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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Poem for RWP #107

ReadWritePoem Prompt #107  An image is offered for this prompt. You can see it at the site!

Ancient Runes

archaic symbols
line the tunnel of time
track the stunning trek

shadows flicker and
obscured by blinded eyes
truth hides in the open

men read and over-write
old runes upon the wall
while the end re-writes the light

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

X for ABC Wednesday


Xi (uppercase Ξ, lowercase ξ) is the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet.

Xi There are other meanings outlined on the linked Wikipedia page. I hadn't thought much about it until I began playing

You know that feeling? The search for something ~ anything ~ to use those last two tiles when you're already 30 points behind? I'm glad to learn this is more than just a two-letter word ~ it should be easier to remember but I'm beginning to wish I'd studied something besides Latin.

And that I played e-mail Scrabble with someone less talented than my oldest granddaughter who beats me soundly.

Two more valuables: xu and nu.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 96: Wanderlust  Thanks to Tammie Lee of Spirit Helpers for this week's prompt!

ridge ahead
hides golden treasure
racing on

seeking    exploring
high, low, near and far
novel sights

at the end
first site of the heart
welcome home

The image is a digital photo of a shadow on a DVD disc, altered on Bamboo Fun with Adobe Photoshop Elements, buttoned, resized in Irfanview.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Haiga for Haiku Bones

Haiku Bones prompts with the word, regret

could have - didn't
should have - didn't

Sketch created on Bamboo Fun Tablet with Adobe Photoshop Elements, resized in Irfanview.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Poem for RWP #106

RWP #106
Prompt: Repetition is a useful tool. Perhaps one of the finest. Anyone who wishes to make a memorable point uses repetition, be they poet, scholar or person on the street. As poets, we repeat everything and anything: sounds, words, sentences, rhythms and/or ideas.

Space of Dark

a double dare of dark
drums down the days
in the space of a dime

dreams fall by the way
lack the sweet kiss of light
a double dare of dark

she leans toward spring
future swings on a string
in the double dare of dark

The image is an abstract watercolor created on the Bamboo Fun Tablet with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
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Haiku for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of 3 Word Wednesday brings these three words for prompt: journey, rigid, hinder.  Thanks, ThomG, and Merry Christmas to All!

rigid thoughts
hinder the journey
frozen cells

The image was created on the Bamboo Fun Tablet with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

W for ABC Wednesday


W is for WISH

It’s more of a sculpture than a dwelling. Taking cues from a Nautilus shell, the house is put together using ferrocement construction, a technique involving a frame of steel-reinforced chicken wire with a special two-inch-thick composite of concrete spread over it, resulting in a structure that’s earthquake-proof and maintenance-free.

Read More Here There are photos of the interior and more information about the design itself. It feels like a dream to me! I can image the reflections inside, the comforting cocoon of space and I'll admit that the phrase 'maintenance-free' gets right to my heart. But what would you expect from a woman with a Roomba named Hey You?

I'm thinking there are only a few people who would wish for this. What do you think?


Monday, December 21, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 95: Junction
Thanks to Jeeves of Silence is Poetic for this week's prompt.

frail elder
links to the younger
shared musings

the junction that forms
new melange

These are senryu. Fractal created in Fractal Explorer, resized and buttoned in Irfanview.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Haiga for Haiku Bones

Haiku Bones prompt: Fleeting

collision bypassed
stony glance

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer, resized and text insertion via Irfanview.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Poem for RWP #105

ReadWritePoem offers about seventeen words to use in this week's poem.

Neglect on a String                                                                       

stealthy as the wind
radar beams of meteors
went out into the night

the dark of moon
pulled its precious shell
into a curl around its back

pierced by steadfast neglect
she hit a dying riff, moved
through time as frail as trees

sometime 'round the solstice
telephones rang mellow chimes
while the stars began to dim


Fractal image created in Fractal Explorer.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Poem for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of 3WordWednesday offers these words as prompt: bleak, queer, hiccup.

Lens of the Past

neither light nor dark
no color at play
the queer time of mind
the bleak phase of day
a hiccup in life

reaching into the gray
she draws on familiar
a memory of old
to add light to
that bleak phase of day

The image is a digital photo of a glass ball created from Mt. St. Helen's ash. Photographed in slanted sunlight, manipulated in Digital Image Suite, resized and buttoned in Irfanview. Initially my camera and I were 'fisheye' reflected in the center section. A couple of quick swipes disappeared me but they aren't the swipes that appear most obvious.  :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

V for ABC Wednesday


V is for Robot

I have a vacuum.
His name is Hey, You!
Like an unsociable cat
he circles behind my back
gives me wide berth
sweeps up dusty corners
and wanders under the bed.
Sometimes, for fun
when he comes round
I move aside
to watch him clean.
'Good Job, Hey,You!' I say.
It's the least I can do!

