the moon sets the scene

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the moon sets the scene
By Annette Marie Hyder

gilds the lily of your face
with special-effects-contact-lenses blue
I string an antler’s worth
(tines in velvet moonlit too)
of kisses ’round your neck
no one can see them
but you feel them
I know that you do
you feel my aubergine kisses
when the moon is blue

Happy Blue Moon!

You can read all about the technical aspects of tonight’s blue moon, here, at the website.

If you would like more poetry to go with your science, here are a few links to some of my other poèmes de la lune:

the moonlight
dear moon,
the harvest moon sang to me
Cold Shoulder
Golem Moon
The moon hung around

My brother sends me food pics

My brother Thom and I trade food pics of the things we make like we are trading Yugioh cards. He is always one-upping me and making me miss his chef-errific ways!

Here, the latest offerings via smart phone from Thom:


Bread studded with sun-dried tomatoes and garlic!

Fruit and vegetable arrangement by Audrey!

And what did I have to send in return? Well…I made a pie.

A key lime pie.

Here’s a video of Jazzy helping her uncle Thom make pizza when she was 6 yrs. old.
(Sorry if your browser doesn’t support this video.)

Sunday Things: Flame Flowers and Branched Moon

Flame Flowers and Branched Moon
By Annette Marie Hyder

The bats were out singing in sweet fey high voices
that only a few could hear, besides the ghosts
who were riding the lanterns that served them as boats
as the lanterns polished the mirrored frog pond.
And the moon crept in closer and sat in the tree branches
to get a peep at our view, while show-off paper carried
flame in its hands all the while shaping the flame into flowers,
like a balloon man animal-shapes his balloons.
And the flowers swayed on the rippling water
sizzling sparks as they bloomed beneath the bats and the moon
and did you see the way that they leaned right into
the music of the frog chorused breeze?

The Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival was held today at the Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden. If you missed it, here is a brief description from the Como Zoo and Conservatory website. Maybe you can make it next year?

“Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Bonsai, martial arts, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food and
other aspects of Japanese culture, will be featured at the annual Como
Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, an event reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday, on Sunday, August 18, 2013
on the grounds of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park.

Obon is an important Japanese cultural and family holiday, at which
ancestral spirits are said to revisit their families for three days.
Families pay their respects at gravesites and put out offerings of food
and drink on a tray before household altars. They also light lanterns or
small fires outside the house to symbolically guide the souls to the
home. On the last evening of Obon, lanterns again guide the spirits back
to their resting places.

The day will culminate at dusk with the main event—the lantern
lighting. Six stone lanterns and floating paper lanterns throughout the
Japanese garden pond and the Frog Pond will create a vision of
peacefulness and harmony to commemorate the dead.” — Como Zoo and Conservatory Website


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The Weekend Beckons
By Annette Marie Hyder

(for M)

The moon says come sit by me, I’ll tell you a story.
The stars say they’ll sparkle and shine
but the wind in the trees is what moves me
to tremble all leaf-like and fine
is the rustle in the dark of the forest
and the music of wild things and vine
purrs and merrowrs and huffs clary sage,
birch tar, labdanum, and pine.
I saved you a seat, some starlight, some moonlight,
I captured the breeze in my hair. The night is like wine
I’ve opened the bottle while I wait for you here.

Already the year is looking towards fall…

The View by Catrin Welz-Stein

Already the Year Is Looking Towards Fall
By Annette Marie Hyder

She wears a dress of lianas, kudzu entwined
as she leans on the turning, the axis of wall
that provides a breather, a brief spell of rest.
She spins through her steps at twelvemonth ball
where birds in attendance have taken a seat
in the folds of her gown and conspire to call
the rest of their kindred to plots filled with south
she hears them, of course she does, ev-er-y drawl
but she too is already looking towards fall.


Cold beverages and a picnic blanket outside on a beautiful summer night

Image via Behind the Byline and Copyright Kraft Foods

Just using that image to get your attention.

If you’ve been wondering what all the buzz is about here in St. Paul when it comes to the CREATIVE ENTERPRISE ZONE and Give & Take, tonight’s your chance to find out firsthand with a cold beverage in hand and a picnic blanket as your seat.

Every Give & Take CREATIVE ENTERPRISE ZONE happens in a different part of the neighborhood. Tonight’s event is from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the outdoor space that is part of The Lyric on University Avenue and Hampden. The line up sounds like a lot of fun!

Details from Give & Take CREATIVE ENTERPRISE ZONE:

“There are amazing people all around you. It’s especially true in the
Creative Enterprise Zone. Come out and meet some of them in a fun and
creative environment. You never know the potential value of a single
connection until it’s made.

What do you know? What do you want to know? Give & Take uses these
simple questions to launch an interactive evening of presentation,
performances, and surprises in the Creative Enterprise Zone. It’s a
simple way to celebrate creativity and connect with others in your

The event will feature three presentations and take place in and showcase the Creative Enterprise
Zone. Located mid-city between St. Paul and Minneapolis, and
traditionally home to makers of all kinds, the Creative Enterprise Zone
has the goal to be a recognized center
of creativity and enterprise, a place where more people make a living by
their creative capacities.

As all of the presenters will demonstrate,
the community that’s in the neighborhood now is dynamic, intriguing, and

With presentations from:

    & GRETCHEN-SAGE MARTINSON from Avalon School on doing school
    differently with project-based learning and a teacher-led model.:

  • Artist and educator ASIA WARD on coordinating a giant interactive
    musical instrument using conductive elements like skin, chairs,
    aluminum, water, and food, and the free open source software called
    Scratch, developed by the MIT Media Lab:

**Bring Your Own Picnic Blanket**

Co-presented by Works Progress Studio, Saint Anthony Park Community Council and the Creative Enterprise Zone


Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Doors @ 6:30 PM
Program @ 7:00 pm
All Are Welcome!

The Lyric
765 Hampden Avenue North
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114