Alien Clouds

Sierra Wave - Lenticular Clouds

Sierra Wave – Lenticular Clouds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an old, quirky little poem that I’m posting in response to the Chazinator’s (Charles Miller) prompt for dVerse Meeting the Bar. Inspired by the life and work of Ray Bradbury, who died this past week, we’re traveling to worlds unknown, dimensions beyond. 

Because I’m working fast and furiously to meet a deadline, my poetry the past few weeks is a bit lacking, but I thought this might be a fun. Nevada, where I live most of the year, is known for Area 51 and many stories of UFO sightings. It’s also known for this:

Alien Clouds

You can understand why
Nevada has its stories.
Lenticular clouds
hover in the East—
horizontal orbs
ready to scoop you up
and carry you to places
unknown.

Welcome to Nevada–dVerse Poetics

welcome-sign Nevada || Willkommens-Schild Nevada

Image by paraflyer via Flickr

A bit of a tongue-in cheek offering for dVerse Poetics in which we are asked to write a Taboo poem…not something that I’m comfortable with. But here it is. Check out some more poetry to get your blood boiling at http://dversepoets.com and thanks to Sheila Moore and Kellie Elmore for shoving us out of our comfort zones.

welcome to
nevada

home of cowgirls
and cowboys
home of the
used-to-be-free-
thinking folk
like me
beholden to none
no government
handouts please
wide open space
the land and the
mind—mining
libertarian ideas
(although I don’t
like the idea of
legalizing marijuana
I tried it once
but didn’t inhale)
personal responsibility
means not spending
money you don’t have
and caring for
those in need because
it’s the right thing
to do
welcome to nevada
if you dare
reminder
this is not
california
deal with it.

Nevada has always been known for its independent spirit until the last few years. Leading the pack in legalizing gambling, prostitution, strong libertarian leanings, we polled 12% for Ron Paul in the last presidential election. Recently demographics have changed. Builders over-populated our cities so that we lead the country in foreclosures. There has been an influx of people who could no longer afford life in California and who came here in search of better things but then defaulted on their loans. Nevada also leads the country in unemployment (13.4% as of Aug.2011)  since in time of economic distress, tourism is waning and tax revenues have declined. We are hurting. I’ve been here since 1993 and, yes, I’m one of those “Californicators.”

An important part of my belief system comes from the Native American tradition of respecting one another’s Sacred Point of View. Let’s do it!

Monday Morning Writing Prompt–A Day of Refreshment

I took this photograph while climbing Angora R...

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I just returned home from a day away from the computer, playing and enjoying the beauty of nature at and on beautiful Lake Tahoe. Many of us who write tend to be homebodies, or even a bit reclusive. I’m including myself in that group. But a day away, a day of refreshment for body and soul can serve to inspire.

For today’s prompt, I’d like you to think about a place you’d choose to go or an activity you’d like to engage in for a bit of respite…if only for a day. It can be a setting near you, or somewhere that you travel to only in your imagination. You might want to focus on the details of the environment or paint in broad brush strokes how your getaway inspires.

Enjoy your armchair one-day vacation and consider sharing it with the rest of us! Don’t forget that this prompt is open to either prose or poetry. I will post mine as soon as it’s written!

I’ve gotten sophisticated now, so here’s Mr. Linky:

Leonnyes Z to A Challenge: “A” is for Aliens

Alien clouds

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Alien Clouds

You can understand why
Nevada has its stories.
Lenticular clouds
hover in the East—
horizontal orbs
ready to scoop you up
and carry you to places
unknown.

Leonnyes Z to A Challenge: “K” is for Keno

View of Reno, Nevada, with the University of N...

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Submitted to Leo’s Z to A Challenge: http://leonnyes.wordpress.com/

“K” is for Keno
A Limerick

There once was a young lad from Reno
who had an addiction to Keno
then lost all his cash
because he was smashed
that night he’d had way too much vino

Keno: gambling game played with cards (tickets) bearing numbers in squares, usually from 1 to 80. A player marks or circles as many of these numbers as he wishes up to the permitted maximum, after which he hands in, or registers, his ticket and pays according to how many numbers he selected. At regular daily intervals a total of 20 numbered balls or pellets are randomly drawn from a container, and prizes are paid out by the house according to how many of each player’s selected numbers are drawn

Reno is in Nevada (USA) and gambling is legal here. Most of us who call Reno “home” avoid the casinos although sometimes they have good food and outstanding shows. Because our economy is so dependent on gambling and tourism is way down at the present time due to an overall lack of disposable income, Nevada is number # in the US in unemployment and foreclosures. Because of this, the area is looking to capitalize on its location in the Sierra Nevada mountains by promoting outdoor activities. We are about 40 minutes away from Lake Tahoe, in the north of the state. Reno is a far cry from Las Vegas.