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#NaPoWriMo Late Bloom

April 23, 2018

bloom

bloom

Time passes quickly as the words fly through my mind
Fits and starts of creative linguistic crap is what I find
Will I become a poet in the future when I no longer care?
Or will my visions continue to languish about in the air?

Nobody knows, certainly not me

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Join poets from around the globe for National Poetry Writing Month. Read, write, and contribute here all month.

Iris, Rainbow Goddess

April 23, 2016 2 Comments

Liquid colors dripping down the landscape washing the background with rain

Iris connects the magical eternal womb of life to earth’s never-ending thirst

Rivers gather force falling down the mountainside, bring relief as well as pain

The dark sky full of swiftly traveling heavy clouds has explosively dispersed

Light to follow darkness, rainbow bridge from now to then, from here to there

Mystical highway to heaven, optical affirmation of higher power in glorious display

The fading intensity of stormy connection to nature is both common and rare

Colors draw a map to her pot of gold, the secret light no darkness can betray

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This April ride the poetry train at #NaPoWriMo to find poetry and submit your own work.

Ikebana Sneak Preview

November 26, 2015 1 Comment

I was lucky to catch up with Patricia Deridder at the Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson as she prepares for this weekend’s big Ikebana exhibit.  She is the founder of the gardens, a teacher, and still a student, of Ikebana.  She has organized a group of masters who will show their work over the weekend in the gardens. This very special treat will give the public an idea of the different schools of Ikebana and the individuals who live here and practice these special arts. There are monks in Japan who do this practice as meditation.  Anyone involved in this way of looking at flower arranging will discover elements of mediation or merging with nature.

I am thrilled to have this artful peaceful alternative to Black Friday shopping offered in my neighborhood.  If you happen to be in Tucson this event is offered with the regular entry fee, or to members as part of our membership.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in nature carefully and beautifully crafted by artists. I am excited to learn more and enjoy the show.  The three pieces I watched in progress all came out beautifully.

flower show in progress

flower show in progress

freestyle

freestyle

formal arrangement

formal arrangement

flower show in progress

flower show in progress

flower show in progress

flower show in progress

Patricia does a final edit

Patricia does a final edit

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freestyle

flower show in progress

flower show in progress

Iris

April 5, 2013 1 Comment

Iris means rainbow in Greek, the name of a messenger goddess . The flower has been used in medicine and perfumery for many centuries.  The symbolic fleur-de-lis is a stylized iris used in many coats of arms, and by the New Orleans Saints. In healing the essence of iris is used for seeing. Notice that the iris can only look up.

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