Monthly Archives: February 2017

Uncomplicated Years

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Nostalgia The word “nostalgia” comes from two Greek roots, nostos meaning ‘return home’ and algia ‘longing’. However neither poetry nor politics birthed the term, rather it came from ‘medicine’. In the seventeenth century nostalgia was … Continue reading

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Poker At The Longhorn

Written for:  Poetics Aside #385 – Write an Ekphrastic poem All patrons are facing table, wondering if Handsome Jim will be able to keep his winning streak. Other players’ faces are bleak. Blonde Betty is betting on Jim, Juan peers … Continue reading

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Suburban Seasons

Written for:  dVerse Poets – Poetics, Suburb Poetry   (guest host:  Oloriel) “What makes a poem into a suburban poem? I would not want to go on a limb and define it myself, nor use some strict formula or definition. … Continue reading

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Ducks

Written for:  The Twiglets – “even the ducks” Record breaking rain dogs reluctant to go out even ducks are fed up https://thetwiglets.wordpress.com/

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Sakura (Cherry Tree)

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1157, Sakura, the National Pride of Japan “Today, as spring approaches, the entire nation turns a shade of pink. Months before they arrive, retailers switch into sakura mode – cue supermarkets filled with plastic cherry blossom … Continue reading

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Kashiwabara

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1158, Kashiwabara – birthplace of Kobayashi Issa Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828) was a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect known for his haiku poems and journals. He is better known … Continue reading

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What Helps You Survive?

Written for:  dVerse Poets, Haibun Monday:  “The Best Things In Life Are Free” (posted by HayesSpencer) “I keep singing this song lately, The Best Things in Life are Free. And to be truthful, they are. They are also priceless as … Continue reading

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On Japanese Painting

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1155 Sumi-e, the Japanese Way of Painting (2) In landscape painting the scenes depicted are typically imaginary, or very loose adaptations of actual views. Mountain landscapes are by far the most common, often evoking particular areas … Continue reading

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Steadfast Moon

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads “And The Moon” – micro poetry The object of this challenge is to write a poem in no more than 10 lines (but you may write in fewer than 10 lines all the … Continue reading

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Marooned

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #287 Words:  line, seem, deal, fill, sky, swing, deny, boom, marooned, hope, stream, sign Marooned on misty green island. At onset of isolation, he hoped help would arrive. First time sky filled with stream … Continue reading

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