Saturday, August 15, 2020

Wonder Watches

 (dedicated to my sister, who took this photograph)
There are clouds
And a breeze --
It's a hundred degrees--
Air sighs aloud in a
Chinaberry tree,
From which, under
Deep shadow, wonder
Watches you and me.

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    1. Dear Joanne, I'm definitely full of something. I hope it's wonder. Thanks for your happy comment!

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  2. A chinaberry tree - I never heard of that! It's never too hot to learn a new tree :-) Good to wonder has eyes on us too xx

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    1. Dear Lisa, chinaberry trees seem to like semi-tropical climates like Australasia, Southern California and farther south. You get the latitude --doubt there are any in your part of England. Must emphasize the whole plant is poisonous so, if you do encounter a chinaberry tree, don't eat it. I suspect those two raccoons are watching for a less toxic meal.

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  3. A lovely photo and wonderful poem.
    And how can we not smile at the curious and peering racoons?

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    1. Thanks Tom, I'll relay your compliment to the photographer. From experience in journalism and news media, do you think these beautiful critters transmit observations to other raccoons?

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  4. It really is wonderful to see wildlife up close. Maybe not TOO close, but this is just the right closeness.

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    1. O_Jenny, I suspect those raccoons were covertly studying human behavior for their own dietary profit. Such studies make it much safer to climb down at night and get into stuff.

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  5. Your sister is a very good photographer also.

    My daughter was texting us all night about the wild weather she was experiencing in Santa Cruz. Did you get any of the lightening and the roll cloud? It would have knocked those cute raccoons out of the tree.

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    1. Dear Arleen, I too am amazed by my sister's photo. I did hear about the coastal weather but all we got inland was a glowering sky and light rain this morning. By 2pm it was 107 degrees in our valley.

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  6. Watched by wonder. Perfect!
    Beautiful photo. Sort of...cheery! I wonder what those little peepers are wondering about the photographer!

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    1. Thanks Diane, In these troubled times I don't always get cheery. I suspect the raccoons and my sister were in cahoots , kick-starting a poem.

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  7. Haven't heard anyone mention a chinaberry tree in years. I am from Georgia and I know this tree! Nice poem.

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    1. Dear Kay G., Most kind. Thanks. Chinaberry trees are beautiful and full of furry characters in southern California.

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