Magpies

Magpies

“A magpie can be happy or sad: sometimes so happy that he sits on a high, high gum tree and rolls the sunrise around in his throat like beads of pink sunlight; and sometimes so sad that you would expect the tears to drip off his beak.”  — Colin Thiele, Magpie Island

Magpies

Quick sketch on watercolor practice sheet

Magpies

Which are you,
Magpie?
Deliriously happy?
Indescribably sad?
or
Does your mood vacillate
With the weather?
Whether
or not
U
Are aware
Of climate change

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Mood of Magpies, Tucson

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Mercado San Augustin

Mercado San Augustin
Tucson, Arizona
USA

Mercado San Augustin

Bag available at MAST, located in the Mercado San Augustin

 

On Thursdays, my grandson and I sometimes take a trip to the end of the Modern Streetcar line where the  Santa Cruz River Farmers Market holds a festive event at the  Mercado San Augustin. Live music beckons us into the courtyard, past vendors selling organic vegetables and fruit, local eggs, grass-fed meats, locally harvested honey and baked-today breads and pastries. Gardeners pick up plant starts and seeds, as well as advice from longtime growers and sellers. Revelers enjoy a glass of wine, a cold beer, a fruit smoothie, or a coffee drink beneath the shade of native trees and wide, covered patios. The best part? The children dancing barefoot in the grass as the music plays on. What’s not to love?

And just for you, a wee poem:

At the Mercado
We greet
Move our feet
To the beat
And know
Community

Mercado San Augustin

Brahmin

Brahmin Bag

Brahmin

Sketched
Following missed flight, at the airport
A Brahmin ~ beautiful, baggage nonetheless
One of many weights upon strong shoulders
Burdensome, yet willingly caressed
Held tightly, for security more than service
A statement-maker, image to project
Put to paper, though, more thought’s demanded
Simulacrum’s not right
Must reassess

Consider

Susan, from Poets United, shared the following, which gave me lots to consider:

According to Mahatma Gandhi, there are Seven Deadly Sins that could destroy society:

  • Politics without principle.
  • Wealth without work.
  • Commerce without morality.
  • Pleasure without conscience.
  • Education without character.
  • Science without humility.
  • Worship without sacrifice.

Here are my thoughts:

Consider

Consider

All that truly benefitted
I worked hard to attain
Safety
Scholarship
Relationship
Flexibility
Strength ~ Balance
Being Sane

None Of these
Can I gift you
Unearned
They do not serve
The Practice
The Journey
Commitment
Guide to what you deserve
Or, more rightly,
What you need