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#HaikuPoetryDay Desert Skyku

April 17, 2018

desert sky

desert sky

desert sky

desert sky

Desert wind blows clouds
Past the horizon
Infinity calls

desert sky

desert sky

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#NaPoWriMo2018 #WritePhoto Shelter

April 5, 2018 6 Comments

shelter

shelter

 

 

Wilderness holds secrets known only to the creatures who inhabit the place

Our visiting feet pass by too quickly to feel the rhythm underground

We keep the earbuds on and miss the harmonic symphony of nature’s sound

Our vision is impaired by limits we accepted without thinking for ourselves

After this picnic comes and goes this will always belong to fairies and elves

To find our place in this puzzle we must look at the world we think we rule

With respect for all sentient beings, every wizard, clown, teacher, and fool

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This is a response to Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, and it is also the 5th day of #NaPoWriMo2018.  This post is killing two poetry birds with one stone.  Enjoy the other writers who create responses to this photo on Sue’s Echo.  Read, write, and comment on the poets by following the hashtag #NaPoWriMo. It is all poetry all the time in April!! Enjoy!

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#NaPoWriMo2018 Justice Adrift

April 4, 2018 1 Comment

sailor

sailor

Sails ripped to shreds in the blasted all night rain storm,
That tiny leaking wooden boat listed to port sadly sinking,
Drunken sailors wearing tattered, filthy rags, bodies barely warm
Had no sustenance their rotten spoiled provisions all stinking
They passed a small island full of greedy giant vultures
The sky filled with black wings soaring, silently hunting
The ship of justice, once proud and elegant, had run aground

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Today is day 4 of National Poetry Writing Month.  Join the fun to read, write, recite here.  30 poems in 30 days!! Enjoy!

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#NaPoWriMo2018 Ascension

April 3, 2018

night time

night time

night time

night time

She shimmered and shone as she ascended to float
Above the streets where traffic had screeched to a halt
They stood on rooftops and sidewalks to watch her
Because this kind of night ride in the air was a new thing
They did not know if she was an illusion or a prank
After she rose into the upper atmosphere they told me
Her garments had been sent from heaven just for her
They told us all she was a symbol of peace and power
We never believed a word of it. We knew the truth.

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This is day 3 of National Poetry Writing Month. Join us for 30 poems in 30 days.  Read, write, and enjoy other poets here.  There are no limits.  Everyone is invited to participate.

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#NaPoWriMo All My Relations

April 2, 2018

 

The grandmothers

What do you think you learned studying our family history?
Have you reached conclusions about the nature of human existence?
I believe the most pertinent thing I have learned is about delusion
We stay in deep canyons of ignorance in groups habitually
Are you saying we are all ignorant, or that you are so enlightened?
Not at all, dear ancestors, for my own generation I am frightened
Have you seen how the people are destroying Mother Earth?
You should know that this battle began in earlier centuries
That you choose what role you play by the company you keep
All your relations continue to speak directly to your soul’s mysteries

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This is day 2 of National Poetry Writing Month.  Join the fun all over the internet by following the hashtag #NaPoWriMo2018.  Meet poets from around the world and submit your own work here.  Let yourself bust a rhyme. Now is the time!!

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#NaPoWriMo2018 Nature Speaks

April 1, 2018

Placing emphasis on the response we linger over words
That will pass over the heads and minds of others
The spark of imagination was kindled by the firebird
The same mythical phoenix that spoke to our mothers
Our native tongue has been twisted, distorted by lies
It is up to us to bring back the language of the skies

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This is the first day of National Poetry Writing Month.  I write 30 poems in 30 days each April to honor my famous ancestor poets.  Join the fun with poets from all over the world here.  Read, write, rap, and have some fun with words this month!!!

 

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The world’s oldest decorated eggs

March 22, 2018 1 Comment

Eggs have been decorated for centuries.

