NaPoWriMo 22: The Last of the Shotgun

The Last of the Shotgun

She was a northern dog bred to rescue people
from the cold North Atlantic,
not fit for the hot humid Florida coastal inland
with deep black fur to boot.
He had waited years, a whole marriage and two children,
to become a dog person again, but the move south
is what killed her, not him or his grandfather’s shotgun,
or at least that’s what he told himself before he did it.

When he came back, it was not the war that nearly killed him
but a mosquito – dengue fever – the war just hollowed him out
and filled him back up again with guilt and self-loathing,
neither of which could be drunk away.
He tried.
When his father gave him his grandfather’s shotgun
he gladly accepted; the woods and the sport of it all
would be the same as it always had been,
but he had hunted during the war
and found he didn’t have the heart
to take a life again. Not yet anyway.

It would take:
a persistent ground hog,
a vegetable garden,
a startled first wife.
He aimed at the furry terror from a second floor window
taking shot after shot and missing,
the sniper and sharpshooter actually missing!
And then, finally, the right shot and the right time,
the groundhog a mass of fur and flesh, meat really, when I saw it.
Point taken: the garden was sacred, the ground hog was not.
The ground hog did not require heart, but the suffering dog did,
so he found the heart to use the gun a final time.
Afterwards, he launched the gun into the middle of the pond,
swearing for the last time that he’d never fire it again.

The Week April 24-30, 2017

Last week’s goals with progress indicated:

  • Start Aspen‘s back.
    I finished the ribbing and am almost to the first side decrease in the cables.
  • Weave in some of the ends on Aranami & knit at least 1 new wedge OR spin more.
    I took Aranami with me to knitting on Wednesday and to the Science March on Saturday, where it rained more than I thought it would. I wove in all the ends I could and knit almost 2 wedges.
  • Go to TKD twice.
    I went once.
  • Go to Science March in DC on Saturday. I have my official tshirt, I just need to seek out details, like the start & end points. Need to decide on a sign or no sign.
    Went! Well, to the rally at least. It was rainy and I lost feeling in some of my fingers, so we packed it in after 3 hours, after Bill Nye spoke.
  • Carry on with the poetry every day. Thanks to everyone who’s read and liked the posts – poetry isn’t for everyone, and then some people (me!) are very picky about what they like, so I really appreciate the reading/likes.

This week:

  • Work my way up Aspen‘s back.
  • Work on Aranami (knit at least 1 new wedge) OR spin more.
  • Go to TKD twice; gotta break in that orange belt a little more.
  • Finish out NaPoWriMo, which technically ends on the 30th but I may carry on into May to make up starting on the 3rd.

I leave you with Bill Nye and evidence of our super awesome spot right in front of the stage! Apologies for the portrait mode video; I always forget to turn my phone for better landscape video. An old person problem, perhaps.

NaPoWriMo 20: Emerge Poem 1

NaPoWriMo 20: Emerge Poem 1 with thanks to Jane Hirshfield, Wick Poetry Center, and the March for Science. More of my NaPoWriMo entries are on my blog (link in profile). #poetsforscience #travelingstanzas #sciencemarch #napowrimo #poetry

New paradigm in global
exploration. Sub-meter resolution imagery
identify cultural heritage sites
across undeveloped landscape.
massive datasets
led to
human perception seeking undefined anomalies.

unknown anomalies
within remote data
statistical trends highlight
collective human perception.

For more information on what the heck is going on here, please visit Science Stanzas, which I discovered today because I attended the March for Science in Washington, DC (or at least before the rain made my thumbs cold and after Bill Nye spoke). I posted some pictures and video on Instagram if you’re curious.
Science for Stanzas

NaPoWriMo 19: Cake Almost Sonnet

Cake Almost Sonnet
NB: May 3 is my annual cake tasting day

Angel Food, Devil’s Food, Bûche de Noël
Madeira, King, Bundt, Lady Baltimore
Gingerbread, Death by Chocolate, Angel
Baked Alaska, Battenberg, Petits Fours

Coffee, Tiramisu, Babka, Daquoise
Molton Chocolate, Whoopie Pie, Pancake
Tea, Princess, Baba, Jaffa, Génoise
German Chocolate, Croquembouche, Cupcake

Meringue, Ice Cream, Wedding, Marble, Chiffon
Mille Feuille, Black Forest, Pavlova, Birthday
Applesauce, Madeline, Spice, Depression
Red Velvet, Yellow, Fruit, Swiss Roll, Soufflé
Rum, Tiramisu, Pineapple Upside Down
Coconut, Meringue, Carrot, Tres Leches
Sponge, Eccles, Sachertorte, Panettone, Pound

LOL Friday: Woolverine

When I first came up with a blog schedule, Fridays were Follow Fridays, where I recommended someone to follow here on WordPress or elsewhere on social media. My Friday posts have been spotty, at best, and I have a Pinterest board of fiber art funnies that I’d love to share, so I give you Funny LOL Friday – I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

From Doug Savage’s Savage Chickens series of Useless Mutants, although even he admits this one is actually pretty useful

NaPoWriMo 18: Fabric


It’s not just the pattern and color, it’s the hand –
the feel of the fabric. I can tell just by rubbing fabric
whether or not it has polyester, cotton, silk, wool.
It’s the drape, too. That’s like the hand, but with gravity added –
how gracefully does it fold,
how does it move when it hangs,
how heavy is it.

Polyester was a miracle, just like nylon for pantyhose
before that they were silk. Imagine how that felt on your legs!
The chemical age brought a fabric revolution that’s still spinning out.

These days I prefer to work with wool, making my own fabric.
Measure twice, cut once, but you’re only cutting yarn with knitting.