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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tanka for 3Word Wednesday

ThomG, moderator of 3Word Wednesday, offers the following three for prompt: ambitious, incredible, ugly

Today, a tanka:

ambitious rulers
spitting in the cold black wind
rapacious villains
spinning incredible yarns
the face of newfound ugly



Tuesday, September 29, 2009

K for ABC Wednesday

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

Well, wouldn't you know.

This bright little flower captured a spot in a patio crack and looked so appealing, I decided it should stay.

According to my best research I recently (yesterday) learned that it might be a Krigia dandelion.

I'll wait to be corrected by those who know plants and don't give their heart away to any weed just because it sports a cheerfully spunky blossom and requires no upkeep.



Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cheese for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings offers this prompt: Cheese.

The summer cabin was in the throes of close. Cupboards were emptied for the winter and the peanut butter had been packed earlier for return to town. Mouse signs in the past week indicated a potential thousand or more who could greet the first person who opened the door in the spring.

An overturned trap, snapped during the night, had only a bit of peanut butter bait and no pest. I reached into the garbage sack for a used paper towel to wipe off the remainder and found the towel used to absorb bacon grease left from the bounteous breakfast.

'Grab a tiny piece of cheese for me, would you, please?' I called out to the feet that passed behind me and a couple of seconds later, my slippery fingers held cheese.

Flash forward twenty minutes. My fingers are still slick, the cheese is in place and the trap is finally set. Surely the purple shades of bruise on my knuckles will be gone in a few weeks.

There will be those who say I deserve pain for attempting to stop a cute little mouse invasion. There will be those who will cheer me on - particularly those who have known people felled by the illness these rodents carry.

But I have no doubt there will be a mouse or two who will wonder who moved the cheese and hid the bacon.


Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 83: Colors posts: Floreta of Solitary Panda brings us this week's prompt, colors. Enjoy!

autumn's art palette
primer gray washes the sky
sumac twirls red-orange

dazzling leaves
quilt the cooling earth
autumn warmth


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tanka for Totally Optional Prompts

Totally Optional Prompts offers this prompt:  Penultimate means next to last, as in "This is the penultimate prompt from Totally Optional Prompts." 

AND I say, 'For that I'm sorry.' But it's been a fun and worthwhile meme to say the least. A tanka today:

the penultimate

like nested doppelgangers

she was first of two

echoed in smoked reflections

a role model or villain


For Read Write Poem #93

Singing Toward Jupiter

winging off to Ganymede
she sings of her Utopia
escape, oh, sweet escape

moon of milk and honeybee
where oceans' ebb and flow
smoothes the homeland buzz

she claims an unspoiled crater
hoists a purple and green flag
to catch Jupiter's free-handed glow

escape, oh, sweet escape
singing lullabies of Utopia
she flew away to Ganymede

The fractal image was created with Apophysis.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Poem for Three Word Wednesday

ThomG, moderator of Three Word Wednesday, offers the following three for prompt: velocity, eclipse, languish. Thanks, ThomG.

Cuts in Time

the velocity of autumn
whistles leaves from the trees
and summer comes to rest

light and dark pass in eclipse
night gains the upper hand
sun-long days languish

before ink can turn to dust
she writes the cuts of time
and takes her place in line

The image is a double fractal created in Fractal Explorer, manipulated in MS Digital Image.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

J for ABC Wednesday

ABC Wednesday offers 'J' as the prompt. Thank you!

Three-year-old Jennifer was the Sarah Bernhardt of tantrums. During one of her fits of anger, I bent over her ranting body and said, "Wow! Can you show me how to do that?" She immediately calmed  to recite instructions for kicking and yelling with the caution suggested for headbanging: "because it might hurt".

Then she stood to help me adjust for 'tantrum pose'. We laughed as she moved my arms and legs while giving additional directions.

She doesn't throw many tantrums these days, but I have continued.

A variation of my article was published in the June 1997 issue of Parents.

Jen's mosaic photo was created using Andrea Mosaic, freeware found at the link. Photos like this are much better when seen in larger format but Jen probably wouldn't forgive me if she appeared full size here and I have no desire to anger her!


