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poetry, thoughts, quotations

The View

Tortoise-Hatchling

He took a wary look outside
His eyes were opened wide
Curious there what he would find
Was tired of being confined

He took a gander all around
His heart how it did pound
Gave a bellow of chagrin
And went back in again

picture from wikimedia

5 Day B&W Challenge – 5

Day 5 Gray Hair

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HPIM1746.JPGI did not injure myself trying to take these pictures.   Since it took about a half hour, I figured it counted toward my daily exercise.  j0222090graya

Six Word Saturday ~ Texas

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I’m Proud to Be From Texas

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The state is red
Free speech is dead
Deep in the Heart of Texas

Lots of bright lights
But no civil rights
Deep in the Heart of Texas

Many uninsured
A fact obscured
Deep in the Heart of Texas

Science has no place
A big disgrace
Deep in the Heart of Texas

With god be inspired
Or won’t be hired
Deep in the Heart of Texas

White male regime
They reign supreme
Deep in the Heart of Texas

Unfinished Story

Ouse schuur bij Blokzijl

We never got the story straight
It was past ten and getting late
Folks said he was always cussing
At his daughter ever fussing
She could not date

His wife had left him years ago
Just where she went folks did not know
And when the child had reached her teens
She too ran off ’twas in her genes
Folks said bravo

In the morn we drove past his place
Just an old shack such a disgrace
Behind a screen and looking out
Deep dark eyes it was him no doubt
Sad somber face

picture from morguefile

5 Day B&W Challenge -4

Day 4 Green Cactus

HPIM1542.JPGWe rarely get any snow and if we do it usually melts on contact with the pavement.  One year there was quite a bit and it lasted long enough for me to wander around and take some pictures.  It seemed a bit strange to see cacti surrounded with snow.

HPIM1544.JPGOne of my favorite pictures is this birdhouse covered with snow.

Truce

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Could we just agree to disagree
Get on with our nine lives
Not antagonize or analyze
Hope one of us survives

Could we get along and go along
Try to be civilized
Forget the roughness and the toughness
Perhaps we’ll be surprised

picture from morguefile

5 Day B&W Challenge – 3

Day 3 – White Tee Shirt – White Dress

 

My son brought a friend home for us to meet.

 

 

 

 

A year later they were married.

Along the Santa Fe Trail

A little followup for my Black and White picture of the deer yesterday

The Santa Fe Trail was a highway connecting Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico in the mid 1800’s. I don’t think it passed by the area where I live, but we have a trail that goes across our backyard.
It is well-traveled everyday. And the travelers often stop to camp beside the trail snacking on the grass and bushes and wild flowers that grow there. Some even decide to bear their young off to the side of the trail. We often tell these squatters that this is our property and they should not trespass. They pay no attention. You may now realize that the followers of this trail are deer. We can about set our watches as they go one way in the early morning and back again before night fall.

5 Day B&W Challenge – 2

Day 2 Brown Deer

HPIM0826.JPGThe deer visit us daily.  When we first moved to the hills from the city, we loved watching the deer and were so excited when they came into our yard.  Now they are just a nuisance.  It is not unusual to see twenty-thirty of them in the backyard.

For The Naked Ape

computerchimpJohn The Naked Ape has not posted in WordPress for a while. He still comes around to read blogs, give likes and write comments, but I have missed all his clever, funny and informative posts. Yesterday many of us were happy and surprised when he appeared with a new post. Unfortunately he revealed that he had been visiting some blogs and forums and had been banned.

This song is for you, John.

 

I posted in a forum about Jesus made a joke
It was sorta funny but not to some folk
And now I’ve been banned oh what am I to say
I am a blooming idiot
Oh how I rue the day that I was banned banned
I sit and wonder why oh me oh my

I posted in a forum about their fairy tale
I guess it wasn’t funny they said I’m going to hell
And now I’ve been banned oh what am I to say
I am a blooming idiot
Oh how I rue the day that I was banned banned
I sit here and cry oh me oh my

I posted in a forum again before too long
I told them that their Bible was silly and all wrong
And now I’ve been banned oh what am I to say
I am a blooming idiot oh how I rue the day
That I was banned banned
I sit here and sigh oh me oh my

5 Day B&W Challenge – 1

Day 1 Red Bird

willothewizp of Artistic Explorations has invited me to participate in this challenge.

