Writing Mood, Poetry or Prose.

Wonders of the mind

Wonders of the mind

After weeks of working on other things
videos and such with a different theme
I finally finished that piece of work
and can return to my roots and to my art.
Photographs and images are wonderful things
to capture the moment and make time stand still
it is a different view that the artist finds
looking through the lens the picture to define.

When I look at things through a writers eyes
my mind is the camera the picture to align
the words come to me and as fast as I can
I write them down before they decline.
sometimes they come to me in verse
and as a poem they appear on the page
whether they have meaning and a story tell
I don’t know if I’m doing it well.

How successful will be this poem of mine
do the words actually rhyme
is there a story to go with this verse
or is it just a jumbled up mess.
I guess regardless how others see
whether they hear the words I write
I write for myself and not for them
these words, these poems are mine to lend.

It seems poetry is the nicest way
for me to write the words I see
and although short pieces of prose I do
there is something inside of me
that wants to put everything in verse
and I do not know which is worse
bad poetry not written at all well
or bad prose with no story to tell.

I guess dear reader you must decide
for you are ones that I hope reads this stuff
regardless of how you may find
I will continue to write as it comes to my mind.

“Thanks for reading my blog”

 

 

 

 

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Free as a Bird…

Goldfinches on a feeder

Goldfinches on a feeder

Oh to be as free as a bird
to come and go and to be heard
as high up in the tree to sing
a call to a mate who is on the wing
letting her know where to rest
so we can together quest
an endless search for food and then
a time to rest before we begin
to do it all over again.

With nests to build and eggs to lay
we are kept busy every day
babies to raise and teach how to wing
so they can join us in everything
a bird has to do as a part of life
for us it is short and full of strife
danger around every corner lies
and we always are looking to the skies
to stretch our wings and to fly away
so we can fly again another day.

Life for us is always this way
to feed and rest no time to play
except when we are on the wing
and flying around with purpose it seems
swift and straight as the bigger birds fly
or swoops and loops are the little guys
all with a purpose that only they know
it may be just to put on a show
but if you were to ask and they could reply
that you wanted to know the reason why
they will say that they haven’t a clue
except this is what all birds do.

Rain and the Joy of Youth

Rainy and Foggy Day

Rainy and Foggy Day

Today I walked out in the rain
and turned my face up to the sky
it soaked my face and my clothes were wet
and yet I know the reason why
I did not want to wear a coat
or carry an umbrella high
I just want to feel young again
and do things I had forgotten how
as growing up or growing old
takes all the pleasure from the soul
and all of the childhood things we did
when we were just little kids
like walking out in the rain
playing yet another game
walking through every puddle in sight
feet are soaked but we’re not uptight
instead with fetters loosed and no one to care
we revert back to our childhood dream
and with the rain that is teeming down
our spirits soar as we feel free
knowing that this liberty
will only last through the time
until age our spirit does remind
we are no longer kids and free
to walk that way out in the rain
as adults we can do what we like
and the choice is ours how we decide
but the carefree way it happened then
can only be if we’re young again.

 “Oh to be young again and splash through the puddles without a care…”

Austin Pond Society-Post Tour Review 2014

White Lily

White Lily

AUSTIN POND SOCIETY- POST POND TOUR MEETING June 16, 2014. Images and Videos by Francis

At the June 16th 2014 regular meeting of the Austin Pond Society, the membership had previously been asked to provide some sort of dish for a pot luck supper in honor of the passing of Sonja O’Sullivan, our long-standing Hospitality Chef.

Enjoying the meal

Enjoying the meal

The theme was Mexican but other than that, it was fair game for whatever the members decided to bring. We were not disappointed and there were some very interesting dishes making it very obvious to those of us single guys in the group, that we were missing out on good home cooked food. As usual, not wanting to inflict my not so hot cooking skills on anyone, I opted to bring a tin of cookies (definitely not home cooked nor interesting).

