A Tale

Translucent wings flutter as stain glass 
beauties swoop and then soar for a meal;
in days long gone another dragon spieces
spied the landscape looking for unique 
treasure other than pesky, tiny misquotes.

White tailed rabbit nibbling!

Emerald islands float, tufted succulents
bouncing, blooming, bursting forth in sun;
a healthy meal at duck pond. Circular 
vegetation, a meal on watery floating plate, becomes first course before meaty frogs.

Red tailed hawk perch high in pine!

It’s here hard, hallowed turtles tower tumble 
in and out, at will, on bundles of thick
marsh grass, weathered wood and speckled rocks to view the gathering insects, reptiles,
amphibians, mammals and piercing sun.

White tailed deer sipping pond water!

Beneath slithering snakes show an exotic dance while frogs hold their stand frozen in place, muskrats cowering in dry corners of muck munching on snails delights bobbing up and down walls of his cattail den.

Ringed tailed raccoon resting in branches!

Bubbles breathe to water’s edge, stirring stagnant pond. Aerating life dug deep in earth made dungeon; inhale-exhale habitat year after year. Courting life and death over and over again until generations melt away.

Red tailed fox passing looking for a meal!

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”

Proverbs 27:19
Linking to: https://earthweal.com/2021/04/05/earthweal-weekly-challenge-the-teeming/
P. Wolf; I have a covered porch which overlooks this marshy pond. With each season the pond’s face changes. New things to see and enjoy!

Beasts in Jemi’s World

From the book “Jemi’s Noble Quest

Similar to the cliffs of Dor

“The fog hugged the earth as morning vapor intensified the salty air. Jemi breathed in the scent. She could not move as she took in the moment”

Jemi’s Noble Quest

In the first chapter of “ Jemi’s Noble Quest”, her adventurous spirit is revealed in activities of her daily life.

She looked across The Great Sea searching the horizon for Leviathan, a monstrous beast with terrible teeth, scales tightly sealed, sparks of fire shooting forth from his mouth and neck of immense strength.

Jemi’s Noble Quest

Description from the Bible is clear on this creature. It was very much like what we know as a dragon. However, it’s habitat was the sea.

The powerful hips of Behemoth and his bulky tail, like a vast cedar, brought mystery to her somewhat dull life in Dor. These creatures were seldom talked about in her little fishing village; for the people had forgotten the legends of these immense creatures.

Jemi’s Noble Quest

Some believe Behemoth was a type of elephant and ours believe it was a hippopotamus. More than likely, it was a beast like none we’ve ever known.

“Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?” Job 41:1

Owl’s Song

Hoot, hoot, hooot, whooo;
I woke up to an owl’s song
the air speckled with frost
tall, majestic trees laced in
dollops of weary wintry weather.

Hoot, hoot, hooot, whooo;
I, still dazed from heavy sleep,
woven in layers of colorful quilts
wondering, willfully curious as a cat
of the song’s lyrical message.

Hoot, hoot, hooot, whooo;
I had longed for a glimpse,
of it’s shadow and woven wings;
but silhouette trees can not speak,
as the owl’s song took flight away.

Hoot, hoot, hoo, hoo, hoo;
I hear only faint song in frosty air,
bear branches blush from slice of
dawn’s light casting intricate shadows;
a lullaby for bundled eggs they caress.

P. L. Wolf; Poet & Author of Jemi’s Noble Quest

Owls live in a variety of habitats, including coniferous forests, mountains, deserts, and plains. The snowy owl lives in the cold tundra of the north. Owls nest in a variety of ways. Several species, such as great gray and great horned owls, live in old hawk or squirrel nests.”

Audubon International

Owls often roost in dense evergreens during daytime

What does it mean when you hear an owlhoot? Hoots are used to communicate and can convey several different messages. Owls primarily hoot to claim their territory and fend off any would-be intruders (1). Hoots can also be used to signal the presence of a predator.”

World bird.org

Great Horned Owl is the first yearly nesting in Wisconsin, with a breeding season, late January and February

“Once the Great Horned Owls have laid their one to five eggs, both males and females will incubate them for up to five weeks. As chicks hatch and develop, adults may continue to provide care and protection into July!”

