House Finch, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye

November Nonsense | Nov 2023

Welcome to November Nonsense

House Finch, Male, © Photo by Steve KayeNovember Nonsense

House Finch, Male, Appearing Concerned about My First Draft

Maybe we need some November nonsense.

Here’s why.

I wrote a serious post, and the House Finch rejected it.

You must know that if a House Finch rejects something, it’s unlikely anyone else will like it.

So I tried a different approach: Nonsense Poetry.

Crow Fairy Tale

Once upon a crow

there was a feather

that wanted to be a hair.

Said the crow, “If

you were a hair,

you would ride on a

critter that walks.”

“But I like to fly,”

the feather exclaimed.

“Then be grateful

for where you are.

And enjoy the ride

with the view you have.”

[ From Steve Kaye’s Journal #81, November 28, 2023 ]

Note: I wrote one word and this appeared.

Punctuation Parallels 

Are you a comma

who extends a thought

or a colon that restates it?

Are you a parenthesis

seeking a partner or

a bracket seeking a

companion with structure?

Are you an exclamation point

who talks too loud, or

a question mark that

thinks in terms of queries?

Are you an apostrophe

who conserves letters or

a quotation mark that

repeats what others said?

Are you one of those other

special characters no one

understands, or are you a

period who always has the

last word?

Or perhaps you’re an ellipsis

who leaves the impression

that there’s still more,

such as . . . .

[ From Poetic Mischief, page 52 ]

Note: The House Finch likes this one.

House Finch, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog November Nonsense

House Finch, Male, Showing Its Approval

Helpful Insight

In a moment of

exasperation, I exclaimed,

“What is the 

meaning of life?”

and my cat replied,

“It’s simple: You put out

food and I eat it.”

[ From Cat Wisdom, page 80 ]

Note: Maybe life is really this simple.

This shows that it’s possible to write eco-friendly, non-toxic, kid-safe poems.

By the way, if you click on Poetic Mischief or on Cat Wisdom, you will find these books on Barnes & Noble.

Then imagine the possibilities. You could own a collector’s item that would be worth a fortune in a hundred years.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Find More Fun at:

Meet Olivia Felini (Career profile for a cat)

Position Open (Job posting for a bird)

Voice Mail Fun (These are too close to being real)

Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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  • Jerry Young
    Posted at 10:34h, 30 November

    Excellent information. In a ‘negative’ world it is great to get a positive viewpoint on how to do something worthwhile.

  • Archie Iain McLellan
    Posted at 11:10h, 30 November

    I love punctuation. Not using it properly makes life so difficult for readers. I think it’s a pity that the interrobang didn’t catch on. ‽ (ALT+8253 in a mainstream font)

    Your cat’s answer to the meaning of life is magnificent.

    Thanks as always.

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 11:18h, 30 November

    Thank you Steve for making me laugh on this cold and wintry November day. I think the cat may have the answer, we look after each other and we are happy. Many blessings.

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 17:41h, 02 December

    Not the prettiest bird – the House Finch.
    But it will certainly do in a pinch. .

    Good stuff, as always, Bob

  • Megan Moscol
    Posted at 08:08h, 19 December

    Finches are so unserious. And rightly so.

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