In Ontario, weeks after the Humboldt hockey team tragedy, I took down my son’s worn hockey stick that, like many across Canada, had stood at the front door in memory of the lives lost in April. I parked it in the garage ‘til next year.
Hockey stick at front door
I know in my heart, sadly, that many miles away some other hockey sticks will not see another season.
Shelving the weathered stick from son’s teen hockey days, I sighed, mourning for those left behind in the Humboldt community.
Ironically, perhaps, as I closed the garage door, a somewhat reluctant wry grin began to form as I realized and I knew in my heart that many miles away some newly crafted hockey sticks would be picked up for a new season as the indomitable spirit lives on. As another season begins, I wish the best for the Humboldt community & I wrote this haiku poem for them.
Haiku for Humboldt
hockey players gather
fresh sticks whack frozen black puck
heart glides on ice
©2018 Patricia McGoldrick
Hallowe’en day has arrived & it seems like the community is turning a bit orange, around here.
It seemed fitting to respond to the Rounded photo prompt for this week with my pics of the pumpkin carved by Eric, my all-time favourite pumpkin carver!
Sometimes the pumpkin is wearing a rounded-up smile; this year it is rounded down.
Best to all on this October exit day!
When I saw the “textures” photo prompt, yesterday, I thought of many summer garden features. Then I took a look at one of my favourites — red geraniums. These flowering plants are part of childhood memories for me and an encouraging part of warm weather colour in my container garden.
I kept in mind the recent photos of these gems as I stepped onto the deck for a closer look and a touch of these distinct smelling classics. One plant is faring well in the antique stainless steel milking pail that I managed to save from my parents’ farm. The shiny silver tone provides a complementary backdrop to the green leaves & red blooms with textures that inspired me to write a haiku in their honour.
red velvet flowers
blooming in Surge milking pail
©2017 Patricia McGoldrick
I decided to share this duo on a perfectly hot summer day!
The Daily Post has put out a challenge, asking for a selection that is Evanescent, fleeting in nature.
Spring tulips are a good fit, it seems to me. After long winters, these little cups of colour that I captured in my garden are an encouraging sign of warmer weather.
Their appearance is relatively brief but memorable.
Hope the rest of spring days are filled with much-needed blooms to brighten our world.
GROUP OF TULIPS
Quite a few years ago, Kermit & Lena Horne teamed up to sing to us about how it’s not easy bein’ green. They made a good case for their point of view but, I would like to differ somewhat in responding to this week’s photo prompt about the colour Green.
Depending on your perspective, it is really not so difficult!
What is it about green that encourages us to look forward?
To this spring season poet, I am energized by the change of seasons, seeing that life cycle unfold each year, right before my eyes. It is a hopeful chain of events, so encouraging!
Perennials signify that process so well, methinks. Already, with this unusually mild winter, bits of green are bursting forth in the front garden, dedicated to herbs and flowers of the perennial sort. Chives are tallest of all, as they have been in the previous year, shown here in my photo. Looking forward to clipping a few to top those fresh potatoes!
On a final note, today , Earth Hour day, is the 10th anniversary of turning off the lights for 60 minutes, around the world. It is a small initiative that gives us all a moment to stop & think about our dear planet. Have a good one!
For today’s blog post, I thought that I would respond to The Road Taken , a current Photo Challenge link. This prompt was posted by a Canadian writer, Krista, who discovered the majesty of the mountains while visiting British Columbia.
In the Ontario community where I live, Waterloo Region, the past year was marked by an amazing discovery — remains of the corduroy road used by pioneers to traverse the terrain as they moved into this area!
Of course, many of us in Kitchener & Waterloo, went to see the evidence of this artifact through the fences as the construction zone for a light rail transit was cordoned off for safety and historical reasons. It was so inspiring and amazing to see the worn timbers that were uncovered, still lined up as they were placed to create this roadway. Here is a view for you!
2016 CORDUROY ROAD REDISCOVERED!
Last year, some of the fragments were made available for people to relocate. The line-up of people was eagerly awaiting, early in the morning, too early for my husband to obtain as a gift for this history fan. Ah well, I’m sure that the pieces went to good homes. I will just be glad of the chance to have seen it & taken a pic or two!
*For those who are curious, more info is available at this link, including a sketch of the pioneer road.
**A while later, just wanted to add that an issue containing one of my poems is available to see at Red Wolf Journal Fall Winter 20162017 Issue-10.
2017 FEBRUARY SUNSET!
Well, it seems to me that February 2017 will be one to remember!
In this winter season, robins have been sighted long before the official start of spring.
This week, in southern Ontario, the temperatures are soaring to levels that would usually occur in spring.
Even the squirrels are looking somewhat surprised by the melting snow and bare lawns.
2017 FEBRUARY SQUIRREL SURVEYING THE BACKYARD!
Yes, I do think that February 2017 will noted as an atypical winter month.
Sometimes, when asked to recall a certain year or even a decade, it might seem that it is all a Blur; however, there are some specific years or ages that stay quite clearly in my memory.
Seventeen was just such a year. This week, I was thrilled to be included in a series of posts on the theme “Me, at 17”.
If you wish, you can check it out at Haiku by Patricia McGoldrick (Me at 17 poetry and prose series)
Whether you are being mindful of the present, or thinking back to other years, have a great weekend, all! 🙂