like an apple

That is all that there is

For the latest prompt at CDHK, Kristjaan offers as tribute to the victims of the shooting of flight MH17, this haiku of master Chiyo-Ni:

cool clear water
and fireflies that vanish
that is all there is...

Then his own haiku in this vein:

lost lives
leaving just tears -
morning dew

He ends . . .

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July 20, 2014

Found Poetry Friday: right in the face

If you live near Milwaukee you have heard of Sierra Guyton, a ten-year-old girl who was shot while playing on a Milwaukee playground in May. She initially survived the shooting but was critically injured and finally died on Sunday.

We live in tough times but this week has been especially horrific I think. Words fail any attempt to . . .

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July 18, 2014


CDHK prompt today by Managua Gunn, Forest. Unfortunately there won't be any forest bathing for me today, but I loved the post, and I learned something: there are actual concrete scientific studies tending to support what I find to be true: time in the woods does a body good.

I'm with my favorite band on this:

  . . .

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July 15, 2014

CDHK Morning Glories

CDHK prompt, Chiyo-Ni's morning glories.

Kristjaan offers a few different haiku on this "morning glories"theme. I loved this one (from Chiyo-Ni):

     morning glory -
     the truth is
     the flower hates people

That just cracks me up. In addition . . .

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July 14, 2014

Found Poetry Friday, Take Two!

I enjoy found poetry. Writing and reading it. As a matter of fact my first (and, thus far, only) poetry publication was found poetry in the final edition of Verse Wisconsin, online here.

I used to have a feature on my old blog called "found poetry Friday ." And heck, it's Friday, and here I am writing about a found . . .

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July 12, 2014

A Simple Story

One of my favorite blogs is Beauty Will Save the World. The poems there are mostly in French and with very vivid imagery, sometimes surreal. This translation is of a recent one by the Belgian poet Achille Chaveé. First the translation, then the original.

A Simple Story

Now I’m a big wounded animal
in the jungle of time
. . .

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July 11, 2014

CDHK Prompt: Simply Trust

My first post on my new blogging home. How perfect that it's a response to one of the prompts from the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Responding to CDHK prompts was one of my favorite activities at my old blog and CDHK is one of the reasons I have decided to keep having a blog at all.

It's also fitting that the prompt is this . . .

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July 10, 2014