An Artist, Photographer, Writer, Poet

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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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. 

TPOS prompt: blowing in the wind…seeds of thought

July 15, 2014 prompt  blowing in the wind - seeds leaves and pollen (Gary)  Bob Dylan wrote in his iconic song, " The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind The answer is blowin' in the wind.´ It is, friend - only in our case is with blowing with thistle and dandelion seeds, leaves, feathers, pollen and even dust.  Some of what blow's in the wind is bothersome to a great many (dandelions and dust) - but some of us it's part of the great cycle.  Dust doesn't blow through Phoenix because the city is located in a dust bowl - but because we changed the ecosystem to allow the storms we see today.  Some is pleasing - the sound of migrating geese, drops of surf on an ocean breeze. What blows in your winds?  What is pleasant?   What will blow through your tanka?  (A kiss from the girl on the other end of the teeter totter.)  The answer, my friend...  Picture by Kathabela Wilson

Photo by Kathabela Wilson (c) 2014

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July 15, 2014 prompt blowing in the wind – seeds leaves and pollen (Gary)

 

Bob Dylan wrote in his iconic song, 

” The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind.´

 It is, friend – only in our case is with blowing with 

thistle and dandelion seeds, leaves, feathers, pollen 

and even dust. 

Some of what blow’s in the wind is bothersome 

to a great many (dandelions and dust) - 

but some of us it’s part of the great cycle. 

 

Dust doesn’t blow through Phoenix 

because the city is located in a dust bowl - 

but because we changed the ecosystem 

to allow the storms we see today. 

 

Some is pleasing - 

the sound of migrating geese, 

drops of surf on an ocean breeze. 

What blows in your winds? 

What is pleasant? 

What will blow through your tanka? 

(A kiss from the girl on the other end of the teeter totter.) 

The answer, my friend…

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MY RESPONSE TO THE PROMPT
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sand art
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seeds of thought
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come in the night
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from the West
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daylight from the East
 
remembering

 

TPOS prompt: blowing in the wind: sands of time

 

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July 15, 2014

prompt blowing in the wind – seeds leaves and pollen (Gary)

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Bob Dylan wrote in his iconic song, 

” The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind

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The answer is blowin’ in the wind.´

 It is, friend – only in our case is with blowing with 

thistle and dandelion seeds, leaves, feathers, pollen 

and even dust. 

Some of what blow’s in the wind is bothersome 

to a great many (dandelions and dust) - 

but some of us it’s part of the great cycle. 

.

Dust doesn’t blow through Phoenix 

because the city is located in a dust bowl - 

but because we changed the ecosystem 

to allow the storms we see today. 

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Some is pleasing - 

the sound of migrating geese, 

drops of surf on an ocean breeze. 

What blows in your winds? 

What is pleasant? 

What will blow through your tanka? 

(A kiss from the girl on the other end of the teeter totter.) 

The answer, my friend…

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MY RESPONSE TO THE PROMPT

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the sands of time
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go slow when young
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hour glass shows all
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the wind is picking up speed
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sands of time blow by

Tanka Poets on Site prompt: The Grass is Greener…my back yard

 (c) 2013 Saradunn…. part of my yard where the spring runs under it

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There is the old saying, I know. “the grass is greener…” 

it is an interesting one, 

and sometimes literally true, 

as well as metaphorically,

and can have to do with appearances and perceptions 

as well as “reality” of course. 

 

We ambled on the Ambler grounds here, 

around the Wilson house, 

and came to a place where the grass was distinctly greener,

 in a small valley where water must have been. 

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It reminded me that from the air, 

flying into Philadelphia, 

I noticed shades of green

that seemed to come from my Northeast childhood, 

and my “forest heart” responded. 

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Where have you felt, 

or seen a greener green, 

and how does it, 

how has it affected you? 

 

 

prompt: grass is greener

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grass is greener

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city on water rationing

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mystery to all

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grass is greener ~ flowers too


underground spring back yard


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