Shadorma 44, 50, 57

All of these were published in Pink Chalk, 2018.

Shrill whistle.
The groundhog mother
warning her
two babies.
Three statues stand in the grass.
Fox crossing the field.

you frill your petals.
Chipped-rim pot
dried-out dirt
bleaching-strong sun. You make do.
I will too. Thank you.

sized for two chairs and
iron railings
vine-twined with
flowers in blown-out bee pink
humming in the sun

Misc. - Honolulu balcony small 2002

Honolulu balcony, collage, 2002.

17 thoughts on “Shadorma 44, 50, 57

  1. Thank you. I made lots of collages from that trip to Hawaii – I don’t like traveling much, but I’d love to return there – the place was just magic to me. As for the fox, we return to my own environment – who would think, less than a mile from the city limits in the middle of dense suburbia, I would have a back yard with deer and foxes and groundhogs and rabbits and hawks?

  2. They move in because we spread out, I think. As long as we leave them alone, it’s magic, but too many bloodthirsty idiots see it as an excuse for a bloodfest.

  3. I would like to see fewer deer. It’s difficult to get rid of them because essentially any hunting would be taking place in a pretty densely settled area, but there are too many of them, they starve, and they eat everything – I no longer can have a backyard garden, trees are killed, and so on. All the other animals, I can share – the deer, well, I’ve formed a dislike.

  4. Thank you. I was transfixed myself to see them so utterly still. The babies were small then and a hawk could have picked them up. Not now, they have grown over the summer and they are FAT now, oh yes!

  5. Thank you, I have always loved balconies (not that I lived anywhere with one) and I think if I ever get one I will have a garden of flower pots on it, that is what I was thinking of when I wrote this.

  6. I had to laugh… I looked at the collage and said wow! that looks tropical and then I saw the confirming caption. I didn’t know about groundhog whistles…now I want to hear one. And yes marigolds are quite hearty and vibrant…much to emulate. All this to say I enjoyed this collection 🙂

  7. Thank you. We visited Hawaii about 20 years ago and I would love to return. I’d never heard a groundhog whistle either, which is strange because we’ve had them every year since we have lived here, 15 years. It was impressive and if I were a baby ground hog I would obey.!

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