Monday, June 25, 2012

Michigander Monday: Bob Tarte

I'm pleased to welcome Bob Tarte to Michigander Monday!

Debbie:  Bob, please tell us a little about yourself.

Bob:  I was born and raised in Grand Rapids and live with my wife Linda on the edge of a shoe-sucking, mink-infested swamp near Lowell. I write humorous books about the pets that we’ve had. I also wrote a world music column for the Los Angeles-based The Beat magazine for 20 years. We’ve got pet parrots, cats, doves, parakeets, ducks, geese, chickens, and a rabbit.

Debbie:  And, of course, we want to know all about your books.

Bob:  My first book, Enslaved by Ducks, just went into its thirteenth printing, and it’s followed by a sequel called Fowl Weather. My latest book, Kitty Cornered, is about the craziness of living in a tiny house with six cats. It’s been reviewed in USA Today and has been on the indie bookstores bestseller list in the paperback nonfiction category. I’ve posted the first chapter of all three books on my website, You’ll also find scads of photos of our animals there, too.

Debbie:  Other books or projects on the horizon?

Bob:  I’ll probably write a book about birding next. It will be filled with the foolish mistakes I’ve made trying to identify birds and will hopefully help other people learn to tell a sparrow from a gull more easily than I did at first. I want it to be a humorous narrative of my birding experiences but, unlike my other books, it would actually have a little helpful content.

Debbie:  Upcoming appearances?

Bob:  July 9, 2012
6:30-7:30 pm
Delta Township District Library
5130 Davenport Drive 
Lansing, MI 48917

July 16, 2012
6:30-7:30 pm
Norton Shores Branch Library
705 Seminole Road
Norton Shores, MI 49441
(231) 780-8844

Debbie:  Do you have a favorite Michigan bookstore?

Bob:  I love Schuler Books and Music on 28th Street in Grand Rapids and also Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. Both are great stores that have put up with me during book signings.

Debbie:  How about a favorite place in Michigan?

Bob:  Believe it or not, one of my favorite places is Muskegon Wastewater System. While there are more picturesque and aromatic spots in Michigan, Muskegon Wastewater is one of the best spots in West Michigan for seeing rare birds – particularly waterfowl and shorebirds.

Debbie:  Do you have a Michigan event or happening that you love to attend?

Bob:  Speaking of birding, I love the spring and fall warbler migration. I take a lot of walks through our woods and we also go to parks and nature areas on weekends looking for birds. We do this throughout the summer, but most intensively in May-June and in September.

Debbie:  A fun Michigan person we should all know about?

Bob:  Food blogger Marcia Davis ( She’s a very smart and interesting person and a terrific writer.

Debbie:  Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?
Bob:  It’s hotter in the summer and colder in the winter than you might imagine.

Debbie:  Finally, last question:  Some folks in Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders; others Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally: are you a "Michigander" or a "Michiganian"?

Bob:  Since I often write about our pet geese, I definitely prefer to be known as a Michigander!

Debbie:  Michigander it is!  Thank you, Bob, for being with us today for Michigander Monday.

To learn more about Bob and his books, visit his web site, FaceBook page, and Twitter feed.  And, for the next few weeks, you can have questions answered by Bob's cats on Fridays, 12:30-1:00 on Twitter.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Great Things Going On In Michigan

There are a number of book-related happenings going on around the state in the next few weeks, where you can find some of your favorite authors and creative types.  In case you hadn't heard of these upcoming events, I'm passing on word.

(I've listed names of authors/artists participating, but prior to attending anything be sure to check the linked pages for additions, cancellations, and further info.)

If you know of other big book-related events in Michigan in June and July, feel free to chime in in the comments section.

