From Where I’m Sitting, I Fill Up the Sky

Berg in Immediate Surroundings – by Maria L. Berg 2021

The NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a poem about the meaning of your first or last name.

The April PAD prompt is to write a poem inspired by your immediate surroundings.

My Janus word for the A to Z Challenge is left.
As a past tense verb, it means “to have gone”; as an adjective, it means “remaining.”

Because I’ve often written about the mountain (Berg in Swedish means mountain), I thought adding a structure or form would help inspire something unique, so I took a look at the Poetics prompt from yesterday over at the dVerse Poets Pub.

I’m glad I did, because it got me thinking about all the fun adventures I’ve had on the mountain and the animals I’ve met there. Kim’s prompt was inspired by the poem The Print the Whales Make by Marjorie Saiser as was my poem.

close-up photograph of Mt. Rainier
Berg – by Maria L. Berg 2021

Black Bear’s Branch

I freeze. You haven’t seen it yet
the thick, dark fur tucked among the fir trunks
We are too close, my heart jackhammers
with fear and fascination
Is that how we are:
a dangerous shape
a few steps off the path?
Too late. Can’t go back.
But looking up at those sky-filling slopes
with awe, I remember
the deer and the fox prancing
also encountered there
and the way the bear licked
at the grass, not bothered
by the branch still attached
to his bum, so peacefully grazing
I didn’t notice him
until I had left him behind
on the return path
he wasn’t interested in me
and my fear of black bears
in dark forests of fascination
on the sky-filling slopes
slanted sunlight on snow
glinting promise
of new bear sightings
another day

#Writober Day 5: Why is there always a cabin in the woods that isn’t mine?

Cabin in the woods

Ahhh, The Cabin In The Woods, not only a great movie in its own right, but also the setting of my favorite horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs Evil.

The cabin in the woods in today’s photograph was built in 1888 and is located inside Mt. Rainier National Park. Before you get to Paradise, there is an area called Longmire where strange bubbling wells were visited for therapeutic purposes, but have all been abandoned.

What is your cabin in the woods story? Does it include stereotyped teenagers and aliens or a serial killer? Or is it a Lovecraftian tale of psychological torture?

#vss: very short story

I had always wished for this; complete isolation in a cabin in the woods. My neighbor had the same wish; and larger teeth and claws.


Today’s theme: Finally I understand

I Reap What I Sow

Slowing down, eyes to the ground, I discover

Tiny shoots creeping, reaching slowly, grow

Trying, testing, churning, always more to learn

Patience in attentive silence harvests triumph

Produce, ripe, plump and plucked, continues to transform

Mulching, composting, burning with next year’s vision

Tastes combining the known and unknown spark delight



Stronger Noun/Verb Swap

flash fic day 5

In May of 2015, I discovered a fabulous book called The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier: How to Solve the Mysteries of Weak Writing.

While reading it, I was inspired to write about finding and replacing weak verbs. I included many links to stronger active verbs. I recommend giving it a look to help you with this challenge.

Happy Writing and Reading. I hope you’re enjoying #Writober.