The battery gave out on my red iRoomba vacuum a couple of weeks ago and I whined. My oldest granddaughter asked, 'How long have you had it?' 'Not very,' cried I.

But I checked. It's been over three years since I Amazon-ordered it. Smiling, I ordered a new battery so Hey,You can resume his chores. It'll be three more years before I whine again. And there'll be a few more months to come up with the next V.

Ain't love grand?

Fractal image was created in Fractal Explorer and resized in Irfanview.


Haiga for Haiku Bones

Wistful. Prompt by Haiku Bones

autumn shades
gesso'd winter white
solstice looms

Monday, December 14, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 94: Spider Webs

webbed into thin air
food trap

rarely seen
sturdy trap spun fine
catcher's mitt

Fractal image created in Apophysis, resized and recolored in Irfanview.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Poem for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings offers prompt #193 - Brave

Mask of Night

a savage wind
whistling harmonics
cuts through the dark
knocks at the door

evergreen limbs
scratch the roof and
needles stab at panes
through midnight fears

spun from betrayals
whispers ride the wind
ricochet off the walls
she brews calming tea

The fractal image was created in MindBogglingFractals and resized in Irfanview.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Decorating by Drill

This YouTube presentation looks like more fun than hanging stockings! I haven't tried it but doubt I'll make it through the season without giving it a spin. On the other hand, I envision what could go wrong, so maybe this will go into my Spectator Crafts file.

In the past, I decorated clear Christmas bulbs by dribbling glass paint inside the bulb and rotating it until the colors interacted to make an abstract 'watercolor' painting. That's an easy project and produces original bulbs each time. No power involved there and very little risk to limbs.

Then again, using the camera to capture reflections indoors during the frigid temperature outside seems the least risky of all. See the newest one here on my Art Blog.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Poem for 3Word Wednesday

ThomG, moderator of 3Word Wednesday offers these words as prompt: lithe, offend, grave

The Daily Tempest

writhing limbs
uproot the senses
guide the lithe
toward smoky mirrors
magnetized by mimicry

where nonstop coverage
plays upon the clay
uproots the tallest
and offends the grave
by writhing limbs

Fractal image was created in Apophysis, resized in Irfanview.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

U for ABC Wednesday


Ubiquitous. Useful word when the hamburger rises to lofty levels and is found on every street corner. I rarely eat hamburgers but this one, served at a summer outdoor gathering, was hardly ubiquitous.

Because the unfriendly temperature here is near zero, I'll probably not spend unlimited time outdoors taking fresh photographs.

Nearing the Z of the second round I've played on ABC Wednesday, I think it's undeniably harder to find unused ideas. How about you?


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 93: Lighthouse Geraldine of My Poetic Path brings us this week's prompt. Click here to read her poem.

a room at the top
Tillamook Rock bounces hope
Ballantyne's magic

a tocsin of trust
steadfast throughout the tempest
eyelids fail to blink

The image is a bookmark made from a pen/ink sketch. Lighthouses are magical and mystical to those of us who rarely see them 'in person'.

Weird for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings prompts with weird

This is a tough prompt, since I can hardly think of anything that isn't weird, but by fluke and circumstance (and maybe a bit of strange thrown in) this is a scene I saw today on my living room coffee table.

A DVD, just completed, was upside down, the sun came through the window at the right angle and shadowed a cactus-type plant. The photo is just as it emerged from my point-and-shoot camera.

This isn't as weird as it gets around here but, for today, this is enough! Hope you enjoy this serendipitous image as much as I do!


Thursday, December 03, 2009

Poem for RWP #103

ReadWritePoem  get your poem on #103

The Pomegranate

crimson drops of blood
pods like jelly in a jar
color of the first chakra
sweet perfume of summer

silky bits wait inside
the rind of tough hide
until she yearns to feed
her pining soul in times

of winter's cold and white
and with a tiny seed pod
she re-creates the heat
of summer in a jelly jar

Fractal image created in Fractal Explorer, recolored and resized in Irfanview.


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

T for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 5: T is for......

Tiny toes tense
before the toddler
begins to twirl, twirl
twirl 'til she dizzies,
tumbles to the floor
and shrieks with glee.


Monday, November 30, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 92: Migration    

Gabrielle of Wild Goose Scoops Moon brings us this week's prompt.

bumper to bumper
going west is reproduced
eastbound nose to tail

Fractal image was created in Apophysis, resized and buttoned in Irfanview.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Games for Sunday Scribbling

Sunday Scribblings prompts with  the topic of games.