The U.P. Book Tour features nearly 50 authors traveling to various Upper Peninsula locations, beginning this weekend and continuing through mid-July:  Marty Achatz; Ellen Airgood; Robert Alexander; Helen Cho Anthos; Julie Brooks Barbour; Nancy Barr; Karl Bohnak; Travis Brown; Sally Brunk; Jennifer Burd; Grace Chaillier; Chad Faries; Steve Feffer; Linda Nemec Foster; Randall Freisinger; Eric Gadzinski; John Gubbins; Donald Hall; Steve Hamilton; Sue Harrison; Gordon Henry; Caitlin Horrocks; Jonathan Johnson; Laura Kasischke; L.E. Kimball; ; April Lindala; Beverly Matherne; Cris Mazza; Mary McMyne; Ander Monson; Jane Piirto; Eileen Pollack; Janeen Rastall; Martin Reinhardt; Janice Repka; Vincent Reusch; Ron Riekki; Catie Rosemurgy; Andrea Scarpino; M. Bartley Seigel; John Smolens; Laszlo Slomovits; Keith Taylor; Russell Thorburn; Eric Torgersen; Emily Van Kley; B. David Warner; Cameron Witbeck; Zoe Zolbrod.

The Made In Michigan Literary Walk on June 30 in Detroit features readings and signings with numerous Wayne State University Press authors:  Terry Blackhawk; Melba Joyce Boyd; Brett Callwood; Jim Daniels; Maria Maziotti Gillan; Bill Harris; francine harris; Kevin John; Robert Jones; M. L. Liebler; Dorene O'Brien; Anne Marie Oomen; Teresa Scollon; Phillip Sterling; Susan Whitall

Kids Read Comics Convention July 7-8 in Ann Arbor is a free event that connects kids, teens, parents, teachers and librarians with professional artists and writers from the comics and animation fields.  It includes workshops, panels, and portfolio reviews.  In person artists and writers:  Shawn Amberger; James Anderson, ; Jono Balliett; Ruth McNally Barshaw; Matt Bosh; Jack Briglio; Joshua Buchanan; Sally Carson; Justin Castaneda; Scott Chantler; Lee Cherolis; Michelangelo Cicerone; Gary Cohn; Olivia Comai; Kevin Coppa; Paul Cox; Matt Dye; Tom Eaton; Josh Elder; Jennifer Evans; Matt Feazell; Joe Foo ; Jim Frankenstin; Rodney Fyke; Jeff Gibbons; Courtney Hahn; Jannie Ho; Chris Houghton; Lauren Houser; Jesse Hughes; Arvell Jones; Dani Jones; Neil Kaplan; KJ Kolka; Samantha Kyle; Chris and Ginger Ludden; Jim McClain; William Messner-Loebs; Joe Mochove; Sanaa Naeem; Diana Nock; Sean O’Neil; Jim Ottaviani; Rachel Polk; Paul Reaume ; Dave Rocha ; Mike Roll; Dave Roman; Randy Rowley; Chad Sell; Gregory Snader; Jalen Sparrow; Rob Stenzinger; Richard Stevens; Tom Stillwell; Paul Storrie; Lori Taylor; Raina Telgemeier; J Torres; Denver Wagner; Gale Williams; Shawn Williams; D.J. Woodward; Rob Worley - plus additional guests via Skype.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Michigander Monday: Traci Brimhall

I'm pleased to welcome Traci Brimhall to Michigander Monday!

Debbie:  Traci, please tell us a little about yourself.

Traci:  I'm a Leo born in Little Falls, MN with a love of long walks in the woods and a weakness for Girl Scout Cookies.

Debbie:  And, of course, we want to know all about your books.

Traci:  Oh, those. Well, I've published two books of poems, Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), chosen by Carolyn Forche for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award.

Debbie:  Other books or projects on the horizon?

Traci:  I think the horizon is still several years away, but I'm working on a new book of poems as well as a poetry comic book.

Debbie:  Upcoming appearances?

Traci:  In the middle of summer, I will be down in Mississippi as the poet in residence at Ole Miss, and later this summer I'm doing a mini book tour in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois with poets Glenn Shaheen and Kyle McCord. Sadly, no Michigan dates in the near future.

Debbie:  Do you have a favorite Michigan bookstore?

Traci:  I love my local bookstores (Kazoo Books and Michigan News) and my local library, which has a really great selection of poetry. Dean at Michigan News has been especially supportive and kind. There are so many writers and lovers of the arts in Kalamazoo.

