Saturday, October 29, 2016

autumn willow

Carpe Diem Imagination With Paul Militaru #5 autumn willow

Autumn Willow (photo © Paul Militaru)


alongside the path
fresh water flows, and
in the willow’s shade
just for a little while
would I take my ease..

© Saigyo (1118-1190)





willow leaves
set free to fly
with autumn wings

©  petra domina

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fountain pen

Carpe Diem #1080 fountain pen


was it fountain pen
splashing the black stains
on butterfly' s wings

 © Ese (a.k.a. Noor)

meditating monk 
releases his realization 
characters appear  
one by one they form 
a koan of love

 © Chèvrefeuille

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black reservoir
awaits the release
writers block

©  petra domina

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a clap of wings

Carpe Diem Special (3rd guest) Herman van Rompuy's 4th a clap of wings

a cyclist approaches
doves scatter from the corn
a clap of wings

© Herman van Rompuy

shape shifters
filling the crisp autumn sky
flocks of clouds

©  petra domina


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

kissing gate

Carpe Diem Imagination with Paul Militaru #4 kissing gate


in autumn moonlight
alone under the kissing gate
widow in thought

©  petra domina

credit Paul Militaru

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abalone shells and lovers

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #4 abalone shells and lovers

Sometimes the stars are either aligned perfectly or so imperfectly it is amusing.  The event you are about to read is one such event.  As was the tradition of our farming family when something not farm like happened we had to participate in the event.  One such event was when my sister's husband went on a business trip.  He flew in an actual airplane!

A little background to help understand the significance of this.  The folks were not the wealthy Southern Plantation owners.  No, my folks were just a notch above share croppers.  The land, which usually included a house for us to live in, was rented from an owner.  A portion of the crop proceeds paid the rent.  There was no running water nor any type of indoor plumbing.  Daddy had wired the house for electricity shortly after we moved into the house.  Only recently had we 'moved to town' where we actually had 'modern plumbing.'

So someone in our family getting on a plane and flying was big stuff.  We all piled in our cars and headed to the big city airport.  This was really, really big stuff.  Walking through the airport.  Seeing the stewardesses in their uniforms!  People dressed to the nines to board the plane on a Sunday afternoon flight.  Eventually it was time for Jack to board the plane.  Of course this was long before metal detectors so we were at the boarding area all waving goodbye.

Fast forward to the next morning in our home room class at high school.  This was a small school in a town of about 600 people.  The teacher asked what we had done this weekend.  Church, a party and a couple of visits to grandparents' homes.  It was my turn.  "Well, we went to the airport to watch my brother-in-law, Jack, off."  The teacher asked me to say it again, I did, and giggles broke out across the room.  My boyfriend at the time told me to not say another word.  But of course Miss-has-to-have-The Last word said it one more time.  The poor teacher was in stitches by then.  I was about 17 years old with no brothers.  The boyfriend later explained what I had said.  I mean really, all we did was go to the airport to watch my brother-in-law, Jack, off.

lips part
speaking of love's bloom
innocence revealed 

©  petra domina

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folding paper

Carpe Diem #1079 folding paper

Recently our bonus granddaughter celebrated her 16th birthday with a big bash.  Weeks of preparation went into the planning, purchasing and implementing of the party.  A glow in the dark party with a circle theme.  One of the projects was folded fan circles.  A couple of evenings spent folding, folding and more folding of 8.5" x 11" glow paper. Next was gluing.  Cutting the pleated folds for different sizes.  Finally turning the folded rectangles into circles with the help of more glue.  The fans made a great accent for several posters!  And the effort help bring our blended family into a closer circle.

celebrations
accordion bellows
songs of love

©  petra domina

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Which, also explains why I missed a few prompt deadlines!  Little circles all hand cut!

embroidery thread

Carpe Diem #1078 embroidery thread


perfect stitches
kimono's enticing nap 
laced in silken threads

©  petra domina

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hammer and anvil

Carpe Diem #1077 Hammer and Anvil


clang, clang
smoldering iron taking shape
echoing steely sounds
roaring furnace bellows heat
blacksmith's symphony
©  petra domina

