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August 1.21: Coping


Gnoshing in the marsh

beneath the summer skies,

smoked fish the blue plate special

to heron’s gulped surprise.

From ashen cloud an eagle’s

gravelly croak is heard:

“Can the presidential seal

be changed to coughing bird?”



More thanks to photographer S.W. Berg,

braving the smoke from the west

hovering over Virginia.




10 thoughts on “August 1.21: Coping

  1. This is such a great piece, I especially enjoyed the last few lines. đŸ˜€

  2. That’s nice. I love watching herons fish for breakfast. They are so quiet. So patient and so quick. Your words make me smile.

    • Thanks, Dan. You’ve got it exactly right about the herons: patient, quick, and quiet. They sure are a lesson in perseverance.

  3. Ah, the circle of life. Great photo, and that smoke is plaguing a lot of us. Happy Sunday, Maureen. I hope the painting is going well , and those drop cloths are staying where they are suppose to. đŸ™‚

    • Drop cloths go their own way — and cackle evilly as they do! But the painting poet will triumph! (No, I couldn’t type that with a straight face.) Indeed that smoke floated everywhere. What a summer. A happy Sunday to you, too, Judy! I’m headed to my son’s to trade him some zucchini bread for more zucchini.

  4. That chocolate zucchini cake does sound worthy. What a great way to get our vegetables! Indeed it’s too bad you don’t live closer!

  5. The fires are scary enough for humans, let alone wildlife. You raise a serious issue, but I had to smile at the smoked fish blue plate special.

    • A little dark humor, I suppose, is bound to arise. You’ve got it right: the fires are scary enough for us — it’s hard to imagine being a bird or deer in such flames and smoke. I had to run from fire when I lived in CA, and it was the most scared I ever was.

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