Constant Change

Shadows dappled across the door’s screen as I gazed outside
to watch a scene play out that’s in constant motion.
The hibiscus, delphinium and charming-faced pansy all
have an extra bud or two and the Mandevilla vine has
twined in-and-out around the trellis, filling in its empty spaces.
There against the base of the tall, sturdy pine, lies a
pile of needles not there when last checked–
discarding the old to patiently wait for spring’s new.
The old oak  has a squirrel attached to its bark,
hanging upside down by his toes, perusing the yard.
I catch the swift flight of the tiny Palm Warbler
as he vanishes within the branches of the fuchsia-hued Crepe Myrtle.
The orange and black Monarch, that routinely visits, is nuzzling about
in the prickly-stemmed lantana, replenishing his nectar.
I spy a lone bumble bee, heavily hovering among the declining
sunflowers picking up pollen along his erratic, solo journey.
It’s late in the day and the sunlight is waning, so I
wait for the cardinals to make their appearance–
they always fly in late to visit the feeder.
There’s a slight chill in the air as this evening approaches,
so more changes will be arriving.  The toads will find haven
under the deep-mulched leaves, while lizards will hitchhike
aboard when I bring the potted plants inside.
It’s the way of nature;  it’s always in motion, change is
inevitable–the only permanence we can count on.


My entry for Monday’s Poetry Potluck Week 12

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  1. Beautifully written about a walk through in God’s gift to all..quite an artist with this one my Dearest Bodhirose as I felt like I was walking with you through this..enjoy always(+)
    soulbro* :) xo–{–@

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  2. The permanence of transience. So true.
    Great job.

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  3. Kelly Hay

     /  November 28, 2010

    Very beautifully written. I felt like I was watching the constant changing of nature’s bounty right along with you.

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  4. You are quite observant, and your words lovingly caress all that you see.

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  5. Scent of my heart

     /  November 29, 2010

    Nature’s beauty in words! Love the butterfly image!

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  6. Very beautifully written.. thanks. I liked it very much…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    Twitter: @VerseEveryDay
    Blog: http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com

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  7. Jessicas Japes

     /  November 29, 2010

    A lovely description of the world outside. I like the sound of lizards hitchhiking!

    http://jessicasjapes.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/sister/

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    • I can’t tell you how many lizards have done that. My cat has a field day with them–I try hard to save them from her–not always successful.

      Thanks for enjoying this, Jessica. Now let me go read yours…

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  8. Lovely peaceful surroundings of the garden life, nature up close and personal, waiting to be seen.

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  9. this is so very beautiful and vivid. you described it like a photograph. your garden is a place to be in. :)

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    • I cherish nature and watching it go by outside in my garden. Thanks for enjoying this little snippet of life out there with me. :)

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      • you painted it so beautifully. so very vividly. i just loved reading it, it was more like a small trip to your home.

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      • All those things I have seen or experienced–it can be very busy out there sometimes. :)

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      • I agree, but you have to have the eye of observing them this keenly and perfectly. :)

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      • Like you, I take a keen interest in nature–so have an eye for observance. :)

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      • I wish i could pen them down as accurately as you do, or as vividly as lot of our friends do.

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      • You do an amazing job of that, Trisha. You are very vivid and talented in writing down your observations–truly you are.

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      • well, i admire the way you write. :) its so descriptive and attractive at the same time.

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      • How interesting we think the same of each others writing. :)

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      • i think its better for us if we admire the works of others more than our own, that improves us and keeps our soul free from arrogance.

        i never had any problem in this ground though, i dont look down upon my works but i always love, enjoy, appreciate the works of others a lot lot more.

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      • I agree with you about arrogance. I never would want to feel arrogant about anything.

        I feel like a “baby” with my writing skills though. I really don’t know much about the art of poetry and do admire those who can make images come to vivid life through putting words together–sometimes in very complex and intricate ways. I’m in awe of so many others.

        I hope to learn and grow…

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      • as i have honestly shared with you that i dont think i am talented, so visiting you all is like a trip to fairy land to me, i love to read your works and indulge myself in them.

        Writing is my hobby, my passion, i try not to think much about my work or compare them with the works of talented writers :)

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      • I like to keep trying and write what shows up in my heart. If I start comparing myself, I wouldn’t even want to try. :)

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      • well, thats the way i feel too, as far as your work is concerned i think they are brilliant, versatile, attractive and deep, wise.

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      • How very generous you are with your compliments, Trisha. I am deeply grateful–thanks so very much. I wouldn’t have even been writing like this if you hadn’t invited me to join you in this nice group of poets. :)

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      • you know, i just asked you to join us, the rest is your credit. you are a wonderful human being and poetess.

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      • Thanks so very, very much. I really am so appreciative of your kind friendship.

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      • so am i. i treasure it.

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      • Thanks… :)

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  10. A.B. Thomas

     /  November 29, 2010

    this piece was so lush in imagery and a sort of sedate flow, I enjoyed the peruse immensely!

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  11. Beautiful Poem…
    Very sharp observations ,genuine beautiful way of explaining…I just was seeing the squirrel attached to the oak tree…Actually watching the nature with such love is itself a way of relaxation…
    I felt as if had a walk in your garden which you love so much..
    thank you.

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    • Thanks for your generous comment, Rashmi, I really appreciate it.

      Yes, watching these little scenarios is very relaxing to me.

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  12. Beautiful nature and great poem :)

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  13. I love your photo of the Monarch butterfly and Lantana….and your observance of constant change. Lovely.

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  14. Love garden poem and nature’s spiritual lesson at the end. Fine work. Appreciate much. Thank you!

    The monarch is lovely as well.

    Happy potluck, Gayle.

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  15. Thank you for taking me out of the winter doldrums for a few moments. This is so good.

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  16. I’m so happy I could lift your spirits a bit. We’re having a bit of coolness here today but the sky was clear blue with shining sun. No doldrums for me yet. :)

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