Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence

garden shadows
creep across my heart
I long for spring


~~~


gnarled branches stretch
naked in evening twilight
welcoming roosting birds



This is the last day of the 30 day winter retreat Find the Silence.  If your looking for more try reading some of the wonderful submissions at Carpe Diem.  The link for the retreat posts is at the top of this post.  Hope you enjoyed.

Find the Silence Day 29


Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence

Day 29 


in the evening sky
V formation of geese
changing leaders

Find the Silence Day 28



Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence
Day 28 



in the silence
the sound of a single leaf 
spiraling downward

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Find the silence Day 26



Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence


breaking the silence
steeple bells chime
cool and crisp

Find the Silence -Day 27


Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence






on the hilltop
overlooking the city
a moment of silence

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Find the Silence Day 24


Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence


Day 24 December 7


after morning walk
still showing on cheeks

the blush of winter


Finding Silence Day 25


Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence

Day 25



silent house
full of unexpected 
memories

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Find the Silence - Day 23


Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence

Day 23 


the evening garden
wrapped in winter’s silence
under frozen stars

Mysteries


Today’s beauty came this evening.  Five moonflowers were open in the garden.  These beautiful white flowers look like morning glories on steroids.  One fully opened flower is about my hand spread  This is a highly fragrant plant and attracts sphinx moths who pollinate it.  Seeing the flowers got me thinking of the mystery of insects, moths and bats that come out at night to drink from sweet smelling blossoms.  It is amazing that as one set of flowers and insects bed down when the sunsets another set is taking over the night shift.  There is such a delicate yet beautiful between plants and animals, birds and insects.


moonflower

calls to the moth
sweet fragrance






Mendelssohn

Carpe Diem #1087 String Symphony No. 4 in C minor by Mendelssohn

I was not having any luck writing about the String Symphony but I found Mendelssohn' Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor full of unexpected twists and turns.  Each section filled me with inspiration.



 Mendelssohns - Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor Yuja Wang, Ku.


all night long
a mouse scurries
inside the wall
my morning face
sporting dark circles

~~~

upon the glass
the beating of a moth's wing
frantic cadence

~~~

spring flowers push
slowly through the mud
seeking sunlight

~~~

in the moonlight
I dance down the path
with shadows

~~~

the warmth of your kiss
wrapped in the night's beauty
this snowy night


Find the Silence Day 22


Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence



before dawn
bare branches wrapped in mist
silence lingering

~~~

after the fires
silence echoes silence
in the ashes

~~~

morning silence
gurgling of the fish tank
grows louder








Sunday, December 4, 2016

Finding Silence Day 21



Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence



moonless night
silently the fogs rolls in
bringing your ghost

Philip Glass - The Kiss


moonless night
I settle my restless child
with a gentle kiss


'

The Hours -Philip Glass

the hours of the day
stretch slowly from dawn to dusk
filled with your absence 
the day tarnished with sorrow
as I await your return

 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Find the Silence - Day 18

Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence


Day 18 December 1


silence filled
with beautiful music
your absence still felt

Find the Silence Day 19 & 20

Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence

Day 19 December 2

under Christmas tree
in the solitude of night
I think about joy


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Day 20 December 3


in the still of night
I hear you sneaking downstairs
to leave a present



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Find the Silence - Day 17


Day 17

in silence
a tree crashes to the ground
no body to hear




rainforest changing
it’s voice strangely silent
animals vanish


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Finding Silence Day 12


Day 12
 Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence


quiet evening
stringing cranberries
tree lights twinkle




bitter cold evening
moonlight strokes the pillow
outlining your hair



Friday, November 25, 2016

Finding Silence Day 11



Day 11 

after angry words
silence between us growing
widening the gape


late at night
the silence stirred
by moonlight

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Finding Silence - Day 10

Day 10
Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence


after the guests leave
when dishes are all cleaned up
we gather to talk



late at night
when silence falls on the house
the cats invade 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Finding Silence- day 8

Day 8



 in the serene woods
every red leaf cries
pocket me





abruptly ending
my peaceful walk in the woods
fresh bear droppings



Finding Silence Day 9

Day 9





all morning 
Jason and the Scorchers 
needing solitude

~~~


familiar sounds 

blend with my imposed silence 
winter retreat

Monday, November 21, 2016

Finding the Silence - Day 7

Day 7





solitude broken
chasing me down the path
an autumn leaf 
 


afternoon hush
sunlight kisses hemlock tree
forming lucent web 




after we part
just sunlight and crunching leaves
to keep me company






Sunday, November 20, 2016

Find the Silence -Day 6

Day 6 -


rainbow smoke
rising above the mountains
painting  the skyline
from the fire's destruction
only an eerie silence





