Rain at the lake

makeup artist
Annette Marie Hyder

rain shimmers highlights on branches
glosses the lips of the leaves
applies intense blue shadow to the lake shore lid
gives the day a makeover so intense
it looks like a photoshopped picture
on the cover of a magazine

Rainy day picnic

Yesterday we were all packed for a picnic at the lake. When we got there, on a
beautiful June day, it started pouring down rain. Delicious food?
Check. Lake view? Check. So we stayed in the car and ate our gourmet
sandwiches, our mouthwatering olives, our tongue teasing cheeses and
fresh fruits. We drank our iced teas and gazed possessively at our
chocolates while the rain drummed down on our car under the trees and
made patterns on the lake. It was wonderful.

Extra perk? No ants.

So, the next time
you plan a picnic I suggest to check for rain for preference. A rainy
day picnic is easy to put together. The most important ingredient being

List for a RDP:

  • Rain
  • Shelter (any car will do)
  • Scenic view from shelter
  • Delicious bites and nibbles (choose to suit taste)
  • Libation
  • Someone to share it with


Fox has a thing for shoes and will steal to get them

Photo courtesy of bscrittersitterblogspot

Annette Marie Hyder

fox fashionista —
can such a thing really be?
vixen shoe fetish?

what does one pair with sly ears?
look in her den and you’ll see

Stunning collection

For more than a year, a thief in Föhren, Germany has been going around stealing shoes from resident’s doorsteps and garden terraces at night. The culprit has finally been discovered — and she’s a fox.

She has been dubbed “Imelda”, with an Imelda Marcos-size shoe collection amassed and snugly arranged in her nest.

SPIEGEL ONLINE International reports:

The bushy-tailed culprit, believed to be a vixen with a family of cubs, is still at large, and locals have two explanations for her kleptomania. Either she amassed them as toys for her children, or she simply likes collecting shoes, or both. So far 120 stolen shoes have been retrieved.

“She’s clearly got a thing about shoes,” Rudolf Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, the local count who lives in Föhren Palace, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. “We found 86 shoes in the den and a further 32 in a nearby quarry where they like to play. That includes 12 or 13 matching pairs of shoes.”

“The shoes may well be intended as toys for the cubs because there are bite marks made by little teeth on the shoelaces,” he continued. “It’s impressive that she found the time to steal them in addition to getting food.”

Count von Kesselstatt had the retrieved shoes laid out in the palace on Wednesday so that the townsfolk can come and collect them.


 Photo courtesy National Geographic

Dimming Lights

National Geographic Magazine’s June issue is reporting that:

“If the dark seems a little bit darker these days — and the world a bit less wonderful — it probably is. Researchers in Asia, Europe, and North America are seeing dramatic declines in fireflies.

Thailand is one place that seems to be losing the bioluminescent beetles. For centuries they blinked along the Thai rivers with splendid synchronicity. Foreign visitors compared their lights to chandeliers or Christmas candles. Locals were able to fish solely by their flashes.

But the glow appears to be fading. “Twenty years ago I saw many, ” says Thai entomologist Watana Sakchoowong. “Now there are no more.”

Scientific counts are just starting No one has yet confirmed what’s causing the population drops, but experts suspect habitat loss and light pollution.”

If you’d like to help tally firefly population totals, check out this website: Museum of Science Firefly Watch

Also see:

Fireflies Courting at Dusk in Central Park 

Annette Marie Hyder
Previously Published in Fairytales and Much Ado

Stars fell
like fireflies tipped
from cradles in the sky.

Twigs and besoms
browned and crumbled
no longer able to fly.

Cobweb thread and petal fabric
shirt, vest and dress.

The unspooled thread
of Puckish laughter
lay in a knotted mess.

Feathers flew
back to rightful owners —
songbird’s breast and nest —

no more to be
splendor on hat
badge of sartorial zest.

The trees sighed
with mourning
to again be merely trees

to give up being castles —
their turrets back to branches
pennants back to leaves.

The mouse, the worm
the beetle too, were
released from their service

no more to mount
light heeled gallants
and meet in moonlit skirmish.

The flowers wept
pollen tears
the grasses chanted a lament

while earth and sky
hissed and crackled
with the energies unpent.

And what of
the fair folk themselves?
No matter what they tried

they hardened into black marks —
turned into words in books —
the night the magic died.

Gardenia Petals

Link to YouTube video

Visual poetry film

Visual Poetry by Vergin’ Productions featuring the art of Dawn Petty, the poetry of Annette Marie Hyder read by Belinda Subraman and the music of Ken Clinger.

Two of my poems, Gardenia Petals and Pushcart Prize nominated  you think are featured in this visual poetry film from Vergin’ Productions.

Check out more visual poetry film here.

I’m excited to say that Gardenia Petals has been entered into the Slam Idol contest in England. You can check out the Slam Idol site here.

Doorway into clouds

 Photo Copyright Jasmine Rain H.

“Hanging around”

Remember, when you were little, hanging over the side of a piece of furniture (maybe your bed or the living room couch) upside down? I loved how that vantage point made door lintels look like steps that needed climbing over and furniture look glued to the “ceiling” of the floor.

Or if you were outside, maybe you’d hang upside down from a swing or the monkey bars or a tree. The sky looked like a deep pool of blue that you could fall into if you let go of your perch.

My daughter and I stopped by the park and she insisted that I hang upside down with her. One of the neat things about having a child is the way they beckon you into a country of delight and discovery that you’ve been to before — but which is always fun to visit again.


Sometimes a change in perspective is just the catalyst needed to cross the threshold of imagination.

June issue of InTheFray Magazine

In the new issue of InTheFray Magazine, poet, activist, and newly-elected MP and party group chairman for the Civic Movement of Iceland, Birgitta Jonsdottir, speaks about the economic troubles facing Iceland today. View the mini documentary here.

Read poetry by Terry Lowenstein/ Charlotte, North Carolina
Poetry: Raptorial kangaroo courts and hidden tents

Also check out:
Bailout,  By Gregory Wilson
When the dairy runs dry, By  Kate Hassett
Secret Asian Man, By Tak Toyoshima
Boiling Point, By Mikhaela B. Reid

Other issues you might like to check out:

Kimberlee Soo/ Chicago Illinois
Short Story: Beakman

Ashish Mehta/ Pune, Maharashtra, India
Short Story: Aliens

Lynn Strongin / Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Poetry: Lean over: there is something I must tell you

Colin Wilcox/Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Poetry: Landscapes