Friday, February 21, 2014

Dream, dream, dream

Dream, dream, dream

It was beautiful
the overdubbing
It didn't take long
to figure out
that all the voices
were yours.

For Heretomost’s challenge at Real Toads about “mixed tapes” in 300,000 words or less.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


 Photograph by Merlin D. Tuttle

Call of the Bloom

Some tropical flowers reflect sound so nectar-seeking bats can find them more easily.


Across semiruined
sagging sands
We, the hard winged
carry the dust and seed
of chanced future.

Doubtless tongues clatter
unhinged roofs raise
a dismal glare
still we pilot
the silence of stones
and everpresent
aloft dark rumor
we fly
the fragile hours

nearly human
to the melt
of the colony.

Process notes: 

Bats are so well adapted to their environment that they have survived as a group for more than 50 million years.

The wings of bats are made up of cartilage with small amounts of calcium. The bones are similar to human fingers but they are more flexible.
Some individual members of this species were born with more skin extending between their arms and body, which gave them just a little bit more lift as they leaped through the air:


From Latin patagīum (“gilded edging of a woman's tunic”), from Ancient Greek παταγεῖον (patageion).

patagium (plural patagia)
  1. The thin membrane that extends between the limbs and body of a bat or of gliding mammals

Bats are vital to the ecosystem. Fruit bats bring us over 450 commercial products, including 80 medicines. The seed dispersal and pollination activities of fruit and nectar eating bats are vital to the survival of rain forests. Seeds dropped by tropical bats account for up to 95% of forest re-growth on cleared land. Night blooming plants and trees depend on nectar eating bats for pollination. An excellent example is the baobab tree of eastern Africa that is so important to the survival of other kinds of wildlife it is referred to as the "Tree of Life." Alarmingly, bats are disappearing worldwide. They are now considered the most endangered land mammal in North America.

I apologize for not having citations for much of this information.  I have a special affinity with bats and have been collating these facts for a while. I do know that I consulted bat conservation international which is a wonderful organization with a comprehensive site for learning more about bats.