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Sounds of the Sound

Sitting on the bank of the Sound
I listen for the wonderful sounds
of nature all around

White-crowned Sparrows pour out song
Harbor porpoises splash along
Bald eagles soar high and strong
Sea otters cavort shores where they belong

My awe of God abounds

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It’s Quadrille Monday at dVerse Poets Pub and Victoria wants us to sound-off with our 44-word Quadrilles that include some form of the word sound. I used two.

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Mama Bear

The mama grizzly
languishes lazily beneath
the old pine tree
observing her three cubs
frolic and play in the sunshine

At first glance
she appears unconcerned
almost docile

But make no mistake
if one should threaten
the safety of her dear cubs
her fervent concern
will quickly arise
signaling the interlopers
sure demise

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Tomorrow is the beginning of NaPoWriMo, a 30-day challenge to write a poem every day. Last Sunday I finished my personal challenge to write 40 poems for Lent—I actually wrote 45. So 30 poems in 30 days seems quite doable. I wrote this poem yesterday with the thought of saving it for day 1 of NaPoWriMo, but I decided to post it today along with this call for any poets who are reading here today to join me in this quest. Go to the NaPoWriMo site and register your blog, check out their prompts, or find your inspiration wherever you can—then write, write, write!

I’m also planning to submit this for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub later today.

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Hummingbird

The prompt at dVerse Poets Pub today is offered by guest Patti Wolf. She’s asked us to step outside and capture a moment in nature, to write “microworld” poetry. Since I’ve been at work all day and it’s pouring rain, I stepped into my memory bank of sitting peacefully on my flower-filled back deck last week while on vacation. And as a bonus, I decided to try my first haiku.

Hummingbird

Darting bloom to bloom
Purple petunia nectar
Sip, sip, zip, he’s gone

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Blue Skies – An Elfje

Cerulean
skies expanse
sunny and bright
I grasp God’s glory.
Magnificent!

Once again I’ve been drawn in by a new poetry form and the ideas have come in threes. So here’s my third elfje.

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Nature – A Poem

As we move, finally, into summer, I am once again in awe of the beauty of nature as things begin to grow. But it is not really nature itself that is the source of my awe, but rather contemplating the God of the universe who created such beauty. At the Women’s Retreat I attended two weekends ago, we spent part of a session listening to waves so that we could be still and know that He is God. As I sat there meditating on the sound of the waves it occurred to me that as awe inspiring as it is to stand upon a beach and look out at the vastness of the ocean, it is even more awe inspiring to contemplate that God created that ocean. He dictated where there would be ocean and where there would be land. He is in control of each wave and could halt it’s coming in if He so chose.

But there is much more to nature, to creation, than just the ocean. So I decided to write my Thankful Thursday poem to express the source of my thankfulness for all the beauty around me.

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Nature

Nature and all creation
Almighty God spoke and it came to be
Trees tower, flowers flourish, wildlife and birds abound
Under the ocean fish flow, mammals move, and plants prosper
Roaring waterfalls, rushing wind, stars sweep across the night sky
Every detail perfectly designed for beauty and the glory of the Lord

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.

Genesis 1:1-3, 9-11, 14-15, 20-21, 24 (NIV).

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