Carpe Diem #1364 Tian Shan Mountains (Northern route)


native tulips
growing in the mountain’s shadow
little treasure

I just finished reading Tulipomania by Mike Dash. This book gives the history of the cultivating, buying, and selling of tulips in the 16th and 17th centuries. The original tulip, that bears little resemblance to the varieties we know today, was discovered by the Turks in Central Asia.

Take Me Instead

d’Verse Poets – Meeting the Bar
Victoria has us getting in shape for summer with an Etheree
I’m counting from 1 to 10 and back again


want to
drive to the
ocean with the
throng and the clamor
where the sand burns my feet
so I have to wear sandals
and the sun turns my skin scarlet
so I sit in the shade, covered up
in a shirt and hat, wearing dark glasses
take me instead to the cool green mountains
where a stream trickles over smooth rocks
and birds sing to me from the trees
where I can follow a trail
and search for wildflowers
to weave through my hair
then in the dark
I can count
stars and

In Albuquerque

d’Verse Poetics: Sentiments of the Southwest
Mish would like us to join her in the Southwest


dry winds blow tumble weeds
across hot pavement chasing
each other like children
sunsets finger paint the mountains
a watermelon pink
spring rains turn dull sandy fields
into meadows laughing in flowers
and in the night the howl of
coyotes stirs my soul