Debbie:  How about a favorite place in Michigan?

Traci:  Well I've only lived in Michigan for 2 1/2 years, so I'm sure there are tons of great places in the state I haven't even seen yet, but my favorite is my backyard. I live right on the edge of a big arboretum in Kalamazoo and I try and walk there most days. I love being that intimately familiar with a place. I know where the mayapples are likely to pop up, where the herons like to nest, where the deer are likely to be feeding at dusk.

Debbie:  Do you have a Michigan event or happening that you love to attend?

Traci:  I'm sorry to be so Kalamazoo-centric in my responses, but I love Kalamazoo's summer food festivals and the Kalamazoo Beer Week.

Debbie:  A few fun Michigan people we should all know about?

Traci:  My in-laws. They're pretty wonderful people.

Debbie:  Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?

Traci:  When someone points to their hand to show you where they're from, they're not crazy or offering a modified Vulcan greeting.

Debbie:  Finally, last question:  Some folks in Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders; others Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally: are you a "Michigander" or a "Michiganian"?

Traci:  I'm a Michigander and I hang out with a whole gaggle of other Michiganders.

Debbie:  Michigander it is!  Traci, thank you so much for joining us today.

To learn more about Traci and her books, stop by her web page.  You can also hear her read one of her poems, "Fiat Lux," on YouTube.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Poetry Friday: June Joy

A little something inspired by watching my kids at a class at the park this week.  In case the formatting goes kerflooey and/or doesn't carry over on various browsers/platforms, please know that in theory the shape of the poem is related to the topic, though in practice, it might just look random...  Anyway, here goes:

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r             t          s             w
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Michigander Monday: J. Gabriel Gates

I'm pleased to welcome J. Gabriel Gates to Michigander Monday!

Debbie:  J. Gabriel, please tell us a little about yourself.

J. Gabriel:  I was born and raised in Marshall, Michigan, a charming town full of historic homes, antique shops, and lovely, tree-lined streets - basically a Norman Rockwell painting come to life.  I went to college at Florida State, got my degree in theater, moved to Los Angeles and did the acting thing for a while.  I acted in a bunch of national TV commercials and dabbled in screenplays, but books were really my thing.  In 2010 I got my first book deal and moved back to Michigan.  That pretty much brings us to the present!

Debbie:  And, of course, we want to know all about your books.

J. Gabriel:  I have several out right now.  The Sleepwalkers is a novel I’ve dubbed the scariest teen horror novel ever written.  Then there’s Dark Territory, the first book of a modern teen fantasy series called “The Tracks,” about kung-fu, magic and star-crossed love in a small Midwestern town.  The second book of the Tracks series, called Ghost Crown, just came out on June 6th, so I’m very excited about that.

Debbie:  Other books or projects on the horizon?

J. Gabriel:  I have an epic, dystopian sci-fi novel called Blood Zero Sky coming out in the fall that I think is going to be really big.  It’s sort of a mash up of “Hunger Games,” “Atlas Shrugged,” the American Revolutionary War and Occupy Wall Street.  Make of that what you will!

Debbie:  Upcoming appearances?

J. Gabriel:  I have loads of them!  Here’s a list:
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, June 9th ** 1pm - “Ghost Crown” release party, discussion, reading and book signing - Woodland Mall - 3195 28th St. SE Suite B116, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, June 16th ** Noon - “Ghost Crown” release party and signing - Lansing Mall, 5132 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing, MI 48917
  • Greenrock Writers’ Retreat ** Friday, June 22nd - Talk and Booksigning - Retreat participants only - Michigan State University Campus
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, June 23rd ** 1pm - Book Signing - Lakeview Square Mall, 5701 Beckley Road, Battle Creek, MI 49015
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, July 7th ** 1pm - Book Signing - 19221 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, July 14th ** 1pm - Book Signing - 3050 Beeline Road, Suite 50, Holland, MI 49424
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, July 21st ** 1pm - Book Signing - 6134 South Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, July 28th ** 1pm - Book Signing - 5275 Harvey Street, Muskegon, MI 49444
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, August 4th ** 1pm - Book Signing - 3700 Rivertown Parkway, Grandville, MI 49418
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, August 11th ** 1pm - Book Signing - Glenbrook Square Mall, 4201 Coldwater Rd Suite B-01, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, August 18th ** 1pm - Book Signing - The Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St #1400, Maumee, OH 43537
  • Barnes & Noble ** Saturday, August 25th ** 1pm - Book Signing - Green Oak Village Place, 9605 Green Oak Village Place, Green Oak Township, MI 48116
Debbie:  Do you have a favorite Michigan bookstore? And/or a favorite Michigan library?

