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May Poem Mirrors Spring Season with Southern Cross Stars

May is here
spring for sure
in northern hemisphere
winter sheds last tear
as summer knocks on door.

Hi, it’s William Wolfsworth, poetry correspondent at the Greenygrey. I hope you didn’t mind my poetic introduction. Spring is in the air, and it’s time for wolfwords to leave the lair.

Poetry Reflections

I’m delighted to report that we’ve imported Marc Latham’s newest Folding Mirror poem into the Greenygrey world to accompany reflection 10 from 242 Mirrror Poems and Reflections.

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Here’s the reflection followed by the new poem from fmpoetry.wordpress.com. There’s more information on that site, as well as a couple of different images.

Reflection 10

In the void between life and death
that’s where I like to be.
Flying in space beyond sight
of reality and mortality.
But the flight is finite,
and the return can be rocky.

..       Spending the Spring night in the Foot...

Height of Spring, Stars order Heart

May
spring finale
after the April March
of vulgar life
colourful language
screaming buds
making a scene
open armed
waving skywards
in the northern hemisphere

do the dandelions dance, like leopards in love

in the southern semi-circle
where stars
cross lines
creating a shape
sun’s relative
universal code
changes over time
above Delta Acrux Mimosa
red giant
Gacrux

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Poem Mirrors May Spring with Crux Stars

Marc Latham’s newest Folding Mirror poem celebrates spring’s warmest month in the northern hemisphere, as it prepares to hand over to summer. It is mirrored in the bottom half by the Crux (Southern Cross) star constellation, which has four main stars (although there is a fifth prominent one), as there are four seasons in many northern hemisphere countries and regions.

Learning from Poetry

One of the most fascinating facts learnt during research for the poem was that Crux was visible as far north as Britain until the fourth millennium BC. As explained on Wikipedia, ‘the precession of the equinoxes gradually lowered its stars below the European horizon, and they were eventually forgotten by the inhabitants of northern latitudes.

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Crux constellation on Wikipedia

Height of Spring, Stars order Heart

May
spring finale
after the April March
of vulgar life
colourful language
screaming buds
making a scene
open armed
waving skywards
in the northern hemisphere

do the dandelions dance, like leopards in love

in the southern semi-circle
where stars
cross lines
creating a shape
sun’s relative
universal code
changes over time
above Delta Acrux Mimosa
red giant
Gacrux

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Sea Shanty Introduces Tasmania – Australia Island Hopping Fantasy

Ship of fools
threadless spools
characters elect
reassuringly imperfect
on deck of rum luck rules.

One Perfect Sea
One Perfect Sea (Photo credit: nosha)

Hi, it’s Jack Wolfpac, travel-writer correspondent at the Greenygrey. I asked to introduce today’s blog, which I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to read is the midweek episode of fantasy comedy classic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.

As my human parallel Jack Kerouac‘s first novel was based on his time at sea, I was excited about the maritime meanderings developing in the travel tale. It inspired the above poem, which would probably have fitted quite nicely into the book!

Greece, Athens, Dionysus theater, seen from th...
Greece, Athens, Dionysus theater, seen from the Acropolis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In today’s episode the Werewolf of Ozzers meet another candidate for the funniest character Grey met on its epic solo Ozyssey, as Captain Dec O’ Rum introduces his shipmate. Bon Voyage!

64.  DIONYSUS OF THE SEAS AND TIN KETTLE TEAS

We sailed up Bass Strait. I could hear a low thumping noise below the waves that sounded fishy.

Dai ‘on the Seas’ not Dionysus

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8783 – St Petersburg – Hermitage – Dionysus (Photo credit: thisisbossi)

I’d thought there was only Captain Dec O’ Rum on board, but then he called down to somebody below deck.  A few minutes later, a man emerged with a bottle of wine in each hand. His sleeves were rolled up, and shirt buttons undone; showing several female-image tattoos on his arms and chest.

‘Hello butty,’ he said to Captain Dec, ‘anything I can do for you, like.’

Captain Dec replied that he wanted to introduce him to us. After telling him our names, Dec introduced the wine and women loving salty dog as Dai ‘on the Seas’. We had a nice chat, and Dai said he had acquired his nickname to differentiate him from his two best friends back home, a pilot now known as Dai ‘in the air’ and a farmer called Dai ‘of the land’.

Island Hopping

English: Tin Kettle Island in the Furneaux Gro...
English: Tin Kettle Island in the Furneaux Group Tasmania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We stopped for a drink on Cape Barren Island, but it was completely dry. So we continued north to Tin Kettle Island, where we had a lovely home-brewed mug of Aussie tea.

It was getting late when we left, but Bonzo really wanted to visit Little Dog Island, so Dec said we could spend an hour or three there.

Ringo's Long Lost Sister - Memorial Day Weeken...
Ringo’s Long Lost Sister – Memorial Day Weekend, Veteran’s Park, Klamath Falls, Oregon (Photo credit: ex_magician)

Bonzo had been barking up the right tree with his choice, as it was wonderful on the island; afterwards, I thought it was ruff luck we didn’t also have time to visit Great Dog Island.

Sail Through Sister

As we sailed up the east coast of Flinders Island, Elle wanted to check out the Sister Islands. So we landed. The island was full of sisters, but Elle didn’t recognise any.

We continued sailing north, and had a merry night singing sea shanties under the Southern Cross.

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Notes 

The Southern Cross is the most famous stars shape visible in the southern night sky. It is part of the Crux constellation.
Dionysus was the Greek god of nature and wine.
Cape Barren Island, Tin Kettle Island, Little Dog Island, Great Dog Island, Flinders Island, Sister Islands and The Sister Islands Conservation Area are all real places between Tasmania and Victoria.
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