Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Season

We live in Central Texas.  It is the time of year for Cedar Fever.  This condition is similar to hay fever only caused by the prolific cedars in our area.

sniffle
snort 
blow
guess that's how
this season is gonna go


Friday, October 6, 2017

desert travellers

Carpe Diem #1270 desert travellers (Karunesh)


weary camels rest
sparks spiral skyward
day's warmth retreats 

skirts whirl through dreams
to the music of the desert


©  petra domina

To hear the music that inspired this post click here.  The music is toward the end of the post.  A facinating article about desert nomads making a yearly trek is here.


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reflections

Carpe Diem #1269 reflection


I love days that start with a smile.  Today was one of those.  After morning chores I settled into my easy chair to catch up on all the CDHK posts.  There on the patio screen door was a green lizard.  This lizard has been hanging around for several months now.  It has surprised me by skittering across the patio as it escaped the watering bucket's cascade.  Today it brought back memories of a time before grandsons were born.  A time when a gecko was grabbed by the tail.  It ran away leaving its tail in my son's fingers.  His wife screamed not knowing that the tail would grow back.  Thanks, little green lizard, for a smile.

from the mist
green dragon appears
a tale grows


©  petra domina


skittering lizard

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

spring lantern

Carpe Diem #1268 shuntoo (spring lantern)



harvest moon
bright as a shuntoo
rice paper scrolls

brush strokes tell the story
of a summer romance

brush
caresses the paper
thoughts of love

skin soft as silk
glides beneath

one
last
stroke
in a fit
of passion

ink drops
glistening on the desk
blackened memory

reflecting in the light
of the harvest moon

©  petra domina

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

millionaire

Carpe Diem #1267 millionaire



What would you do if someone knocked on your door and handed you a cashiers check for one million dollars?  That was the premise of a 1950's TV show that ran for 5 years.  Named simply "The Millionaire" it was entertaining to watch story lines about the effects of sudden wealth.  That check would need to be 9 million to be worth the same amount now. 

inflation
balloon rises to heaven
sun rays of gold

©  petra domina

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Monday, October 2, 2017

indian summer

Carpe Diem #1266 Koharu (Indian Summer)




That killing frost that wilts the blossoms, that nips the buds, that announces the promise of winter.  Yea, that happens in other places.  Neither often nor early nor frequently in subtropical climes.  When the weather forecasts calls for a cold front, most likely you can still wear your shorts.  It is a life from a different place that can be remembered.  The beauty of the leaves, the morning chill, apple orchards dotted in red.  Good times.



full moon
autumn's chill
a summer's dream

©  petra domina


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Sunday, October 1, 2017

perfume


Carpe Diem #1265 perfume


rose petals
gathered in the morning dew
perfume filled air


©  petra domina


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celebration

Carpe Diem weekend-meditation #4 

Soliloquy no renga (solo-renga): 

Celebration




celebration
finally winter has gone
early plum blossoms

© Chèvrefeuille

delicately frosted
by last evening's snowfall

morning sun
melting winter's breath
droplets forming

drip, drip, dripping
into a light filled puddle

each drop
spreading the light
concentric circles

rippling toward the puddle's edge
tiny waves on a small sea

warmth of sun
awakening those hibernating
the frog wriggles

from the the muddy depths
squinting in the bright light

raspy croaking
searching for the right note
to win her heart

bringing his deepest tone
his bellows filling the air

plumb clouds at sunset
bring a chill as night falls
across the old pond

petals zigzags to the pond
confetti celebration


©  petra domina


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Saturday, September 30, 2017

borealis

Carpe Diem #1264 Borealis (Northern Lights)



frozen plains
alight in dancing colors
souls of caribou
thundering across meadows
once grazed in winter's long night


©  petra domina


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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

neighborhood of colors

Carpe Diem #1263 neighborhood of colors




After living for many decades in locations a little too monochrome in their occupants, I am pleased to be living in an apartment complex populated by a wide spectrum of colors and tones.  What joy to look up while on a walk to see someone who looks nothing like a 70 year old white woman.  To see the young mother in her hijab walking with her children.  To hear the rhythm of a different language floating across the pool.  To see the sun set profiling the gay couple as they embrace.  Yes, I am loving this neighborhood of colors.

jewels
glisten
at sunset

©  petra domina

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courtyard blues

Carpe Diem #1262 courtyard blues


Courtyard Blues

cobblestones
echo
loneliness


©  petra domina

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the pleasure of reading

Carpe Diem #1261 The Pleasure of Reading


The Pleasure of Reading

reading
by candlelight
ice storm
heat seeps 
from the fireplace

©  petra domina

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winding road

Carpe Diem #1260 Winding Road

Winding Road

swerving
through the curves
the wind sings
of things
from long ago

©  petra domina

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

on the river



Carpe Diem Weekend-meditation #3 on the river

floating lights
on the river
lights float to the horizon
the dead rejoice

© Basho

on the river
gentle sway
canoe floats

lights float to the horizon
river views
leafy hands wave

the dead rejoice
 as we move
into that golden light

©  petra domina

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creating beauty

Carpe Diem #1259 creating beauty

Creating Beauty

Headed for a life of possible one night stands the formerly abused child meets that one being,

gentle
giant 
remolds
using
only love


©  petra domina


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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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dedicated to the many thousands of people working to rescue and/or help the victims of the mud slides, earthquakes, forest fires and hurricanes




new forest

Carpe Diem #1252 New Forest by Jackie Ley


New Forest by Jackie Ley

in the midst
of the smoldering trees
lays the new forest

©  petra domina

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raindrops

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge weekend-meditation #1 raindrops

Our host, Chevrefeuille has given the following challenge:

The first haiku to use and create a "Squared Tan Renga" with is one by Kobayashi Issa, one of the five greatest haiku poets:

three raindrops
a greeting card from heaven...
midsummer heat

© Issa

And here is the other haiku to create a Squared Tan Renga with:

flying away
following the rainbow
into heaven

© Chèvrefeuille

___________________________

three raindropsa greeting card from heaven...
midsummer heat

© Issa

do those three drops quench
the thirsty sun baked earth?

the blue orb
seeks the 
cooling winds

while the lovers
seek only loves dew drops

©  petra domina



flying awayfollowing the rainbow
into heaven

© Chèvrefeuille

children dancing along the way
with feet covered in stardust

stardust
memories
sparkle

in the minds
of the grandparents

©  petra domina

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

new ways

Carpe Diem Writing and Enjoying Haiku #6 new ways

This has been the year when Hubby and I along with a whole bunch of other folks celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We actually started the celebration back at the end of June, our actual 'date'.  It continued with a trip to France. Returning home we began working on The Party that was delayed till the grandsons returned from a summer in Canada.

As we have friends our own ages, they, too, are celebrating 50 years.  That means more trips.  Unexpected strength of hurricane Harvey resulted in Hubby and I choosing to downsize even more.  And how do two people stay together for 50 years of marriage?  Well, forgiveness, understanding and a willingness to step together into the unknown of new ways.

fifty years
with the same man
always something new
keeps me guessing
what's next?

©
petra domina

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