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Poem Imagining Summer and Autumn Exchange

Times they are a changin’… Although summer is holding on in Britain, and could even be roaring back later this week, the nights are drawing in, and nature seems to be readying itself for the annual change from summer to autumn (fall). Over the last few days I noticed the leaves rustling in the wind.

They’ve probably done it at other times in the summer, and maybe it’s more in my mind, but the trees seemed to be shaking themselves up for the big change. Here’s a Folding Mirror poem it inspired, imagining what summer and autumn are saying in their greeting:

Camping Spring \ Summer 2006
Camping Spring \ Summer 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good Summer Season, Warmly Welcomes Autumn

summer meets autumn
after year apart
shaking windy branches
upturned leaves smile
exchanging colours
under changeable skies

warm greeting over, time for disclosure

my best season
summer beams
for many years
autumn changes mood
I worked overtime
winter was late

The autumn as one of the four meteorological a...
The autumn as one of the four meteorological and astronomical seasons, the season between summer and winter. In the temperate zones it is the time of harvest and the leaves fall. In the fall of the northern hemisphere the sun moves from the seemingly celestial equator to the Tropic of Capricorn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Nature Poem about Earth’s Sun Cycle Seasons

It is nearly August. While spring in the northern hemisphere feels like a time to restore sunshine levels, late summer feels like a time to store up for the winter. Here’s a Folding Mirror poem with that theme:

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Preparing for Summer Departure, No Time for Laughter

Two days left of July
yesterday,
the sky seemed to cry.

August, the last summer month
northern,
does the sun think we’ve had enough.

September and October last
breaths,
warm winds keep winter at bay.

our star doesn’t really leave, it’s our planet’s circling weave

It’s the south’s turn to face
inwards,
Australasia and Africa tilt.

Our annual repetitive cycle space planetary gravity
journey,
365, and a quarter days.

Colourful leaves before snowy scenery
tomorrow,
six months before next spring.

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

New Mirror Poem Celebrates Spring’s Energy

Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem celebrates the joys of the spring season, when memories of cold winter lose dominance to hopes for warm summer, and new life emerges into the heat of a greening world. For long-living species like ours it is an annual cycle, but for some it lasts for just a few hours of our day; a time when they frantically follow their instincts, trying to make good of their life for their species, unburdened by distractions… although other life forms might try and eat them! It’s all of joy and interest to us anyway. Here’s the poem:

Endogurov beginning of spring
Endogurov beginning of spring (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abundant Life, Lives Absolutely 

sunrise of the year
should be spring
surge movement
spins life cycle
full speed

open sky fuels life, nourished by faraway sun

whirling buzzing
birds and bees
busy trees
making the most
of their natural time

Garden with some tulips and narcissus
Garden with some tulips and narcissus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

 

Happy Groundhog Day from the Greenygrey

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Happy Groundhog Day. North America has been celebrating Groundhog Day today, with groundhogs across the continent predicting the spring weather with their movement and whether they have a shadow or not.

Groundhog being fed a peanut
Groundhog being fed a peanut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If they have a shadow then cold weather is supposed to last another six weeks; while if it’s cloudy and they have no shadow the spring will come early.

Groundhog Day Movie and the Greenygrey 

Cover of "Groundhog Day (15th Anniversary...
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Groundhog Day was made internationally famous in 1993 when a film was released with that name. It featured a character played by Bill Murray waking to the same day every day.

Days at the Greenygrey are like a cross between the traditional Groundhog Day and the film. Here are some of the similarities:

  • Both the Greenygrey and Groundhog Day start with G.
  • Animals are central to both.
  • Although the Greenygrey world must seem glamorous to humans, it can become repetitive focusing on greenygrey every day.
  • A groundhog predicts the weather on Groundhog Day, while the Greenygrey predicts a greenygrey day every day, although acknowledging that it gets it wrong sometimes (as the groundhogs do too of course).

    Imbolc
    Imbolc (Photo credit: wirewiping)

The groundhog day tradition is thought to have been inspired by old pagan festivals such as Imbolc. So Happy Imbolc too.

 

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Poetic Light Snow: Seasons’ Seeds of Change

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by the current cold spell in the UK, with snow on the ground in Leeds for the first time this winter. It seems ironic that the most wintrish of symbols should be falling now that the days are getting noticeably lighter; nearly a month after the ‘shortest day’; suggesting that spring is around the corner. Here’s the poem:

Snowcatcher

Late Snow Arrives, All Seasons Leave 
ancient trees three months bare
snow in my hair
but spring is in the air
Easter begins to knock, light lasts past four-o’-clock
old winter is shown the door
sun rules once more
new life dresses Earth’s floor
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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has several books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Warm Seasons Poem Celebrates Mirror Poetry Book

We’re delighted to report that 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections is now available in paperback on Amazon from the above link.
To celebrate, Marc Latham has written a new Folding Mirror poem covering the warm six months of the northern hemisphere’s 2012, when the book was finished and published.
In the poem, Marc keeps to the classic Folding Mirror form that has been maintained since 242, with not only the words in each half of the poem mirroring, but also the two halves of words in the middle line.  The four seasons, and eight months of warmth, are also included, and more or less mirror. Here’s the poem:
 Greeting Sunshine, Saying Goodbye
summer smiled in the springtime
June jumped the queue sublime
swapped places with March
without seeming to ask.
solar power was felt
enough for ice to melt
at times in April and May
whispering warmth was here to stay.
midsummer dawn, dusky latesummer
daylight decreased let sleeping dogs lie
Olympic spirit of August and July
rekindled fires of flaming idols
halcyon heats and finals.
eight months of calendar
crossed off means September
October fright light’s last flight
winter chills autumn at night.

Poem about Cherry Blossoms Spring Symbolism

Cherry Blossom (Sakura)
Cherry Blossom (Sakura) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was first inspired by observing nature, and finished off with research on Wikipedia. In the wiki world he discovered that ume is a type of tree, hanami is the tradition of picnicking under blooming blossoms and sakura is another name for cherry blossoms and a folk song. The short flowering of cherry blossoms symbolises the transience of life in Japan. Here’s the poem:
Sacrifice and Celebration
cherry blossom
flower flotsam
wind’s caress
trees undress
flying free
spring confetti
independent, resplendent
earth decoration
feeling liberation
underneath ume
picnic hanami
ephemeral time
sakura rhyme
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk).