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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