Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Let Me Lie Down

Let me lie down
far from a world full of ills
Let me lie down
away from senseless kills
Let me lie down
safe from disease, drugs and pills
Let me lie down
please, let me lie down

Let me lie down
free from indiscriminate crime
Let me lie down
folks killed in their prime
Let me lie down
away from filth and grime
Let me lie down
please, let me lie down

Let me lie down
away from fake news
Let me lie down
false opinions and views
Let me lie down
away from the big ruse
Let me lie down
please, let me lie down

Let me lie down
with those all too innocent
Let me lie down
with every single dissident
Let me lie down
with all of the militant
Let me lie down
please, let me lie down

Let me lie down
free of politicians without gumption
Let me lie down
most have no compunction
Let me lie down
promises then repetitive resumption
Let me lie down
please, let me lie down

Let me lie down
away from ineffective government
Let me lie down
all the money's been spent
Let me lie down
squandered without our consent
Let me lie down
please, let me lie down

Let me lie down
I want to disengage
Let me lie down
in this day and age
Let me lie down
when I want to rage
Let me lie down
please, let me lie down

Let me lie down
free from false friends and foe
Let me lie down
'cause I've nowhere to go
Let me lie down
for I've nothing to show
Let me lie down
Please, let me lie down

Let me lie down
from whence I came
Let me lie down
in dust, free from pain
Let me lie down
all insults will wane
Let me lie down
please, let me lie down

Let me lie down
hopeful, yet what do I spy
Let me lie down
it's more pie in the sky
Let me lie down
makes me want to cry
Let me lie down
please, let me lie down

Let me lie down
there's the smallest inkling
Let me lie down
wise words I hear sprinkling
Let me lie down
from those with much wrinkling
Let me lie down
I saw their eyes twinkling.

© Linda Starr

Friday, June 21, 2019

Bee Balm and Wren Family

The first day of summer was a rainy but delightful day. The bee balm is starting to bloom. Even though it's nearly four feet tall and has nearly taken over the perennial garden, I let it go. It gives much sustenance to the bees and hummingbirds. Floral arrangement is from California before I started working in clay. I used to have quite a collection of antique vases which are now long gone.
Yesterday morning looking out my window I saw the mother and father wrens feeding their newly fledged babies. Wonderful to see them taking care of the babies so diligently.
Taken through my window you can see the baby wren on the pavement below trying to eat a large moth. It took him some time to eat the moth.
Here's the mother wren sitting on the railing waiting to catch more moths to give to her young. I can tell the parents because their flight is much surer and their tail feathers are much longer than the youngsters. I know the photos aren't very clear but I'm sure you can feel my delight at seeing our family of wrens. Once again Saturday I'll be at the farmers market. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Cilantro Pineapple Sauce

For months I wanted to make coconut shrimp and I finally did. Dredge the shrimp in cornstarch, then frothy egg whites and then in coconut. I used flaked coconut but shredded would have been better. It was the only unsweetened coconut I could find.
I put the breaded shrimp on a wire rack and baked them for 20 minutes in a preheated 375 F oven till golden brown.
For the dipping sauce I used 3/4 cup if cilantro leaves, one small can of pineapple drained well, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Blend in a blender till smooth. I'm going to remember this dipping sauce; it was that good. And of course the shrimp were good too but a lot of work to prepare them. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Hardy Gardenia

Here's my hardy gardenia in full bloom. This is the most amount of flowers it's ever gotten. When I purchased the shrub the nursery person told me the narrow leaves denote the hardy variety. I had my doubts but it's been here for five years and still going strong. This evergreen shrub is about 2 x 3 feet. The one winter we had really cold weather some branches didn't come back but it has recovered from that winter quite nicely. Nothing better than picking a gardenia and setting it close by so the fragrance can permeate the air. Once again I'll be at the farmers market on Saturday. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.