Posted in April 2019, NaPoWriMo 2019, Tanka

Unique Unicorns

Unicorn painting
Mixed Media Watercolor by LeonasDesigns @2019

Imagination

In fairytail fantasies

Unicorns pink and blue

Dance with red butterflies

In a field of yellow roses

#Tanka

#NaPoWriMo 2019–Day 23–Prompt: I’d like to challenge you today to write a poem about an animal

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Posted in February 2019, Tanka

Hog’s Hunch

Groundhog drawing by LeonasDesigns©️2019

Phil’s Faithful Followers

Gathered at Gobbler’s Knob

in Punxsutawney.

Phil appears, shadow does not

Early Spring is on its way

Tanka

CNN Groundhog Day 2019

“Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me and a beautiful spring it shall be,” a member of Phil’s Inner Circle read from the groundhog’s prediction scroll to the cheers and applause from the crowd.

Thousands of people gathered Saturday at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to watch a famous groundhog deliver his highly anticipated forecast.

Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow around 7:30 a.m. ET and did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring for us all –CNN Punxsutawney,PA

Posted in Elegy, November 2018

Goodbye Lily

Lily, Oregon Zoo Baby elephant
Picture captured from https://goo.gl/images/SCyfuF

In the Autumn we mourn

One who left too soon

Lily, November born

Bid us ‘bye neath the moon

Full of joy was Lil’ Lily

Happy baby elephant

Playful and sweet was she

In spirit, confident

Though illness took her away

From us and her family

We honor her today

For her sweet memory

Elegy

I am saddened by this news as I remember when Lily was born and everyone in Portland got the opportunity to vote on a name for her. I voted for the name Lily and was so happy it was chosen for her. It fit her perfectly. She was so sweet, lively, joyful and happy. She would have been 6 years old today 😪

https://www.oregonzoo.org/news/2018/11/zoo-heartbroken-6-year-old-lily-succumbs-virus

Posted in February 2018, Rhyme

Memo: From Me

Gray Squirrel

Dear Gray Squirrel,

Tell me, what are you looking for!

The bird food you do deplete,

Yet you keep passing by my door,

Is your search never complete?

Your manners I do deplore!

Always looking for a tasty treat!

You’ve had that, yet look for more!

Your greed knows no defeat!

Rhyme

This poem was inspired by the gray squirrel that lives in a tree in my backyard who seems to never get full nor tired. He is always eating or searching. He is cute but can really be a pest at times! 😊

Posted in January 2018, Narrative, Rhyme

Squirrel Saga Continues

Squirrel in bird feeder eating seeds

Mr. Gray Squirrel is back today

Eating from the feeder like it’s okay

“You’re a funny looking bird” I say

My comment causes him no dismay

“Mighty fine sunflower seeds” says he

“Quite worth my trip down the tree”

“Ah yes, but not meant for you” says me

With a smile and nod, away he does flee

Narrative/Rhyme

To Be Continued….I imagine

Posted in Haiku, November 2017

City Stranger

Black Bunny

Lonely wayfarer?

Or escapee from his hutch?

Black Bunny in the wood

Haiku

Apparently a black bunny lives in the woods at the end of a city street in my town. He has often been seen munching on carrots, lettuce and other greens generous neighbors and passerby’s leave for him daily. No one seems to know where he came from or where he’s going but for now he seems content to hang around and enjoy the neighborhood hospitality. I happened to catch sight of him last week while he was enjoying his morning snack and he graciously consented to pose for a photo

Posted in December 2016, Tanka

Squirrley Selfie

Squirrel painting
A bigfoot squirrel

Searching in the night

Morning evidence

Reveals his prints in the snow

Watercolor paints his image

Tanka

Painting created by me from actual photo of squirrel’s hind footprint. Squirrel visited my patio in the night and left his tracks in the snow. I took a picture of the tracks to look up what they were. Then I also happened to see “Squirrel Footprint Art” on Pinterest which inspired me to create this painting.😊