Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Parade of One















Parade of One

Fireflies light the way at dusk
for a parade of one,
a lone lady bicyclist
winding her way along the trail through the park.

Black-eyed Susans and Queen Anne's lace,
the official representatives of summer,
firmly rooted in their spots in the judges' booth,
nod and wave at her as she pedals past.

Street lamps stand at attention along the route
lighting up one by one as the sun goes down, 
keeping her safe in the spotlight.

Brightly colored zinnias and golden coreopsis
perch eagerly next to the curb,
like children waiting for candy to be thrown.

Cicadas cling to their front row seats,
in the canopy of trees above.
Their deafening buzz,
a continuous applause.

Like swirling black confetti, 
bats swoop and spin through the air above and in front of her.
They are her own personal secret service, 
winged security dining on the mosquitoes,
so they won't dine on her.

Across the street at the edge of the park,
four deer are grazing in the golden field.
Their tawny sides make them nearly invisible.
They slowly lift their heads and watch 
as she passes by them.

The biggest doe snorts and mutters under her breath,
"You'd think she could oil that squeaky pedal.
She spoils the tranquility every time she rides by here.
Every single time!"

41 comments:

  1. Charming poem, love the flowers nodding and waving! I really enjoyed this.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Have a great weekend!

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    2. Oh, does it seem like there are fewer fireflies than there used to be? I'm not seeing very many, and firefly.org says they are declining.

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    3. I haven't noticed there being less than other years around here. There seemed to be quite a few out tonight. :)

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  2. So cute Daisy, you are so creative with your words;-)

    I just wanted to tell you that I'm taking a week or two off blogging... I wrote one last night to try to explain why.. I will be back, I just need some time to straighten some thimgs out in my life.

    Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you write on my blog... everyone of them are very much appreciated and loved..

    Launna

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    1. Take care, Launna. I hope you get things worked out. Have a good weekend!

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  3. I love this poem, Daisy. One of your best.

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    1. Thank you, Mildred! You are very kind. :) I hope you have a nice weekend!

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  4. What a lovely scene you paint. I like your header photo of the daisy's.
    Sorry to hear about the house, I hope you find the one for you soon.

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    1. Thank you, Lynne! We have found another house we really like. We are trying to work out the details now. :-) Have a great weekend!

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  5. Beautiful poem, Daisy. I am not fond of summer overall--but you make it sound so inviting.. I really do like many things about summer --but just don't like the HEAT. BUT--this summer, so far, it has not been too hot here.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thanks, Betsy! We've had a wonderful summer here this year. It has been very mild so far, one of the best we've had in a while. Hope you have a nice weekend!

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  6. Beautiful poem. You always amaze me.. Hope all is going well with the moving. hugs, xo

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    1. Thank you, Susie! I really appreciate that. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Gee Daisy, where have you been. How did we get separated? I've missed you. Sweet poem. I'm your latest follower. I love that Queen Anne growing among the black eyes. Must get that!
    Debbie

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    1. Well, hi, Debbie! I thought you had stopped blogging! Nice to see you. I shut down my old blog and started up this new one. I'm trying to keep the focus mostly on poetry with this one. Thank you for following! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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  8. Lovely.

    I want to take a walk now... (Don't have a bike!)

    Pearl

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    1. We would have a great time on a walk together, Pearl. I'm sure you'd have a few stories to share! :D Have a good weekend!

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  9. Beautifully descriptive passages! I was riding right beside you!

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! I'm glad you came along! :-D

      Have a great weekend!

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  10. Loved the last few lines, Daisy.

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice! I had to throw a little attempt at humor in there. :D Have a great weekend!

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  11. Hi Daisy...this was wonderful. I can see it all in my mind. And those last lines made me smile.

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    1. Thank you, Nikki! I'm glad they made you smile. It's just me being silly. :D

      Have a great weekend!

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  12. I like this. You have such a great imagination and writing style.

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    1. Thank you, Karen! You are very kind. Hope you have a great week!

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  13. Needed to smile. Thank you for sharing Daisy. Daisy, every time I see your profile picture, no matter what your struggles are, your smile is infectious. Thank you for smiling. Blessings.

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    1. Aw, thank you, Grace! What a sweet thing to say! I'm happy to share a smile with you anytime. :)

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  14. Daisy,
    This is a fantastic poem. I love the beautiful imagery you've used. I can just see the lovely flowers, the deer, and the park. This is a wonderful poem.

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  15. Love this poem! You are an awesome writer!

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  16. I felt like I was on your handle bars riding along with you - letting you do all the work! It was a lovely ride. xoxo

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  17. Brenda and Myrna, thank you both. You are very kind. ♥

    Reenie, I loved having you ride along with me (you were light as a feather). :D

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  18. I like the idea of bats as winged security and the thought that we might irritate the deer, who after all were probably quietly ruminating as they grazed.

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    1. I really do feel like an intruder in nature sometimes. :-)

      Nice to see you, Kathy! I hope you are having a great week!

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  19. Love your poem and hope by now you have found another house you love!

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    1. Thank you, Sandy! We did find another house, and we like it even better than the other one. We will be moving at the end of August. ;)

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  20. Daisy, I was on that bike and also an observer. How do you capture such detail so poetically? Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  21. Well that was a fun trip!

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  22. I love this, Daisy! I can see it all in my mind's eye!
    Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Mildred! I hope you are enjoying your weekend too! :)

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