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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Haiku Heads or Tails

Skittles of Heads or Tails posts: This week's theme/prompt is:
HEADS - Shake

shimmy in sunlight
fall breeze

do not stir
shake two times, no more
Bond's choice

Watercolor Sketch by Sue...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fleeting Haiku

One Single Impression posts: Nancy Bea Miller of Genre Cookshop offers us this week's prompt of fleeting. Please feel free to follow the links to read the posts and to join in this lively meme...


with summer in tow
fall from sight


tempestuous scene
unrestrained thunder applauds
summer storm moves on


Friday, September 26, 2008


Michelle at Poefusion Friday 5 offers the following five words for this week's prompt.


My response:

embroidery on full boughs
late-autumn rime
settles on secluded pines

fatigue, the monotonous
cousin of the ennui tribe,
shawls her shoulders

snowbound, she dreams hunger
dreams of sugar dusted gems
in the rum cake set out to thaw

dreams of going home
dreams of the spring ferry
coming to reclaim her

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Taste of Warm

Tiel at Totally Optional Prompts posts that she's on the road this week and won't have time to put a prompt together. So, for this week at TOP: share whatever you'd like.

I chose an older poem - one which I could write each year at this time...

Taste of Warm

I ache to swallow summer
without paring or pitting
hold it inside warm and rich
while winter
slings shards of ice
frigid wind rises in the night
moans through canyons
like the cry of a loon
vibrating mountain-tall pines
with threat
wild enough to crack my bones,
when grey eats the sun and moon
and clothing knots my easy walk
I want to swallow summer whole.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

An American Sentence ~ 3WW

Three Word Wednesday. Please click the link to read what others have written and play along at this energetic meme! ThomG of offers the following words for this week's prompt:


My response: An American Sentence meets an American pastime.

Zest for big bucks and
a dazzling trinket
will soon dissolve
the market.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Heads or Tails prompt for this week:
TAILS - How would you change where you live?

My response:

I love my little house except that the utilities and taxes are outasight. Green changes would be wonderful - it would be heaven to be off the grid. With any luck I could die with a bill TO the utility company fast in my fist instead of the reverse. :)

Other changes might be a gigantic bubble overhead to prevent being buried in the snow and cold air each winter. Oh, I know. I COULD move to another area but most of my family is here and that's primetime for me.

It would be fun to have the HGTV team arrive to revamp and update this old house. A fresh paint job, in and out, new flooring and a total cleaning would be superb. Plumbing and elecric repairs would be awesome. But all in all, I'm okay for now in my little home in town.

If I took this to the next level and began changing my town and the state and then... well, you see where I'm going with this and I'm going to quit while you're ahead!

This is not my house but an older watercolor of an imaginary site and not the one of my dreams.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Autumn Haiku

One Single Impression thanks Teri of Teri's Mandalas for this week's prompt, autumn.

dry leaf crunches
shards of autumn

patchwork grays
requilt a summer sky
fall's pattern

dark of bedtime
falls in midafternoon
ahead of dinner

falling free
to display colors of the sun
maple leaves

digital photo by Sue

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday Scribblings Invitation

Sunday Scribblings prompts with the word Invitation.

Be sure to read what others have written and feel free to play along with this energetic meme!


How Now Dow

Stocks are up – then down
My head begins to pound
Eyes are hot and blurry
My mouth all dry and furry.
Dr. Greenspan, help me please!
I think I have Mad Dow Disease.


I wrote this piece some time back and it was first published in the Saturday Evening Post. As much as things change...a volatile Dow has become a way of life.

Post processed fractal.

Friday, September 19, 2008


Friday 5 is a collection of five words which can be found each week at Poefusion. Michelle always offers an outstanding collection of words! This week:


My response is a Pleiades poem:


first dawn found her footloose
frowsy and feeling low
fleeing in a topless
flivver while outcrying
fricatives ~ joined by brown
fledglings roused from nests to
follow her trail of farl

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Black Box

Totally Optional Prompt: Blank Verse
This week, let's write a poem in blank verse. That means it doesn't have to rhyme, but it does have to have meter.

You can use the old workhorse, iambic pentameter. Or branch out, and pick a less usual meter. Or do something else entirely: after all, it's Totally Optional.

Please feel free to read others' work at the link and to play along with this terrific Thursday meme.


black box

reads like forensic files
bread crumbs' line a map
no reason, no logic
no right and no wrong

passions aren't graphed
the grid a cold track
bones of her trip
denote breath and not

Fractal created in Apophysis.



Wednesday, September 17, 2008


3WW CIII says: I’m ThomG, and I blog over at Surface Tension. And starting this Wednesday, I’ll be here, too. Doling out three words (today: providence, agree, execute) for your Wednesday writing needs. Write something using the words. Comment here - then go out and check out everyone else’s posts. Comment there, too. This is a writers’ community. Feedback is healthy.

Please join in and play along with this energetic meme.

So, in that spirit, I offer this piece of weirdness and hope you can't guess how long I slaved over this pittance.


providence came knocking
thundered in without delay
the inmate wouldn't agree
to plead a second chance
or show any remorse,
so with little choice
the judge elected
to execute


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

One Pot of Hens and...

Skittles at Heads Or Tails! Prompt this week: TAILS: RECIPE

A fun meme - feel free to play along!

