Tuesday, January 31, 2017

arriving at the right moment

Carpe Diem #1140 arriving at the right moment

sun angles
instincts stir within 
migration thoughts
feathers preened and gullets full
one takes flight into the blue

warming breeze
beneath their wings
gives rise
yearnings for homeland far
brings focus to the flight

there below
the call is heard and passed along
each glides to rest
arrive with the sun's last rays
it is just the perfect time

©  petra domina

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listening

Carpe Diem #1139 listening

a cry
at the river's edge
only the dove hears

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Listening to others has always been important to me.  It has been easy to ask a couple of questions and folks will talk.  A sense of ease and for the most part a lack of judgement were sure fire soil for a 'talking garden'.  A place where privacy was respected, joys and sorrows shared.  The aging process is making it more difficult for me to hear not to mention listen.  After a few years of working next to a refrigerator sized CPU I am left with tinnitus.  With aging ears if there is any other sound in the room, forget it.  I will not be able to understand most words.  The world needs listeners at times even more than answers.  Just knowing your voice has been heard . . . somehow that is enough to heal.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

hospitality

Carpe Diem #1138 hospitality

The organized church to which I belong has been for several years pursuing the idea of 'radical hospitality'.  An objective to go outside the wall and be neighbors.  As a result there have developed blitz weekends where work is done in one's own community.  Our church on the first weekend blitz built 20 or so ramps at homes for persons with handicaps.  Packages of food and lap blankets were given to the folks.  Elderly persons homes had yard work done along with window washing and of course more cookies.  There were free oil change and haircut and other things to help those in need.  That was 9 years ago and the work continues across the US with the blitzes.  The work has developed mini blitzes throughout the year.

The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  
Now we have the results of the 2016 elections.  The promise of making America great again ...  and the ban on travel from certain countries that pose a threat.  Except one country where 15 of the 19 that flew planes into buildings on 9-11-2001.  Where buildings trump-et one name.  And a wall.  And off-putting words to the world.  Hospitality becomes hostility.  

 golden walls
above the huddled masses
removed
lady liberty's lamp
from beside the golden door 

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Friday, January 27, 2017

the bridge

Carpe Diem #1137 The Bridge

"The Honorable Passage", or Orbigo Bridge
ancient spans of stone
reached across flowing waters
joining hands and lands
reshaped into walls of fear
souls of all divided

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

imagine this

Carpe Diem #1136 Imagine this ...




spring rains
the smells of the earth
plowed fields 
the valley perfumes
rising from below

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

and then....

In a Jeep bouncing along the rough road of the Snake River Valley reading geological history of the area was that moment.

earthquakes
 eruptions announce
awareness
embrace a rock to
touch the face of creation

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

let go

Carpe Diem #1134 beyond control

Sounds simple.  Let go.  Just. Let. Go.  The song from the hit movie, Frozen, has filled the minds and voices of little girls that I meet.  My great niece was barely making complete sentences when she could sing and act out the scene from the movie.  'Let it go!' would be followed by a foot stomp.  Too cute!
chains
binding the dreams
of generations
held together
by my own hands

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whisper of rain

Carpe Diem honors 

Jane Reichhold (1937-2017) G.) 

whisper of rain

sleeping
in arms of roots
a fawn

blinking brown eyes
answer the whispering rain

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walking the road

Carpe Diem #1133 walking the Road

pilgrims
beneath the streams of light
walking the road

inspirations appear
above, below, all around

©  petra domina

The Road to Santiago

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Sierra Mountains

(1937-2017) F.) 

Sierra Mountains (tanka)



the dreamer
never dreaming
to live a dream
leaving everyone else
behind in the future

long meadow
is too short to hold
the emptiness
of leaving a family
longing for their faces

high in the mountains
suspended over the valley
even spirits
smoothing the paths
toe to heel, toe to heel

ocean breezes
a coolness blowing inland
my message
meets hers mid-air
the tie that binds

© Jane Reichhold (taken from: She Alone)

winding road
crawling higher
into the forest
reaching above the treetops
to touch the clouds

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‘The wrong answer will indicate the right one.’