J. Gabriel:  I’m partial to Willard Library in Battle Creek.  The new Lakeview branch of that library is particularly beautiful, too.  In terms of bookstores, I like Schuler Books in East Lansing.  I also have lots of love for Barnes and Noble.  They’ve been great for supporting my work, and I’m not going to leave them out just because they’re corporate!  They also have yummy coffee, which is always a plus.

Debbie:  How about a favorite place in Michigan?

J. Gabriel:  I’ll always be partial to Marshall since I grew up there.  I also spent quite a bit of time in Saugatuck – my dad had a boat that he kept there in the summers and I used to run around downtown when I was a kid and check out all the funky stores.  I was just there for Memorial Day – it’s a beautiful town.  I love Warren Dunes, too.  There’s nothing like sprinting down those sand mountains at full speed into the lake.  I’ve lived in a lot of places, and I really do dig the ol’ mitten state!

Debbie:  Do you have a Michigan event or happening that you love to attend?

J. Gabriel:  I’ve always loved the 4th of July in Marshall.  Everyone gathers around the fountain in the center of town and eats ice cream and grilled chicken while the community band plays marches.  Then you can go over to Battle Creek for the fireworks at the Balloon Festival.  Fun times!

Debbie:  A few fun Michigan people we should all know about?

J. Gabriel:  Last year I met a cool Kalamazoo writer by the name of Jeremy Brown.  He has a book that’s sort of a mixed martial arts noir called Suckerpunch that I thought was great.  He’s a cool guy, too, so all you readers out there who are into that sort of stuff should go and pick up a copy of his book.

Debbie:  Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?

J. Gabriel:  I’ve been all over the place, and the best people I’ve known come from Michigan.  Michigan equals good people, that’s what people should know.

Debbie:  Finally, last question:  Some folks in Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders, others Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally: are you a "Michigander" or a "Michiganian"?

J. Gabriel:  Michigander, all the way!

Debbie:  Michigander it is!  Thank you, J. Gabriel, for joining us today!

To learn more about J. Gabriel Gates and his books, visit his web site, blog, FaceBook page, and Twitter feed.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Poetry Friday: Return

Not sure this is quite ready to be a poem, but since I've been trying lately to have something new up each Friday, here goes anyway.


I left the watering can on the back deck and didn’t
think anything of it.  Half full, maybe a little less.

had needed
me, and would
need me the next day.
What harm was there in
being half ready?  Time passed.
The next day came.  Standing at the
faucet, water flowing into the can, my
nostrils bristled at the smell of yesterday’s stale
water.  Trying to embrace “organic,” all I could think
was “rank.”  It wasn’t until my eyes fell upon the contents
that I realized what had happened.  A curious
chipmunk had climbed in.
Couldn’t get out.

Right there, in the flowers’ water.

I bolted to the back of the yard, tipped
the can and its contents onto a patch of
lawn.  The water soaked into the ground. 
The chipmunk carcass, pale and strangely
smooth, did not.  But digging a hole I
could not bear.  “Tomorrow,” I said to
myself.  “First thing in the morning.” 
What harm was there in being saddled by
guilt?  Time passed.  Next day I returned,
to bury my error.  My fault.  My neglect. 
Only to find that the small, sad body was
gone.  Carted off, no doubt, by raccoon or
other eerie creature of the night.  My heart
bristled.  I rued my delay.  I stood in the
sun.  Time passed.  Perhaps, upon
reflection, it was not the worst of
outcomes for the chipmunk body.

