Unforeseen Weather Changes

“Honey, what’s happening?” His wife whined. “I can’t be hanging laundry in this kind of weather and don’t blame me about our electric bill this month!”

Glancing out the window, the screenwriter effortlessly glided his fingertips through his thinning, almost white hair.

He watched the invading dark clouds, again, forcefully directing the incoming storm.

He sighed.

After thirty years of failed screenplays, the cursor key blinked for the last time.

Mi Amor,

Please forgive your loving husband.

I arrived at the dream but drove off halfway. In time, I lost my faith to keep afloat in the storm debris.


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Inspiration: Friday Fictioneers, the weekly 100 – word photo prompt story community. Link your story with the Linkz icon and enjoy the variety of stories from so many creative writers from around the world.

Photo Source:  Kelly Sands



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The River-Merchant’s Wife Haiku Distillation

Hey y’all…today I thought it would be great to dive into another cool Carpe Diem Haiku Kai feature in which you “squeeze” a featured poem and wring out a haiku or a set of haiku poems.

The poem today is:  The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter BY EZRA POUND.

My distillation goes like this…

Artist: Willem de Kooning

playing his guitar
her flowing hair dancing free
music and laughter

too young at sixteen
lacking daddy’s good blessing
they elope for fun

street entertainers
not looking at tomorrow
share an old blanket

ten full seasons pass –
harsh winters finally fold,
on fading couple

river of bright lights
lures him out the door, but she,
in old age still waits


A tough challenge especially working with such a master poet as Ezra Pound but I appreciate learning the art of haiku by studying classic poetry. Here is one more distillation by Moondustwriter,  Love in the river #haiku #photography #Ezrapound and if you go to Carpe Diem link above, you will find more. Enjoy and thank you.

Smiles, laughter and warm blessings!


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Hello to December and to the featured music over at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, from the Swiss musician, Adrian von ZieglerHis fans are known as “The Pack” and they enjoy immensely, his Gothic and Celtic style compositions.

After listening to that wonderful song, this haiku set came along…

happy heart beating
in rhythm with young drummers
she smiles about spring

in spring of years past
he brought laughter to her world –
the handsome drummer

photo source: Carpe Diem

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Kanpai! Cheers!

Inspiration: Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem | Kanpai

Another Kanpai to enjoy ► Carpe Diem Haiku: Kanpai prompt (bastetandsekhmet.wordpress.com)

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Silent Wolves

Midnight Christmas Eve Mass. One family tradition, an absolute must, before holiday festivities commemorates. My father, his sons – polish Sunday shoes, help adjust each other’s tie knot, brush away wrinkles and dandruff; they fall like snowflakes upon the dark suit shoulders. Mom, wrangling over every strand of misplaced hair – pointing out to oldest daughter, “you’re not wearing that to church, go change,” and “hurry or we will be late!”

That was years ago. Children, we grow up. I came home one year. Christmas time. What happened mom, I asked – why are we opening presents before the choir singing, the sermon, before adjusting ill-fitting clothes and shoes, incense burning, bells chiming at Consecration – before celebrating midnight Holy Communion?

silent went the night
wolves slink in shepherd’s clothing
distant moon howling

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Artist: Gustave Dore
“And then there are the times when the wolves are silent and the moon is howling.”
– George Carlin

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Written for The Līgo Haibun Challenge – Eclipse Of The Heart weekly quotation challenge and inspired by the lengthy history of the Catholic church sex scandals. 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Horizons – where the sky meets the earth. Looking out across an ocean, when you spot the straight horizontal line, or the visible horizon, it really is only about three miles out due to the Earth’s curvature. We see less ocean than perceived. It is too bad. I love the ocean.

Also, I would love to show you an ocean horizon but not today. Instead, we travel inland and of course, I packed a haiku set to take along.

skirting horizon
brobdingnagian oddball
where earth meets the sky

where earth meets sky
iron limbs intimidate
blemish horizon

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Are these artificial structures an eyesore or beautiful art filling up the horizons? What do you think?

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This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon.

Ancient History, Mausoleum of…Oh, dear!

I consider history, especially ancient history a vapid subject. It is true. When I look at the photograph showing the remains of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, a monumental grave built by queen Artemisia, the sister/wife of king Mausolus, nothing happens.

Nothing. Thinking hard to come up with something intelligent to say about the historical site only brings up one opinion as it rises in frantic motion for attention:

Wow, look at that mess!

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Yes, it is one hell of a rubble heap…

Of course, historical notes state it once stood as a splendid tomb built by the queen after the king, her brother, died. Excuse me a minute – the books say it was common for siblings to marry but I still have an image of Angelina Jolie kissing her brother on the lips as I shrug my shoulders, crease the brows and wonder why this bothers me. I’ll get over it.

Back to ancient history.

The mausoleum remained intact for nineteen centuries having Alexander the Great and even pirate occupation without any major disruption. Imagine that! A beautiful historical building filled with rich statues, relief carvings & standing tall for nineteen centuries. No wonder it became one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.

But you and I know Mother Nature had other plans…

pulchritude rises
sudden surge shivers earth’s spine
reconstructs body

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What are your thoughts on the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus? 

This history moment came about because at Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem haiku site, he is taking writers on a tour of the seven wonders of the world. The challenge is to come up with a haiku for the featured wonder. I have to say, ancient history is hard enough, and to come up with an interesting haiku – a big challenge, indeed!

Hope you did not fall asleep. 🙂 Thank you!!