Sunday, January 22, 2012

host and banditry

January 22, 2012-Prompt-Photography by Dan Habermehl
host and banditry by Teri H Hoover

A changing sky of bright white clouds,
emerging into a snowbound contentment


A cheerful insurrection of chickadees and sparrows,
painted into the passive leaves of winter.

photography by Dan Habermehl- Jan 2012

Process notes- Thanks to my brother Dan  who takes wonderful photos. He posted this one on his Facebook page on Sunday. It seems we both immediately saw a collection of birds among the dried leaves. It took a bit of untangling the image into words. And then came time for a title.  I was aware that there were many collective nouns for groupings of birds... but not THIS many!! A shout out to Red and The Peanut - a great birding blog I just found.  I learn so much in the time I pause to write.



reunion by Teri H Hoover

My sisters and I

We spent years
guarding our secret sorrows
in numb silence.
Until the crush of 2009...

the instincts and urges of long ago,
the old story remained, covered in our memory shards;
tired ashen charms to scald and scatter.
A knack for whispering conversations
circling the bitterness
until there was nothing else to say.

Awash in wretched darkness
Heaven reached down and poured a light 
upon the path in between the tears
we walked together
for the first time
after knowing each other all are lives.