Ripple Effect #poetry #oldage

  a blurry reflection in wintry pond from my pocket something priceless falls “plop” is the sound I hear I consider as it silent calls “ninety years is too soon” says old, wizened but sharp of mind two wives I never intended to bury for the century mark, I have time I ponder his possibilities friends […]

Lonely are her shoes #tanka #art

One of Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques as discussed by Jane Reichhold: Mystery and depth – yūgentei, the image evoking ineffable loneliness   This category is associated mostly with Fujiwara Shunzei (1114-1204) Teika’s renowned father and tanka expert. Teika mentions this in some of his other teachings and uses as examples poem #3:254 Kin’yōshū by Toshiyori: […]

Creature Comforts #poetry #photography #dogs

Between strong legs I look beyond the porch waves of snow hemmed in with ice once I would have savored cold challenging the white waves feeling exuberance of youth I lay down at his feet soaking in homey warmth his knowing reflects in my eyes together we dream by the fire     Today I […]

Love in the river #haiku #photography #Ezrapound

It is our objective at Carpe Diem to distill Ezra Pound’s sorrowful poem: ”The River-Merchant’s Wife” which is a translation of a poem by Li Po (an ancient Chinese poet) While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead I played about the front gate, pulling flowers. You came by on bamboo stilts, playing […]

The Day They Packed My Computer #fiction #challenge

Today they moved the last of my belongings to somewhere. No one would tell me. My family thinks because I am “old” that those things no longer matter or that I will forget about them like I forgot the grocer’s name (last week). I watched someone fumble with the box containing my type written drafts, […]

Time is ticking away #death #life #poetry

they asked me when I was a kid how long they thought i’d live i said” i don’t know maybe after the world is covered with snow.” they asked me when I was a sailor how long I thought til it was over? i shook my head, “my best friend yesterday at 20 was dead” […]

what about her? #elderly

I cried She all alone I empty hands Other end of a phone *** the aged Fear a lonely end Some strive to help Mission to defend ** you cannot take What little they possess Food on odd days Paying bills is distress ** then it happened I was on the line Facing her struggles […]

Facets (this is half blog half poem or a bloem)

Ever look at the many facets of a gem? pick up the angles in perfect symmetry light cascades off the jewel the end result a radiant beauty *** What about the many facets of life? Life starts out in the small perfection of a child The child continues to grow Light reflects off life Angles […]

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