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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Ice Fishing"


In summer, the lake
is blue and fluid,
traversible only by boat.

In winter, the lake
is white and solid
enough to hike on.

So you walk on water,
and you cut a little hole
in the pale floor of the world.

You build a hut there,
with a brazier of coals
to help keep you warm.

For hours you may sit
on the little wooden stool,
dangling a hook into cold water.

But when the fish come,
they are stupid with cold,
and the biggest ones bite hard.

You can catch enough in a day
to clean and cook for a week,
for the Christmas feast.

* * *

Notes:

Fishing is a fun hobby with many benefits.

Ice fishing involves cutting a hole in a frozen body of water to catch fish in winter.  Here are some basic instructions.

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Today I picked half a bag of blackberries.

The weather is sweltering again.  :( 
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Today I picked a baggie of blackberries.

Round two, I watered the morning glories.  We got more rain, but they need extra.

Something yellow is blooming in the wildflower garden.  It looks similar to partridge pea, but the flowers are smaller and the leaves don't fold up. 

Tree Frog

Jul. 18th, 2016 12:54 am
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So far the strangest thing to get into my office around the air conditioner is a tree frog.  I heard a rustle, thought it was a mouse, looked around and found ... a little gray lichen-colored frog.  :D  I picked him up in a tissue and put him outside.

I didn't even know we had tree frogs.  All I've ever seen around here are common toads.  I've only seen tree frogs in the forests at local parks.  How flattering!  I looked up amphibians of Illinois and believe this was a Cope's gray tree frog
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Today I planted a few more morning glory seeds, still trying to get a patch established around the base of the utility pole's support wire.  

Also we're getting a little rain.  :D  I heard thunder, checked the map, and dragged the clouds closer. 
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Small blackberries are done.  Large blackberries are at peak.  I have picked a full baggie of blackberries today.

I also have some kind of splendid new flower blooming in the wildflower garden, with sword-like leaves and small orange lily-flowers with spots in the throat.  I believe it is a blackberry lily

We got quite a bit of rain yesterday, so that's good.

EDIT: Second round, we picked up sticks from the yard by the house.
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Today I picked about half a baggie of the big blackberries. 

Something new is getting ready to bloom in my wildflower garden, but I don't know what it is.  :D

Also I am making Wild Tidy Joes right now, testing out the recipe with grass-fed beef.
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As the central air is still not fixed, I've been relying on the window unit, so my office is full of bugs.  Buzzing, clicking, flying bugs.  I've been killing the ones that come into reach.  I have very alert motion-sense and fast reflexes.  They've been on high alert for weeks now.

Tonight I reached out to kill something -- and stopped.  I actually had to take a second look at it to realize why  I'd stopped.  It's a lacewing, which is a beneficial insect.

Apparently, the "Identify Friend-Foe" feature in my head is sufficiently permed to block a kill command even when I wasn't consciously paying attention.  I had two automatic routines running in the background while working on a poem, one activated, and the other canceled it.

And people wonder why my wetware is such an energy hog.
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Today I picked a bag of blackberries.  :D 

Also I'm making sloppy joe filling.
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Today we went to the farmer's market and Common Ground, where we bought heirloom tomatoes, onions, a bell pepper, and celery to make sloppy joes and wild tidy joes.  :D

This evening I watered the grass beside the patio.
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The small blackberries are past peak, but I got a few more.  The large ones are ripening, and "a few" of those was a handful.  Yay, canefruit!

Also I saw a swallowtail caterpillar on the Queen Anne's lace.  :D  It was still at the first instar when it really, really looks like a bird dropping.
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After supper I went for a walk outside, not for yardening but just to see how things are doing.  Much of the grass and clover I sowed recently is sprouting.  \o/  The coreopsis by the barrel garden is blooming.  The corn is tasseling.  The air smells of pine trees and corn pollen.  It's warm and damp outside, but not sweltering.  We got some rain last night, and should get more today and tomorrow.  Yay!
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There is a green beetle buzzing around my room, quite loudly.  It is a vivid, brilliant emerald green which flashes in the light. It is small, about the size of my fingertip; bigger than the thumb-sized green-and-gold ones I've seen around here, too skinny to be a Japanese beetle, but larger than a tiger beetle.  So it's not any of the metalllic green beetles I recognize.  Pretty, though. 
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I went outside and dragged a large fallen branch to the brush pile in the ritual meadow.  Then I raked around half the firepit, to remove stubs of partially burned sticks. 
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Round one: sowed more grass seed beside the patio.

Round two: cut comfrey leaves out of the wildflower garden.  Sowed bachelor's button, gaillardia, and sweet William seeds.

Queen Anne's lace and chicory are blooming. 

It has been raining off and on since yesterday.  \o/  We really need the rain.  We are supposed to get more.
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Today I noticed that it was so overcast that the morning glories were still open in the afternoon.  :D  I went outside and the grass was wet.  When we started the yardwork, we realized that it was spitting rain.  So I looked up at the sky and said loudly, "We're going to work on the GRASS."  Sometimes doing yardwork -- like washing the car or watering the garden -- can serve as a quick-and-dirty rain spell.   And the rain thickened to a sprinkle.  \o/

We did half the grass pile anyway, removing sticks and hauling away both the grass and the sticks.  Yay, progress!

EDIT: we went back out and finished the grass pile.  

It has continued to sprinkle off and on.  More clouds are showing on the radar, and the forecast calls for rain through Monday.  :D
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Our theme this month was "All Creatures Great and Small."  I worked from 1 PM to 6 AM, so about 14 hours allowing for breaks.  I wrote 10 poems on Tuesday and another 13 later in the week.

Participation was moderate, with 38 comments on LiveJournal and another 34 on Dreamwidth.  Please welcome new prompter DW user Mashfanficchick.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Circles of Sound"
"The Course to Peace"
"The Crickets' Song"
"The Great and the Small"
"Kaiju no Tatakai"
"The Patience of a Snail"
"Patience with the Limitations"
"Trouble in River City"
"Up a Tree"

"Tour Guides for All of Knowledge" (Polychrome Heroics, 5/3/16 Fishbowl)
"The Great Art of Life" (Polychrome Heroics, 3/1/16 Fishbowl)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for June 7, 2016. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted.  There were five donors this time:   [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles[livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, DW user Alatefeline, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "The Great Art of Life" is the free epic.  That's two tallies for the $250 goal.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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Today we picked sticks out of a small pile of grass, moved the grass to the edge of the yard, and moved the sticks to the burn pile. 

EDIT:

Round two: Watered the grass, container plants, and wildflower garden.

Shasta daisy is beginning to bloom in the white garden at the end of the driveway.  Coreopsis has buds beside the barrel garden.

Round three: picked a few blackberries.  Mulched around several tree seedlings in the forest garden.  Carried a bucket of sticks to the firepit.

Round four: sprayed weed killer on poison ivy and other brush around the prairie garden and the ritual meadow.

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