An Artist, Photographer, Writer, Poet

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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Tanka Poets on Site prompt: Window left open… Somesville Library

Aug 1 Window left open . sea breeze water flowing over dam over rocks soothing sounds til tourists chatter .
(c) 2014 Saradunn,
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It is an intriguing moment, full of possibilities, 

I think. What windows have you left open, 

or realized were open, 

and what are the feelings you have about them,

 what could happen next? 

How do you leave the window open in your tanka?)

Kathabela Wilson TPOS

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My response to the prompt:
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Aug 1 Window left open
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sea breeze
water flowing over dam
over rocks
soothing sounds
til tourists chatter
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Tanka Post on Site prompt: window left open ~ ~ …… .San Jorge, Puerto Rico

.Google map photo

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Friday, August 1 tanka prompt: a window left open. what window have your left open

 or seen that way, what could come in or out

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(On our journey I photographed this mysterious, inviting, provocative sight, 

the open window. I wrote of for the prompt “while”- “what you saw while something important was happening”

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as soon as we met he called
to report a window open
on the highest floor
and it was starting
to rain

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It is an intriguing moment, full of possbilities, 

I think. What windows have you left open, 

or realized were open, 

and what are the feelings you have about them,

 what could happen next? 

How do you leave the window open in your tanka?)

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My response to the prompt

prompt: open window
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following ambulance

through San Juan to hospital

traffic re-routed

dad there before baby born
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locked car ~ left car windows down

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KATHABELA WILSON:  August 1 prompt: open window (what window have you left open,
or surprised to see open, what could come in or out?
(photo by Kathabela, recent trip Pa, Delaware, Maryland)

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

 


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