An Artist, Photographer, Writer, Poet

Tanka Poets on Site prompt: “visiting yourself” El Morro Castle

Photo: visiting myself....TPOS<br /><br /><br /><br />
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Isolatation~ hepatitis<br /><br /><br /><br />
Puerto Rico, far from base<br /><br /><br /><br />
new baby with his mom<br /><br /><br /><br />
El Morro Castle painted<br /><br /><br /><br />
bittersweet memory<br /><br /><br /><br />
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Sigrid (Butler) Saradunn<br /><br /><br /><br />
(c) 1971 painting<br /><br /><br /><br />
Castillo San Felipe del Morro<br /><br /><br /><br />
Old San Juan, P.R.” /></p>
<p><b><span style=Sigrid (Butler) Saradunn  (c)  1971 painting. Private collection
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Old San Juan, P.R.

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prompt: a place you inhabit when you are not there: “visiting yourself”

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Yesterday after the beautiful haiku event, 
we stopped at the Colonnade Art Gallery in Pasadena. 
To visit our friends at the opening of an exhibit, 
and also to “visit myself”. 
My haiga art, images, and journals there while I am gone

How have you created a physical space 
that you can be “visited’ in this way? 
I am thinking of a temporary or permanent location, 
where, for at least a time, your presence is felt, 
when you are not there? 
What tangible spaces do you create, 
or inhabit that “embody” yourself ? 
Where can you “visit yourself” in this way? 
Your garden? 
Of course there is the “book” 
which is of course a tangible object 
where you can visit yourself. 
Even a journal publication make tangible the experiences ) 
Often we’ve left markers in places, 
carvings in a tree or sidewalk, 
that we can revisit, art objects, 
and even our old homes, 
(even without a plaque, 
can be known and visited by others) 
When we create a public space, 
like my daughter’s spa in Santa Barbara, 
“Colleen Elizabeth” –she can be visited there… 
and visit herself! 
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How do you create a physical space to represent you 
when you are not there? 
Are their favorite places others have created 
that embody and carry their “presence” 
that especially impress you? 
How would you like to do it, 
even if not yet done? 
Can you embody it with specifics in your tanka?  
……………………………..Kathabela Wilson

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prompt … visiting myself…my response
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Isolatation~ hepatitis
Puerto Rico, far from base
new baby with Dad’s mom
El Morro Castle painted
bittersweet memory
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Seize the Poem prompt: if all you had was a window’…Hospital Window

prompt ~ window<br /><br /><br />
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heart attack<br /><br /><br />
on the patch ~ cold turkey<br /><br /><br />
hospital window<br /><br /><br />
views smokers break area<br /><br /><br />
madder than wet cat<br /><br /><br />
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note:  my first ex hubby messaged me<br /><br /><br />
from his cardiac room bed ~ angry stating<br /><br /><br />
that there was very poor planning to have<br /><br /><br />
the smoking area right where people who<br /><br /><br />
can’t smoke have to have the blind down<br /><br /><br />
or watch the smokers.” /></p>
<p><a href=http://www.nytimes

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My response to the prompt photo (below)

by Mark Ross ~ “if all you had was a window” 

for Caroline Skanne Poems ~ Seize the Day

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heart attack
on the patch ~ cold turkey
hospital window 
views smokers break area
madder than wet cat
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note: 

my first ex hubby messaged me 
from his cardiac room bed ~ angry stating
that there was very poor planning to have 
the smoking area right where people who
can’t smoke have to have the blind down 
or watch the smokers.

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prompt photo by Mark Ross

for Caroline Skanne Poems ~ Seize the Day

 

 

Tanka Poets on Site Prompt: #2 when we can’t talk (death)

(c) Saradunn

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Prompt: when we can’t talk (death)
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Silence
talk of death avoided
except once
after the fall ~ alone 94 hours
death a black hole ~ nothingness

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Tanka Poets on site prompt: (tiara) elegant dress

 

free image:  naturacuriosa.blogspot.comwhite peacock

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prompt: elegant dress (tiara)
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white ball gown 
waiting for your prince
elegant flair
butterflies and roses
tiara sparkles

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Tanka Prompt: (#1) when we can’t talk … no laughter

Prompt: when we can't talk<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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silence ~ thinking back<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
did i ever ~ hear you laugh<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
express joy<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
You left me silent<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
within my soul” /></div>
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(c) Saradunn. Asticou Azalea Gardens, NE Harbor

Prompt: when we can’t talk
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silence ~ thinking back
did i ever ~ hear you laugh
express joy
you left me silent
within my soul

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Tanka Poets on Site prompt: butterfly/moths/ White-Admiral on Butterfly bush

photo:   thomasmemoriallibrary White-Admiral butterfly

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8/5 butterfly
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edit to present tense
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early morn
you find blossoms
flutter
capture a taste of nectar
bask in sun sipping
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first post
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early morn
you found blossoms
fluttered 
captured a taste of nectar
basked in sun sipping

TPOS … Tanka: Mill Pond, Somesville

(c) 2014 Saradunn.  Library, the Mill Pond, Somesville, Maine, USA

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No prompt.  I was taken by the tourists taking photos outside the library

while our artist group met.

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Mill Pond
colorful lily pads
water glistens
visitors soak in the view
photos capture the moment
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Saradunn
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