Monday, December 26, 2016

lives

Carpe Diem #1107 Symphony No. 1 by Giovanni Sgambati


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a story
marching across the lines
birds on wires

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Christmas To All .....

Carpe Diem Seven Days Before Christmas 2016 #7 Twas The Night Before Christmas


All it took was the title for me to be transported to another time and place.  A time when I was maybe 11 and the place was a small country school.  It was Christmastime so that meant a Christmas program.  Not sure why but Mrs. Bourland selected me to memorize the poem featured in today's challenge.  I am not able to recall all the stanzas but a few still come to mind....

innocence
searching the skies
the guiding star
twinkles a message 
of love and peace

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Wall

Carpe Diem #1096 The Great Wall of China by Einar Englund,

With all the talk about building a wall along the borders of the US I must laugh.  The Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, and all the old walled cities of Europe.....

looming
 in the distance
the wall
butterflies on tour
winging over broken stones

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

walk

Carpe Diem #1095 Six Japanese Gardens by Kaija Saariaho


dimly lit street
gardens sounds and smells
spilling over walls
the old lovers holding hands
on their treasured evening walk

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flurries

Carpe Diem #1094 Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano Op. 17 Allegro Moderato by Clara Schumann


flurries
in the windstorm
last leaves of fall
joining in a dance
with the first snowfall

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

the tease

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #8 gathering clouds


gathering clouds
snowflakes or raindrops
wintry tease

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conquest of paradise


on the horizon
a beach beckons the ship's crew
the gentle virgin
in innocence and curiosity
welcomes the rapist

©  petra domina




On Dec. 4 it was announced that the Army Corp of Engineers are halting construction at the particular location being protested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  The halt is for further environmental impact studies.  As the President Elect holds shares in the pipeline company I personally have serious doubts there will actually be a change to the location.  Because money and the promise of riches is so seductive. 


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Sunday, December 4, 2016

red clouds

Carpe Diem Special #221 Candy's Showcase first " promise in red clouds "


aerial dancers
along edge of red clouds
hawks in flight

©  petra domina

Please, take time to visit the Carpe Diem connection for this special prompt.  Candy of rhymeswithbug. com, one of the group's fine poets, is being honored.


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waltz of the flowers

the bed
covered in rose petals
stands
awaiting
lovers' waltz

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

the kiss

Carpe Diem #1085 The Kiss (Philip Glass)

 
fingertips
tracing the ivory skin
of a hip
tasting your love
on moistened lips

©  petra domina



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Friday, December 2, 2016

serenade

Carpe Diem #1084 Serenade (Schubert)

Families gather round a table ladened with food.  A table that has passed through generations.  From a grandmother none of those present knew due to the 1918 pandemic.  We each one carry a bit of that grandmother's dna in our faces, bodies or smiles.  While Grandma Annie was never known, her oak table provides the place to spread a feast of love.

caressed strings
within the sounds
a living heart

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

air


It is the time of year to change out the flowers on my parents' grave.  The cemetery is one of those perpetual care places.  Mom bought the plots, four at the time, in the 1960's.  Sissy and I were still kids at home so there needed to be four graves .... just in case.  Years later Mom gave two of the graves to my uncle in exchange for a car.  Now instead of my younger sister or I being there next to them, it is our first cousin.  A handsome man in his late 60's that died from complications of ALS.  There were no flowers on his grave...



autumn evening
air hangs heavily above
the graves

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raindrops

Carpe Diem #1082 Raindrops (Chopin)


one plus one
imbuing harmony
hammers drop - ping

©  petra domina

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pilgrimage

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #30 pilgrimage


the beginning
one sole strikes the cobblestone
then the next
a path to be walked alone
within one's own soul

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autumn's voice

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #29 autumn's voice


whispering
across the open plains
a last goodbye
in the tumbling, swirling
layers of colorful leaves

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autumn departs

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #28 Teika's Tenth Tanka Writing Technique "Demon-quelling" (prompt: autumn departs)


gusty wind
pulling at the last leaf
a gargoyle hand
casts a shadow 
on the fallen leaves

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Friday, November 18, 2016

fragil beauty

carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #19 Teika's 7th Tanka Writing Technique "clever treatment" (prompt: fragile beauty)


wind
blasts through the fallen leaves
once more
raked into perfect piles
now crowned with curls of smoke

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depression

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #18 depression


sinking
beneath the covers
your love
grasps my heart and pulls
me from the darkness

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

loneliness

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #17 loneliness


reading 
the same line 
again and again
in disbelief
tears flow

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silence

Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence


breathing
switches turned off . . .
silence
as peace 
fills the room

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waterfall

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #16 Teika's Sixth Tanka Writing Technique "visual description" (prompt: waterfall)


amid the roar
the rusty barge sits in silence
reflecting
as ancient waters caress
the crest of the falls

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Niaigra Falls, Canada, 2005

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bush clover

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #15 bush clover

bush clover
stretches its petals
to kiss 
the waiting warmth
of her lovers lips

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six swans

Carpe Diem Special Japanese Poetry In The Lowlands #3 Ria Giskes "six swans" (tanka)

six swans
in the middle of a carpet
feathers -
around the barber chair
my white tufts of hair

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preening
at the river's edge
swan dancers
moving to the rhythm 
of the final score

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Basho

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #7 Basho (the translations)


shivering
last of the garden roses
covered in frost
stroking her back
beneath the moon

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storm

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #14 storm

stormy sounds
filter through the floorboards
above
knowing smiles exchanged
between dinner guests

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Friday, November 11, 2016

fireplace

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #11 fireplace


fiery roar
as the wood is consumed
in sparks of passion
hearth is warmed as
the last embers glow

©  petra domina


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