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Endless Music

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the moon is rising
the silvery waves resonate
in tune with my heart*

that longs to collaborate
in endless musical scores

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Style & Inspiration: Tan Renga, a Japanese poetry form where two collaborate to complete a haiku followed by my two seven syllable line. Today’s feature haiku writer, *Chèvrefeuille from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

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Gratitude in Motion: November 2013

November came (and gone) but before I let it go
let me count the blessings –
a very long list
but I think,
It’s only four a day
imagine the pages of blessings
one actually receives in a month

Grateful for blessings that nourish both body, soul and mind like: sweet corn – watermelons from summer – turquoise color – tea time – having fresh donuts with sticky fingered toddlers – lentil stew – oatmeal – baked salmon – tangerines

– Habushu…a Sake drink→( Okinawa World by The Sophomoreslump)

– pineapple – Jasmine rice – crunchy peanut butter – sweet red grapes – turkey stuffing – Roma tomatoes – olive oil – homemade scones – baked potatoes – ready-made frozen whole turkey dinner – fresh cranberries – turkey and more turkey – not burning anything for Thanksgiving meal – chocolate chips walnut cookies – strawberry jam

– AFrankAngle on mentioning Kentucky Bourbon Fruitcake

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Grateful: DIY glitter glam pine cone project *click image to see the video ☺

Grateful for the small and big things like: family farms – locally owned grocery stores purple ink writing pens – clean cat litter box – phone camera – fuzzy house slippers entertaining writers – broom sweepers – recycled twin mattress bed for large dog

– ceiling fan tip that in winter the blades should turn clockwise to move warm air down

– multi-electrical plugin stations – insulated jackets – hot water heaters – legends & fairy tales – human thumb, used so often during the day that an injury makes you really appreciative – land line telephones – personalized office cubicles – washer & dryer – hours of entertainment from the movie industry – poems by Nathan Brown – family owned restaurants – high heels

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Grateful: autumn leaves

Grateful for the beauty in nature like– egg sacs containing baby garden spiders – river stones – rooster crowing every morning – orange-red ornamental berry trees – hibiscus flowers – full moon – dairy cows  rooster who insists on pecking off Styrofoam winter protection faucet covers – honey bees – the beauty of fragile icicles hanging from brick ledges  albacore tuna fish – sea life – small hail storm instead of a big one – night walks under chilly moon sky

Grateful for blessings, contradictions, flaws and disruptions like: my dog, keeps his teeth clean by gnawing on broken tree limbs – grass mowed before winter – hairspray that goes on fine but holds without feeling like a helmet head – the human eyes how intricately wonderfully made – unconditional love   toilet bowl scrub brushes 

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Grateful: Sunny Thanksgiving Day

– eye doctors  sanitation workers that pick up garbage keeping our country tidy so we don’t get sick from diseases and pest infestation – dental hygienist – emergency hospital workers – WordPress Support – all the Typhoon Haiyan reparation efforts – Veterans and those serving our country – road workers that keep highway maintained for safe driving – teachers passionate about teaching – plumbers – firefighters – historical museum workers that help keep the past fresh so we do not forget – tombstone artists

 – Tan Renga challenges  – non-stick cooking pans – smiling faces – people laughing and having fun – not driving on icy roads – happy people watching old movies together – family gatherings – classic movie night with Matthew Broderick, The Producers –  not shopping on Black Friday  imagination and…

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Grateful: stray dogs that find good fur-ever homes…

– central heating – motion sensor night lights  – Christmas music on the radio – mechanical pencils – married couples who stay together over 40 years +…wow! wall clocks – opportunity to sleep in – enclosed car garage – sticky mail address labels and… 

thank you for being here –

i am always grateful for the smiles, laughter and love you bring.


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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)

Going Back: On Waka, Komachi and Classical Haiku

An interesting Carpe Diem Goes Back to Its Roots features Waka, or poem style originating from classical Japanese literature.

The goals are to choose a Waka and remodel it into a haiku using the classical syllable rules: three lines with the 5-7-5 syllable line structure. There are other rules that apply; I will leave that up to your curious nature to visit the challenge.

My chosen Waka, written by **Ono no Komachi, is one of the six best Japanese Waka poets from the Heian period, also known for her unusual beauty. Hopefully my haiku meets the rules – it follows the Waka poem.

Komachi’s poems in later years tended to focus on the loss of her former lovers due to aging and the fading away of her physical beauty. Oh, the hardships that comes with ephemeral youthful physical beauty…but her beautiful writing legacy still inspires…

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akikaze ni Because I trusted
au tanomi koso someone who grew tired of me,
kanashikere my life, alas, must be
wa ga mi munashiku as empty as a rice ear
narinu to omoeba blasted by harsh autumn winds.**

the covers been blown,
with vulnerability bared –
bleak wails of winter 

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Inspiration: Carpe Diem Goes Back to Its Roots #3 “waka”

Komachi’s poem source: Simply Haiku | Female Waka Poets: Love Poetry in the Kokinshu

Another Waka to Haiku moment t enjoy → ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay,’ ( Robert Frost ) Waka to Haiku.. (nicolethelocalartist.wordpress.com)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

The first day began …
“God saw the light was good.”

Everyday the world greets a new sun rising,
we tumble through our days,
reaching deep for paradise –
a place of endless peace and happiness

I wonder about this utopia –
as the light slowly sets
over loved ones
now resting in peace.

Their souls whispering…

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let there be light
to mourn the silence that comes
the day life ceases

     and nothing remains, except –
our legacy left behind

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More wonderful collections here → Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

This one grabbed my attention…deLIGHTful… → Weekly Photo Challenge-Light (woollymuses.wordpress.com)

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Fool Prints

autumn’s fallen leaves
swirl with the cold northern wind
kittens led to chase
imaginary wild birds
flapping about in the whirl

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Inspired by Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Tanka Shrine “Small Footprints”

My first attempt at a Tanka. Traditionally defined as a Japanese poem with five lines, the first and third have five syllables and the other seven –  making 31 syllables in all & hopefully, giving a complete picture of an event or mood. If you visit Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Tanka Shrine you will find the original Tanka poem by Mariko that inspired my Tanka above.

Smiles, laughter and creative inspirations to you! Thank you.

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