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Sue Vincent’s #Thursday photo prompt: Calm #writephoto

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The stream looks calm, no ripple disturbs the surface. As if viewed in a mirror, images of the banks and wide sky form exact portraits of the landscape without the need of artist’s brush or photographer’s lens. The beauty of the scene is of no concern to you though.

It is Autumn and the waters of the brook are swollen after the first seasonal rains. Intuition tells you that changes will be taking place within the recent torrent. Now-placid and canal-like. This could be what you have been waiting for. From your pocket you take a jam-jar, emptied of it’s sticky contents, label removed and ready for use.

Three feet below the water’s surface the annual miracle has started. If, like some Old Testament miracle, the waters were to part, you would be able to witness an amazing spectacle.

Not trusting to any help from Moses your jam-jar will be required. Cautiously approaching the water’s edge you lie face down and place the jar on the surface. All the action is now laid bare to your eyes.

Before your eyes activity hidden from view is revealed. You are able to glimpse the private love act of salmo salar, the Atlantic salmon.

After years spent cruising the Atlantic ocean male fish known as jacks have answered an uncontrollable urge to return to their birthplace. The increasing depth of water due to  rain has enabled them to make their way up small rivulets. On their way the urge is so strong that they have no time to eat. Sea-lice has caused their scales to turn from fresh silver to a chalky white as they shrink and fall to the riverbed. Acquiring a deep blushing red the jaws resemble elongated hooks making the act of eating impossible anyway.

Females have laid millions of eggs in scrapes on the gravel beds and as the males release their milt it forms opaque clouds before settling on the eggs ready to  fertilise and start the new life necessary for the success of the species.

All this is revealed as you lean over the water’s edge with the jar resting  on the surface.

You take the jar and leave the fish to their devices’ knowing that within a few days with little rain the waters will return to their shallow state. Returning to the brook you will see many salmon stranded and dying, their work done.  Their bodies forming a bonanza feast for the local wildlife.

Meanwhile within the stream the fry will hatch and  soon be swimming, ready to face the trials of life and begin the cycle once more

 

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MlMM’s #Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, October 31st 2018, raindrops shimmer #Haibun #Trapdoor

raindrops

Perspiring raindrops

shimmer in the warm sun’s glow,

soon to form rainbows.

Her trap is set. Grasping the last strand she sits motionless in the dark, cool sand at the bottom of her burrow and waits. She feels a vibration and tensing her legs prepares to grasp  and pierce her prey. The trapdoor springs up and a flood of raindrops rush in soaking  the fur that covers her black, bloated body. A desert flash storm. She leaves the trapdoor open knowing that it will soon dry in the bright sun then she can continue her lonely vigil.

 

 

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Ronovan writes #Haiku 224

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Art of the sailor,

with only stars and compass

the world made smaller.

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Anyone else like to try this Quiz, just a bit of fun I hope

Received this quiz from The Bag Lady rugby843 Insight into the real me . . .

1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes
2. Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi max
3. Do you own a gun? No
4. What flavor of Kool-aid? Lever heard of it
5. Hot dogs? Bratwurst
6. Favorite TV show? Horizon
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes
8. What do you drink in the morning? Coffee
9. Can you do a push-up? Yes but elbows not keen
10. Favorite Jewelry? Crucifix
11. Favorite Hobby? Archaeology
12. Do you have ADD? Not sure but probably yes
13. Do you wear glasses? Yes
14. Favorite cartoon character? Sexist Sid
15. Three things you did today? Walked dogs, played scrabble, drank gin
16. Three drinks you drink regularly? Coffee, gin, whisky
17. Current movies? I like to watch The Haunting
18. Do you believe in magic? Yes
19. Favorite place to be? Bugis street, Singapore
20. How did you ring in the New Year? Coal and scotch in hand
21. Travel? Where would you go? Antarctic
22. Name five people who will most likely read this? I have no idea
23. Favorite movie? Braveheart
24. Favorite color? Skyblue pink
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Never tried
26. Can you whistle? Yes
27. Where are you now? Home
29. Favorite food? Roast beef
30. Least favorite chore? Ironing socks
31. Best job you can think of? Recycling operative
32. What’s in your pockets? Handkerchief
33. Last thing that made you laugh? Facebook cartoon
34. Favorite animal? Manatee
35. What’s your most recent injury? Broken ankle
36. How many TV’s are in your house? One
37. Worst pain ever? Perianal abscess packing removal
38. Do you like to dance? You must be joking
39. Are your parents still alive? No
40. Do you enjoy camping? Yes
Now copy and paste to your status and update with your answers.

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #223 Rise&Fall

 

As the waters rise.

the civilisations fall

fables of the Flood

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The search for syllabic perfection

In

our

search for

the secrets

of ancient artists

we need look no further than this

sentence using the classic Fibonacci sequence.

 

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Museum exhibit four hundred and thirty nine

Having recently heard of the recent death of Rick Turner, the archaeologist who played a major role in the identification of Lindow man, I thought I would post a relevant poem.

For me no stone at head or feet,
Buried ‘neath the sodden peat,
Full three times I died at the hands
of former dwellers in this land,
messenger to the gods my fate,
my kinsmen’s problems to relate
our hunting failures, weather woes
humiliation by our foes,
my message to our Gods was clear
but they pretended not to hear,
With wrists behind me tightly bound,
A cord around my neck was wound,
a rock against my temple dashed
then with a knife, throat crudely slashed
my patriotic chore now done
in Eden’s glade my spirit runs,
though from the earth my body raised
my final bed a tomb full-glazed,
and as I lie in endless slumber
my name forgotten, now just a number.

 

 

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#WEEKLY #TANKA #PROMPT #POETRY CHALLENGE – WEEK 115 – SEASONS & HARMONISED

was it just by chance

or maybe some grand design

we may never know

but when the earth gained it’s tilt

it harmonised the seasons

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Glimpse of nature

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Through the sunlit glass,

two flower clocks floated by

hand in hand, rolling,

just content to be carried

on the gentle, Autumn breeze.

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P haiku

magpie taps baton,

the robin takes up his flute,

soundtrack to the dawn

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