Monet and Poplars #haiku #art

 

Gathering my thoughts

my paints loathe to follow

poplar dreams

*

sky color palette

cloud influenced impression

Monet found

*

canvas dry

I miss my poplar print

no more tears

 

Monet influenced so many writers and artists and continues to do so. The Carpe Diem prompt is “Poplars”

Cast Off #poetry #photography

Today I cast off my dreams

leaving them on yesterday’s wake

did I have the perfect form

or was I making a mistake

*

today I waded deep into sorrow

jigsaw puzzle pieces mismatched

wishing I could ignite the driftwood

you were reality’s dreadful catch

*

today I danced to a new beat

loosened my hair into the breeze

laughed away yesterday’s tight rope

casting-off from you an ease

surfing hmb

Don’t Look Back #poetry #photography #relationships

Those are my bridges burning

in the rear view mirror

deep breath

 someday it will end

Rocks to climb

they are before us

we’ll get hurt

through life’s turns and bends

desert rocks

put away the thoughts

that are behind now

that pain can never

change

keep driving toward

tomorrow

the clouds promise

clearing rain

Golden Mesa

then one day

look in the mirror

reach for beauty

once out of range

dance in moonlight

embrace the forest

new life

blots out old stains

pink rose

Each week Poet’s United provides great prompts. This week the prompt is mirror. Susan also encouraged us to integrate a true story. poets united

Photography: All images were taken on a trip along Route 66 (a southern highway in U.S.)

Daily Post:Sink or Swim #poetry #photography #dpchallenge

impressionistic swimming pool 2

I was asked to do this alone

swim the ocean

while they all watched me

carrying a stone

*

lap by lap each travail

those I thought I loved

held their breath

waiting for me to fail

*

society wills the fall

no program teaches me to swim

empty promises thrown my way

til many are nothing at all

*

I was asked to do this alone

swim the ocean

while they all watched

me

carrying a stone

Poetry allows a writer to say things he/she would be criticized for saying. Suffice it to say I easily as a divorced, unemployed, uninsured, mother (did I mention homeless) could have drown in the “system.” Fortunately, I had a role model who, rather than depend on a system that makes one weak,  struck out into the ocean alone.

My hand, filled with compassion, goes out to those who have had to swim in the sea of adversity with nothing but their determination to make it.

The WordPress Daily Post Challenge offered a great prompt for today “Sink or Swim”

Cheers to the others who are staying afloat:

  1. Russian Accordionist | Photos to inspire you
  2. Perseverance | The Magic Black Book
  3. Sink or Swim | Geek Ergo Sum
  4. Persist | thinkerscap
  5. Sink, Swim or Fly | The Ambitious Drifter
  6. Endure | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  7. Alone Again Naturally | Finale to an Entrance
  8. DEPRESSED OPTIMIST + PAINTS + BRUSHES | Standing Ovation, Seated
  9. The deep end of the pool | RPMAS
  10. PROMPT: Sink or Swim | AvaLlea’s Blog
  11. Silent Agony… | paperdollsletter
  12. Doing The Right Thing Can Leave You Lonely | The Jittery Goat
  13. I said loudly, in my best English tourist voice, “Does this go to…” | thoughtsofrkh
  14. True beauty | Veni, vici, vidi
  15. The Tow Truck Driver Drove a Chariot
  16. Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim | Awl and Scribe
  17. God’s Grace | A mom’s blog
  18. Sinking not an option for cowards | crookedeyebrows
  19. Women in East : One Perspective ! | Dreams to Reality !
  20. Winter Water | The Ring Lady
  21. Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim – A migrant’s story | littlegirlstory
  22. Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim | Finding Life
  23. Whatever It Takes | Lori’s Life and Other Stuff
  24. Sink or swim? | Motherhood and Beyond
  25. Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim – My Car Buying Experience | The Story of a Guy
  26. When life steals your lemons… | Words
  27. Perseverance in Harness | Kansa Muse
  28. Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  29. Sink or Swim? So limiting… | It’s my blog, innit…
  30. Even a Fool Can See | Not a Punk Rocker
  31. Learning Patience… | Haiku By Ku
  32. Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim | Basically Beyond Basic
  33. Daily Prompt: Dive! Dive! Dive! | One Starving Activist
  34. The debate | Life is great
  35. “By Myself” | Active Army Wife
  36. DP Challenge: Sink or Swim « Morning Pages
  37. Tree Trials | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  38. Sink or Swim? | mineisdee
  39. Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim/ Out on my Own | The Smallest of Stars
  40. Sing or Swim – Compass & Quill
  41. Sink or Swim | Bright Tuesday
  42. Drown or paddle | LauGraEva
  43. ALONE WITH SHAME | Emotional Fitness
  44. Daily Prompt: Scar | Morrighan’s Muse
  45. At The End Of My Last Dime! | *Recovery Ramblins Blog Of ~ Author Catherine Lyon*
  46. Blue Loft
  47. The Glowing Tree | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  48. Glub, glub, glub … (sink or swim) | I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving
  49. Extreme business as usual | Le Drake Noir
  50. Treading Water | A Good One

