An Artist, Photographer, Writer, Poet

“Mirror ~ Mirror”… for Real Toads

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1962 High School Graduation photo…my mental mirror image
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mirror oh mirror

who’s that old lady
in the glass ?
She seems at home
… friendly too.
Cat with a 
white Chaplin ‘stache
by her side…
she who said
“never will I be
an old lady
surrounded
by cats”.
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A strange person 
is looking out at me.
Short gray hair, 
no auburn curls in sight
Round and fluffy
not the younger slimmer
woman that used
to live here
back in the day
she left one day
and never
returned.
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Cataracts now gone,
what a vision
of a stranger then,
a clearer vision
seen in the glass, 
mirror oh mirror…
of the stranger come 
to roost.
Can’t be ~ is be
a stranger in the house.
The eyes look the same
now…
the stranger is missing
her fashion rims 
of blue or purple
how can that be.
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Sigh
mirror oh mirror,
the stranger in the glass
seems here to stay.
Don’t know when she
arrived, 
just all of a sudden
an old lady …
she tells me that middle
age is when you can 
multiply your age by two
and think you’ll still
survive.
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The old lady in the glass
mirror oh mirror, 
says for me to forget
middle age…
it whizzed by unseen
in the mirror.
One hundred forty 
seems to be a bit
extreme
for a middle age 
to dream of.
Sigh
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Big Sigh.
Old lady in the glass,
mirror oh mirror,
speaks with 
wisdom
beyond 
her 
thinking
of being
thirty five
in her 
heart of hearts
and 
soul of souls.
BIG SIGH
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September 22, 2012 at the Common Ground Fair
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YOU ARE AMONG TOADS

You are among toads
“Think as I think,” said a man,
“or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad.”
And after I thought of it,
I said, “I will, then, be a toad.” ~
Stephen Crane
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Carpe Diem #437, Desire

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.copyright 2014 Saradunn

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longing

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spring green sighted
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speck of yellow joined show
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Primose teases
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April second there was the first sighting 
of new growth in the garden.  There is 
still snow and ice on most of the garden
from last weekends weather and from
previous storms.  Longing for spring.
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Carpe Diem #436, companionship

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(c) January 2014 Saradunn Miss  Blaze S’More

 

Carpe Diem prompt companionship

 

New Year ~ hearts join

bereaved ~ sought soul mate  ~  found

Charlie Chaplin ‘stash

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My dear Bianca had been gone almost 3 months 
and I found myself really missing the companionship
of another living being.  The shelter had a “sale”
for cats thru the end of the year, since the weather 
was blizzard after blizzard and arctic temps.  The
shelter had to cancel its fund raiser and decided to
keep the price from Kittenpalooza thru the end of
the year.
I had been in a couple of times, but just couldn’t
make a decisions.  When Ino realized I needed to
get myself out of the dumpers, and the price was
right, I headed to the shelter and presented my
“wants” to the staff.  
*** a cat that was older and therefore not easy to
find a forever home.
***  possible mouser
***  not too big
***  not to clingy…I didn’t want to have a cat always
       wanting to be picked up, held or sit with me
 
Well, Miss Blaze S’More fits the bill sort of.  I didn’t realize
that 2 1/2 was “old” for adoption…people want kittens
under a year old.   Eleven pounds is quite a big cat,
but she is long an sleek.
Her personality fits the bill… I am the Princess Serf,
whom she allows to live in the house.  She sits with
me when it pleases her an no one else is around she
prefers !
 
A fine companion for a not so little old lady … 
Miss Blaze S’More my companion and boss.

 

(c) January 2014 Saradunn Miss  Blaze S’More

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April 1 tanka prompt: lily buoy … art by Gary Blankenship and Sigrid Saradunn

photo (C) Saradunn 2013

Last summer at the Town Line
(Deer Isle/Stonington) pond.
Ames Pond is a pond so huge 
I can’t get all of it in one photo…
this is a tiny pond with lots to see
and dream on.
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each summer bloom search
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Ames Pond and Deer Isle town line
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search for pink ~ white blooms
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some play peek-a-boo
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flirt with frogs ~ dragonflies too
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by Saradunn
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A photo of the buoy in process.
There will be two haiku poems at the top
written by Gary Blankenship… see in prompt
info below.  When the buoy is completely 
finished, I will post a blog on the making 
of the buoy.
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April 1 prompt:  lily buoys – art by Gary Blankenship and Sigrid Saradunn

 

In mid-February I picked up a simple drawing program for the Kindle, which has led to oodles of sketches to accompany poetry at this and other sites.  Near the beginning of march, I did three sketches of water lilies and one of dragonflies and the like.  Member Sigrid Saradum (who we used in the Man in the Hat prompt) does a buoy for the Penobscot East Resource Center each year.  The action benefits Maine fisheries and fish, especially lobster.  She asked if she could use by art for a buoy.  How could I say no? She has been working during March to construct our “water lilies” buoy  -   including the marsh/water background.  Below are three pictures of the nearly finished buoy – 99%.  What are your crafts/art/charities?   What does the lilies and critters tell your tanka?

 

For more pictures go tohttps://www.facebook.com/sigridgerstnerstevens.saradunn/media_set?set=a.651241571579996.1073742019.100000824788835&type=3

 

You can bid, $100 minimum.  The auction is in August.  Don’t worry, there will be plenty of information on bidding before then.

 

And another thanks to Sigrid for honoring my humble art.

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Not 5-7-5 NaHaiWriMo Prompt: citrus # 1

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(c) 1971 Phosphorescent Bay painting
8″ x 10 oil on canvas panel
painting Sally Ann Rinker
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The first painting I ever purchased.
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Sally Rinker was leading a class of Navy 
Wives in a painting group and I loved this painting. 
She had not idea how she got the colors that day, 
and so I bought the painting. 
She sent the money to her mother who contributed it 
a charity that fed hungry American Indian children.
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Old San Juan

Phosphorescent Bay ~ ~ 

Frozen PinaColadas
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written for facebook page.

NaHaiWriMo facebook site encourages

other than the standard 5-7-5 haiku forms.

It is a place to  have fun, play creatively,

experiment, try something new, practice

writing haiku daily.

NaHaiWriMo…March 2014 haiku prompt: Citrus #2

(c) photo Saradunn

 

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darkest winter days
sunshine surrounds kitchen
cheery lemon-y walls
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The photo is of a kitchen
witch my Mother sent me
… it has real human hair
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written for facebook page.

NaHaiWriMo facebook site encourages

other than the standard 5-7-5 haiku forms.

It is a place to  have fun, play creatively,

experiment, try something new, practice

writing haiku daily.

 

Not 5-7-5 NaHaiWriMo Prompt: Curtain Call

3/4/2011 (c) The Art of Sigrid Saradunn
A Sign of Spring in Maine
Acrylic collage 8″x 8″ cradled canvas

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Mainer tradition

October time to be warm

April…long johns gone
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note: back in the day, 
once the long johns are on, 
they would stay on no matter
what the weather/temperature…
for once they come off, not on
again til the following fall.

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written for facebook page.

NaHaiWriMo facebook site encourages

other than the standard 5-7-5 haiku forms.

It is a place to  have fun, play creatively,

experiment, try something new, practice

writing haiku daily.


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