21 Days in 17 Syllables

They are long and short

How time stretches and creases

Distorts memory

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n.b. When life gets complicated how do we keep a grip on what is important?

How do we keep strong? I have a pebble I found over 2 years ago. I keep it with me in my pocket. My touchstone. It works for me. What works for you?

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CLP 12/12/2019

Leaving

Separation

Leaf from stem

Releases the bough

To face winter’s drag

Saves the tree

Winter buds all ready

For spring

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n.b. The following website considers the timing of arboreal leaf growth. The discussion about winter bud formation is found at the foot of the article.

https://sciencenorway.no/forskningno-norway-trees/how-do-trees-know-when-to-awake-in-spring/1455135

CLP 20/11/2019

Happy

Her smile is wider than her head

A photo shows this when she was ten

Her brilliant eyes then shone so bright

Her teeth gleaming in black and white

And still after many colourful years

When distant childhood memories may bring on tears

She has that smile as wide today

What might spark it I cannot say

But it reveals like an evening primrose bloom

A late afternoon sunburst that fills the room.

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CLP 19/11/2019