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression: Prompt 82: Fog

Thanks to Sweetest in the Gale for this week's prompt, fog.

jagged peaks
gnaw at low-hung fog
lacy sun

autumn clouds
mound thicker layers
reshape dreams

curved lenses
expose fog-wrapped lights
failing sight

The image was created on a Bamboo Fun Tablet with Adobe Photoshop Elements. There's much for me to learn.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Poem for Read Write Poem 92

Read Write Poem offers this Wordle for prompt #92. Thanks RWP!

A quick write, but I used all the words. You can probably tell where my mind has been lately. :)

Hip Hip Hooray

one husk of human
picked the piker's plum

a scofflaw at heart
with pittance for a soul

Bernie didn't conform
basked in a sweet clover limelight

professed to sleep at night
without a doctor's remedy

but from jail's extended stop
this bane of the multitude carps

there's no escape file baked
inside Friday night's confection


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I for ABC Wednesday

ABC Wednesday offers 'I' for this week's prompt. Thank you!


a swizzle stick
for those who sing

twisting, tumbling
rolling and drifting stalk

where dreams wind
outside the lines

on trails whistled down
by tumbleweeds

I was thrilled to find a tumbleweed that wasn't stuck in my auto grille...this one banked itself against my older daughter's house. She was stunned to hear me ask if I could take it home to think upon it. I'm sure she feared for my sanity. I'm not worried. Yet. Much.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Haiku & Fractal for One Single Impression

One Single Impression posts: My Bellavia brings us this week's prompt, thirst. Thanks, Janice!

one word
that special nectar
rising thirst

Fractal image created in Fractal Explorer.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Poem for Totally Optional Prompts

Totally Optional Prompts posts: What slow turns did our writing take this week, TOPers? Let us know!

SLOWLY, he turns

where red rock hoodoos
distort the indigo sky
twisting shadows tumble
to stylized test patterns and
sand scripts the morrow
at the close of day

thorns of ocotillo
dispense thick blood
into threats as real as life
a chattering rattle,
amid the scratch of stealth,
re-writes the dawn

Fractal image was created in Fractal Explorer.


Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Poem and Fractal for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of 3 Word Wednesday, offers these three words as prompt: engage, mayhem and disarm.


across the chasm

doors are chalked
crows cluster at the crosses
meaningless mayhem
makes holes in aging folds

flamethrowers engage
the vile and the evil
disarm the veil of truth
lights of Diogenes spit

eye of Cyclops winks

Fractal image was created in Fractal Explorer.


Tuesday, September 08, 2009

H for ABC Wednesday

ABC Wednesday offers H as the prompt. Thank you!

He sat quietly for several hours while hoping for a hummingbird landing. At times, more than three dozen of these fast-paced birds with exuberant chirps swooshed in and out of geraniums and glanced off any touch of red.

The reward came when two hummingbirds perched on the finger of this six-year-old to drink nectar from the fake flower.

When asked what it was like, he said the tiny bird feet felt like angel's wings and grinned with pleasure.

Magical memories.


Sunday, September 06, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

Note: I cannot comment on those Google Blogs which bear the drop-down menu for ID purposes. (solution?)

One Single Impression posts: Thanks to Geraldine of My Poetic Path for this week's prompt, romance. Please visit Geraldine's blog here to read her contribution.

green leaves yellow
autumn brushes sumac
preps new canvas


summer dance
she came to wander
music breaks


salsa dance
lanquid days of love
yield to fall


Original watercolor by Sue.
My poetry books North of Summer and South of Winter are currently available at Amazon and, as always, available from my LuluBookstore in print or as download.


Tanka for 3Word Wednesday

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ThomG, moderator of ThreeWordWednesday, offers the following three words for prompt: luster, glare, threat

Dog Day Down

full summer luster
transforms to glare and gray threat
dry dogwood disrobes
sumac takes on Rubik tones
southbound gander wings goodbye


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

G for ABC Wednesday

Note: I cannot comment on those Google Blogs which bear the drop-down menu for ID purposes. Solution?

ABC Wednesday prompts with the letter G for this week. Thanks!

All that glitters is not gold. This glitter is pyrite, fool's gold, and I've sure found more than my share of it with not so much of the real thing.

Those which don't glitter are garnets which are found in local 'digs' and will occasionally come to light while gold panning. While these garnets are not gem quality, they can be polished to an acceptable level of utility.

Wishing each of you the perfect amount of glitter!