with crimson.

Next come the stalwart ash, first displaying subtle shades of beige and rust before donning brilliant gowns of plum and wine.

The leaves of beech and oak, which often cling to…

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preserves

God created all the seasons and the beautiful trees with the shedding of their leaves. Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation includes information on the Oak, Cedar, Broom, Mustard, Fig, Sycamore and Palm tree/

Violet Nesdoly / poems

yellow autumn leaves Michaud Park in autumn (Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly)

preserves

multitudes of yellow leaves
illumine the park floor

the crop of summer’s
sunny days

dehydrated
for winter’s store

© 2014 by Violet Nesdoly (All Rights Reserved)

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Poetry Friday LogoThis post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by foody extraordinaire, Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

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Exposed!

Did you know that you can find the spider in the Bible? Check out Job 8:14 and in Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts about God’s Creation you’ll find the spider featured on page 78.

Violet Nesdoly / poems

Spider webs Spider webs (Photo by V. Nesdoly)

EXPOSED!

Through the summer night and day
spider spins her life away
weaving gossamer entrapments
for her unsuspecting prey.

Threads from clothes upon the line
between my beans upon the vine
and when I go through my front door
I break more threads ticklish and fine.

Until one misty day in fall
from tiny shrubs to cedars tall
each lacy trap in white is sketched.
The fog has come, exposing all!

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

I wrote this poem quite a few years ago, when I still had a garden. But it’s as true as ever. Each year at about this time, I’ll go out one misty morning to see spider webs everywhere. Busted!

Poetry Friday LogoThis post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by  poetry farmer extraordinaire, Amy LV at The Poem Farm.

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The Case of the Persistent Spider

The perseverance of a spider is an amazing thing! Something we can all learn from.

Country Inspiration

For the last few weeks, I’ve been fascinated by the perseverance of a spider. Where? On my car! This little spider lives in the housing of the driver’s side mirror. It spins a web between that outside mirror and the door, especially the door handle since the surface of the door is so smooth.

The first time I noticed it, I dismissed it. “As soon as I drive the car, the wind will blow it away,” I thought.

But no, day after day it reappeared to either repair or strengthen it’s web. Fascinated by its persistence, I didn’t have the heart to destroy the web and chase away the spider. I wondered how long this would go on.

Last weekend we drove 250 kilometres or so at speeds around 100 kph. “So much for the spider,” I ruminated.

We returned home, parked the car, and went to bed. The next…

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Batik Watercolour of Lizard by Adam’s Animals Artist

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Today is the last on my Bible Study of tiny animals that show power in incredible ways from Proverbs 30.

a lizard can be caught with the hand,
    yet it is found in kings’ palaces (Proverbs 30:28, NIV).

Most commentaries say that the lizard is a gecko. Since we spend some time in Arizona during the winter, I am familiar with these little guys. They can run up the walls and even though they can be caught they can get through the tiniest of crevices. And they don’t care whether they inhabit the homes of the rich or the poor. They also catch flies and other bugs and that’s one of the reasons that Arizona is almost bug free.

Click here to read more of Janis Cox’s post on her website.

Adam’s Animals (review)

Thanks to Violet Nesdoly for this thorough review of Adam’s Animals!

Violet Nesdoly

Adam's Animals - fun facts about God's CreationAdam’s Animals – fun facts about God’s Creation by Kimberley Payne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kimberley Payne has packed a lot into her 90-page children’s activity book Adam’s Animals.

The book begins with a simple explanation—this is a book about animals we’ll find in the Bible—and an invitation to get acquainted with them, as Adam did when he named them.

To help give kids categories for these many creatures, Payne includes the simplest of animal classifications, naming five families of invertebrates and four of invertebrates. She has also devised a symbol for each to help kids recognize them. For example, the symbol for “Birds” is a bird emerging from an egg, for “Mammals” a milk-filled baby bottle.

Thirty-nine two-page animal entries follow. A typical entry contains, on the first page:
– The verse in the Bible where the animal is mentioned.
– A brief explanation of what…

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