nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

in the shelter of the covered bridge – a line of pigeons

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keeping watch

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Florenceville Bridge

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pigeons swim through air

fill gaps on the ridge line

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perch on the shingled roof

scrutinize the traffic

the squeeze of half-tons

on the bridge

the kissing of mirrors

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pigeons quit the ridge, glide

to the shingled shore

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river winds shiver

hawkweed and sumac, displace

blankets of wild cucumber, billow

the skirts and Tilley

hats of tourists

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published previously in a post on September 11, 2015

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Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

February 5, 2016 at 6:59 am

in the shelter of the covered bridge – vantage point for planets

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If there are clear pre-sunrise morning skies this week, we will be able to see a rare view of several planets in the morning sky – Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter.  For a description of the event, see http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/visible-planets-tonight-mars-jupiter-venus-saturn-mercury

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Last year, on February 21st, we saw the conjunction of Mars, Venus and the Moon. On that evening, as my husband and I drove through our local covered bridge, we startled a hare.  I will never forget its long-eared shadow as it fled the bridge. The conjunction of planets and moon, and snowshoe hare and truck, were inspiration for a drawing and poem …

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March 1, 2015 'conjunction' Jane Tims

March 1, 2015 ‘conjunction’ Jane Tims

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conjunction – February 21, 2015

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Patrick Owens Covered Bridge

Rusagonis River #2

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planet and moon light scamper

into crevasses in the covered bridge

Venus and Mars, chin velvet

and sickle of mid-winter moon

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headlights of the half-ton enter

overwhelm planet shadow

startle a winter hare

erect on haunches, paw lifted

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frosted by sky-gaze, worshiping

the sliver of moon, dismayed

at desecration, round glare

of the truck’s predatory eyes

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fright to stop a heart

or flight to mobilize

hind- legs straighten

before fore-legs turn

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and long ear shadows

quit the length of the bridge

ahead of whiskers, nose

and rabbit wisdom

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previously published in a post March 2, 2015

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Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

February 3, 2016 at 7:45 am

in the shelter of the covered bridge – drawings

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As I complete my manuscript of poems ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’, I am also working on the drawings to accompany the text. I have made a list of the visuals presented in the poems, so I have a specific idea of what drawings I need. Many are completed since I have a large portfolio of bird drawings, for example …

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Others are still to be done. This morning I completed a rather delicate drawing of the two kinds of roses growing beside the Darlings Island Covered Bridge and captured in my poem ‘tangle’.

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I love to draw. For me, it is like watching a movie as I see my hand lay pencil marks on paper. It is not a calm activity. Perhaps because my hand and arm are moving, I get quite agitated when I draw and I imagine my blood pressure rising as the work progresses.

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In order to have a body of work to choose from for the final manuscript, I aim to have more than forty drawings. I have completed nineteen. Lots to do !

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Copyright  Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

February 1, 2016 at 7:23 am

gates and gateposts

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Looking through my watercolours, I came across the painting below of a gatepost. I painted this during my virtual excursion through Cornwall, using Street View and Google Earth. The painting reminds me of how much fun I had, painting the scenes I discovered on my virtual journey.

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I am still using Street View to motivate my exercise program – since last year, I have been following the Saint John River from its origins in Quebec and Maine. My goal is to ‘cycle’ the length of the Saint John River, all the way to where it empties into the Bay of Fundy.

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Gateways mark change.  They represent movement from one space to another.  They can be entryways.  They can also be barriers. The challenge is always to step through that gate and keep on going.

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Oct. 4, 2013 'gate near Feock' Jane Tims

Oct. 4, 2013 ‘gate near Feock’ Jane Tims

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through the gate

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grey granite cold

black body to

absorb the sun

emit no warm

even lichens

rooted to stone

are barely alive

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the stone invites

admiration

but curves disguise

the jagged edge

biotite and

muscovite honed

razor thin

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step forward, through

the gate, ignore

the risk

the path behind

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

local eating … sprout sandwich

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Winter in New Brunswick – snow, frozen ground, temperatures far below zero. Not a time to be thinking about growing your own food? Not quite true!

