Tuesday, September 19, 2017

daily bread

Carpe Diem #1258 daily bread

Bakery

baking day
yeasty smell fills the air
crunch of crust
herbed olive oil
dribbles down the chin

©  petra domina

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wisteria blues

Carpe Diem #1257 Wisteria Blues (Jonathan Reid)


Wisteria Blues © Jonathan Reid (flickr)

bumbling
within wisteria cascades
busy bees
with pollen knickers 
they fly away

©  petra domina

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Grains of Sand

Carpe Diem #1256 Grains of Sand


A Grain of Sand
Fall seems to be a melancholy time for me.  Is it the shorter days or the sun a little lower in the sky?  The answer illudes me as much now in my septuagenarian years as it did when I was 30. What I do know is my thoughts turn to the past more than to the future.  At this moment in that past there lives the memory of my daddy.  He was a cut-up.  He could create and recite iambic pentameters on the fly.  Most of those poems were just silly little ditties about something happening at the time.  His fun nature brought a great joy to all around him.  So much fun that when he died even his great grandchildren wept at his loss.  But I delight on this September morn as I recall Daddy sitting at the supper table and reciting portions of Longfellow's A Psalm of Life.   My mind's ear hears his voice saying,  "... and departing leave behind us footprints on the sands of time."

oh!
little grain of sand
rolling around
you bumped against
my memory


©  petra domina

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hundred gourds

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #2 Troiku "a hundred gourds"


in my garden
starflowers bloom
come and see

© Chiyo-Ni (age 6)


in my garden
early morning
dewy dampness

starflowers bloom
with a happy smile
welcome the bee

come and see
gathered nectar 
becomes a comb



©  petra domina

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

city park

Carpe Diem #1255 City Park



City Park (photo by Chèvrefeuille)
Fall weather and the thoughts of city parks take me back to the years of my childhood and youth.  Every year for many decades my father's extended family gathered for the Rogers' reunion.  The concrete picnic tables of Finch Park would be ladened with all the wonderful fresh garden foods of the rural families.  Fresh blackeyed peas and fried okra, platters of sliced tomatoes, home made pickles and relishes brimmed over the edges of the dishes.  Some of the women had killed chickens the day before and so the fried chicken was better than anything I taste today.  Pies, cakes and cookies were on the dessert tables.  The old 20 gallon coolers used to hold water in the cotton fields were filled with tea and lemonade cooled by the blocks of ice from the ice store.  These foods were eaten with the plates, flatware and glasses brought from home.

September in Texas was still hot and dusty as the usual fall rains would not arrive till in October.  Playing with cousins on the swings, slides and merry go rounds was such great fun.  Being a bit of a tomboy I worried little about sliding 'like a little lady' even though I would be attired in a newly made dress for the occasion.  The reunion would end in time for the farmers to go home, milk the cows and attend evening church services.


crinolines
covered
in dusty fun

sleepy eyes droop
to the pastor's voice


©  petra domina

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1962 one of the last of the Rogers' reunions.  Kids could wear shorts by now.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

stares of nature

Carpe Diem #1254 stairs of nature


Stairs of Nature

above
green
orbs


green
orbs
glaring


earth's strata
exposed to time
stairway for the hind

©
  petra domina


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thousand candles

Carpe Diem #1253 Thousand Candles



Thousand Candles


candles
lite
in love

outshine the
torches of hate

©  petra domina 


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dedicated to the many thousands of people working to rescue and/or help the victims of the mud slides, earthquakes, forest fires and hurricanes




new forest

Carpe Diem #1252 New Forest by Jackie Ley


New Forest by Jackie Ley

in the midst
of the smoldering trees
lays the new forest

©  petra domina

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raindrops

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge weekend-meditation #1 raindrops

Our host, Chevrefeuille has given the following challenge:

The first haiku to use and create a "Squared Tan Renga" with is one by Kobayashi Issa, one of the five greatest haiku poets:

three raindrops
a greeting card from heaven...
midsummer heat

© Issa

And here is the other haiku to create a Squared Tan Renga with:

flying away
following the rainbow
into heaven

© Chèvrefeuille

___________________________

three raindropsa greeting card from heaven...
midsummer heat

© Issa

do those three drops quench
the thirsty sun baked earth?

the blue orb
seeks the 
cooling winds

while the lovers
seek only loves dew drops

©  petra domina



flying awayfollowing the rainbow
into heaven

© Chèvrefeuille

children dancing along the way
with feet covered in stardust

stardust
memories
sparkle

in the minds
of the grandparents

©  petra domina

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

new ways

Carpe Diem Writing and Enjoying Haiku #6 new ways

This has been the year when Hubby and I along with a whole bunch of other folks celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We actually started the celebration back at the end of June, our actual 'date'.  It continued with a trip to France. Returning home we began working on The Party that was delayed till the grandsons returned from a summer in Canada.

As we have friends our own ages, they, too, are celebrating 50 years.  That means more trips.  Unexpected strength of hurricane Harvey resulted in Hubby and I choosing to downsize even more.  And how do two people stay together for 50 years of marriage?  Well, forgiveness, understanding and a willingness to step together into the unknown of new ways.

fifty years
with the same man
always something new
keeps me guessing
what's next?

