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This is today's freebie, inspired by [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "yellow" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows Bingo fest.


"Sunshine in the Sidewalks"


Everywhere the pavement goes,
the weeds are sure to follow.

Their seeds sink into the cracks
between the squares of concrete,
reach their roots into the damp dust
and pry the pavers apart.

They bloom with unrelenting cheer,
their small yellow flowers peeking out
like spots of sunshine in the sidewalks.

Dandelion opens its golden umbrellas,
closes them, then reopens silver seedballs.

Creeping buttercup crawls through the cracks
like a squad of soldiers entrenching themselves.

Lesser trefoil is tiny, easily overlooked,
and all but impossible to eradicate.

From the yards to the sidewalks they spread,
and from the sidewalks to the vacant lots and
the parking plazas, stretching themselves
everywhere that humans have gone.

They invade the paved spaces,
painting over gray with yellow and
green, an aggressive graffiti of growth.

Sure, they grow in the lawns too,
clamoring among the grass in the parks,
in the front and back yards, but really,
weeds do best when living in the cracks

where there is less competition.

* * *

Notes:

Weeds in cracks can destroy pavement. There are various ways to kill weeds and seal cracks, some safer than others.

Dandelion, creeping buttercup, and lesser trefoil are among the yard weeds prone to growing in cracks.

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Date: 2017-04-04 09:21 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
o/~ We are the little folk, we... o/~

Endings. *hugs*

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Date: 2017-04-04 10:57 pm (UTC)
stardreamer: Meez headshot (Default)
From: [personal profile] stardreamer
Completely off-topic: If you have any content on your LJ that is not mirrored here, you'd best grab it NOW. I know I've seen some poems that only seem to have been posted over there, and the kind of content you post is going to put you right in the cross-hairs under the nasty new TOS at LJ. I will be nuking and paving my account over there within the next couple of days.

This is not a decision I'm undertaking lightly. I've spent most of today researching it, and I'll be giving up a permanent account over there. But I don't see any better path.

Re: Well...

Date: 2017-04-05 01:48 am (UTC)
stardreamer: Meez headshot (Default)
From: [personal profile] stardreamer
I see that. In that case, just be sure that you have all your content cross-posted going forward, so that if something does happen with LJ you don't lose anything. You might think about running a comments import once a month or so, perhaps right before the new Fishbowl.

Would fixing links to LJ posts, to point them at DW instead, over on your Weebly site be something I could spend some time doing? Oh, and there don't seem to be any links to your functional sub-thread pages on your front page there. Are they somewhere else, or would you like to have them added?

caveat editor

Date: 2017-04-05 09:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] callibr8
>> Yes, that's a great idea. I suggest coordinating with callibr8 as Weebly tends to eat edits if two people are working simultaneously. <<

Oh, Weebly eats edits even when I'm working solo. I strongly recommend making your own "snapshot" backup of a page before you work on it, and another after you're done. I'm not sure that more than a week has gone by between times when I've had to repopulate a page that got chomped somehow. An additional precaution I take is that I only edit one page per session, i.e. I close out each session after making all the planned edits to Page A, wait at least 30 seconds, then start a new session for edits to Page B. It's a minor pain in the ass, but it has reduced (though not eliminated) the amount of page chomping that happens.
Edited (rewording) Date: 2017-04-05 09:56 am (UTC)

Re: Well...

Date: 2017-04-05 04:20 pm (UTC)
stardreamer: Meez headshot (Default)
From: [personal profile] stardreamer
I was thinking about the main Polychrome Heroics page, although it would also make sense to put them under the PH section in the Serial Poetry page.

If you're talking about the pull-down menus at the top of each page, the one for Serial Poetry has gotten so long that PH disappears off the bottom of the screen, and for whatever reason just running the cursor down to the end doesn't continue to scroll thru the entries.

Looking back at my comment, I don't think I was very clear. I'm talking about the links to the Officer Pink page, the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan page, etc. -- the equivalent of the various titles in your superhero comicsverse. You put them in on the individual pages of new poems, and that's how I've been having to get to them.

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Date: 2017-04-05 10:00 am (UTC)
meridian_rose: pen on letter background  with text  saying 'writer' (Default)
From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
Nice :) The tenacity of some plants is truly amazing, the conditions they can survive and in the damage they can inflict on man-made items!

stephen message and donation

Date: 2017-04-05 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goldbach5.livejournal.com
Thank you.
You make the world a wonderful place, to live in.

signed
stephen
p.s.
what lives in the cracks of humor?

enjoy the 25.00 donation.

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Date: 2017-04-05 07:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rix-scaedu.livejournal.com
I have buttercups in my garden.

Yay!

Date: 2017-04-05 07:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
Some types of buttercup are really nice.

My favorite definition is "weed: a flower growing where it's not wanted."

RE: Yay!

Date: 2017-04-05 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rix-scaedu.livejournal.com
I have embraced them because I like them, and there are other things that I need to worry about more. :-)

Privet, jasmine, lantana....

RE: Yay!

Date: 2017-04-05 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rix-scaedu.livejournal.com
I have embraced them because I like them, and there are other things that I need to worry about more. :-)

Privet, jasmine, lantana....

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Date: 2017-04-05 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rix-scaedu.livejournal.com
I have buttercups in my garden.

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