MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh


Leave a comment

spotted frolickers

doe mother plodding
as though unconcerned
her spotted fawn
had fallen behind
as she crosses my lawn
but in a moment
the little one
on spindly legs
jounces from one fascination
nearly under her legs
and off to another
point of fleeting interest

Advertisements


Leave a comment

knitting life (a pantoum)

insert needle tip, wind yarn
draw loop through to interlock
slide to opposite needle
create whole, a stitch at a time

draw loop through to interlock
work without looking
create whole, a stitch at a time
without seeing consequences

work without looking
slide to opposite needle
without seeing consequences
insert needle, wind yarn


Leave a comment

southern Nevada hills

neither bush nor blade on
layered silt stripes
of the long-ago inland sea bed
beige, blush rose, chalky white, raw umber
burnt ocher, ivory, quince, bleached sienna
tilted intact
upheaved to perpendicular
or left slanted hither and yon
as though flung aside
like the rumpled bedclothes
of an awakening giant


Leave a comment

light speed

light, hurrying along
across the universe
took years to reach
our telescope
arriving weak and faint
although purported to
be a full galaxy in itself
but i suppose going
that speed for twenty-three
million years could
tire just about anyone
mjNordgren 4/14/18
Great Basin National Park, NV


Leave a comment

discovery

first looking into the tide pool
in the rocks as the waves
rose and threatened
to drown it and me
i grabbed my braid to suck on
i was so astounded
at the treasure of rough
five-pointed stars and tiny
bi-valves, daddy called them
God’s critters needing
the sea, if not the pounding
“Must be a mighty Lord
to need and make
all of these,” i whispered
knowing not even
a bizillionth of it then


Leave a comment

come, child

come, child

scamper ahead
to the stream edge
gape at hovering dragon-
flies, startle the stilted
ibis, fling a worn-
smooth pebble at trout
shadow, just see them

begin the process, learn
to marvel, grow
into appreciation that
leads you
to shelter and
protect, see Nature
come, child
be one of the whole

mjN 1/31/18 N


Leave a comment

frost

water now with color
bright, penetrating white
crystal on crystal
intertwing, regulated clinging
dictated by structure
complicated by individuality
resulting in skim of white
edging a puddle
shimmering the back side of a leaf
disguising chaos and contamination
sparkling a fresh vista
simulating fairyland
shifting us toward hope
but holding us tied to reality
recieving us with thrall, and chill