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#NaPoWriMo 20: The Insect Auguries

The bugs hit the windshield
like stars
coming out at night.
First one,
then another.
Some large bright ones,
several smaller splotches.

Soon, you could see the patterns,
like a constellation
of bug entrails.

I have not studied
the entomological zodiac
or the insect auguries
so the patterns
lacked meaning
to me.

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#NaPoWriMo 19: The Totem

When is an animal a totem?
When it catches your eye,
unexpectedly?
Like the hawk diving
from a distant tree,
the great blue heron,
flapping it’s giant wings
as it slowly gains altitude,
its path having just crossed
your own,
or the mangy old coyote
trotting down the lonely road?

This morning
a small sparrow
landed on my
driver side mirror
and looked at me
quizzically
as I waited
at a stop sign.

What did she see?
Did she have a message for me,
and if so, what?

Then she flew off
as unexpectedly
as she arrived
and I wondered
what this small living
Rorschach test
was meant to tell me.

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#NaPoWriMo 18: The Mysterious Woman

I visited a new church on Sunday
and thought I saw
some familiar faces
from long ago.

Later,
as I sat in my pew
I glanced to my left
during the readings
and saw an old woman
frail and hunched over.

Her body was turned
so she faced me
looking at my eyes
as if for an answer
or perhaps
some sort of assistance.

I returned her gaze
with a compassionate smile
and thought I would speak with her
after the service.

I glanced at the bulletin
as the choir
sang the response,
“and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.”

I looked back up
to see
the mysterious woman
had vanished.

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#NaPoWriMO 17: The Dragon Map

In the middle of the map
there’s a circle
and inside the circle
it says
“Comfort Zone”,
and outside the circle
it says
“Where the magic happens”.

We’ve all seen
this part of the map
shared on Facebook
with some inspiring thought.

But we don’t look closely enough
because at the edges,
like the edges
of so many ancient maps
is the phrase
“Beyond be dragons”.

We need to face our fear of dragons
and go beyond,
because beyond the sea
is a land called Honalee.

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#NaPoWriMo 16: Construction

The sunlight glistens
off the new bridge
support scaffolds
and the towering cranes
beside
the rusting
old bridge.

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