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

birdsong

Carpe Diem Special (3rd guest) Herman van Rompuy's 3rd "birds in concert"

               ----------- inspirational post excerpts -----------

spring has come;
a nameless hill
is shrouded in thin mist

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Blyth)

In this haiku by Basho we read the mystery ... and the "word-painting" in this one is really awesome. "a nameless hill shrouded in mist" sure ... you can see only a faint image of the hill, but as the mist has gone than maybe we know the name of the hill.

birds in concert
one sings above all others
I don't know its name

© Herman van Rompuy (taken from: Haiku, by him)

at sunrise
sunrays on my naked body
birds singing

© Chèvrefeuille

---------------  response ----------------

mate is wooed
a song and dance
which to choose?

©  petra domina





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full circle

Carpe Diem Full Circle #2-2016



rain flows
across the young leaves
dropping on buds

mountain silence nourishes
the souls of young monks who hear

river flows
beneath the summer breeze
the she-wolf drinks

pecking through the early snow
startled sparrow takes flight

cold blue sky
gives way to spring
again rain flows

©  petra domina

This challenge was to use the following words in order to create haiku.

1. rain
2. young leaves
3. buds
4. mountain
5. silence
6. monk
7. river
8. summer breeze
9. she
10. snow
11. sparrow (s)
12. blue sky

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

riversong

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #3 riversong


riversong
wind blown from autumn trees
a stream of gold                               © Jane Reichhold

flows over the smooth stones
with a gentle kiss goodby

caught
by rocky hands
golden prisoners

tarnished by the pounding flow
gold becomes the river mud

destroyed
in a baptism
for new life

from the depth a seed takes hold
by and by new riversongs

©  petra domina

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clay

Carpe Diem #1076 clay


Uncle Clay was my hero.  Uncle Clay was in the tank division under George Patton during the Battle of the Bulge during WWII.  His brother, my Uncle Bud, was in the war, too.  Uncle Bud was in the hospital in England when his infantry division advanced using the tank division of Uncle Clay.  These two brothers returned from that war.  Being a baby boomer I was born not long after thy returned.  Uncle Bud was not around as much.  Uncle Clay was always around.  I loved him with the love of a young child.  He loved me so very much, too.  He wanted me to meet his girlfriend and her children before he would marry her.  I fell in love with the girlfriend and her children just as he had.  Uncle Clay, Aunt Celistine, and Jerry are gone now.  Now only ChipChip and I remain.  But that love from Uncle Clay still is with me.

from the earth
molded by hands of strength
a loving heart

©  petra domina

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never happier than when with my Uncle Claydee



lotus viewing

Carpe Diem Special (2nd guest) Kala Ramesh's 3rd "lotus viewing"


lotus viewing . . .
the flowering
within
© Kala Ramesh

the pause
in a dragonfly’s glide—
noon shadows
© Kala Ramesh

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©  petra domina
from the muck
fluttering petals
reach for the light

©  petra domina

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camera

Carpe Diem #1076 camera




the past
captured
in a flash

©  petra domina

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revered

Carpe Diem Imagination With Paul Militaru #3 the Holy Bible


the holy scripture
torn apart dances away
on the wind

© Chèvrefeuille
 Paul Militaru, photography portfolio
scribbles on a page
etchings in the caves
revered beacons

©  petra domina

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beads

Carpe Diem #1075 beads (in honor of Jane)


'fish' by Jane Reichhold
one by one
colorful nuggets
stranded

©  petra domina

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

risings

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #2 the moon rises each night (tanka)


throbbing within
a yearning long forgotten
clumsy youthful lust
turned to gentle movements
of experienced soulmates

©  petra domina


Inspired by:

too old for new love
the moon rises each night
as I remember
the backseats of strange cars
it's helpful light afterwards

