Depth Perception

Depth Perception

Numbers mean nothing to the volume of beauty
held in my mind. Just as the depth of color held in

a rainbow is infinite, the elements of my perception
are unlimited. Yet my impressions are not yours.

While a glass may hold light, it does not
contain it, and a rainbow will not be restrained.

While not strictly in line with the concepts of his article, this poem was inspired by
Steve Tanham’s The Rotating Blade of Meaning (1).

Image: © Steve Tanham


Friend Me ~ #writephoto

Friend Me

Crystal clear, this vision:
crowded together, en masse,
in our virtual world.

Our intricacies on display,
ready to be rooted out
by curious minds.

This world is no sanctum
behind leaded glass. There’s nothing
sacred here. Secrets like tulips,

waiting to be picked.
Make no bones about it;
we know each other too well.

This is my response to Thursday Photo Prompt: Imagination #writephoto,
from Sue Vincent at Daily Echo, with her photo.

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(The street sign reads: “Please Park Bumper to Bumper”)


Snow Reason to Stay in the House

Snow Reason to Stay in the House
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I’ve been told that winters here in mid-Missouri are nothing like in the past. Twenty years ago snowfall was more common, often leaving snow on the ground between snowfalls. My experience in seven winters here in mid-Missouri is to see a couple of inches once or twice a month, with at least a week with temps in the mid-40s for a week, each month. Four inches of snow will be gone within a couple of days, and six to ten inches will be gone in a week. I was expecting something similar to happen with the snowfall we just had, but another system is developing, and the mid-West has the potential for another storm this weekend.

We had about a foot of snowfall from Friday afternoon into Saturday evening, with a light powder/mist on and off for the next twenty-four hours. Temperatures have been in the low 30s (F), so it was a wet, heavy snow, weighing down tree branches and providing a good workout for shoveling. That took a couple of hours over Saturday and Sunday, including clearing the street and digging out the mailbox. Our house is on a cul de sac, and by the time the plow gets to my driveway, ¾ of the way around the circle, it has to back up before hitting my neighbor’s mailbox. As it straightens out, it leaves a ten foot gap of snow across my driveway. If I want to get out of the driveway – or receive my mail – I need to clear that.

We still have gray skies today, but I decided to head to the local conservation area for photos this afternoon. A dozen or so people had been in ahead of me, which made the hike easier than it could have been, but there still was a bit of leg lifting in each step. Sunny and 46º is forecast for tomorrow. If that materializes, I may head back for photos in better lighting. Here’s what I have, for now.

The heavy snow has the cedars looking more like pine trees, and some of them didn’t survive that added weight.

There’s not much use for it in this weather, but there’s a fire tower in the park.

Meanwhile back home, our large lilac bush has lost two of its limbs.

And maybe we’ll get our TV reception back, if tomorrow’s warmer weather allows the snow to slide off our dish antenna.

Ken G