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National Poetry Month, April 22

It’s Earth Day… and also would have been my parents’ anniversary, so we have trees and love for y’all today.

The photo was taken on a rainy, drizzly day (much like today) at Meiji temple in Tokyo, Japan. I knew I needed to write a poem or something with these trees when I took the picture in 2012. Better late than never!  Both are called “Dancing Trees.”

Poem and photo are raw and rough; I’ll edit them later. Please do not copy or share the photos or poems I’m posting. I am not finished, and sharing them can hurt my future plans for these pieces. Thank you!

National Poetry Month, April 21

It’s Easter for those who practice many of the varying types of Christianity. So, I figured I’d use one of the gravestone pictures I have. This was at the Glasgow Necropolis in Scotland, and I was saddened to see all the trash thrown into this tomb. As for the poem, I really don’t like this at all, so it may end up completely thrown away (take or leave the rim shot) or mostly rewritten. But we’ll see. Calling the both “Trash Tomb.”

The poem, like all of what I’m posting, is in its rough draft form, though the picture has been tweaked. My aim for the month is composition; I’ll edit later. Please do not copy or share the photos or poems I’m posting. I am not finished, and sharing them can hurt my future plans for these pieces. Thank you!

National Poetry Month, April 20

Another Scotland picture. This one was at Traquair House, where there were lots of random peafowl just wandering around. I really wanted to play with this photo because of the colors—even with the peacock not displaying. The poem…well, should be self-explanatory if you can read it around the corner of the page. Both are called “Not on Display.”

The poem, like all of what I’m posting, is in its rough draft form, though the picture has been tweaked. My aim for the month is composition; I’ll edit later. Please do not copy or share the photos or poems I’m posting. I am not finished, and sharing them can hurt my future plans for these pieces. Thank you!

National Poetry Month, April 19

Sometimes you want to help people you can’t help; sometimes you want to fix situations you can’t fix.  That’s what inspired this poem… “Heroes and Monsters.” I had a hard time working a picture to fit it, but I finally settled on one of my Scotland photos, which I called “Lost Lamb.”  While Scott and I were hiking to some really cool castle ruins, we saw this lamb bleating from a cliff and it’s mom (we figured) bleating back; both looked stuck. They were well out of our abilities to help, but we took a picture of them. By the time we got back from the castle, we saw both (we think) back on the grass with the rest, so that story had a happier ending than the poem… but not every story has a happy ending; not everyone can be–or wants to be–saved or helped.

The poem, like all of what I’m posting, is in its rough draft form, though the picture has been tweaked some. My aim for the month is composition; I’ll edit later. Please do not copy or share the photos or poems I’m posting. I am not finished, and sharing them can hurt my future plans for these pieces. Thank you!

 

 

National Poetry Month, April 16-18

Deadlines, always deadlines…

So y’all get a Three-for Thursday. 🙂 I still wrote a poem for each day; I just didn’t get to post about them.

4/16

Actual deadline day, so we went for a kinda haiku. Definitely needs work, but the photo is from Kamakura, Japan. I was able to catch one of the golden eagles that hang around there diving for a fish.

4/17

This is from Meiji Temple in Tokyo, Japan. There was a raven on the tori, which looked really cool. It was a super foggy, rainy day, so it took some cleaning and cropping to get the photo to a place where I was okay with it…

I’m also watching American Gods, so Odin’s Ravens decided to poke their beaks in and make this cross-cultural. And about warrior sacrifice and corpses.

I call the pair “Munin at Meiji.”

4/18

This pair is more whimsical and based on American soil…and from Arisia, where I got to go to an Absinthe Tasting room party. There’s a long history of absinthe and artists, so that’s where I went.

Poems and photos are rough and raw; I’ll edit and fix them up later. My April challenge is about the creation, not the finessing. Please do not copy or share the photos or poems I’m posting. I am not finished, and sharing them can hurt my future plans for these pieces. Thank you!

 

National Poetry Month, April 15

Well, there was a SNAFU posting, so apologies if this is a double. Augh… Anyway…

Squeezing this in as deadlines squeeze in on me. Photo was taken at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, one of my favorite places. Photo is titled “Butterfly without a Flower;” poem is “Butterfly on Stone.”

Enjoy!

Both poem and photo are rough and raw; I’ll edit and fix them up later. My April challenge is about the creation, not the finessing. Please do not copy or share the photos or poems I’m posting. I am not finished, and sharing them can hurt my future plans for these pieces. Thank you!

National Poetry Month, April 9

I managed another short poem! (Seriously, this is an achievement for me!)

This pairing references the beautiful and heartbreaking story of Hachikō, which if you don’t know, is worth looking up. But have plenty of tissues handy.

Scott, Husband-of-Awesome, actually took the photo. I honestly don’t know if it’s from Taiwan or Osaka, Japan… so I hope the pairing isn’t problematic with the Japanese story, though the story has been retold several times in several cultures—one of the most recent and memorable (at least to geeks like me) being the Futurama episode, “Jurassic Bark.”

The poem, like all of what I’m posting, is in its rough draft form, too. My aim for the month is composition; I’ll edit later. Please do not copy or share the photos or poems I’m posting. I am not finished, and sharing them can hurt my future plans for these pieces. Thank you!

The Great Recovery of 2012

It seems more of this year has been recovering:

 

Recover from Scott’s trip

Recover from Arisia

Recover from Boskone

Recover from arrival of new roommate

 

Oh, yes, an old friend has moved in with me.  🙂  I’m very happy about it, but there is a lot of work involved because my house really is quite a mess.

 

I’m back in that pattern of reaction as opposed to pro-action…

 

Or not… it was my invitation that brought Katie here, and part of that plan was some serious house fixin’ work.  To make Scott’s old room livable, I knew there would be a lot of work.  It was pro-active.

 

But now, I have to react to fit the rest of my life around this.

 

As it is, I’m going to have to work around much more travel than I planned: two extra international trips to visit Scott.

 

“Work around” sounds so negative… it’s AMAZING to get this chance to travel with my Husband-of-Awesome.  It’s an opportunity I can’t miss.  But, I do still have responsibilities and deadlines (many of those new, too) that must be balanced around the opportunity.

 

My blog has not been as regular as I’d like, though.  I’m back to making it a work in progress.

 

I’ll aim for Monday and Thursday updates for now.  That’s about all I can promise.  There are too many Fridays that I am traveling and Thursday nights I’m prepping. 

 

I’ll do my best to keep things updated… like, ahem, my website… for which I’ll send my webmistress edits tomorrow night.  (And I’ll see if I can sneak in a person-to-person visit amidst my errands tomorrow.)

 

In any case, it’s another reinventing of my work, my job “title,” and, in essence, my life.

 

And I’m happy to share it for all its lessons.