To concoct this simple recipe:

one whiner
one enabler

I complained mildly about an area of my yard that heats to boiling and doesn't retain water. Each year I plant any number of options and meet failure each time.

In the early summer, my younger daughter brought multiple pony packs of tiny hens and with a little encouragement, she even planted these succulents before she left that day.

Last week, I noticed they were still alive and decided to bring a pot of them inside to see what will happen next. Imagine my surprise when I found a couple of tiny new chicks.

This may be the highlight of my recipes ~ don't expect a cookbook any time soon!

Digital Photo by Sue.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Haiku for Seed

One Single Impression posts:

Thanks to Teri of Teri's Mandalas for this week's prompt of seeds.

pods drop
sink into September earth
...spring blossoms

autumn wind
releases next year's crop
airborne seedlets

gleaning finches
consume fallen fruit
pips snuggle into soil

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Sunday Scribblings prompts with: COFFEE. Feelings about it? Love, loathing, indifference? Is it an important part of your life?

Indifference is a word I never think of in conjunction with coffee.

The aroma of fresh coffee stirs my senses and never fails to take me back to childhood when the perking coffee on a wood stove served the same purpose as an alarm clock. I wasn't allowed to drink it but the fragrance was so divine I could hardly wait to age! (Now that I have, however,...)

That being said, may I add that coffee is similar to vanilla in that the incredible scent of well-being doesn't extend to the flavor. Vanilla sniffed from the tiny bottle is wonderful, the raw taste not so much. And coffee seems to offer the same similarity. The steam that rises from a freshly brewed cup is my favorite part. Once the coffee reaches my tongue, it changes. Completely. It doesn't taste like it smells ~ unlike dark chocolate which tastes exactly like I expect it to!

I can't remember the last day I went without a cup of coffee or two!


First light's cuppa joe
Alarm clock for sleepy brain
In the nick of time


Campfire heat
Chilly morning sun
Perked coffee


Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday 5

Michelle at Poefusion says:

Friday 5 is a collection of five words which can be found each week (middle column) on this page. If you choose to write a poem or story with these words please leave your comment below.

The words with which she challenged this week are:


Thanks, Michelle!

And I don't know about you, but I wonder where she finds them. My response follows:

As the Sun Drops

her muted warble
enclosed in sparse bent grass
edging the pasture sike,
a griseous leggy throstle
jounced in birse ~
with no sense of dread
without a feel for end

Fractal created by Sue in Fractal Explorer.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Conversation by Pleiades

Totally Optional Prompt: says: Conversations
Write a poem in the form of a conversation among at least two speakers. They can be people real or imagined, animals, plants, inanimate objects, or anything else you can think of. You could use direct or reported speech.

Or you could write something else entirely. Since the prompt is
Totally Optional.

My response (A Pleiades Poem: 7 lines, 6 syllables each starting with the first letter of the title) follows:


constant conversing lets
confusion steal up to
clash against common sense
chaos waxes, takes charge,
challenge wins when thought stops
courage wanes, widens gap
cream can't float on spoiled milk

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer by Sue.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Defenses Down Haiku

One Single Impression posts: Thanks to Nicole Nicholson of Raven's Wing Poetry for this week's prompt, defenses down

back down, belly up
she seeks endless affection
man's best friend

lavender lays down
autumn swells with golden leaves
summer leaks away

Digital Photo by Sue

Friday, September 05, 2008

Flock of Meteorites

Michelle, at Poefusion Friday 5, offers these words for prompt.


And, once again, my dictionary was a necessary reference. I can't wait to read what the others wrote - you, too, can check them out (or play) by following the link.


meteorites of birds
release white shadows
ahead of the sinking sun

earmarked as summer's
sedulous clean-up flock
these flashing birds ferret

bugs and bees drying
like amber tinted blisters
on the wooden deck

apiculate beaks emit
pheromones to keep
their cluster in complicity

when, after a feeding frenzy
of fermented grapes, they
whirl to undress my pear tree


Thursday, September 04, 2008

Telltale Signs

The Totally Optional Prompt challenge this week is to write a poem about 'Time to Leave'.

tell tale signs

yellowed leaves
jaundiced skin
sun brushed horizon
flesh draped knees
vees of wings on the go
dreams foreshorten
seeds fall in the dark and
forty winks pilfer time
fall catalogs cluster
images of youth and beauty
day gives way to night
he fights to stand erect

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Hiatus Haiku 3WW

Bone, the moderator of Three Word Wednesday says:

Each week, I post some words. People write things using the words. Then they comment here.

This week's words are:


campaigns awry
media hurls blame and stones
time for hiatus

The word image at the top of the post was created in Wordle Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. This specific image was 'wordled' from my blog 2000 Mythsteries and Other Pithy Shorts.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Garden Gift

Heads Or Tails!

This week's theme/prompt is:

TAILS - List three things from any category

garden gifts:

red pepper

I notice, after the fact, these luscious garden gifts are red. And I wonder which came first ~ the fondness for these gifts or my love of red.

Fractal image created in Fractal Explorer.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Spectacle Haiku

One Single Impression posts: Thanks to Gautami Tripathy of Firmly Rooted for this week's prompt of spectacle


altered by time
shifting focus, dizzy views
eyesight falters


wild-mouth celebrity
a spectacle


a poser
acts out a mismade role
grade B scene


Fractal created by Sue.