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Ode to Cats   Leave a comment

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Above:  Domestic Cat, 1878

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2009630118/)

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-jpd-0112

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O most noble wearers of fur,

with whom we humans live but whom we never own,

you are creatures we seek after,

the greatest we have ever known.

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You are most skilled people trainers,

adept in the ways of behavior modification;

your training of us seems as entertaining

ways; we need an education.

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Dogs, some say, are man’s best friends,

even the best friends in Washington,

but cats, I know, to us also attend

quite well, giving sincere attention.

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Some say that you are aloof,

as if that manner is bad;

but I say that an honest cat, even one on a roof,

can be a true friend–not a cad.

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So I praise you, noble felines,

as you stretch and as you curl

up; you I cannot malign;

your flag I do unfurl.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 25, 2013 COMMON ERA

Posted June 25, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Cats, Kenneth Randolph Taylor 2013

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Morning Turtles   Leave a comment

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Above:  View Looking Down the Tailrace from the West Side of the Powerhouse–Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility, Middle Oconee River, Athens, Clarke County, Georgia

Photograph Created by the Historic American Engineering Record

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ga0489.photos.056253p/resource/)

Reproduction Number = HAER GA,30-ATH.V,1–1

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That plant, according to the plaque in Ben Burton Park (the current use for the site) closed in 1964, having been in operation since 1896.–KRT

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In the Middle Oconee River,

closer to its normal state,

with many of its large rocks above water

(at least partially),

a small group of turtles sunned themselves

on two rocks as water cascaded

near them, flowing gloriously

in its river bed through Athens-Clarke County

then into the Oconee River proper,

through the County of Greene

and toward its ultimate fate,

the Atlantic Ocean.

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But, here and now, it is fun

to watch the water flow quickly

as turtles rest above it then reenter it unaided,

going where they will during their turtle lives,

perhaps oblivious to we humans observing them

from the bank, just glad to see them at a distance

as we enjoy nature quietly,

seeking  nothing in return,

but revering, each in our turn,

that which is free,

yet beyond price.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 24, 2013 COMMON ERA

A Lone Turtle   Leave a comment

On a rock in the Middle Oconee River

on a warm evening,

on a day when one does not shiver,

a lone turtle stood.

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There it remained,

for how long I do not know,

until it returned to the water,

its head below

the surface.

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Why did the turtle move?

Did it see us watching it from the land?

Or did it have another reason?

I want to understand.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 30, 2013 COMMON ERA

Swollen River V   4 comments

Small green leaves

rest upon bedrock

as a creek flows gently and barely

over it en route to

the river quite near by,

just a few yards away,

where the journey does cease.

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The creek water is clear,

unlike the brown river

swollen by rains

which, without any pains,

have turned it from a relative sliver

with many exposed rocks,

often with turtles sunning on them,

into this roaring brown torrent

falling over and obscuring the bedrock.

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Yet now I notice joyfully

a plethora of trees doing what I suppose

they have done more often than not:

Drinking deeply of the river

as it feeds their roots which have grown

low to the water.

These trees imbibe the water of life.

And I, staring at them,

do, for a time,

forget that anywhere there is strife.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 23, 2013 COMMON ERA

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https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/swollen-river/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/swollen-river-ii/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/swollen-river-iii-one-week-later/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/swollen-river-iv/

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Swollen River IV   4 comments

The Middle Oconee River,

fed by recent rains,

thunders and gurgles simultaneously,

rolling over rocks,

foaming whitely

while appearing brown

as it flows through Athens,

through the west end of town.

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As I study the river

on a late Spring evening

which feels like one in the Summer,

the darkness encroaching

in the dying light of the day,

I look for rocks

(yet discover that they are mostly underwater)

and for turtles, but see none

in the fading light of the May sun.

I furrow my brow

and I wonder

where they are turtling now.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 22, 2013 COMMON ERA

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https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/swollen-river/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/swollen-river-ii/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/swollen-river-iii-one-week-later/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/swollen-river-v/

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Swollen River III: One Week Later   4 comments

The Middle Oconee River,

down from last week

yet still higher than usual,

cascades  over large rocks

as other rocks lay exposed to the afternoon sun

and others from the river slightly peek

out.  Turtles sun themselves

on rocks exposed

and those

with just a thin veneer of water

to cover them.

Birds occupy the river also,

not going to and fro.

I wonder if the birds and turtles

are having fun.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 14, 2013 COMMON ERA

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https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/swollen-river/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/swollen-river-ii/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/swollen-river-iv/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/swollen-river-v/

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Swollen River II   4 comments

The river, swollen further by more rain,

has invaded and occupied Ben Burton Park,

inundating low-lying areas,

surrounding three picnic tables and a bench,

and watering trees,

once by the water,

now in it, copiously,

and roaring over rocks in its standard bed.

I notice birds perching above the opposite bank

and flying over the river.

The rocks on which turtles have sunned themselves

are submerged; where the turtles are now

I cannot ascertain.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 6, 2013 COMMON ERA

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https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/swollen-river/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/swollen-river-iii-one-week-later/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/swollen-river-iv/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/swollen-river-v/

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