ODE TO THE RED KATYDID

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AN ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE MIRROR OF MY CAR~!

Several years ago we had a plague of Red Katydids. Now those things only come out in force about each seven years. But they are huge and they make up for those years they missed; big, ugly, loud, hungry and want go away is the best way to describe them. They eat almost anything they come to, especially my plants and they love roses. So in desperation I wrote a short poem to give them warning~!

ODE TO THE RED KATYDID

Oh what is that terrible noise I hear,
A rasping noise that hurts my ears.

(katy did, katy didn’t,)

It’s bugs, bugs everywhere.
It’s bugs bugs jumping in the air.

(katy did, katy didn’t,)

Bugs bugs, on our terra.
On the floor, on my chair,
hopping here, hopping there,
chopping noise, as they tear
my roses apart, which I hold so dear.
I’m telling you, so listen here,
gonna kill them bugs, that I swear.

Katy did, Katy didn’t.

Katy did, Katy shouldn’t~!

Katy did, Katy didn’t.

KATY DEAD~!!!!

MVC

WAR

THE SEASON
LET’S START A CIVIL WAR~!
Oh I wish we could have a civil war,
not a war like what we had before.
One with leaders more civil by far,
not one we desire to see no more.
Our last one is still being a fought
by people who don’t understand,
uncivil those people distraught
who started that war so grand.
The next one just needs to be,
one keeping our minds above
the hate between you and me,
but one of civility and love.
So let’s start another war,
one using love and reason,
one that is superior oh so far,
I feel this could be the season.
Find a friend and start the fight,
with a hug, a smile and handshake.
From that war we will have delight,
finding a new friend instead of a wake.
MVC

BAD ADVICE

ON THIS LINE WHAT RHYMES WITH TIME ?

JUST THINKING THIS MORNING

Don’t do as I do, do as I say,
the poem you wrote today,
please do it another way.
It should never rhyme,
you waste my time.
All the commas,
cause trauma.
So stop,
Bop~!

Poetry,
is a photo,
things that be,
a mental picture of
all things I see today
the beauty of my mind.
It is the music that you feel,
or the sorrow you must express.
It can be the fine music of a bird,
or even about joke you have heard.
But take it as it was sent to you today
as a message of the feelings of the poet.

Take this as just a simple message from me to you.
Of the two verses above I am trying to say something,
unless you are teaching a class in verse. Accent on verse,
then you should not waste your time on taking apart a poem.
You can either take it as it is, or let it be. Like the person writing
it is yours to enjoy or not, but above all things it will be an expression
from the person writing it; hoping that their message comes across in a
fine manner. My problem is that I think prose, and actually talk in rhyme.
The first verse just flowed like water from my finger tips, without thinking.
But on the second verse I had the problem of my mind rhyming automatically and had to go back and fix my mistake.
Then why should I not enjoy doing what comes naturally and say things I enjoy.

One thing more, if you are a person who reads something only to find fault with the expressional use of punctuation, remember the work of a poet need not be controlled by such things, so they can use none at all, or actually put commas where they think that you should pause, either to stop and think or to use meter to express what they are feeling. But if it will make you feel better, here are a few extra. Feel free to go through this and add,
or remove what make you happy~!

(or !!!),,,, …. !!!! :::: ????

MVC

PERDIDOS MAY FLOWERS

TAMI SMELLING THE FLOWERS IN MY MAN CAVE

Today was perfect to get out and take a few photos of the Indian Blanket Flowers. On my place no matter which direction you look in May, it is solid with these flowers.

Las Perdidos sits on a sloping ground dropping about 600+ feet from top to bottom, but not like you would think. It is mostly on stair like steps with six levels (more or less). My house is on the largest flat level, the third level up from the creek bottom which gives me a panoramic view of my whole valley and all of these photos are taken on this level. The other levels have a different verities. So don’t encourage me~! I did post some of the flowering trees some time back. All flowers shown are native~!

So in the early spring we first have wild Anemones which start off white, then light blue getting darker until they are purple, which I consider the harbinger of spring here. Next several others follow mostly blue or white and yellow flowers which stay all summer. Next we get the blue bonnets, and then several yellows such as agarita bush, columbine, coreopsis, false night shade, actually too many for me to list, or even photograph. What I am saying is that in late spring, and about this time of the season, Indian blanket starts blooming, and while many of the other flowers mentioned are still there, they are pushed into the background by this plant which takes over in a big way~!

