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Memory #haiku #moon

yabu- iri ya  mamori- bukuro o  wasure kusa

Apprentice’s holiday:
a good-luck amulet
forgotten in the grass

© Buson

moonshine

waiting all year

dance to the memory

full moon in her eyes

This Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompt is in celebration of a holiday that the servants were given: “Yabu-iri” literally “thicket-entering,” is an obscure season marker in haiku for spring (or late New Year). On about the sixteenth of the first month, servants and apprentices were allowed to go home for a short visit. This would have meant that the holiday started  with the full moon.

 

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Beneath the Tree #3 #elderly #Christmas #poetry

elderly woman

Sitting in a chair

watching the door for days

turkey smells are old

something in her memory plays

closets all are opened

every ornament has a place

this big house is empty

ghosts in too many a space

Sitting in a chair

she ticks the number of gifts

her grandchildren are grown

more often she forgets

eggnog fills the frig

the doctor doesn’t need to know

one person who likes fruitcake

welcomes flurries of snow

Sitting in a chair

my children come over to bake

bringing Christmas cheer

tho family will arrive very late

no matter how much money he left

he couldn’t promise her a wreath

their children have their lives

big house brings lonely grief

on Christmas Eve we hope

the family will arrive

we done our best with festive

and their mother’s still alive

beneath the tree

I spent so many years carrying for the elderly and one thing is consistent: they wait looking at the door like a forlorn dog. Some family shows up (eventually) others send a card or plant in their stead. There are edges to Christmas that are sad and lonely.  If you have the ability to spill a little light into another’s holiday – Please Do!!!

Beneath the Tree #2

Beneath the Tree #1

 

Photography · photography challenge · Poetry

Single Frame #photography #haiku #beach

beach runlife's a beachWhat can a day hold

a sunny holiday

sand in your toes

 

 

 

In this week’s photo challenge, capture an image that tells a full story in a single frame.

Enjoy these photographers:

http://anadventures.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/split-second-story-staying-or-going/

http://schelleycassidy.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/weekly-photo-challenge-split-second-story/

http://bessjonesphotography.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/weekly-photo-challenge-split-second-story/

http://theweeklyminute.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/my-guest-post-for-wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge/

http://nocrybabies.net/2014/05/30/split-second-story/

http://tobreatheistowrite.com/2014/05/30/photo-challenge-split-second-story/

http://thirdeyemom.com/2014/05/30/a-snapshot-of-india/

http://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/detour-as-a-shortcut/

http://indacampo.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/wp-photo-challenge-stories-in-pictures/

http://monbeaumanoir.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/weekly-photo-challenge-split-second-story/

http://tanzalongs.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/weekly-photo-challenge-split-second-story/

http://travelwithintent.com/2014/05/30/wedding-photo-shoot-venice/

http://justsnaps.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/weekly-photo-challenge-split-second-story/

http://chasingdestino.com/2014/05/30/split-second-story-weekly-photo-challenge/

http://timwolversonphotos.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/weekly-photo-challenge-split-second-story/

http://akmerf.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/the-talking-wall/

http://mywordwall.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/wpc-split-second-story/

http://dewetswild.com/2014/05/30/split-second-story/

http://cobbies69.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/dp-photo-challenge-split-second-story/

http://casitacolibri.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/my-split-second-story/

http://neophytephotographer.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/weekly-photo-challenge-split-second-story/

http://billjonesjrphotos.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/split-second-story/

http://lovehappynotes.com/2014/05/31/smudged/

flash fiction · Friday Fictioneers · new cago

The Message Behind the Dress #flashfiction #newcago

window-dressing-janet-webb (2)It had been a glorious, humm dinger  of a  day in NewCago.

We celebrated  a holiday (the key players long forgotten) of a well-known street battle that had raged years ago.

The gangs remembered  and agreed to keep the streets safe for one day.

The parade-route litter of popcorn bags and soda cups was a welcome relief.

On my walk home I saw it swinging in the lazy breeze of the tenement’s rusty fire escape.

Lily’s  white glad rags were dripping with  blood-red.

It was a signal; it had to be. But who was the message from?

” Lily what does this mean, Baby?”

Another week of Friday Fictioneers is in full swingggg. Our hostess is the inspirational Rochelle and our photo prompt credit goes to  Janet Webb.

This is another 100 word offering being added to a  growing series of stories set in the dark metropolitan city of NewCago. There are many loose strings, unanswered questions about this metropolitan society that is sinking into the mire. Sam seems to be the only one to keep the bad doings at bay but how much longer???

Week 10 in Newcago Serial No Dial Tone

Week 9 in Newcago serial Gathering Bodies

Week 8 in Newcago serial No place to hide

Week 7 in Newcago serial They were Pink

Week 6 In Newcago Serial You poison filled wasps

Week 5 in Newcago Serial The Doom Cycle

Week 4 in Newcago Serial Helpless

Week 3 in Newcago Serial When the Lights Go On

week 2 in Newcago Serial  Can’t Kill The Thirst

Week 1 in Newcago Serial Secret Weapon

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The Holiday Push

“You have got to be kidding me? That line for purchases is out the door.”

“Welcome to … ” the nicely dressed salesperson beckons for you to come spend  money in her store.

“Oh that accessory would go so nicely with that sweater. You’re sure you don’t want it?”

” Just one more item and you get one of those (pointing) for half off. ”

These are just some examples of external pressure put on you during the holiday season

But Wait!

“I need to get something for the work party; I’ll just get this. No one will need it or want it, but I am out of time.”

“How do I get to the concert, I have already bought tickets for, and the party that my friends really want me to attend? ”

“I am running out of day, but I have to make my traditional Christmas cookie platters for close friends and neighbors.”

“When am I going to bake  goodies for my employees?”

We don’t need the external pressure from the holiday push as there is ample pressure that we put on ourselves .

Something always gets left out; something always gets added. I like my friend’s simplistic approach. Forget shopping. Cards and money work just as well. I’ll add – homemade cookies are a winner.

As you wend your way through the last few days of  holidays, take a moment (or even two) to enjoy the smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire ( a new candle scent), the crunch of new fallen snow under your boots, the fire crackling at midnight when all is calm…………

In other words, don’t get so bogged down by the holiday push, that you don’t enjoy this Holiday Season.