Still dead, yes.
But at least he went straight back
to the living.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Guest Blog Post from Rosalie Sanara Petrouske - "Reading Closer to Home"

Today on Jumping The Candlestick I'm happy to welcome Rosalie Sanara Petrouske  as guest blogger.  Take it away, Rosalie!

Reading Closer to Home
Rosalie Sanara Petrouske

There is nothing more exciting than picking up a new book, smelling the fragrance of freshly printed paper, and then slowly opening its cover to reveal the words within. Lately though, the printed tome is being replaced by Kindles and Nooks, IPads and other e-readers, where we can download a novel in this age of technology faster than lightning can strike.  Big-box booksellers like Barnes and Noble and Borders are closing their doors.  If these companies cannot survive in this digital age, then how can the small, family-owned bookstore thrive?

Many people, those bibliophiles who enjoy curling up on a Sunday afternoon with a brand new hardcover volume or the latest paperback, like nothing better than to spend their time roaming through the aisles of their quaint and friendly small town bookstore. Here they can chat with the owner (who knows their name), and browse to their heart's content.  Randy D. Pearson, a local writer and member of the Grand Ledge writer’s group Writing at the Ledges, came up with a brilliant idea: a contest to bring the plight of the struggling, small business-owner who sells words, to the attention of the community.  He teamed up with Scott Harris, the proprietor of EVERYbody Reads. More than just an independent community bookstore, Harris’s vision is to be known as a neighborhood resource center, where individuals and families find a heart of social vitality, kinship, and belonging.

Pearson is hoping the competition will motivate community members to turn off their e-readers and once more find the pleasure of holding a book in their hands at their local bookstore. 

The "Save the Independent Bookstore" writing contest is open to all Mid-Michigan residents, ages 14 and up.  All stories (fiction or non-fiction) must have a plot that will make people aware of the importance of the local, small town, family-owned bookstore.  Some examples include:
  • A story set in an independent bookstore
  • The characters visit a small town bookstore
  • The character works at a family-owned bookstore
  • Characters discuss the plight of the indie bookstore
Word count should not exceed 1111 words (not including the title or author's name).  Entry fee per story is $10.00.  Winner(s) will receive:
  • Prize money (First prize is $50.00 minimum, but may increase due to number of entries received)
  • Inclusion in Voices from the Ledges, the upcoming anthology by Writing at the Ledges (estimated release date December 2012)
  • One free copy of Voices from the Ledges (valued at $12.99)
  • An invitation to read the winning piece at the winner's party at EVERYbody Reads
Celebrity judge for the competition will be John Schneider. Schneider wrote a daily, general interest column for the Lansing State Journal for 24 years, and authored the non-fiction book, Waiting for Home: the Richard Prangley Story. Visit his blog at

Deadline for all entries is July 31, 2012.  One-half of the prize monies collected from entry fees will go toward the winner's pot; the remainder will be donated to the Capital Area Literacy Coalition at

For more information or to obtain a copy of the guidelines, please visit
Rosalie Sanara Petrouske is a Lansing area writer, teacher, and reader who founded Writing at the Ledges in 2005. Her goal for starting the group was to bring together a community of writers who come together to share their work, give and receive feedback, encourage each other and generally enjoy, over a cup of coffee, what they like to do best...write.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Michigander Monday: Bryan Gruley

I'm pleased to welcome Bryan Gruley to Michigander Monday!

Debbie:  Bryan, please tell us a little about yourself.

Bryan:  I was born and raised in Detroit, where I learned to love writing and hockey. I aspired to write novels even as a boy, but after graduating from Notre Dame in '79, took a lengthy detour into journalism, working for The Detroit News, The Wall Street Journal, and now, Bloomberg Businessweek. Finally sat my butt in my chair and wrote my first novel, Starvation Lake, which was published in 2009.

Debbie:  And, of course, we want to know all about your books.

