Saturday, October 22, 2016

Great Horned Owl

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Mohonk Preserve-A Love Song

Mohonk Preserve is my church,
a photographer's dream.

I return
to craft moments
capture memories
blaze trails
its pastoral beauty quiets my mind
lets my spirit soar
high above the sweaty rocks
glistening in the mid-day sun.

I return
to scramble
Giant’s Path
Rock Rift
Bonticue Crag.

I celebrate in the snakes
gliding through Duck Pond
while I sit and snack on wild blueberries.

I rejoice in Raptors posing on ledges
taking flight
watching us, watch them.

I witness the devotion
of my fellow hikers reflected in pools
beneath waterfalls
the cool mist as it soothes tired spirits
the wild beauty that surrounds us all.

I return to the land
to witness Spring’s
trillium erectum
wild ginger, bloodroot
all stalwart parishioners.

I return to the land
to cross Summer’s Rhododendron Bridge
disappear into a cloud of pink and white mountain laurel.

 I return to the land
to gaze at Autumn’s
red oak
mountain ash
sugar maple
leaves ablaze
red, orange and yellow,
to marvel at the revelation
without and within.

I return to the land
in Winter
to realize the glacial majesty
net the mirror images
and the light
always the light
in slow water and ice
in the footprints left behind
to find the divine in a frosty pine.

I return devout
week in and week out.
I return to plug in,
exult and give thanks.

I return.
I return.
I return.

©Cornelia DeDona 10-17-16

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Political Ticks

One may misinterpret this lone star tick
for another
do not be so hasty.
If he is allowed to rule
that may be your last self-governing choice.

Make no mistake
this tick is tricky and nasty
it can and will make you sick.
Not to be mistaken for the deer tick or the brown dog tick
which is something else entirely?

This spangled lone star tick
has orange hair
and bigly incisors
which it sharpens
on a wit tick
a new tick on the block
not funny at all
it has an even smaller stick
if you get my drift
which I sense is why this Lone Star
lacks any standards at all.

Don’t let it kiss your babies.

In my unbiased opinion
this tick
will only trick
the nitwits
infecting us all with
nervous Party ticks.

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