Friday, April 3, 2020

American Goldfinch

First noticed 4/3
Mottled gray green of feathers
Slow molt to yellow

Begins the mating
season for tiny goldfinch
Later than most birds

Must wait for thistle
to make seed fluff for lining
their nests with softness

~dkm 258/365

Thursday, April 2, 2020


Holly, Japanese
red maple, loblolly pine
And lime green maple

~dkm 257/365
L to R spring leaf color

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

In a Few Days' Time

From bare ground to this
Perfect variegated leaves
Sweet hanging petals

~dkm 256/365
Solomon Seal 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Fiddlehead Scrolls

Three hundred fifty
million years ago the first
ferns unfurled their fronds

What made me think I
could move a few to a hedge
under front windows

Without their taking
over the adjacent beds
Pure folly, that's what

~dkm 255/365

Monday, March 30, 2020


Thought I could plant one
Small lenten rose in center
of raised flower box

Surround it each year
with colorful annuals for
quick and pretty bed

Oh no, clamored the
evolutionary gods
Hast thou forgotten

What thou learnest re
Survival of the fittest?
Spreading seedlings win!

~dkm 254/365

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Taste of Summer

First garden mint brew
and ice of the season. O
spring o spring o sprig

~dkm 253/365

Saturday, March 28, 2020


Robins are splashing
in fresh water of birdbath
Eighty-four degrees

~dkm 252/365

Friday, March 27, 2020

Kitchen Scraps

Two holes, same garden
One dug at edge never worked
One in flower bed
With homemade compost
Stirred in for twenty/five years
Red clay transformed

~dkm 251/365

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pileated Woodpecker In The Wayback

As if that cackle
I've been hearing weren't enough,
Today's find of a

Square hole in bark of
a standing dead tree, or snag,
is proof positive

~dkm 250/365

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cherry Blossoms Falling

To sit in their midst
To breathe as they float, to hold
the fallen petals

Is to clear the mind
And heart and body and soul
On every warm breeze

~dkm 249/365