Poem: "To Coalesce in Aesthetics"

This poem came out of the April 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] erulisse and [personal profile] readera. It also fills the "Creativity" square in my 4-4-21 "Aspects" card for the Genderplay Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. belongs to the series Arts and Crafts America.

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Today is cloudy, rainy, and cool.

I fed the birds.  I've seen a flock of mourning doves, a few house finches, and a brown thrasher.

There are purple and white tulips in the purple-and-white garden.  Bluebells are open nicely, and so are some of the pale grape hyacinths.

Dinosaur Sounds

This cartoon talks about dinosaur sounds, in regard to their relation to birds.

The thing is ... some birds actually can growl.  If you try to reach under a broody hen, she is likely to growl right before trying to tear your arm off.  It is a tickier sound than a mammal growl, but still recognizably a growl.  A goose can indeed honk, but other than that their sounds are surprisingly feline, including not only a very ominous growl but also a hiss.

Thinking about this, I suddenly realized how much Jurassic Park velociraptors sound like giant, bloodthirsty geese.  Yes.  Terror geese.  I'm going to bet that someone(s) in the development has been assaulted by geese.  Especially after that scene with the damn eggs.  Also if you hear geese making raptorlike sounds, you should haul ass out of reach.  They are territorial as fuck and large enough to break bone.

Regarding dinosaur roars, that trainlike shriek used for large carnivores probably isn't far off.  It sounds a lot like the first half of a peacock's shriek, scaled up a lot.  Parrots and macaws can also shriek ... actually about as loud as a television's dinosaur shriek.  Scale that up and it would be bone-rattling.  Hence my rendition of deathbeaks in Torn World, which was based on a combination of terror birds and my own experiences with birds.

There were, however, almost certainly honking dinosaurs, the duckbills.

Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano

... is erupting.

I am uneasy about multiple fresh eruptions (not counting some shield volcanoes that leak more or less constantly) in far-flung places.  If you get several close together, it usually means there's a hotspot in that one place, with a pretty high likelihood, which is risky but at least localized.  If they're spread out, it might be a coincidence -- but if it's not, it can mean that the whole mantle is churning up, which occasionally means "bend over and kiss your ass goodbye."  Since Yellowstone has been fractious the last few years, this is really not reassuring news.

Now add in the fact that volcanoes and earthquakes are just two different symptoms of crust activity to release stress underground.  The more volcanic activity, the more likely that earthquakes will start popping off to relieve pressure in their own way.  Considering that most of the West Coast is a mess of faults, many of them connected, several major ones long past their usual timespan between quakes, and some in areas with zero preparation to cope with earthquake hazards ... this is not a good situation.

If you live in an area prone to volcanoes or earthquakes, now would be a good time to check your plans and resources for coping with those challenges, just in case things get rough.


Today's weather is wild.  Earlier it was gray, and it has rained a couple of times -- once arriving in a sudden deluge.  Now it's mostly sunny and very windy.  It's supposed to rain off and on today and tomorrow.

I fed the birds.  I've seen a few doves today but not much activity.  Can't say I blame them.

Purple and white tulips are blooming in the purple-and-white garden.  Bluebells are open, which is a good three weeks ahead of when I usually see them at my parents' place. 

Community Building Tip: Food

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

68. Set the table for community conversation. After breaking bread with someone, it’s hard to consider them a stranger. That’s the philosophy that informed The Longest Table, a 400-person feast put together by community groups in Tallahassee, Florida, to break down social barriers and get neighbors talking to each other.

While the concept of food as bonding is valid, not everyone likes large feasts nor is a crowd conducive to close personal connections.  Consider also offering introvert parties or arrangements where families trade hosting each other.  The latter is especially useful across ethnic lines or other cases where people may have quite different cuisines.

Today's Smoothie

Today we made a smoothie with:

1 cup Ceres passionfruit juice
1 cup Brown Cow vanilla yogurt
1 cup Great Value fruit salad mix (peaches, pineapple, kiwi, red grapes)
1 banana 
1/2 cup ice

I goofed and put the fruit salad in before the banana.  It still turned out well, though.  It's a light pink color, slightly thick, with a good fruity flavor.


Today is sunny, breezy, and mild.

I fed the birds.  I've seen a flock of grackles, several house finches, and some sparrows.

I picked up sticks from the south part of the ritual meadow, filling one trolley, and I dumped those in the firepit.

The pear tree is in full bloom, along with probable pear volunteers.  The first cherries are starting to bloom.  Lilacs have flower buds.  The buds on the bluebells in the forest garden are turning blue already.

EDIT 4/9/21 -- I went back out and desticked the north part of the ritual meadow.

EDIT 4/9/21 -- I picked up sticks from the auxiliary meadow and the prairie garden paths.  Those areas are now ready to mow.