I've never met a board or card game I didn't like but game-playing people go against my grain. You know the type. The type that rattled Lucy. Where do they come from? Those with the self-determined solutions for un-asked questions? 

My current favorite games are Quiddler, Domino Trains, Scrabble and, if I can win one time, I might like a bit of chess even though it's almost too slow for me. I'm in a hurry. And not much good at strategizing.

Truly, I'm there for the giggles. Last summer I was teaching a little kid to play SlapJack and found a lot more laughs and slaps with a double deck of pinochle cards instead of the standard deck.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

S for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 5: S is for.....

Upside or Down

a small slip of ivy
the heart of ess
curls round my thumb
fashions a smile
a sense of spring
symbolic and green

the original sin
shaped by an asp
morphs to blood stains
on spreadsheets and
scripts the bottom line
of snakes in the grass

sweet and sensual
curves to a spiral
the siren call
of the seasonal ess
a small slip of ivy

This edited re-post is a favorite of mine and I hope you'll enjoy it as well.
The digital image is a copper wire twisted to an S and photographed on top of a CD reflecting a window's light. Resized in Irfranview, framed in MS Digital Image Suite.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 91: Creative

last seen
trekking outbound

pigments pause
wily words whistle
my muse naps


The image was created with a few 'brushstrokes' on a Bamboo Fun Tablet using Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tanka for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings offers Beauty as today's prompt word.

a clean mantle falls
through the dark on hills and town
the virgin white snow
reflecting first morning light
autumn's rain-soaked gray turns bright

Note: Congratulations to Laini, Jim and Lips Touch: Three Times, on their nomination for 2009 National Book Award.

A digital photo with negative filter applied in Irfanview.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pleiades for RWP #101

READ WRITE POEM   Include as many of these PPPPrompt words as Possible: posthumous, parallelogram, platitude, prevaricate, procrastinate, plethora, plaster, pernicious, polyglot, pea, prickle, porous, processional

Poetic License

prevaricate she does

plasters old platitudes
porous as split peapods

procrastination draws
plethora of lies 'til

processional turns up
posthumous tell-tale truths

Pleiades Form: 7 lines, 6 syllables - each line begins with the first letter of the title

Image is a combination apophysis fractal and digital photo.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cycliku for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of 3Word Wednesday offers these three words as prompt: Accident, Loyal, Obscene

bound by new wander
loyal to an unseen map
it's no accident
destiny may turn obscene
by no accident
loyal to that hidden map
she's here to wander

Image created on Bamboo Tablet with Adobe Photoshop Elements.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

R for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 5: R is for......Respect!

I've always claimed Red as my favorite color. You know. RED.

When I began to watercolor, RED took on a number of names and shades. And more, until the list outgrew me. There were many Reds that I mistakenly called pinks and browns.

As always, Wikipedia provides an answer for everything Red  including a lengthy list of Reds along with matching color chips. Each of these sites is full of wonderful information.

Looking at this litany of Reds brought on an urge to color something. Anything. An urge to replace the gray of today with vivid, life-sustaining RED. So, I'm off to play with color on my Bamboo Fun Tablet which is similar to watercoloring without the mess.

Red, it is.

The image is a digital 'watercolor' created on Bamboo Fun Tablet and framed in FrameFun.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 90: Reincarnation
Thanks to Gautami Tripathy of Rooted for this week's prompt

widespread tides
dance on coastal lines
rewrite shore

bright with future
rise from ash

ancient rain
falls in today's snow
water reborn

Fractal image created in Fractal Explorer, resized in Irfanview and framed with FrameFun

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Delphi for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings offers Oracle as the weekly prompt.


In the N'awlins dusk
her palms turn up
for heaven's alms.
Magenta silks wrap thick
around her neck, slick
down across her gown.

Your long fine lines, said she,
foretell a first-class life.
I cross her palms with silver.
Unforeseen, that humid night
draws the Delphi's final gig
of Danse Macabre by trolley.

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cycliku for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of 3WordWednesday, offers these words for prompt: hanker, murky, errant

an errant hanker
overcomes his murky mind
chaos tweaks the string
a hundred nightmares reel when
chaos tweaked the string
overcame his murky mind
with errant hankers

Fractal created in Apophysis, tinted in Picasa,  resized in Irfanview.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Q for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 5: Qis for......Questions and answers!

fiery leaf
teases gray backdrop
winter laughs

Quintessential is a word that sings to my ear.

Quintessential fills the cracks which remain when describing a particular something. Quintessential holds the essence of that something in its most pure and concentrated form.

The photograph is, to me, Quintessential Autumn.


