An Artist, Photographer, Writer, Poet

Tanka Poets on Site: Upside Down: Typesetting

Display signs were made in the stockroom
on a hand set type, ink, and press.
In one high school the school newspaper was
set and printed on a similar printing press.
Reading the set type was something I found
was “natural” for me to do.

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prompt: upside down (Robert Johnston image and poem)

by Katabela Wilson

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Whatever else I had in mind for a prompt today

 got washed away when I saw this. 

The wonderful upside down picture 

of the questioning silver eye. 

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How have you felt, been, seen things “upside down” 

in your own experience 

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surprise talent
learned at typesetting table
reading upside down
easy peasy ~ what fun it is 
making signs at Woolworth’s 
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s,ɥʇɹoʍlooʍ ʇɐ suƃıs ƃuıʞɐɯ
sı ʇı unɟ ʇɐɥʍ ~ ʎsɐǝd ʎsɐǝ
uʍop ǝpısdn ƃuıpɐǝɹ
ǝlqɐʇ ƃuıʇʇǝsǝdʎʇ ʇɐ pǝuɹɐǝl
ʇuǝlɐʇ ǝsıɹdɹns
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school newspaper
set ~ print our own each month
proof reader needed
found it was no problem
reading upside down ~ backwards
 
spɹɐʍʞɔɐq ~ uʍop ǝpısdn ƃuıpɐǝɹ
ɯǝlqoɹd ou sɐʍ ʇı punoɟ
pǝpǝǝu ɹǝpɐǝɹ ɟooɹd
ɥʇuoɯ ɥɔɐǝ uʍo ɹno ʇuıɹd ~ ʇǝs
ɹǝdɐdsʍǝu looɥɔs

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over a wall
a silvereye among quince flowers
upside down

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaenomeles

Tanka Poets on Site: Wedding Details, what makes it Personal ..1964

Bruce Kenneth and Sigrid (Gerstner) Butler … November 7, 1964.

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Prompt:   Wedding Details, what makes it personal
Kathabela Wilson
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We have been at two weddings of our nieces in two weeks. 
Both were very personal, expressing the character and vision of each couple. 
Today’s wedding reminded us of our own, 
because the couple performed themselves, voice and guitar, 
for their guests as the main part of their ceremony. 
This was even more than a detail. It was a beautiful centerpiece. 
They love Celtic music and perform together in bands at pubs. 
Sara sings and Zak plays various instruments. 
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At our wedding Rick and I performed a full length concert over an hour, 
and luckily we had enthusiastic applause… 
because the encore–was the 5 minute wedding ceremony. 
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Every wedding has innumerable details. 
What were yours? 
What special touches expressed your personalities. 
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Or what weddings have you known that did this–family, friends? 
This wedding the couple placed a wonderful globe in view so we could all make our mark on it.
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I would love to have you share if your wish in comments any Wedding Details
that made your wedding personal.
Or of  weddings you have been to that have done this.
 
My Response to the Prompt:
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sunny warm fall day
walked to church 
carried veil
Julie’s tiara with pearls
bustles ~ with white roses 
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woke on Sunday
snow covered  world
car now white
rented ~ what color ~ make~
that’s hubby’s job to find
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headed home
to Mom and Dad’s
no room til after two
Sunday morning brunch
with visiting family
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Tanka Poets on Site: prompt: guardian creatures (Bella)

Bella, chihuahua guardian puppy.  photo (c) Barbara Kelly, Austin, Tx, USA

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prompt: lions, snow lions, foo dogs, guardian creatures

by Kathabella Wilson

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This enchanting creature (see photo at end)

greeted us at the S&G canal border

 of Chesapeake Bay and Delaware on our recent trip

 – – feet from the canal at the harbor restaurant. 

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We’ve all known many lions in our lives, 

and guardian creatures. 

How do we “handle them”? 

You can just barely see I was feeding this one flowers.

I’ve known many museum lions. 

I love this description of “snow lions” in Tibet, 

and their similarity to “Chinese snow lions” also called “foo dogs” 

from the USC Pacific Asia Museum website:

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Snow lions are not like other lions, 

or even like the snow leopards of central Asia. 

Instead, they are said to be

pure white with a bright turquoise mane.

Snow lions are full of energy, 

leaping from mountain top to mountain top, 

not quite flying but also not quite touching the ground. 

They are said to be smart, always cheerful and delighted by life. 

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With all these good qualities,

 it is not a surprise that snow lions are a symbol of Tibetan culture!

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Pairs of snow lion statues sometime protect important buildings. 

In this way, they have a lot in common with the Chinese Foo Lions, 

sometimes translated as “Foo Dogs”, that protect this building. 

You can see three pairs of Foo lions 

as you walk through the museum doors 

and courtyard, plus one more pair is up on the roof.”

