NaHaiWriMo – February 3, 2016


noisy old coot

Wild-life on a lake can be interesting … especially when you begin to recognize a certain duck, coot or gull.  Lake Garda has several colonies of all three of these birds.  There’s one gull who passes his mornings dive-bombing any other gull that tries to land on any of the pylons near where he happens to be roosting making a nuisance of himself, the odd male mallard who’s obviously from a mixed coupling who’s set up housekeeping with a certain lady mallard.  And then there’s an old coot.  He appears to be a loner swimming around honking and squawking and generally making a lot of racket.  However when a female swims nearby he looses his hermit qualities rather quickly and tries to mount her.  Eventually the females become irritated and peck him … poor guy, he has to return to zealously exalting his qualities to every living creature on the lake, but the tourists love him and are always ready with a treat when the see him.

morning sun
reflects on the lake
noisy old coot

© G.s.k. ‘16

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Carpe Diem Special #91, Jack Kerouac’s 2nd “girls come by shades”

This week to inspire us, another poem by Jack Kerouac:

Neons, Chinese restaurants
coming on –
Girls come by shades
© Jack Kerouac

Flashing midnight lights
blastin’ senses –
In the fast lane
© g.s.k.

One last drink
then I’m back home –
Making love © g.s.k.


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