Sunday, November 08, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 89: Departed
Thanks to Loch Rob of A Small Look Inside for this week's prompt, departed.

gold and sienna
lifted away like geese v's
winter's nude branches

skins abandoned
boxes collect her blunders
skeleton keys

in late hours
mistakes moisten her eyes
tide sweeps the sand

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Tanka for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of 3WordWednesday, offers these words today: obey, wither, karma

stifled by karma
she tacks hard to the starboard
failing to obey
she staked future on a wish
withered her labyrinth of days

Fractal created with Apophysis.


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

P for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 5: P is for...Problems?

Pointillism. A form of detailed painting which is made by thousands and thousands of tiny dots. It's fallen out of favor in the recent years due to the massive amount of time and energy it consumes. A friend of mine worked on one for half her life and found that when it was finished she disliked it with a passion. Not a good thing.

I've never attempted it. Not long on patience and definitely short of dedication, I turned to watercolor because it often paints itself. A little water, a little pigment, a piece of paper and a few turns of the paper often manages to make an underpainting to be finished with a few broad strokes and a bit of negative painting.

The image is one of my first watercolors, an underwater scene, which I opened in Adobe Photoshop Elements to invert its color and then used the Pointillize filter. It shows a bit of the action required by this form of painting.

And that was the end of my patience.


Sunday, November 01, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 88: Shift in Time

a dither
at the cusp of then
nixes now

autumn leaves
fury of snowflakes
blink of time

shift of time
vintage transmission

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer, resized in Irfanview.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Adventure for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings prompts: Adventure

This Broom is Parked

the gate is locked
drapes drawn tight
no bulbs leak light

I huddle in the dark
under a warming throw
adventure's lost its spark

a box of candy in my lap
I savor each and every bite
chocolate surprise delights

the candy box is empty
procrastination wins
old ghouls left without me

Fractal created in Apophysis.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tanka for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of 3 Word Wednesday, offers today's prompt: nightmare, vanity, incubate

sudden reflections
incubate in dark of soul
birthplace of nightmares
echoing those buried faults
shake up vanity and fear

Fractal created in MindBogglingFractals.

O for ABC Wednesday



Clad in autumn tones, a lone tree stands out in the October crowd.

It's far more common to see a small copse of aspen and quite unusual to find only a singleton or two.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 87: Elusive

unseen line
between right and wrong
war and peace

in cold empty plots
starving ghosts

the stalk of loss
lingers in her shadow
withered garden

Fractal created in Apophysis.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Shame for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings prompt #186 -- Shame - I read once that there's only one emotion that is just as powerful in recollection as it is on the spot. You know, when you remember an instance of being happy or sad, you don't re-experience the full happiness or sadness you were feeling then, but when you remember feeling shame, you have a physical reaction and it's just as powerful as when it was fresh. Crazy. So, write something about shame.

Three Score and Ten

raucous ravens cluster
at a door stained by crosses

when nights turn long and
love goes absent

shame wraps her in a coffin
keeps her there 'til dawn

rude and rowdy ravens
growl guilt at light of day

where ravens crowd the gutter
to pluck succor from her heart

Fractal created in Apophysis.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Read Write Poem #97

In keeping with the RWP #97 Prompt, this is an older cut up


pale as sandpiper prints
in a wrinkle of infinity
she flies at that easy hour
catches the potbellied moon
rides past a crescent of sand
seaweed laced
with driftwood beads
a blink of stars, a tiny smile
she slides out through the sky
on wings of sparrow sighs

The fractal image was created in Apophysis, marked up in Adobe Photoshop Elements on Bamboo Fun Tablet.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Haiku for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of 3Word Wednesday offers the following words today: heartache, jangle, reckless

knight of heartache
spurs a reckless jangle
deja vu hums

Fractal image created with MindBogglingFractals software


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

N for ABC Wednesday



When my grandkids were young, they halfheartedly introduced me to Nintendo while smirks and frustration crossed their faces when I couldn't get the hang of the buttons.

I quietly purchased my own console and locked myself away until I solved each of their favorite games. When next we played, I can't tell you how much pleasure it gave me to whip their little butts.

They invited classmates to challenge me and cheered me on to win in a variation of that classic boast ~ my dad can whip your dad.

They advanced to the next system, the next, the next and then the next but those games didn't entice me like the earlier ones. They weren't as much fun and, believe me, I'm a strong proponent of fun which doesn't hurt anybody bloody.

Sometimes the Wii tempts me – I love the Bowling/Golf games and Yoga looks pretty cool but for now I'll keep my fingers nimble with the old game – it suits me.

In bursts of nostalgia, some of these grown grandkids drop by to play the old system and admit how they wish they still had their original consoles. I rarely sneer or smirk in front of them.