Saturday, November 19, 2016

Find the Silence Day 5

Day 5 November 18



first frost
in the secrecy of night
kisses the rose leaves



in winter woolens
bathing in the suns warmth

quiet afternoon

Find the Silence Day 4


Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence


on silent wings
the great horned owl
swoops on his prey



skimming the horizon
the red tinged half moon
leaves us speechless

Friday, November 18, 2016

Find the Silence Day 3

Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence

Day 3

late night
only the moon and bare branches
to talk to



middle of the night
you reach for my hand
in your sleep

Find the Silence



Find the silence Day 2

Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence


silence broken
a murmuration of starlings
fills the treetops



hidden from sight
cricket's vibrato rises
with the full moon



silence of the night
last oak leaves are whisked away
I am alone

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Find the Silence

Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 the kick off - find the silence
Day 1


first frost of winter
the last rose whispers farewell
loneliness settles


~~~


walk in the woods
a single leaf sways
in the moonlight


____


deep silence
a single snowflake
kisses my cheek

Monday, November 14, 2016

Romance

Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #12 Romance

This is not the romance of novels, but it's as romantic as my life gets.  Celebrating 23 years together.





walking in the woods
you gather leaves for me
and photograph birds
I trip and you steady me
your hand lingering with mine





a walk to the runnel
inuksuk in the dry creek bed
compel inspection
because they make me happy
you photograph all of them




autumn trek thru woods
we walk along in silence
listening to life
taking my hand you lean close
one soft kiss upon my lips








Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #12 Romance

This is not the romance of novels, but it's as romantic as my life gets.  Celebrating 23 years together.






walking in the woods
you gather leaves for me
and photograph birds
I trip and you steady me
your hand lingering with mine






inuksuk in the dry creek bedcompel inspectionbecause they make me happyyou photograph all of them
a walk to the runnel






we walk along in silence
listening to life
taking my hand you lean close
autumn trek thru woods
one soft kiss upon my lips








Monday, October 10, 2016

Full Circle #1-2016

Carpe Diem Full Circle #1-2016


1. rainbow
2. autumn
3. seagull
4. crane
5. cherry blossom
6. love
7. sunflower
8. blue sky
9. clouds
10. butterfly
11. nectar
12. beer

rainbow stretches

across autumn shore

kissing a seagull

crane arches his neck

under the cherry blossoms
love scented breeze

sunflower climbs

brushing the azure sky

painting the clouds

autumn butterfly

tasting sweet nectar

of warm beer

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mend

Haiku Horizons -Mend






nothing else can mend
the brokenness inside of me
only you above


_____

early summer
fence mending abandoned
to nest of robins




Thursday, August 25, 2016

Shadorma - August Nights

B& P's Shadorma


August night
we gather blankets
watch the sky
for light streaks
blazing the heavens
Perseid Meter Shower

family tradition






The Colors of the Spirit


Carpe Diem #1035 the colors of the spirit


"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." Ralph Waldo Emerson


grey skies
storm brewing
inside


~~~

summer lingers
blue skies and cool air
monarchs pass by


~~~

sun kissed clouds
blushing in early light
flutelike sound of thrush


~~~


walk along the beach
autumn colors reflected
my heart longs for you

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lock

haiku Horizons - Lock


within the pages
tied with yellowed ribbon
a lock of fair hair



~~~


a lock of hair
scandalously bestow
to secret lover

Thursday, July 7, 2016

'With bare Feet

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #86 Back In Time "Only The First Line"



with bare feet
she skips through the meadow
butterflies soar




Troiku -

mud squishing
I walk the wet garden
with bare feet

mud  squishing
I wriggle my toes
in the cool earth


I walk the wet garden
in the dim moonlight
a flower for you


with bare feet
i slip into your bed
warming them against you


Wave

haiku Horizons -Wave



a wave of sadness
flows across my garden
news of her death



near the horizon
beyond the white capped wave
a pod of dolphin


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Carpe Diem Full Circle


Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #84  "Carpe Diem Full Circle"

use following words in orfer:
summer princess willow daisy palm tree cameras cruise ship snow rainbow yellow shrine prayer



before summer
the princess strolls
under the willow

daisies tower
tall as palmtrees
swaying like camels

cruiseship clouds float
above a sea of snowdrops
and rainbow of tulips

yellow jonquils
offered in nature's shrine
she bows in prayer

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Karunesh - Calling Wisdom

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #83 Imagination
The following music was the inpiration for today's writing.


 paintbrush flowers
 dancing on the hillside 
wind blows over reeds 
ancient chants resurrected 
sights and sounds of summer




Saturday, June 4, 2016

Shadorma -Leaves

 write a condensation of Sara Teasdale’s poem, “Leaves”, in Shadorma form.  (Non-rhyming 6-line poem in 3/5/3/7/7/5.)


ONE by one, like leaves from a tree, 
All my faiths have forsaken me; 
But the stars above my head 
Burn in white and delicate red, 
And beneath my feet the earth
Brings the sturdy grass to birth. 
I who was content to be 
But a silken-singing tree, 
But a rustle of delight 
In the wistful heart of night,
I have lost the leaves that knew
Touch of rain and weight of dew. 
Blinded by a leafy crown 
I looked neither up nor down— 
But the little leaves that die
Have left me room to see the sky; 
Now for the first time I know 
Stars above and earth below.

— Sara Teasdale 

oh, my leaves
falling one by one
no rustling
forsaken in the dark night
but yonder stars I can see
new delights awakening
a new crown above.shadorma 





Remember

Haiku Horizon prompt - Remember




I still remember
the sweet scent
of her perfume





in the garden
a memorial bench
and your moonflowers