Contents

 

 

 


Sketchbook 

Ruth Nott, US
 

 

 

Cat Haiku

cat in the window
bird on the ground
—
unfulfilled desire
 

 

 

 

Haiku

 

the heron stalks
in dripping, hesitant steps
—
indecision

 

 

 

insects dazzled by
spider’s intricate webwork
—
treacherous intent

 

 

 

their silent screams fall
on his hunger deafened ears
—
survival instinct

 

 

 

climbing the fence
morning glories and clematis
—
togetherness

 

 

 

wild iris grow thick
crowding the roses and phlox
—
riot in progress

 

 

 

nose to nose
man and beast at odds
—
new puppy

 

 

 

babies peep
hawk dives
empty nest

 

 

 

splotchy two-tone coat
spirited barnyard clown
painted pony

 

 

 

wedding cake and smiles
icing smeared from cheek to cheek
—
video moment

 

 

 

 

Free Verse

Four-Footed Faith

tearful swollen eyes
bearing up without complaint
withstanding the pain

our brave four-footed
companions cannot reveal
their true agony

through their faith in us
they display a love and trust
unequaled in nature

 

 

Riddle


What is...

curled or rolled into
a soft pliable ball
—
cats, yarn, and cookie dough
 

 

 

 

 

 


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