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Anyone can grow sprouts. I have a great sprouter, the 8 X 10 Sproutmaster from Sprout People.

https://sproutpeople.org/sproutmaster-8×10-tray-sprouter/

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I have also used a one pint mason jar for growing sprouts. For me, a twice daily water rinse and careful draining is key to growing the best sprouts.

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Today, I had a couple of sprout sandwiches for breakfast. Sprouted alfalfa, multi-grain bread from Real Food Connections in Fredericton, and mayo. Yum!

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sprout sandwich

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sprouts peek

between sheets

of whole wheat

green baby beaks

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stems tickle lips

as though I kissed

a man with a mobile

mustache

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satisfying crunch

crisp bunch

of alfalfa

delight

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green and white

and mayo

daub of mustard

sprig of thyme

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a sprinkle

from my stash of seed

a little time

sprouts did all the work

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swell, burst seed coat, grow

rinse, dry , fluff

pluck and toss

and wow! what a kiss!

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Copyright 2016 Jane Tims


local foods

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Yesterday we made our second visit to Real Food Connections in Fredericton. Real Food Connections sells locally grown and produced food. On their wall is a huge map of New Brunswick and surroundings, showing all the growers and producers who supply foods to the store.  https://www.realfoodconnections.ca/

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On our first trip we bought the most flavourful carrots! We also bought a beautiful head of garlic, alfalfa seeds for my sprouter, Gouda cheese, big red onions and a bottle of canola oil.

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This week we signed up online for Real Food Connections’ $25 produce box.  In our box we had potatoes, white onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, garlic, a squash, a head of garlic, a beautiful leek, a bag of cranberries, a bag of apples and frozen cauliflower. I can hardly wait to plan this week’s meals around our items.

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Last night, for supper, we had a first-class Leek and Potato Soup.  I used leeks, onions, garlic and potatoes from our box and added chicken stock, spices and 2% milk. It was quick to prepare and delicious!

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If you are lucky enough to have a store specializing in local foods, try it out!  Buying food this way supports local producers and takes a step towards food security. I try to buy local products whenever possible by shopping at farmers’ markets and local food stands, and by choosing carefully at the grocery store. I am so happy to be able to go into Real Food Connections and see what a full range of foods are available to us!

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Do you have a store where you can buy local products in season?

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Copyright 2016 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

January 22, 2016 at 7:50 am

in the shelter of the covered bridge – shelter?

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‘shelter’

– n.

1. protection from danger, bad weather, etc.

2. place giving shelter or refuge.

-v.

1. act or serve as a shelter to; protect; conceal; defend.

2. find refuge, take cover.

(Oxford English Dictionary)

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As I refine the results of my poetry project, ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’, I am thinking about the idea of ‘shelter’ and how important it is to all living things.

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A covered bridge changes the landscape, alters the environment and encourages habitat diversity. It changes the availability of light, water and air. It provides cover from harsh environments.

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Some examples of finding shelter in a covered bridge:

Plants:

  • seeds on the wind, waylaid, find a place to germinate
  • grasses growing beneath the bridge get less light as shadows thicken – sometimes there is too little light to grow at all
  • a crack between boards in the floor of the bridge provides a space to grow away from competition from other plants
  • mosses and lichens find a place to thrive in the rotted hollows of posts and timbers

Animals:

  • birds use rafters and beams as nesting sites
  • spiders find places to attach their webs
  • mice store seeds in nooks and crannies
  • birds hunt insects on the sun-warmed boards of the bridge

Humans:

  • travellers find brief respite from wind and snow and rain
  • friends and lovers find meeting places, out of the view of curious eyes
  • visitors find surfaces for expression – graffiti, vulgarity, art, a space to say ‘I was here’
  • children of all ages find a place to shout, hear echoes, remember

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shelter

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the engine dies – after midnight

not far from home

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snow builds on track

eyelash and mitten

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wind conceals the road

sweeps the bridge

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enter, a lull and chill subsides

bright of snow subdued

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no solitude – a mouse ticked

off, her hibernation interrupted

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and ghosts carve names, spray

broad epithets in purple

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inspire defiance, kick me

out, into the storm

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Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

January 20, 2016 at 7:39 am

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