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Nudge poem by Tingyu Liu, c. 2017. photograph c.2019 JanGodownAnnino all rights reserved

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  1. Ta da! Here I am in the comment box. How wonderful! I think I need to get a cuppa tea and fish for dreams at my kitchen table. What a wonderful post. And, I have a list of word prompts to share with readers this week too! I grabbed my words from my reading of Countdown to the Moon. Such a wonderful book. I love it. So glad to see your blog is working and healthy. I’ve seen some tweets about ‘What if…then we?” and have been curious…that title makes a person curious! It’s great to see a review here. Ahhhhhhh. Wouldn’t I just love another Highlights workshop?! Someday. Someday.

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Rare
by J.G. Annino

Orange pink purple blue green yellow

float in rows
upon woodland water

Stands of tall cypress
witness the rainbow room

lend dark shadow streaks
to water painting

prayer from the sky

© 2019JanGodownAnnino allrightsreserved

For many years of my life my parkland
has been wetlands.
Theyrenew my spirit,
exercise my legs.

I have trod boardwalks through them,
have skirted flat ground around them,
observing their many moods and often
sight resident creatures.

I have also written popular guide books to
back country areas of Florida, regions that
feature wild water-recharging, cleansing
wetlands necessary for life, juxtaposed against
the amazing fact the my state has become
the third most populous in our union.
I say this to set up my absolute doubt at first,
at what I saw in the water yesterday,
Sunday afternoon.

Our home is about 40 miles north of Thomasville, GA,
a scenic, book-loving, culture-supporting village
of restored buildings and homes that lures us
with all that, plus being the closest downtown
to Birdsong,
which I have written about before.

After treating me to a Sunday afternoon late lunch in
Thomasville, my hubby suggested we indulge in one of our
walkabouts at Birdsong, which never fail to restore our
souls, and always exercise our legs on the woodland
slopes and farm hills.

Birdsong’s Listening Room

The expansive blue sky without a cloud,
the great white herons lifting up in silence
out of a cypress wetland,
the flighty yellow-breasted warblers
flitting in front of us on our field path,
one cawing crow flapping off from a tall pine tree,
all didn’t fail to delight.

As we walked away from a favorite contemplative spot
I looked one last time, past a wood cabin walled
only in floor-to-ceiling screen on three sides, perched
like a tree house, high above a cypress
wetlands. The Listening Room.

And I saw a vision in colors.
Collected colors of a rainbow,
not arched high in the sky,
but laid out flat
against dark water,
in pastel, like a public art contest’s
chalk painting across a street canvas.
Tall cypress trees standing in their water
lay down shadows between color panes,
creating a stained glass wetlands art.
I shivered on this unseasonably warm,
sunny afternoon.

“Honey, what is this!” I whispered to
my husband. Wondering if he wouldn’t see it.
Was I seeing a vision?
He came back from his steps ahead,
to wonder with me.

Our eyes devoured,
scoured
the water scene,
followed each color line as long as we could
to drink it all in,
until we needed to tear our eyes and bodies away,
to walk the 20 minutes back for the farmhouse
parking area’s 5 p.m. closing time.
We avidly shared pictures there and delight,
without answers
for this experience.

Last evening I read two helpful posts,
for some science background on how
this natural process of decomposition in
a wetlands paints a water rainbow.
I am eager to learn more.

This is my first post of 2019, the New Year.
And I am so grateful to occupy my tiny
space on this remarkable planet.
Much happiness, good health,
good pages, good words to my educator,
writer, reader pals, including
the Poetry Friday, Spiritual Thursday crowd.

I expect to post once a month this year,
perhaps less than that,
as I work on poems that
fit a theme.
I look forward to reading your posts
and to knowing about your poems and
other projects.

c.2019JanGodownAnnino

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