© Jane Reichhold



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Monday, October 10, 2016

full circle

Carpe Diem Full Circle #1-2016


deep rainbow colors
announcing autumn flight
seagulls fill the sky

cranes arrive for winter warmth
 cherry blossoms bid goodbye

love's own call
above sunflower fields
fills the blue sky

rainbow clouds
on butterfly wings
nectar drips

as once more the old men sing,
laugh and clink their mugs of beer

©  petra domina

The challenge was to use the following words in order in a haiku or tanka....  how about a tan renga?
1. rainbow
2. autumn
3. seagull
4. crane
5. cherry blossom
6. love
7. sunflower
8. blue sky
9. clouds
10. butterfly
11. nectar
12. beer

Give it a try and link up with the others at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.  Or just go and read for the fun of it!

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knitting wool

Carpe Diem #1074 knitting wool


blanket snuggle close
covered with scents of nana
purls of love

©  petra domina

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prints in 3D

Carpe Diem #1073 3D print(er)


a starry night
fingers trace the swirling texture
oh the beauty
feeling the colors and 
just a bit of the madness

©  petra domina

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

The full prompt can be read here.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

gentle scent of lavender

Carpe Diem Imagination with Paul Militaru #2 "gentle scent of lavender"


gentle scent of lavender

Oh, the joys of walking in a garden filled with flowers, herbs and other scented plants.


a weed spied
gently brush aside
the lavender
as you bend, inhale
aromatherapy

©  petra domina

Today's challenge was to use the photo to the left as an inspiration for a haiku or tanka.  The Paul Militaru's works can be seen on his website by clicking here.




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the night has fallen

Carpe Diem Special (3rd guest) Herman van Rompuy "the night has fallen"


hundreds of crows' wings
sweeping the light from the sky
above the new grave

©  petra domina

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Inspired by the following partial post from CDHK:

[ ".. I have searched for haiku written by him all over the globe (of course virtually) and found several beauties. I hope to inspire you with these haiku written by Herman van Rompuy.

the night has fallen
the bare branches can be seen
even more lonely

© Herman van Rompuy

This haiku, in my opinion, resonates in tune with the time of year, but in this haiku I also sense a reflection of that wonderful haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694):

kare eda ni karasu no tomarikeri aki no kure

on a bare branch
a crow has stopped
autumn dusk

© Matsuo Basho

... o stay more close to the haiku of Herman van Rompuy I created the following haiku:

the last sunrays
painting shadows on the white wall
abandoned farm

© Chèvrefeuille

In this one I think I stayed as close as possible to the loneliness Herman van Rompuy paints in his haiku. ..."]

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

paint

Carpe Diem #1072 paint


colors
spilled from nature
onto canvas

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crushed
melted and mixed
rainbow on a brush

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smells
oils and turpentine
painter's perfume


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paint
flowing from the brush
mental orgasm

©  petra domina

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

all my years

Carpe Diem's Universal Jane #1 Introduction "all my years"


winter solitude
the cat washes again
the tip of her tail

© Jane Reichhold

Dad had so many expressions.  Quit your belly aching.  Goat butt.  You're talking too much, Mary.  Quicker than a cat can lick its butt twice......

all my years
smiles continue
from simple words
silenced voices
still loved

©  petra domina

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brush

Carpe Diem #1071 brush (zen-calligraphy)

Once upon a time .... painting and calligraphy seemed like a good hobby.  To achieve the desired results required preparation of the paint.  Mixing colors or possibly a thinning agent for the right consistency.  The loading of the brush was just as critical.  Too little and the continuous stroke could not be completed.  Too much and the result was more of a blob than the desired swirl or dot.  The angle of the hand and the right brush for the task.  So much to think about and consider!  Never the desired result.  If only one had just let go ....

on rice paper
color ladened bristles
happily dancing

©  petra domina

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pen and inkstone

Carpe Diem #1070 pen and inkstone


rhythmic motion
in a figure eight
inky nights

©  petra domina

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