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Connections: September 6

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Photobombed is too mild a word.

Yesterday, trying to close-up the butterfly, I was divebombed by the bee.

Beebombed!

Here he is, trying to make his get-away.

Never fear, dear reader: the intrepid backyard photographer

(that would be me)

is investing in a coat of armor and will soon be back on the job.

Connections


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Chantey

Sing a summer song
and you can’t go wrong,
a little rhythm and blues,
and a few other hues,
with a hum,
buzz,
flap.

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A coneflower snack
a jeweled backpack,
nectar to go,
and a do-si-do,
with a hum,
buzz,
flap.

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A poke and a sip,
a birdbath dip,
hangin’ with the dill
near the zinnia frill
with a hum,
buzz,
flap.

The air of the phlox,
a quick detox,
hummingbird sage
in its airy cage,
with a hum,
buzz,
flap.

A swoop and a swerve
it’s all self-serve
you can’t miss a beat
or you won’t get to eat,
with a hum,
buzz,
flap.

It won’t do to mope
on the heliotrope
or shilly-shally
down pansy alley,
with a hum,
buzz,
flap.

Gotta beat those wings
and slurp those things,
you gotta fly spry
or you’ll come up dry,
with a hum,
buzz,
flap.

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It’s not just fun
in the summer sun
but serious biz —
that’s the way it is —
when you’re on the wing,
can’t chirp or sing,
but hum,
buzz,
flap.

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Sotted and swollen
with socks of pollen
in frenzied note
from wing and throat
with their own bugspeak
and hummingbird squeak,
mostly
hum,
buzz,
flap.

Gentle percussion
over balm and nasturtium
pulse of the garden
cause of my bardin’
soft sound splinter,
I miss you in winter,
with a hum,
buzz
flap,
oh, flap!

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The muse in the zinnias

Zinnia babies!
Little Ys
for YAY, I LIVE!
SHOW ME SKY!SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Leafy cloud birthing
a bud — a thought —
green nascent inkling,
memory-wrought.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Then topaz and garnets,
ruffles of gold,
breeze-floated finery,
gemmed butterfly road.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Ripples of citrus,
dollops of cream,
bees imbibe wantonly,
stripes popping at seams.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Asteraceously proud
but democrat still,
comfy with beeblossom,
bedbug and dill.SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

A bowl full of summer!
A head full of words —
which will stretch up
and burst sun-towards?SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Zinnias are symbol
of dear, absent friends —
some, fellow writers.
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