Tuesday, July 27, 2010

hummingbird feeder

nurse log, Schmitz Preserve Parkdeep in the woods
the nurse log feeding
a hummingbird

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Still conflicted about taking my laptop to the Urban Sketchers Symposium, so if the blog goes static until August 1, I've gone 'naked' to Portland.

Monday, July 26, 2010

a moon-shiny night

Sunflower interior, watercolor and rubber stampsOn a moon-shiny night,

opens to
Unwritten History

sitting by the bed.

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'moon-eyed.'

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mystic Wreath

the Moon

A Mystic Wreath
in bold relief
on a dark ground


I love its simplicity,
on a Sunday in July

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After erasing 7,544 words explaining 'reverse,' the OED word of the day, these 23 words were all that remained.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

no half-measures

Art well created
observes no half-measures

it balances
reality with poetry

and calls man to his existence.

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'economical'; as usual, more reality than poetry from the Oxford boys.

Friday, July 23, 2010


wearin' chinos
drinking 'chinos —
summer @ starbucks

Thursday, July 22, 2010

savor the new

Discovery Park, Seattlesavor the common, the new
to give it a spirit
abounding with
rare Flowers,
radiant and perfect

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Today's erasure poem|commentary comes from the surprising OED word of the day "flosculous": pertaining to, or of the nature of flowers.

Did that add to your vocabulary too?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


poetry breathing
energy from Sun-Beams

a Song of July

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'manufacture.'

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Schmitz Preserve Park, Seattle with OED-based erasure poemIt was July.

middle-aged women
did a skippety-jump,

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Today's poem|commentary comes, as usual, from the OED's word of the day, 'dump bin.'

Certain unnamed parties have noted that the OED word of the day is sometimes, in fact, more than one 'word.'


If the word of the day is ever 'word,' perhaps we will have this explained. Absent that, I am putting it down to a metric rounding error.

Monday, July 19, 2010

low tide

Alki Beach, Seattle - low tidecovered
low tide

Sunday, July 18, 2010

silence dripping

cool gray sunday
in the conservatory
silence dripping

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sweet Thunder

SunflowersJuly (Weekend)
filled with laughter
Such Sweet Thunder

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Today's erasure poem is again from the OED word of the day: rattle. There are pages on ways to use it.

In the 18th century, rattle was a mild expletive: "But what the rattle makes you look so tarnation (sic) glum?"

Somehow, I don't see r-bombs finding their way back to the street. But if they do, you heard it here first.

Friday, July 16, 2010

the real deal

sunflower —
a good stunt double
on a cloudy day

Thursday, July 15, 2010

blackberry tunnel

walking through
a blackberry

feeling like Alice

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

with brilliance

le quatorze juillet -
recent events
celebrated with brilliance

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A small rebellion: today's erasure poem is from the Wikipedia entry for Bastille Day, rather than the exceedingly dreary & diseased OED word of the day: Osler.

And a big thank you to my little brother for the sunflowers!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

the wonder of July

West Seattlethe wonder of July,
the glorious Way that in life

Nothing is so genuine as
the rhythm
and the light



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The erasure poem|commentary is, as always, courtesy of the OED word of the day: supposition.

Monday, July 12, 2010

a Vision

Schmitz Preserve Park, West Seattlea Vision of the day may rise, and swell,

I shall give you a little

the Picture of
Paradise in the Morning

the sea,

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Today's OED word of the day for the erasure poem was 'mention.'

Sunday, July 11, 2010

leaf envy

Schmitz Preserve Park, Seattlesummer heat —
envious of the leaf
floating down the creek

Saturday, July 10, 2010

summer leaves

century-old windows
double hung with
summer leaves

Friday, July 9, 2010

a line passing through a line

Schmitz Preserve Park, West Seattlelives, cosmographically described

A line passing through another Line
from the Center, which we will call Life
has acquired considerable force

The pencil has a point.

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Today's OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'polar line.'

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Alki Beach, West SeattleJuly /

let me have large and frequent doses.

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem|commentary is 'perforation.'

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

through the sprinkler

hot summer day —
crossing the street to smile
through the sprinkler

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

old friends

old friends picking up
right where they left off —
blue summer sky

Monday, July 5, 2010


WWII fort —
a Japanese family picnics
in the meadow

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Spangled with stars

Spangled with stars the sky
Whose light you take a last look at —

not more than eight times

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Apparently, the OED folks across the pond don't hold a grudge: the word of the day for the erasure poem is "star-spangled."

The etymology does note that Francis Scott Key didn't coin the expresion in 1814; it turns out Josuah Sylvester penned (quilled?) "star-spangled" in 1591.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

free wi-fi

Collage, Starbucks AD2PU4K6ZPAFcouples
decoupling —
free wi-fi

Friday, July 2, 2010

old growth

early summer —
old growth
birthing buttercups

Thursday, July 1, 2010

july polartec

july first —
wearing polartec
to buy fireworks