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Echidna 20110607_30, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 4, 2011

NaPoWriMo #12 revision

One of my poems for NaPoWriMo was an attempt at a sonnet. Although I love the form, I am notoriously bad with meter, so I took that original draft to the Steel Phoenix writers meeting for help. I am actually quite proud that the second stanza appeared to be correct rhythmically!
Here is the updated version, with many thanks to the members of Steel Phoenix:
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Bald Eagle

20110513_359, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

Bald Eagle at the National Aviary. Last Thursday, I spent the day there, from several hours before they opened to a bit after closing.

Merlin the Great Horned Owl

Merlin 20110430_82, originally uploaded by otterblossom.

one of the photos I took at the photography workshop at the Pittsburgh Zoo this past Saturday

NaPoWriMo #30

plague of exhaustion
extinguishes aptitude
prevents cleverness
numbs the brain, erases thoughts
drains motivation
ignores creativity
denies enchantment
clogs down ingenuity
drowns artistry’s joy
blocks the imagination
cloaks understanding
buries the Muse’s vision
beneath the void of chaos

NaPoWriMo #29

raiments of nature
flowers, leaves, and grass woven
Gaia’s green garments

NaPoWriMo #28

gangly and awkward
all legs and joints and angles
first steps so wobbly
with mother’s milk and sunshine
foal is ready to explore

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NaPoWriMo #27

overcomes reservations
steaming up my lens

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NaPoWriMo #26

in the woodland shade
snow patches transform
white carpet remains
trillium brings spring
waking the robins