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Next - By Dan'l MclLhenny

On papyrus 

Words fall 

Unrehearsed 

Free association 

Scribed in stack 

Leaving tracks 

Eyes may follow 

Only interested 

Need apply 

Some might 

Most will not 

Bother their day 

Thus unrewarded 

Whilst others 

Scan for traces 

Nourishment justified 

A resolution 

Worth their…

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Can Nostrils Be Envious? - By Dan'l MclLhenny

Can nostrils be envious? 

‘Tis a sly question I ask. 

Because she chose rye. 

Toasted of course! 

Slathered in melting butter. 

Oh... the intoxication~ 

Imagine my smell o’ meter peaking. 

The needle sprung in a full tilt boogie, 

Pegged as…

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Rucksack - By Dan'l MclLhenny

Hey, Rucksack here’s 

My  compass, biscuits 

Plus... an apple or two 

Water for our trail hike 

Needed because we do 

Matches for sparkin’ a campfire 

Should we spend the night  

Ya know… 

Light creeps into darkness 

As sunshine fades, then…

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What's All the Commotion About? - By Dan'l MclLenny

With pumping wings 

It’s follow the leader 

One, two, then three redtails ascend  

Into the invisibility of a thermal  

We suppose they are family 

Taking to the sky 

Right next to our residence 

A townhouse above Monterey Bay 

The cliff…

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Soaring Toward Loftier Places - By Dan'l MclLhenny

With pumping wings 

It’s follow the leader 

One, two, then three redtails ascend  

Into the invisibility of a thermal  

We suppose they are family 

Taking to the sky 

Right next to our residence 

A townhouse above Monterey Bay 

The cliff…

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If I Had Something To Say - By Dan'l MclLhenny

Guess she forgot again 

About the stars tonight 

Just like she’s done for so long 

Right or wrong, in fleeting light  

The sun always bows, before it goes 

As darkness comes she hides inside 

A desert girl readies  

To curl-up…

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Go Santa, Go Santa, Go - By Dan'l MclLhenny

Go Santa, Go Santa, Go Santa... GO! 

Go Santa, Go Santa... GO! 

 

Santa’s got a rowboat 

With an outboard motor 

That never seems to fail  

Or ever runs out of gas 

It’s a miracle of science 

The storied tall tale 

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Solong Perky Solong - By Dan'l MclLhenny

The day you arrived 

You’d risen handily  

What a lofty chap 

Towering above us 

Polite, quiet, yet colorful 

A good listener certainly 

An awful conversationalist 

Ever present though 

Unassuming of course 

Adding ambiance 

Able to react but mostly still 

Forever…

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Aftermath Messages - By Dan'l MclLhenny

Under a contrailian sky 

Passenger jets exhausting 

Sketch their impressions 

Broad stroke white puffers 

These visible remains 

Linger becoming clouds 

Eventually pushing on 

Under other commands 

Naturally occurring 

High altitude winds 

Seem to silently say... 

“You must go now” 

Clearing…

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Well Hello Number 6 - By Dan'l MclLhenny

It happened yesterday afternoon 

Outback, ever so slightly beyond the redwood deck 

Where coyote brush grows in low profile misshapen clumps 

As an after 4pm October sun shone bright 

I detected a butterfly 

It curiously fluttered down to rest 

Exercising…

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Stubborn Little Nickel - By Dan'l MclLhenny

Remember that stubborn little nickel 

That rolled under the bed 

It may as well be lost 

Or stuck inside the mattress 

Long gone from memory 

How would you have used it 

If you knew just where it was 

To buy…