Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday January 18, 2011 Magpie #49/ A River of Stones/Big Tent Poetry

Magpie #49

Sisters in the Snow
This picture of the sisters,
In snow...
But you know,
That never really happened.
It never snowed,
Not while I was growing up.

Although I was told as a child,
About the time, long ago,
When Galveston Bay froze over,
And a bear was seen
Walking across the frozen snow.

I suppose there could come a freeze,
And over time a thaw.
Not your everyday,
Ordinary occurrence, no...
But something unexpected,
Snow in the South,
Three sisters in a row.


Small Stone #18

Beau, my soft kitten,
Came to join me on the bed.
I never know the time
I wake up, I get up,
Sometimes I am surprised
At how early it is.

It is still dark
The computer screen
Glows before me.
I had been awakened by
A disturbing dream,
So further sleep was
Out of the question.

You are thin,
Coat tattered and old,
You eat something
From the top of the sage,
Probably something you
Shouldn't eat.
The lone coyote
Suffers want
Life is hard
These are
Final days

Perhaps this is three small stones.

Prompt: Food

To the grocery I go
Park on paved parking lot,
Get my re-useable bags
Select a cart
Push into the store,
Immediately hit by hot air,
Always, makes me grateful
To be there
Coming in from the cold.

Push to the produce,
Tomatoes, broccoli,
Purple and green,
Romaine, red-tipped
Apples, oranges,
One pack of strawberries,
Loose carrots,
Local grown,
Squash, onions,
Garlic and bananas

Dried things in bulk,
Nuts, oatmeal,
Beans and rice
Almond and peanut butter,
Packaged flour, and mixes
Juices and baby food,
Vitamins and bath oil
Lotions and stuff
Tea, coffee, and water
Chips and snacks
Ethnic foods,
Cookies, and crackers
Canned food and soups
Household items,
And paper products
Diary and bread
Meat and fish
Frozen foods
And that's about it
For my hunting
And gathering.

My bags are full.
This time is a
"Small shop"
I am grateful it
Is so easy.
I drop my tokens
In the blue
Ferrel Felines can
Return to my car
Return home
Almost painless

The market is small
It is easy to hunt and
Gather all that I need
Again I am grateful
My cupboard will be full.