Following the dinner, President Jeannie brought us back from the pleasures of eating to the business in hand i.e. the Pond Tour. Karl, as Chairman and Head Honcho of the Tour, provided a running commentary as the slide show that Glen Hubenthal had put together, flashed across the screen. The owners that were present each gave a small summary of their thoughts and experiences and there was good feedback and ideas that we can incorporate in the next years Tour. It appeared that most if not all of the owners enjoyed the experience and Karl, not one to miss an opportunity, was plugging away about repeating on next years tour while they were still feeling good.

Karl -The Head Tour Honcho

Karl The Head Tour Honcho

Unfortunately, Glen, who was operating the computer for the slide show, ran into some technical difficulty and while he was trying to get it straightened out, Jeannie conducted what little business that we had and even squeezed in the drawing for the prizes that usually closed the meeting. She did mention that we were still looking for someone to take over the Hospitality position and also we had an opening for a Special Events person. Glen managed to get the slide show back up and running and those members still interested stayed to see it out. As it happened, there were no owners present for the missing/delayed video so no feelings were hurt.

BJ, the Other Main Organizer

BJ, the Other Main Organizer

The general consensus from the group and especially the owners, was that everything had run pretty smoothly and things had gone well. Many thanks to Karl and B.J. as the chief organizers and to the rest of the Board and the many volunteers without whom, we could not run the Tour and of course, the owners for opening their ponds and gardens to the public. Thank You All.

Below is a video of the meeting and it includes most of the slideshow. Apologies for the quality of the slideshow from my end as a video camera taking a picture of a video does not give very good results.

Post Pond Tour 2014 Review from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

If you want to view all twenty of the ponds on the Tour, use the following link.

Ripples Publication June 2014

The next meeting is Monday, July 21st starting at 6:30 pm at Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. All are welcome including non-members.

Communicating with the fish…

Large Koi

Large Koi

I had reason to get in a pond today
and the fish asked,”Are you here to play”
“Alas”, I said “I have no gills
to swim with you would be a thrill
my place is on land where best I can dwell
to tend to your needs and keep you well”.

“Okay” they said, “Here is our list
of all the things that need to be fixed,
for starters, those turtles have got to go
they eat our eggs and babies too
and really they haven’t got a clue
when it comes to basking in the sun
instead of laying on the rocks
they lay instead on the plant pots
and kill the plants by trampling them down
and blowing our cover when the Heron comes round”.

“Talking of Heron”, one fish exclaimed,
“what can you do to make us safe.
for every time that he lands near
we are all shaking in fear
for one of us that bird will take
and for himself, breakfast will make

Red Eared Slider

Red Eared Slider

Oh yes, and also, by the way
when it comes to dishing out the food
the food is OK but we want more
it’s not like we are keeping score
but twice a day is not enough
so please, we need more of the stuff”.

Of course the fish were not talking to me
as in their pond I went about my task
although I am sure that if they could
their conversation on those lines would be
as those are the things that I worry about
and spend my time finding things out
like fences around each of the ponds
with doggy shockers that I keep turned on
and pumps and aerators to keep them safe
keeping water filtered, the muck to replace
and the fish have clean water to spend their time
which makes both of us feel fine.

New Pond

New Pond

I learned a long time ago
never to name the fish on show
as really I have no control
even though I do my best
as at any time they can get sick
which always ends in a bad way
and they can no longer play
and sadly I net them from the pond
as for them, their life has gone.

This is the way that Nature has deemed
that all living things a short time will dwell
in water, on land or in the air
as others are born to take their place
to continue each of their kind of race
fish are no exception to this rule
as they come and go even though it’s cruel
to lose your most favorite of fish
as that is Mother Natures wish.

 

Texas Heat

Texas heat and what it can do

Texas heat and what it can do

It’s July already and what do you know
Mother Nature is running a little slow
so far the weather has been cool and nice
and we have not yet sacrificed
in order to be outside in the heat
as so far it’s been a real treat
ninety-five or six has been the high
and it has not climbed up to the sky
as one hundred degrees we have not yet reached
although  we know it’s not far away
and we are hoping that each succeeding day
the temperature will rise ever so slow
even though we all know
that one hundred degrees will come soon enough
and then we will know that summer has arrived
making it tough to be outside
here in Texas.