The rules for the 5 Day Black and White Photo Challenge are:

1. Post a black and white photo every day for five days.

2. Invite someone else to join the challenge each day.

I never was too good at following rules so will invite someone at the end of the 5 days.

 HPIM0810.JPGA few years ago we looked out our back window and saw a beautiful cardinal sitting on the branch of an oak tree.  I know now that I should have used the Rule of Thirds and placed the bird over to the side a bit.  Sorry, not my fault.  The bird should have positioned itself better.

Year of the Goat

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This is about the best I can do for the Year of the Goat.  Wishing to all a year of promise and prosperity.

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Layee odl  layee odl lay ee o
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Layee odl layee  odl oo

Folks in a town that was quite remote heard
Layee odl layee odl lay ee o
Lusty and clear from the goatherd’s throat heard
Layee odl layee odl oo

Oh o laydee odl lee o oh o laydee odl lay
Oh o laydee odl lee oh odl odl ee o ay

A prince on the bridge of the castle moat heard
Layee odl layee odllay ee o
Men on a road with a load to tote heard
Layee odl layee odl oo

Men in the midst of a table d ‘ hote heard
Layee odl layee odl lay ee o
Men drinkin’ beer with the foam a float heard
Layee odl layee odl oo

Oh o laydee odl lee o oh o laydee odl lay
Oh o laydee odl lee oh odl odl ee o ay

One little girl in a pale pink coat heard
Layee odl layee odl lay ee o
She yodled back to the lonely goatherd
Layee odl layee odl oo

Soon her mama with a gleaming gloat heard
Layee odl layee odl lay ee o
What a duet for a girl and goatherd
Layee odl layee odl oo

Oh o laydee odl lee o oh o laydee odl lay
Oh o laydee odl lee oh odl odl ee o ay

Happy are they lay lee o layee
Layee odl layee odl lay ee o
Soon the duet will be come a trio
Layee odl layee odl oo
Hodi layee hodi layee hodi layee
Odl lay ee  odl ay

Walk in the Dark

nightwalkI always enjoy Jo’s Monday Walks.  She urges us to walk along with her.  I often get the urge to walk at night but not at her urging.

Every night I take a walk
Without even dressing
Every night I take this walk
It is so refreshing

I need this little walk
For I feel something pressing
If I did not take this walk
It could become distressing

I tiptoe down the hall
In the dark to the loo
Then tiptoe back to my bed
When I am through

WHOOO

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A plunderer a prowler
A thief of the night
A purloining poacher
With an appetite

A bandit a robber
Wings spread in flight
A raider a predator
Hunter in moonlight

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Whoooo stole my heart away
Whoooo makes me dream all day
Dreams I know will never come true
Seems as though I’ll ever be blue

Whoooo means my happiness
Whoooo would I answer yes to
Well you oughta guess
Whoooo no one but you

picture from morgueFile

graphics edited in Inkscape

I love owls.  The poem is just something silly.  The picture is a bit scary.  If you click on the picture of the owl, you will find a link to a live Great Horned Owl cam.  It is really fascinating to watch.

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Rule of Thirds

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The rule of three it seems to me

is just a silly conception

The rule of four is so much more

to attract better reception

The rule of five hard to contrive

is done with deception

But the rule of six for all my pics

I’ll make an exception

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This week I have been reading blogs explaining and illustrating pictures using the rule of thirds and something called the bokeh effect.  I don’t take many pictures and never pay much attention to what I am doing.   But after looking at many blog photos, I can see how it makes them more attractive and interesting.  I found several photos in MorgueFile that I thought were examples of using the rule of thirds and applied a Gimp filter that perhaps gives them somewhat of a bokeh effect.

Boiler Bay

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