as darkness arrived

as darkness arrived

darkness arrived
as lightness was fleeting
n' silent flickering shadows danced
nearby a throbbing heart
was beating
perhaps my own
yet twas a heart
tis' no mistaking
I'm not alone
at once alarmed
I sat awaiting
n' I shall ne'er know for what
tis' been too, too long
n' I've since forgot

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Just one amongst the trees so tall,
was chosen from amongst them all
to stretch and touch the cloudy sky,
beyond where those feathered will oft fly,
limbs further still in darkness reaching,
to learn what stars beyond are teaching,
for a tree can only know so much
with merely clouds n’ sky to touch
so at night in darkness glistening
for answers to that not asked are listening
gather n’ sparkle bright twinkling eyes
peering down from blackened skies
as somewhere beyond a branch is reaching
to learn what those beyond are teaching
as silent secrets in hiding lie
n’ dawn awaits suns prying eye
arrived with the light n’ darkness blinded
purple plumbs that grow with time
to feed those whom below the tree reside
for which time shall be forever abiding

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a bush for me

a bush for me

within a quiet bush there lies a stem
n’ even further therein
lies another n’ many others, then
there are no more
yet here’s a leaf
n’ I do implore you
to look even further
’til you discover
upon the stems rest several others
then step away
n’ with a hush alights from sky
upon the bush in silent flutter
a sparkling jewel delighting the eye
sunlit wings in autumn red
orange n’ yellow
with sunlit colors a butterflies
above my head there’s even more
much larger wings a handsome fellow
a quiet eagle slowly soars
while beyond the bird so regale
a cool breeze may whistle n’ sing
a distant bell in silence may ring
it matters little for most
but me
I can only hear what I feel n’ see
but there is more for life is kind
no need for sorrow in my plight
much more than wonderful
within my mind
are the silent secrets kept
in sheer delight
n’ treasures that will unfold
for within a quiet bush there lies a stem
n’ stories that shall go untold
n’ even deeper still, within
lies another n’ many, many others,
n’ then,
I am no more


In a city that will never bee scene
near an ocean that will never have bean
by a hut on a bitch
that shall never be rich
the loud waves crash incest-aunt-lee
as each they width the dawn
on the sand deer is drawn
a message that no one will sea
inn my dreams each knew knight
twil awaken with light
seeking to hastily write
lingering thoughts of dreams memoir-ease
quickly one then anutter
end den sew manly utters
thoughts ablaze shining bright

end width cull-ores delight
dreams flea back inn-two knight
Eye am shorely thee own-lee won hue

as each they breaks inn sigh-lance anew
seas eye-deers rise, den take flight

hears eternity sing while
in nightfall moon beams

a-pond darkness knot dreams
As each message is born
width the light of knew mourn
words are written fore ownly the sea
Awl a-loan inn the sand
lie my memories first bourne
this is, was, end now forever shall be

sumsee somesea

sum see some sea where er’ ye be’s
the kettles t’is hot as brews the black tea’s
thru the winds the waves crash and rattle the door’s
the cat is a run-in as trembles the floor’s
the sputtering fire from winds down the stack’s
spits embers of red on sleeping dawg’s back’s
in the darkness the cries of a seagull in flights
as the room shrinks tis more shadows than lights
the wood stack is dwindling as flames start to die
more needs to be fetched I’ll be damned by not eye
the floor is a movin’ as the cliff rocks and sways
in the morning twill be just the cliff and some haze
where’s the hot crackling fire and comforting tea
and the kettle so black in the night near the sea
where’s the light in yon window from where I now lay
as dark shapes that surround me too n fro sway
there tis no day nor night in the depths oh so deep
jus the fish swimmin’ roun’ me as forever I sleep


Tips For Aquaponics DIY Enthusiasts

Tips For Aquaponics DIY Enthusiasts

By Lee Dobbins

Commercial aquaculture methods would be impractical for the average Aquaponics DIY enthusiast to use for growing his or her own fresh produce. Luckily there are plenty of things you can do right in your backyard to grow a decent aquaponics garden. This extremely efficient method has exploded in popularity due to the versatility and simplicity of its system. Moreover, it does not require a huge area to setup the system and get it started.

What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is a type of gardening method that has been around for almost four decades. This system eliminates the need for huge amounts of space, water, and chemicals. It is a combination of aquaculture, which is fish farming, and hydroponics, which is water-based farming. The system synthesizes the best produce from both methods.

How An Aquaponics DIY System Works

To briefly describe how it works; the system is comprised of growing beds and fish tanks. Freshwater fish like Tilapia or Trout are placed in the fish tank. The water in the fish tank is then oxygenated using a basic circulation system, which allows the fish to thrive and reproduce.

Fish food pellets or other natural fish food are then used to feed the fish. When the fish starts to consume the food, they will start to produce waste. The waste that comes from the fish and the unused fish food mixes in the water and collects in the tank. These wastes become nutrients and food sources for the plants. The growing beds, which contain the vegetables and fruits, filter the water from the fish tank and return it back to the tank. This cycle is repeated over and over again, keeping the water in the fish tank clean. This keeps the fish in the tank healthy and the plants in the growing bed well-cultivated.

Do-It-Yourself Aquaponics Tips

An Aquaponics DIY system is simple enough to set up at home, may it be indoor or outdoor. There are many ways to build an aquaponics system. However, there are several important aspects and tips that need to be considered when creating this system from scratch.

Decide on what technique to use

Generally, Aquaponics come in three main versions: deep raft technique, nutrient film technique, and media-based technique. Choose the best one that will suit your budget and needs. Traditionally, home owners used the media-based technique for their backyard. However, if you want to grow crops, either the deep raft technique or the nutrient film technique will work best for you.

Level Your Draining system

The aquaponics system operates using water. Hence, it is important to make sure that the excess water is drained out in a regular basis and that both the fish tank and the grow bed are aligned properly for optimal growth.

Insulate your greenhouse

It is also important to use a well-insulated unit for your aquaponics DIY garden. Some homeowners make use of masonry such as bricks to keep the heat inside the fish tank. The trick is to find a system that allows water to penetrate into the ground.

Use proper aquaponics tanks

To attain a balance level, controlled environment, it is recommended to use fish tanks that are made from polyurethane. The best ratio is to make use of one 700-gallon fish tank for every two growing beds.

Height and width of the growing beds

It is also important to consider the height and width of the growing beds that will be used. Make sure that it is high enough for the plants to get an adequate sunlight and should be at a level that is not too low or too high for your reach. The size of the growing beds mainly affects the growth of the plants.

For beginners, start with small growing beds to keep the initial mistakes minimal. This enables you to decide which Aquaponics setup will work best for you. Once you are comfortable with the system, you can always expand its size.

Overall, an Aquaponics DIY system is not as difficult to make as you might think. Setting it up is a no brainer. However, you have to do it correctly to make sure that it is cost-efficient. Otherwise, you will end up spending more time, effort, and cost to maintain an incorrect system.

Next, find out more about aquaponics including how to setup your own aquaponics tanks at

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springs arriving

something in the air     springs arriving
     tis a day we’ve all awaited

     assembled in warm meadows mist,

     chattering birds anticipating,

     as curious squirrels leave their nest,

     upon the grass await clouds shadows,

     and many others follow soon,

   above gold sun looks down then blinks,

     behind the hidden evenings moon,

 as the sound of water trickles,

    soon a breeze shall murmur slowly,

then the leaves with flourish calling,

    tis not winter nor the summer,

tis’ long past the chill of fall,

   for upon us arrives so startling,

tis faint whisper, not a squall,

   for lovely ever lasting spring,

with gifts arrives for one n’ all

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