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What have been the lions of your life, 

where do you find them, 

and how do they act in your tanka ?

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My Response to the prompt:

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door bell rings
delivery man
barking heard
man frightened, 
Chihuahua echoes
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elderly woman
second floor apartment
feels safe
grown men afraid
Chihuahua’s bark ~ lion’s roar
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note:
tankas are about a true guardian 
chihuahua, in Kansas City, KS,
in the late 1950s.
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(c) 2014 Kathabela Wilson …at the S&G canal border of Chesapeake Bay and Delaware

 

Tanka Poets on Site prompt: bedroom…Curtains Blow

open stock photo:

picture curtains blowing
like this with the window closed
and locked tight  There were
air leaks in the outer walls too…
masking tape did the trick.

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Tanka prompt: “three bedrooms” or one or two or more?
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We all remember the bedrooms childhood and beyond.

Write a tanka that has space for your bedroom.

by Kathabela Wilson

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My response to the prompt:

 

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Japan
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space heater only
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cold wind
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curtains blew
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masking tape stopped entry

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Kathabela says:  The picture below is the view from our bed, in our Santa Barbara bedroom.

Tanka Poets on Site prompt: the feeling(s) of getting home: thinking of excitement at end of ride to family visit

 

A sign in Maine of real towns named after countries.

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by Kathabela Wilson

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How do you feel, how have you felt, getting home from trips, 

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adventures, of all kinds in your life?

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The feelings are often complex and multi-layered… 

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how you place them in your tanka?

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ride to cousins farm
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not out of city limits
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are we there yet ?
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dad says a long way yet
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Can we have a snack then ?
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Note
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Even for the hour long ride,
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we HAD to have snacks in the car.
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We would not be out of the city limits
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of the suburbs of Milwaukee, WI, USA
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(we lived in West Allis)
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before the questions started
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from my brother and me
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Tanka Poets on Site prompt: the feeling(s) of getting home: counting railroad cars

 

fhwa.dot.gov/planning/freight

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by Kathabela Wilson

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How do you feel, how have you felt, getting home from trips, 

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adventures, of all kinds in your life?

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The feelings are often complex and multi-layered… 

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how you place them in your tanka?

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counting railroad cars

stopped at crossing  ~  engine seen

count from one

try to top highest number

caboose counts too
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Note:
Some times there would be so many cars
I’d forget where I was…
often in Wisconsin freight trains
would have over 100 cars.  
It was exciting to get to the crossing
just as the bars came down
knowing we’d start from number one
The added excitement of never knowing
how long each train was never grew old for me.

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Tanka prompt: the ships that sail through your mind

 

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<p>St Louis thrill<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Mississippi Riverboat<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
first adult treat<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
back in time ~ dressed to nines<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
river travel ~ breath of fresh air<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Note… I was sixteen, in the late -1950s,<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
visiting my cousin who was two years older.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
We toured the boat to see what ever there<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
was to do ..and then settled and enjoyed<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
the trip in deck chairs.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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Tanka Poets on Site prompt:

the ships that sail through your mind 

by Kathabela Wilson

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Today we went to the old canal at Chesapeake Bay, 

a stunning spot, and lunched there 

while the ships sailed through our minds. 

 

Not only those, of every variety, 

one giant sailed through, 

it’s such a deep passageway, 

but others, 

in memory 

and experience that we have known. 

 

Ships and especially those of the Chesapeake 

are close to our tanka hearts. 

 

I thought very much of a different kind of ship, 

the ones that have held the work of M. Kei 

and his “historic ‘wooden sail’ vessels, 

as a crew member with the Kalmar Nyckel, 

the tall ship of Delaware.” 

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I also thought of his love for the sea 

and his wonderful

 “Slow Motion The Log of a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack” 

that I hold in my hand from him right now. 

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It is definitely time to read it again! 

I think of imaginary ships and childhood replicas, 

how my favorite childhood ride at the amusement park 

was a small ship that went in circles

 and I lett my hand down into the waters while it moved, 

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And our ride out into the South China Sea, 

and going out in Lake Tai 

near Suzhou, China in a tourist boat…

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I think of our friend Dalton Perry who loves to sail as well, 

and our sailing tanka sequence in Bright Stars 2. 

You can see and order many of the amazing seafaring books

by M. Kei here: http://www.amazon.com/M.-Kei/e/B001JRXGX6

(including his Skipjack Log and Bright Stars, 

and much more aboard ships of the imagination.

 

 What are the ships that sail through your mind 

and into your tanka?

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My response to the prompt:

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St Louis thrill

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Mississippi Riverboat

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first adult treat

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back in time ~ dressed to nines

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river travel ~ breath of fresh air

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Note… 

I was sixteen, in the late -1950s,
visiting my cousin who was two years older.
We toured the boat to see what ever there
was to do ..and then settled and enjoyed
the trip in deck chairs. 


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