Fay Slimm






Welcome the glory of all freckled things.


Prismatic shades in rain-drop hollows,      
tree-bark tessellation,
chess-board meadows,

chequered bird-eggs and pansy faces.


Applause for hued variegation on newts.


Red flushes in round-fruited apples,
water-lily's opal iridescence,
patterns on grasses

and tail striation on backs of pheasants.


Hurray for dogs' motley coats and cats'
tabby patches.


Bumble bee gilt on harlequin lambs-tails.
piebald ponies,
tortoise-shell snail trails

and brindled spots on hedgehog shoulders.


Smiles for fish scale gilt irradiation.


Kaleidoscope streaks on butterflies
Mosaic-splashed daises.
Speckles on buzzard wings,

polychrome colt hides,

and rainbows sun-shower racing.


Tri-coloured, marbled, banded, spotted,

sprinkled with dots,

veined, tattooed  or grizzled


Praise be for mixtures in dappled things.


  • Neville

    a most marvelous and fuzz free poem of great and unadulterated clarity.. N

    • Fay Slimm

      Grateful thanks Nev for reviewing my effort to bring dappled things out in front - every mosaic in nature is a winner methinks in this world of invariable black and white thinking. - - -- so glad you enjoyed the read -.- - - x

      • Neville

        I most certainly did Fay and no mistake.... x

      • orchidee

        A good write with much variety Fay.

        • Fay Slimm

          Many thanks Orchi.

        • Michael Edwards

          Nothing mixed up about this - great write Fay.

          • Fay Slimm

            Great that you enjoyed the read Michael - - dappled and streaked so many of nature's creatures speak to us through their colouring.

          • moordykspot2

            I enjoyed this one. Set me thinking how much more I must open my eyes and mind This planet offers great gifts often overlooked and not appreciated. Reading your work is an education Thank you

            • Fay Slimm

              Delighted that you found inspiration for looking a bit deeper at nature's mixtures of hue and colour. Thanks a load for your visit and comment my poet-friend.

            • Suresh

              What nature creates, man replicates
              We are still learning natures mystery and awesomeness every day.

              Good write Fay

              • Fay Slimm

                How true Suresh - - - we can only replicate at best -- - so pleased you enjoyed the read.

              • ANGELA & BRIAN

                THANKS FAY ~ FOR A VERY ZIG-ZAGGYPOEM ~ The fragmented style (15 verses ?) is dictated by the context ! Loved the pictures you chose ~ the Peacoks Eye ~ Went to a Wedding recently and there was a Peacock (many selfies) especially when he fully unfurled his TAIL for the Peahens (All Essex Girls !) Loved the BADGE in praise of Dappled Things.
                I've been talking about VOCABULARY in my Language Poem and "MIXTURES" is a feast ! God in His Creation is a master of design and camelflage Yiou highlight the use of freckles - prisms - tessalation (good word) - checks - variegating - flushes - irridescence - pattern - striation - patches - harlequin - pibald - brindled - irradiation - kaleidescope - mosaic - speckles - polychrome - rainbows - tricoloured - marbled -banded - spotted - sprinkled - veined - tattooed - grizzled & dappled ! 28 different words to touch the hem of Moher Natures HAUTE COURTURE ! Even in FASHION we are only thinking Gods thoughts after HIM ~ What a Wonderful World ! Thanks for sharing so so elegantly wordwise !
                Blessings & Love
                Brian & Angela 🧡🧡🧡🧡 + 🧡

                • Fay Slimm

                  What a collection of despcription as used in the tribute to mixtures on so many things - - colour spotted with hues of a differing shade makes us look twice at what nature offers......... yes indeed dear duo - - it is wonderful world. Hugs from me.......... xx

                • MendedFences27

                  Perhaps "dappling" is Natures abstract art? Or, more philosophically, perhaps Mixture is what will save the World. - A great write Fay, eye opening, to many things. If one opens one's mind to the variations of Nature, perhaps the fear of difference will disappear. Wouldn't that be wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration. - Phil A.

                • Goldfinch60

                  Superb colourful write Fay. A kaleidoscope of words.

                • dusk arising

                  Wow! Now i can look in the mirror and begin to think i DO fit into the scheme of things after all.

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