Carpe Diem #1132 ‘The wrong answer will indicate the right one.’ (Petrus)

I live in the USA.  Donald Trump was inaugurated as our president on Friday.  Saturday I walked with 40 to 50 thousand other people in downtown Austin, TX, in one of hundreds of Womans Marches around the world.  If you want to know my reasons you can read here.  The last few days have been filled with freezes and shutdown of government websites, regulations and agencies.  It is unsettling to say the least.  What is the right and wrong answer?  I do not know cause I am wondering what the real question should be?

at the edge
a fear filled pause
before the plunge

a chilling moment as
water engulfs the diver

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blue river

Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold

 (1937-2017) 

E.) Fuji No Yama


A few of our departed mentor's works:

morning breeze
coming in the window
surf sounds

 changing forms
all around the Buddha
clouds in a blue sky

clouds
flooding the river
with spring

spring cloud melt
flooding river willows
green leaves

© Jane Reichhold (A Dictionary of Haiku, spring part)

aqua waters
springing from the glacier
warming in the sun

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meditation

Carpe Diem #1131 meditation

back issues
arthritic joints
visualize
rose petals absorbing
the thorns of pain

thorns
blown into the air
become
butterflies released
from cocoons

butterflies
moving across the sky
painting
rainbows of love
in the blue

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Monday, January 23, 2017

rainbow bridge

Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold (1937-2017) D. a rainbow bridge

river waters
tumble over the fall's edge
chasing rainbows

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intuition

Carpe Diem #1130 Intuition

our universe
capillary attraction
linking all

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bubbles in ice

Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold (1937-2017) C.) bubbles in ice


motionless air
released from the icy grip
of the north sea
floating south toward
the stifling heat

©  petra domina

Nothing I will write will ever compare to these beauties!

bubbles in ice
holding till spring
the voice of the brook
the mountain brook
still with listening
winter winds
© Jane Reichhold

surreal
bubbles holding the voice
of the stream


© Chèvrefeuille

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Friday, January 20, 2017

road to santiago


Carpe Diem #1128 Imagine the Road to Santiago


Somewhere along the Road to Santiago
raindrops hit poncho
boots heavy with mud  
slow the pace
clouds spill into the valley
cleansing mountain air

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

friendship

Carpe Diem #1129 friendship

This week friends from Missouri came to have lunch and a visit with us.  It was pleasant to hear the sweet voices tell stories of the familiar names of our shared lives.  To hear of grandchildren and to tell of grandchildren.  To be with each other in the nourishing atmosphere of love.

sapling roots
surrounded by soil
flourish
strengthened by rain
tested by storms .. remains

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musical chord

Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold (1937-2017) B.) musical chord (tanka)


like chords of music
the words of her pen
stroke our souls
inspiring our voices to
blend in vision-filled songs


windswept cliffs
weathering another storm
icy salt waters
grinding the stone face into
next summer's warm sands

water-colored words
filling the void
with silence
giving balm to hearts
yet to be born

a queen
not forgotten
bejeweled
with compositions
by her disciples 

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in honor

Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) A.) already red

Today, January 18th, is Jane's birthday.  The host of CDHK honors her with a few of her wonderful winter haiku:

 swollen
the amaryllis bud
already red


melted snow water
trickling over the veins
of a dried beech leaf


moving around
the wind in the pines
comes home

© Jane Reichhold

To be a writer of honest haiku it seems a person needs to be one with nature.  To feel the cold waters of the melting snow.  To be the dried beech leaf lying on the forest floor.  To be the wind searching for home.  

swelling from within
as the bud grows at stems end
new life unfolds

©  petra domina

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penitence

Carpe Diem #1127 penitence

Anger filled most of the corners of the person she had become.  The anger spilled out into the worst of explosions for anyone that might get in the way.  No one was immune to the angry outbursts.  Eventually through years of work, therapy and proper medications the anger was placed in proper perspective.  Finally the better qualities could grow and develop.  But late at night the image of all the people left scorched by that misdirected anger still haunts her mind.

without regard
tiger claws lashing
cornered and confused

tranquilizer dart subdues
tabby preens her human

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Tarot

Carpe Diem #1125 The Road to Santiago is part of the Tarot.

basket of faith
woven of different beliefs
becomes one

intersecting in a deck of cards
stacked against a win

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depending

Carpe Diem #1126 depend on yourself

Stop to ask directions in a small community and one will invariably get excellent directions.  Though they might include reference to where the old something or other once was.  Or left at Joe Smith's house.  The modern GPS can be just a useless at times leaving one to wander looking for signs...

poles, sun and stars
geese, elephants and salmon
nature points the way

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

time

Carpe Diem #1124 time

a moment in time
sun reflected from the dewdrop
resting on the rose
just outside her window
remembering his soft touch


time
flowing like a stream
here but an instant
swept away in the roar
of life


As one ages it is so easy to slide into the past.  To live in the past moments of joy brings comfort from the aches, pains and loneliness of old age.  One sees it time and again with parents, aunts, uncles.  Then it begins with peers.  Oh, that seductive siren of life lived.  Or a future of which we never reach. . . . . or for which we no longer hope.   

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