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Decorated eggs have become integral to the celebration of Easter today. The tradition of painting and decorating eggs pre-dates Christianity. Not only the Egyptians, but also the Greeks, Persians, and Romans decorated their eggs. Ostrich eggs were used as perfume containers, food containers, containers for water or milk, drinking cups, and bowls. The ancient Libyans offered ostrich eggs to the Egyptian pharaoh as items of tribute. Babylonian and Assyrian texts record its medicinal as well as its magical values. Ostrich eggs were used for religious purposes and were a symbol of fertility and prosperity. Eggs were offered in an­cient Greek sanctuaries and empty ostrich eggshells  were placed in graves as early as the 5th millen­nium B.C. Ostrich eggs also feature as symbols of resurrection on tombs found in Coptic churches in Egypt. Goblets fashioned from griffin eggs (actually ostrich eggs) were highly prized in medieval European courts. Magical eggs are guarded by dragons, and from eggs…

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#WritePhoto Portal

March 22, 2018 7 Comments

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Giants ruled the island for centuries before the clans discovered the place, bringing their version of civilization.  They thought they could colonize the giants and rob them of their resources while enslaving them.  The ships landed, and soldiers spread out to find and conquer the inhabitants.  They found evidence of cooking, fires still warm, but no people could be found.  Days of searching systematically revealed nothing more of the locals.  It looked like they had vanished suddenly, but there was no clue about where they had gone, or how they had escaped without being seen.

Harsh storms blew in from the west rocking the ship at anchor.  The invaders were cold, hungry, and became afraid they might be stranded as they watched their ship take on water.  A funnel cloud swept across the horizon, churning up the surf.  The clansmen feared for their lives and wished they had never come to this place.  There was no shelter, and the elements were harsh.  Survival would be difficult at best.  They questioned the wisdom of trying to conquer a land separate from their own, and hoped they would live to return to their homeland.  They were not equipped for warfare with giant wizards.

In a flash they were lifted into the sky on the funnel cloud, swirling wildly.  Time was suspended while they floated in a dream like state.  Chaos in slow motion took over their minds. They saw each other disintegrate, then reappear whole.  They screamed bloody murder as the rock beneath them opened.  A torrent of lost and angry souls were swept downward at high velocity.  They could feel the heat as their fates were sealed.  They joined all the others who had come to conquer the giants in an underground of immeasurable suffering. There is no escape.

The giants keep the island for themselves to this day, as is their inherited right.  Visitors beware of the local rules and customs.

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This story is written in response to Sue Vincent’s photo prompt in The Echo.  Each week you can join a group of talented writers to read, comment, or write your own story or poem.

#WritePhoto The Hideout

March 15, 2018 4 Comments

hideout

hideout

When they lived along the river the whole family used to hike up to the rock hideout a few times every year for a party, a picnic, and some music.  Families wandered more in those times.  They met folks from other towns, learned new songs from them, and exchanged some goods. The den in the rocks was used for festive purposes before the flood.  They never had to worry about thieves or tricksters in those days.  Life was simple.  There was plenty for everyone. They had not known tragedy or loss.  Then one day a wall of water rushed down the valley, washing away everything on both sides of the river for miles.

When the water finally subsided and they surveyed the damage it was decided that moving to higher ground was practical.  If they were to rebuild and start anew, they wanted to be sure they could not be wiped out so suddenly by the whims of the river.  They looked for signs. They decided to make their new headquarters in the old hideout.  It had some sentimental value to them, and they were emotionally fragile. The loss of their home and possessions took a heavy toll.

They used the cave as a shelter, a watchtower, and a place to store their belongings while they built new lives. The significance of the place to the family became legend.  When we come up here now we like to tell stories about the time when our ancestors camped in this place in order to survive.

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This piece is a response to the photo prompt on Sue Vincent’s Echo this week.  Every week she posts a new photo to inspire poetry or prose, long or short.  Join us for a wide variety of responses every Thursday.  The fun is in seeing all the ways people write about the same image.

New Moon in Pisces This Week

March 12, 2018

Between the waning Moon and Pisces Season winding to a close, there may be a tinge of melancholy in the air this week. The New Moon in Pisces on Saturday is more about looking back rather than ahead and won’t do much to lighten the mood. One big change is Mars leaving fiery Sagittarius for […]

via Week of March 12, 2018 — Libra Seeking Balance

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