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Avian Atheism

A vortex of blackbirds
spins in the autumn sky
shifting left, dancing right
soaring in concentric
twisting waves…
spirals neither ascending
or descending
— directionless flight.

c. Darlene Moore BergIMG_6652

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Cicada Serenade

Circadian Rhythm: Haiku Sequence

Unceasing applause
Cicada to cicada
Night-time violins

tuneless harmony
lullabies, no melodies
Sleepless audience

Ascendant moon grins
stars wink in approbation
Music crescendos

Feverish legs rub
Cicadas rapping on-stage
Winding down with dawn

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Bradford Pear

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Bradford Pear

A snowfall of white petals
collect in my hair.
A hot south wind
strips blossoms bare.
The flowering pear
bends, sways, whips.

Grey towers build
in the late March sky
spring stalls
in the oncoming storm:
the sudden chill.

c. Darlene Moore Berg

This spring is a little behind as the pears are just now in full glory this second week of April but a cold front is coming!

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A Secret Place

An older poem but fitting for summertime

A Secret Place

Secrets grow here along the fence rows
at the edge of our small town.
Where all the interesting plants come
to congregate, settle themselves down.

Sassafras jostles with hedge-apples,
milkweed twines with briary blackberry vines,
maple saplings wrestle with oak.

And all the wee folk play hide and seek
with black-eyed Susan’s and run away
brandishing Queen Anne’s lace;
while Bachelor buttons corner shy violets.

A secret place: to climb unobserved, unseen
and sway one with the wind.
A mulberry bends under my small weight
—its fruit to taste: the secret place.

c. Darlene Moore Berg

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Pastoral

Pastoral

The mocha brown back bends,
a brindled face drenches itself
in a full bladed green bouquet
her black-eyed calf strays,
tags another and kick-runs
away, but not far afield.

Yield to the moment
Pasture yourself
in the quiet country’s
peace and grace.
The nodding queen-Anne’s-lace
the spires of cornflowers blue as the sky
Stand and gaze,
bow and graze your soul.
Chew the cud of calm.
Feed enough to move on.

c.Darlene Moore Berg

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A Joyful Noise

Greeted by jubilant song
the mockingbird sings
his unending repertoire
from his high perch
above the morning gathering.

Carried away by his own
exuberance
he spreads his wings,
his balance precarious
from the round top of a flagpole.

Undaunted he resumes
his glorious morning praise.
His song fills the air
with a pure out-pouring of worship.
The congregation joins along.

c.Darlene Moore Berg

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Peony

A full bouquet in her single bloom
the queen of the garden,
scented light perfume
blushing peony overflows
in grandest form
a simple porcelain vase
on a late April day
or in the midst of May
graces my table
with lavish display

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