Schlitz Audubon
An owl’s tune for this week’s entangled theme at: https://earthweal.com/2021/01/18/earthweal-weekly-challenge-entangled-up-in-you/

Winter Stillness


Stillness in the snow,
pearl arraignment eastern sky…
paint brush from above.

Stillness in woodland,
snowbirds climb tiered tree branches,
wind whispers winter’s thaw.

Stillness in dawn sky,
dollops of snow on tall pines;
winter covers earth.

A haiku winter poem for earthweal open link weekend #53

P.L. Wolf, poet & author of Jemi’s Noble Quest

“She is not afraid of snow for her household,

For all her household is clothed with scarlet.”

Psalm 31:21

“But no matter how low the mercury dips, or how deep the snow cover, you’ll find winter birds of Wisconsin going about their business. Small flocks of black-capped chickadees search for food, foraging for seed and suet. They often join nuthatches, cardinals, downy woodpeckers, and others at backyard feeders.”

birdwatchersdigest.com

Wisconsin average snowfall ranges from about 40 inches in the south to as much as 160 inches along the shores of Lake Superior. On average, about 35 to 40 winterweather events hit Wisconsin each winter.”

Wisconsindot.gov

I Am Wolf

I am the grey wolf,
who hunts and still is hunted,
hear my lonely howl!


I often think of the behavior of animals in the wild and what a gift they are to us. I know their instinct is for survival. Therefore their behavior can appear aggressive. In ways they react the same way we do. When hungry they eat. When their young are threatened they protect. When tired they find shelter to sleep. As for their emotions, we can only project our understanding of the great beasts created in our care.

A lone wolf howls to attract the attention of his pack, while communal howls may send territorial messages from one pack to another. Some howls are confrontational. Much like barking domestic dogs, wolves may simply begin howling because a nearby wolf has already begun.

National Geographic

“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know; That the hand of the Lord has done this, In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? Job 12:7-10

The wolf is built for travel. Its long legs, large feet, and deep but narrow chest suit it well for life on the move. Keen senses, large canine teeth, powerful jaws, and the ability to pursue prey at 60 km (37 miles) per hour equip the wolf well for a predatory way of life

Britannica
My response to earthweal weekly challenge: Gifts

Sneak Peek: Chapter Five

Jemi’s Noble Quest

Whispers of Messiah

Jemi felt a chill. She shivered. It was as if a damp shadow encased her. Frostiness, unlike anything she had known, seized her small frame. Even the chilly mornings of Dor could not match this sensation. The coolness of the recent rain did not come close to this frigid feeling. For the first time ever, fear of the unfamiliar filled Jemi. The air loomed with unknown gloom and darkness dropped about her.

Jemi’s head throbbed with pain. Worry filled her mind stealing away any peace God had for her. Hadn’t she just been walking along the coast of Dor staring out at The Great Sea on her way to collect water? She had hurried to the new well. It had been raining, raining hard. The merchant’s ships had arrived. Rezin asked her to see his camels. What had happened? Where was Dor?

She tried to lift her body from the ground. Pain seemed to flow like blood through her veins. She whimpered. Then with a slight moan prayed, “Dear God, I suffer and need your strength. Please, Lord, fill me with peace as you did for my ancestor Job.”

Jemi’s Noble Quest (Whispers of Messiah): Coming soon through Amazon Publishing

No One

… just me

“A man’s heart plans his way,

But the Lord directs his steps.”

Proverbs 16:9

I’ve waited seasons,
through times of bitter cold
months of sweltering heat.

As the red-wings return,
the flight of Canadians 
fly toward southern lands.

I’ve waited seasons,
through times of marketing 
changes, changes, changes.

As publishers pick people,
writers with a popular standing
and social following, I waited.

I’ve waited seasons,
through long decades
of hibernation, like the bear.

But the season for Wolf
has come with self-publishing,
a “no one”, can be heard.

https://dversepoets.com/2020/09/24/mtb-protest-poetry/

Perhaps, a gentle protest after waiting decades to birth a book. Self-publishing has now made it cost efficient and possible. Jemi’s Noble Quest, (Whispers of Messiah) coming soon at Amazon.

