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Photo by TJ Paris

blue sky speckled black
conspirators cackling
ravens on the wing


For TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge based on this photo by his photo and the prompt Words: Melody (Cackle) and Blue.

Grounded – Magnetic Poetry Monday

lonely, fat bird…
what are you doing
rustling here in the
leaves? don’t you
know night is long
and sanctuary is
always above?

A true story. I came home to find this lost little soul wandering in my yard…I hope she finds her way home…

(Magnetic Poetry – Nature Kit)

Purloin-Friday’s Word of the Day Haiku

Today’s word of the day from is Purloin. It “entered English in the 1400s from late Middle English purloynen, from Anglo-French purloigner “to put off, remove.” “ In our present usage it means to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer and to commit theft; steal. The Merriam-Webster dictionary adds another element to the basic definition: appropriate wrongfully and often by a breach of trust.

In my usual google search I found that it is a popular word, used in poetry, literature and journalism. My favorite newsie headline is this tidbit from KWCH News:

Topeka man accused of trying to peddle crate of purloined steaks at hookah bar.

…and this one from USA Today:

A simple game about flinging fowl at purloining pigs, Angry Birds carved itself an astounding niche in mobile gaming but it’s not the only game in town.

Speaking of birds, I found the quintessential example of purloiners of the avian variety. Nasty birds, called parasitic brooders who pilfer and overtake the nests of other species, often tossing the original eggs or even eating them, in order to deposit their own. If that is not horrible enough, these shady breeders then abandon their eggs and leave the raising of their chicks to the nest owners. If host bird’s chicks do happen to survive the initial scourge of egg destruction, they often find themselves fighting a losing battle against their larger, ravenous, foreign sibling at feeding time, eventually starving to death. Some brood parasites include the cuckoo and the brown-headed cowbird. Read more HERE.

Of course birds are not the only species that purloin, but I’ll leave those other examples to your imagination! Here are a few Haiku.

Plagiarists purloin
inspiring words as their own
fools with no conscience

Cuckoo bird mothers
leave mothering to others
purloining their nests



Ancient dragon clans,
nested they, in great arch-trees.
Travelers beware!

For TJ’s Household Haiku, photo/word prompt. the words are Arch & Tree. In researching the words I discovered that mythical legends tell tales of dragons nested in the arch-trees, their dense limbs brushing the underside of heaven. So to illustrate, I added our friends to TJ’s awesome photograph for my haiku.

Drem Yol Lok (“peace fire sky” in Dragon speak. It means, “Greetings” and an acknowledgement of territory and temporary withholding of agression). You might want to familiarize yourself with that phrase should you find yourself in the presence of a dragon in the arch-trees! 🙂

Here’s TJ’s original photo for the prompt:

Pure Love – Magnetic Poetry Monday

pure Love feels like this
gently murmurs the breeze
leaving me breathless,
long rosy tendrils softly
rooting deep into my
soul…sweet, sacred peace


(Magnetic Poetry – Nature Kit)

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