"Two wrongs may not make a right but a thousand wrongs make a writer.”

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Assault on a Dove

A flock of birds swoop down the road
in the face of a churning, tireless blow

skittering the ditch, they flutter and spin
to stay in sync with their fine-boned friends.

Pellets of snow fly in opposing drift
unlike these birds who would flock together

if only they could. They circle the house looking for calm,
break apart and converge in the shape of a crown.

One lone dove drops from the sky
like a plumb line to my porch and hops chair to a chair

butter soft gray, dusting snow off her feet,
she rests on a cushion out of the wind
and tucks her head neatly under her wing.

For Sherry Marr  at EARTHWEAL, poetry for a changing world.

Rising temperatures have a major influence on wind speeds. This has been especially noticeable here in the Great Lakes Basin. According to a study published in the scientific journal Natural Climate Change, winds across much of North America, Europe, and Asia have grown faster since 2010, and the speeding-up trend is expected to continue. That's good news for renewable energy production and could be a boon for the wind power industry but brings an added risk to birds. 

Researchers estimate that up to 328,000 birds are killed every year in collisions with the blades and support towers. But back to the affect high winds in general have on birds. The ability to land is critical, especially for fast-flying birds. High wind is an assault and particularly dangerous to cliff-breeding birds. It can prevent them from accessing their nests through loss of flight control.

Wind trumps fossil fuels, hands down, but solar trumps wind. No creature likes windy days, least of all birds.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Wildling Sea


Red flooding alert
along the coast,
but as with what befell
the boy who cried wolf,
we drink our coffee
and read the funnies
as the dune grass clinging
to the eroding slope—
the barrier between house
and the wildling sea—
gives way.

This poem is in response to Earthweal's weekly challenge for the "Global Commonwealth of Earth" and the theme of water. And d'Verse 's Wild Mondays  Even since I first wrote this, part of M-25 along the Lake Huron shoreline is in danger of falling into the lake due to unrelenting rain and gale force winds.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Why You Should Submit to the Slippery Elm Literary Journal

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Submissions are open until February 1st.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Child's Play

The pictures on the staircase rearranged themselves in the night
           or so she thinks.
The carvings in the wooden beams that support the entry to this old house
are mathematical in design and impossible to sand
            or so it seems.
My ears sing and I go to the woods to hear the crow and found a skull
and a rack and remember that which was upturned in the garden
and thrown into the ditch, but they keep coming back, like playful ghosts,
            or so I fear.
First it was her great-grandmother’s portrait
moved from top to bottom. Each night another moved
until the last morning the wall was empty.
            No one sees what she can see.
The dog barks, and the moon turns red, an eye of blood,
the camera flash, a migraine, a socket at the keyhole.
           The dreamwheel in my head.
My family pictures don’t rearrange themselves. I hang them where
I want them and they stay put. If a hook come up empty,
dust coating the wall behind where something hung,
            it was on someone else’s stair.
I retain the brass chalice my father used as an ashtray for his cigars
and saved the butt of one half-smoked.The wrapper crumbles in the bowl
but the blackened tip is soft from his lip 
            or so it seems. 
The boy runs for help with ash in his hair, a rattling in his pockets.
Fire smoldering undetected beneath the surface of the peatlands
broke free in his excavating.
            A tooth in his pocket. 
On the final night of the wolf moon her ancestors were piled against the wall
at the bottom of the stairs.
            I dreamed I was her and saw them there.

This is posted for Brendan's challenge at Earthweal, the new platform for discussion of climate challenges. The ghosts of what was, what might have been and what might yet be. Comments and suggestions are welcomed!