As Time Goes By

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

Psalm 27:13-14

The coolness of the forest on a hot sunny day,
Embraces my very soul and warms my heart,
It is where I ran when you no longer breathed the breath of life.

The birds sang, as ripples of sorrow stained supple spots;
Embarrassed for the tears which lingered along the brook,
It is there grief washed away with dirt, dust and debris.

The scent of autumn leaves crackled with each sauntering steps,
Eager I was to forget, move on and leave behind my mourning;
It is what I want you to do, as it’s my turn to return to the earth.

Linked to:
https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/2020/09/weekly-scribblings-37-last-messages.html

Resting Place

It was ancient, their home, tall and stately. There they stood still staring through the veil of night. Waiting, wondering and watching each taking their turn while others rested. 

It was said by many, “In their dreams they sleep with the moon.” But it was of no concern for soon break of day would come. Their silhouettes would stretch wide against cloudless sky.

Silently, with massive wings they would dive to feed. Raw carrion (caribou, cougar, coyote); it made no difference to the vultures. They had waited under a pale moon dreaming of this moment.

One may wonder of their care-free lifestyle. Perhaps if a day, week or year without the work of the messy vulture we would realize their need in our communities. There are stains upon the earth and it’s a vulture’s dirty job to do a janitor’s difficult work.

The Roost

“In their dreams they sleep with the moon.”

Mary Oliver’s, Death at Wind River

Prosery Prompt at dVerse

144 words or less including the quote

Front or Back: Does it Matter?

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Books, Books, Books…

What’s in a book? Well, there’s a front, middle and back. When self-publishing an authors looks at a book in a whole new way. I came across the term Front Matter while going through KDP’s instructions. I thought, “What’s that?” It’s simple. Today I will explain the biology of a novel.

The Front Matter (first part of the book) can consists of: Title Page, Frontispiece, Accolades, Copyright Page, Dedication Page, Table of Contents, Epigraph, Preface and (or) Foreword. After all of that information an author won’t need to write a thing! Not every book has all the topics above. Some things to consider is what genre are you writing for, how much information do you want to share and what’s your personal choice? After all the book is being self-published, so the author isn’t stuck in a square peg if they happen to be a circle. There is no publisher to answer to or to help if you need questions answered.

  • Title Page, the full title with the author’s name as shown on the cover
  • Frontispiece: a illustration or photo opposite the title page on the left
  • Accolades: basically, quotes from notable people about your book… if you don’t know anyone popular don’t use them
  • Copyright Page: if you don’t have copyright yet, say pending
  • Dedication Page: the name of the person/persons the book is dedicated to and why
  • Table of Contents: chapters in your book and page numbers (it should list Front & Back Matter)
  • Epigraph: A quote regarding the subject matter (poem, song, another book, etc with permission)
  • Preface: the author’s note regarding the book (don’t give anything away!)
  • Forward: written by another person (scholar, friend, family member or someone popular)

The Body (second part of the book) is where the story takes place. But there can be extra things, including Prologue, Introduction, Chapters, Epilogue, Conclusion, and Afterword.

  • Prologue: used for fiction and sets the stage for your story
  • Introduction: used for nonfiction and tells of your subject matter
  • Chapters: hopefully, you have them already written
  • Epilogue: used for fiction and can wrap up the book (best used for series)
  • Conclusion: used for non-fiction and sums up the book’s main ideas
  • Afterword: any final thoughts

The Back Matter (the third and final part) which can contain Acknowledgements, About the Author, Copyright Permissions, Discussion Questions, Appendix, Chronology, Endnotes, Glossary, Index, or Bibliography List).

  • Acknowledgements: more “thank you’s” to those who helped
  • About the Author: a summary of your writing endeavors
  • Copyright Permissions: anything you’ve borrowed from another (song, poetry, artwork, etc)
  • Discussion Questions: academic prompts
  • Appendix: used for nonfiction to give updated information
  • Chronology: used in nonfiction (in other wards, timeline) of the list of events
  • Endnotes: supplementary notes mostly used in nonfiction
  • Glossary: definitions (words, characters or settings)
  • Index: specialty terms in alphabetical order
  • Bibliography: a list of research material used.

Does it seem overwhelming? Yep, but necessary if you decide to self-publish. This article was written by the help of Reedsy. Here is the original information…