So on my third level this is mostly what you will see in May. And it is the subject of today’s photos. I hope I do not overdo it. To start it off though I must say that the photo above is just Tami, who you may see in other photos… Did you ever have a kid who liked to be photographed~? I do~! Well actually she does not leave my side~! So you will recognized her, there she is standing on top of my Jacuzzi, smelling the flowers in my “Man Cave”

ENJOY

CLOSE UP OF INDIAN BLANKET
LOOKING NORTH
ACTUALLY THE PURPLE MARTINS ARE HERE IN FORCE
IT IS ABOUT TIME FOR THEM TO FLEDGE
THE SKY GETS FILLED WITH THE SIGHT
AND SOUND OF BIRDS DARTING
AND TALKING ABOUT IT~!
I HAVE THREE POLES SUCH AS THIS
HERE THEY ARE
MY DRIVE COMING IN FROM MY GATE
OH THAT’S TAMI TELLING ME SHE SMELLS SOMETHING
NOT FLOWERS
OH I HAVE ROCKS TOO
BIG ROCKS
JUST ANOTHER VIEW, OH THAT TALL SPINALLY PLANT IS SOTOL YUCCA BLOOMING, AND LOOK, I ALSO HAVE PRICKLY PEAR
HA HA JUST THREW THIS IN TO REST YOUR EYES
PRAIRIE VERBENA

LOOKING TO THE EAST WE SEE
ANOTHER SOTOL YUCCA,
SEVERAL TYPES OF AGAVE
ROCK WALL IS OVER 200 YEARS OLD
LOOKING NORTH FROM NEAR MY GATE
SEE I TOLD YOU THERE WERE MANY OTHER FLOWERS UNDER THOSE~!
BLACKFOOT DAISY IS BEAUTIFUL ALL YEAR
BLACKFOOT DAISY THE REST OF THE YEAR
I HAVE TEN VARIETIES OF
MILKWEED
BUTTERFLIES LOVE THIS PLACE
I BETTER STOP, I COULD DO THIS ALL DAY. THIS IS A VIEW FROM MY FRONT PORCH TAKEN JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO.
That is ancient juniper branches on top of the rock wall, they never decay. I did not want to repair the wall, and ruin the ancient age, but to keep the deer from jumping it, I added the branches. You are looking across the parking space into my field. I rarely close the these gates but have three like this for times when the deer get a little to friendly~!

Let’s see next month what flowers are blooming, the last of the year are Maximilian sunflower which grow up to five feet tall and are spectacular~!
What a beautiful way to end a Hill Country year~!
MVC

SOUNDS GOOD TO ME

JUST ME AND A GOOD FRIEND

ALL THE TRICKS OUR EARS CAN PLAY

Pay attention here, and I will show,
In English the word hiccup we know,
is spelled just like it sounds just so,
But is often different where ever we go.

The Spanish do spell it out hipo,
but what comes out, sounds like “EE-poo”.
In France, it is hoquet,
but the silent “H” makes it sound “Oo-kay”.

And to our ears Portuguese, soluço,
is done much lower, even saying it slow, “ so-loos-SO”.
The Italians try to spell it out, singhiozzo,
but it comes out almost like a shout “SUB-e-OSO”,

The Germans are the worse, I found, Schluckauf,
hard to spell but a more easy sound, “schu-lo-fe”
The sounds of animals are also queer,
so where you are what you may hear.

And if you hear a rooster crow, for you,
in America he says, cock a doodle doo.
but in Spain, it’s different so we spell, quiquiqui,
and the sound comes out, “Kee-k-RE-kee”

Pay attention here and you will know,
where you landed by a “snart” or a “crow”.
So with that my friend this may help you around,
the different way by how they all may sound.

And if you awake on cold wet snow,
after watching a hot and lively show,
and someone says “žags?ti “with a bound,
sounds “sag-SET-ee” it is, to my ear I found,

so I think you were drunk to the end,
and ended up in Lithuania my friend.
Those crazy sounds coming to your ear,
understanding them, lots of luck, but I fear.
MVC

MORE ABOUT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES~!

CHIPS OF COCOA ARE A NO GO

That talk about chocolate chip cookies, coupled with dogs stealing and eating cookies brought thoughts to my mind. I NEVER bake or buy chocolate chip cookies. Guess I am just that way. Though I like them, I know that if I drop one of them or leave them out, my dog Tami will eat every one of them, She loves cookies, any kind~! Rather worrying about being careful, (what is careful around a dog), she even licks the crumbs left over from cookies~! When it comes to cookies, I avoid chocolate chip and enjoy peanut butter, cranberry nut, etc. God gave us the ability to enjoy chocolate; but he did not give this to dogs, He gave them an extra shot of love instead~!

NO COCOA

With the fear of being trite,
I write you with a little freight,
saying keep chocolate out of sight,
though to a dog you may think delight,


Any amount of cocoa may look OK,
but a warning given to you I say.
Your dog will cease to play,
being very sick one today.


So if it’s cookies to bake or ship,
avoid making them chocolate chip.
Your dog, don’t let them cross his lip,
or soon you will be taking him on a trip.


That trip will be to your vet,
because what he ate did not set,
cookies to him poisonous, you bet,
and chocolate can even kill your pet~!
MVC

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