I remember… #writing #writingchallenge

bucket of tears

memories cascading over memories

caught in a 3 by 3 black and white image

toddling in white

the camera moves forward

or is it backward

capturing the larger scene

tears that fall like waterfalls

the smallness of her age cannot

gather the drops in her bucket

so she looks to the source

and smiles

sun beams radiate from her face

the tears continue to flow

but in that radiance there is a goal

the camera pans out further

a man carries off his belongings

in two boxes and a large suitcase

he doesn’t look back

at the toddler in white

or the waterfall

steam rises off his black car as he zooms away from us

forever

years later my fingers caress the silk ties he left behind

to me that is hope he will return

she knows in her heart the date and occasion that each tie was given to him

but there are no more waterfalls

just a desert wasteland

of dried up emotion

my white togs grow grey with time

and poverty overwhelms us

and yet we are happy

in a simple world of black and white

brown and grey

the camera pans over a sea of paint

little fingers dabble

a woman’s hands portray life

on canvas after canvas

and life and hope and even a bit of love are reborn

upon a brush filled with color

the camera pans back

walls hold colorful beauty

eyes and smiles peruse the canvas

we still can’t always get enough money for clothing or food

but the stories on the paint filled canvases

are more

than

enough

for this not so little girl

and her talented mother

This is an unedited freewriting exercise inspired by Krista at wordpress weekly writing challenge. The two requirements: write about a memory (starting with the words I remember), write for ten minutes.

Photograph: “Bucket of Tears” © L. Moon 2013

 

other wonderful writes:

  1. The Tides & Times- Good old days | Inception
  2. Earliest Memory | alienorajt
  3. Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember 4th Grade | Under the Monkey Tree
  4. Weekly Writing Challenge : I remember | Valley Girl Gone Country
  5. Weekly Writing Challenge : I remember | Valley Girl Gone Country
  6. Weekly Writing Challenge: I remember | Improving Slowly
  7. DPChallenge | Weekly writing challenge | I remember…. | thechymeeradiaries
  8. Daily Post’s Writing Challenge | Bloggeta
  9. Weekly Writing Challenge: I remember | Stay Awake
  10. Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember My Father Passing « IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE
  11. The Moose | A Sign Of Life
  12. I remember… | HRHDana
  13. I Remember | A Little Fluff
  14. Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember Before Words | SERENDIPITY
  15. I remember | Sue’s Trifles
  16. Weekly Writing Challenge: I remember | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  17. I remember random | antfantasy
  18. Intercontinental Hooping Express | Mary Hoops
  19. I remember… #writing #writingchallenge | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  20. Weekly Writing Challenge | BeYouToday-Wellness

Dead on Delivery #poetry #photography #poetsunited

roses

petals pulled away my heart

spikes picketed into my soul

waters that once so freely flowed

dried up and blew away

***

petals pulled away my heart

love it seemed between us too

wrapped up with a bow

came dead upon delivery

**

petals pulled away my heart

words inscribed in red

buried long ago

none can unearth love’s end

**

Petals pulled away my heart

locked up by your deception

one of us must go

I’ll gladly take the keys

the key

Photography “Roses”, “The Key” © L. Moon 2013

I love the visual of locks and keys especially the old fashioned kind. Today’s poem was inspired by Kim at Poet’s United / Verse First the prompt – “Lock”

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