©
petra domina

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end of the road

Carpe Diem #1248 ending road



raindrops
now
floods
©  petra domina


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

waiting for autumn

Carpe Diem #1227 waiting for autumn (Aki tikashi, Aki wo matsu)


in the summer heat
perching black birds pant
waiting for autumn

©  petra domina

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swamp

Carpe Diem #1226 swamp

lurking
in the murky swamp
old frog jumps

©  petra domina

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cool

Carpe Diem #1225 cool, cool evening, cool wind (Suzushi,Ryofu)


frolicking
in the coolness of the river
one lone swan

©  petra domina

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dune

Carpe Diem #1224 dunes




lumbering camels
heads bob above the dune
watery mirage

©  petra domina


Ok, so my Hubby just noticed I was sitting in my easy chair with my laptop on my outstretched legs and my head bobbing.  When asked what I was doing I had to admit I was imagining being a camel walking across the desert.


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

a traditional haiku

Carpe Diem Writing and Enjoying Haiku #3 classical haiku



summer heat surrounds
dragonfly seems not to mind
hopeful thunder claps 

©  petra domina

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

beach

Carpe Diem #1222 Beach

Mediterranean Seacoast, Nice, France, 7-2-2017 
cool blue
breeze skips across
pebbly seashore
bare skin soaks up
the sun's gaze

©  petra domina

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Monday, July 17, 2017

cockroach

Carpe Diem #1221 Cockroach (Gokiburi)


journey ends
welcome home
cockroach

© petra domina


My first thought when I saw the prompt was, "uck!"  We have just returned from a trip celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.  What a welcome, a cockroach.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

bamboo

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #13 bamboo (Jane Reichhold)


bamboo
waving candlelight into the night
wind


© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)
mere glimpses of the panda
resting after its meal

©  petra domina

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fragment and phrase

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #17 fragment and phrase

The fun of creating a haiku brings me pleasure.  It is not easy most days.  Occasionally one good one just appears.  This challenge for fragment and phrase is taking several attempts to write, rewrite, modify or totally erase.

falling
watermelon crunch
now flies swarm

(not to my liking)

hitting the ground
watermelon splits
cool crunch

(still missing something)

red white and green
cool watermelon beauty
flies swarm

©  petra domina

Okay, I'll put my name on that last one.  Not great but I like it.


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

dandelion

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #12 dandelion, dandelion (Ogiwara Seisensui)


Here is the "hokku" to work with today:

dandelion dandelion
on the sandy beach
spring opens its eyes

© Ogiwara Seisensui

stretching leaf covered arms she
yawns, exhales a floral breath

©  petra domina

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

taste of nature

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #11 taste of nature (Sara McNulty)


Here is the "hokku" by Sara to work with:

taste of nature–
sweet blackberry bushes
sing to child and bees

© Sara McNulty

others hear the siren song
jays feast among the thorns

©  petra domina

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an autumn leaf

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #10 an autumn leaf (Ryokan Taigu)



The "hokku" you have to use today is Ryokan's Jisei (death-poem):

ura wo mise omote wo misete chiru momiji

now it reveals its hidden side
and now the other—thus it falls,
an autumn leaf

© Ryokan Taigu

in all its beauty free falling
. . . into eternity

©   petra domina


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

leaves float away

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #9 leaves float away (Dolores Fegan)



autumn evening
like whispered prayers
leaves float away

© Dolores

on the coolest of breezes
into the moonlight night

© petra domina


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Haiku Puzzler

Chèvrefeuille's Gift to You to Celebrate our First Luster of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #3 Haiku Puzzler


Our host has given this assignment:
Below you find an image in which you can find all the lines of these three haiku. To find the three haiku you get three hints:

1. This haiku poet brought haiku into the 20th century by mentioning a modern invention.

2. This haiku is renown all over the globe.

3. At the end of the life of a haiku poet the custom was to write a Jisei (death-poem). This is the jisei of a famous female poet.

To make the "haiku puzzler" complete you have to submit the three found haiku including the name of the haiku poet.

Have fun!

Here is our first "Haiku Puzzler":


2. This haiku is renown all over the globe.
water sound
frog jumps into
an old pond

© Basho

1. This haiku poet brought haiku into the 20th century by mentioning a modern invention
smoke whirls
after the passage of a train 
young foliage

© Masaoka Shiki

Our Honored host
morning dew
evaporates in the early sunlight
spirit climbs to the sky

© Chèvrefeuille 


3. At the end of the life of a haiku poet the custom was to write a Jisei (death-poem). This is the jisei of a famous female poet.
having gazed at the moon
I depart from this life
with a blessing

Chiyo-ni’s poem at death in 1795

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

I had arranged the different lines into what I thought were the correct groupings.  I had two correct with only one line each of the remaining two that had to be swapped.  One of the poets, Basho, was obvious.  But the other three required research to accredit each of the haiku.  It was a fun exercise for Mother's Day here in the US.  Thank goodness for google!

searching
in the dense fog
a light shines
©  petra domina 

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mothers day

Carpe Diem Namasté, The Spiritual Way #9 Mother's Day


lusty passion
fills the corners of the world
begets a mom

©  petra domina

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