Bryan:  My three books are set in the fictional town of Starvation Lake in northern lower Michigan. I refuse to be pinned down on precisely where it would be, but it's in the general area of Big Twin Lake between Kalkaska and Mancelona, where my parents bought a family cottage in 1971. The first book deals with the mysterious death of a youth hockey coach. The sequel, The Hanging Tree, is about the apparent suicide of a woman found hanging in a tree filled with shoes, and was inspired by the shoe tree on U.S. 131 two miles north of Kalkaska. The third, The Skeleton Box, is about a burglary gone bad that results in the murder of a beloved citizen of Starvation Lake, and was inspired by the 1907 disappearance of a nun from a church in Isadore on the Leelenau Peninsula. The narrator and protagonist of each book is Gus Carpenter, the thirty-something editor of the Pine County Pilot who blew his big-city newspaper career with an ethical breach and now toils at his tiny paper while playing men's hockey at night and longing for his boyhood love, Pine County Sheriff's Deputy Darlene Esper. While I didn't plan it this way, the books form a sort of accidental trilogy that revolves around the relationship between Gus and his mother, Bea Carpenter, who has many secrets of her own.

Debbie:  Other books or projects on the horizon?

Bryan:  Besides my demanding and fun day job, I'm waiting for writer-director John Gray to finish the screenplay of The Hanging Tree. Can't wait to see what this superb writer does with it. And I'm hoping to move ahead with a fourth Starvation Lake mystery. Working with my publisher on that.

Debbie:  Upcoming appearances?

Bryan:  Plenty, all over the country, but I'll be in my favorite part of the world, northern Michigan, June 6-8, in Gaylord, Petoskey, and Traverse City. June 9 I'll be at Next Chapter books in downtown Northville. Then off to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and other great places. For details, see

Debbie:  Do you have a favorite Michigan bookstore? And/or a favorite Michigan library?

Bryan:  I have many favorite stores, especially McLean & Eakin in Petoskey, Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, Horizon Books in Traverse City, the Next Chapter in Northville, Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor, and Literary Life in Grand Rapids. I haven't visited a lot of libraries in Michigan (yet), but the folks at the Bridgman Public Library have been extremely welcoming.

Debbie:  How about a favorite place in Michigan?

Bryan:  My favorite place is Big Twin Lake, a small but crystalline body of water surrounded by green bluffs. And, of course, Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Debbie:  Do you have a Michigan event or happening that you love to attend?

Bryan:  Every July, I go to Big Twin Lake and meet more than a dozen high school and other pals for what we call the Pistachio Open, a long weekend of golf, volleyball, shuffleboard, euchre and occasional beer drinking. This year will be the 25th.

Debbie:  A few fun Michigan people we should all know about?

Bryan:  Every one in Michigan should be reading Steve Hamilton, Doug Stanton, and Mardi Link. I've always liked Bob Seger, but prefer his very early stuff--Heavy Music, 2 + 2 Is On My Mind, Ramblin' Gamblin' Man--to the later California stuff.

Debbie:  Something you'd like a non-Michigander to know about Michigan?

Bryan:  Many a non-Michigander has come to Pistachio Open. All of them can't believe how beautiful it is. It's an amazingly beautiful state. I love summers up north, of course, but I also like to visit Big Twin in the dead of winter, when everything is white and the silence sings.

Debbie:  Final question:  Some folks in Michigan refer to themselves as Michiganders; others Michiganians. For our ongoing vote tally, what's the better term, "Michigander" or a "Michiganian"?

Bryan:  Michigander, of course!

Debbie:  Bryan, thank you for joining us today for Michigander Monday!

To learn more about Bryan and his books, stop by his web site, his FaceBook page, and his twitter feed.  For his upcoming appearances (several of which are this week right here in Michigan), check his News & Events page.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Poetry Friday: Back Deck Lunes

I'm continuing my exploration of short poetry forms, though apparently I've gotten stuck on the lune.  Here are two lunes for a recent 90 degree day.

Back Deck Voyage

Anchored by the heat,
Set sail, daydreamer!

Still on the Deck

Ambition killed by
Oh, let the weeds grow.