An Artist, Photographer, Writer, Poet

Seize the Poem prompt: Road signs…Lights Out

photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn

photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn

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My response to the prompt:

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snow birds gone south
Tourney in the Big City
Locals head West
Sign reminds last one leaving
“Turn Out the LIGHTS”
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Seize the Poem prompt: Road signs
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Notes:
* the “Big City” is Bangor, ME, USA
* “tourney” is the High School Basketball
tournament held in 3 Maine cities.5
* the sign is just before the bridge to the
mainland on the way to Bangor
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Small stones: A Journey of Mindfulness: Sound of Snow Falling

photo (c) Saradunn NorEaster Iola..1/24/2015

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Prompt: Small stones:
a journey of mindfulness: sound

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My Response to the Prompt:

Sound of Snow Falling

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silence
birds in hiding
snow falling
crunch under foot ~ gather wood
fireplace ~ sizzle snap of flames

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Saradunn

Seize the Poem: Straight Line Quilting

photo: Straight Line Quilting
“vanity” .. homedesign9.co

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Seize the Poem prompt: straight line

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My response to the prompt:

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Straight Line Quilting

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oodles of colors
straight line quilting
puckering not wanted
slow & steady wins the race
grandma always knew best

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note

I would have loved to have the time

to quilt.  At one time, there was a trend

for the straight line quilting and classes

but was unable to take them and then

time moved on.    I am amazed at the leaps

and bounds the straight line quilting has taken.

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As a child, my paternal Grandmother Gerstner

would put her quilts together on my bed when

she stayed with us… I was the only grand-child

with a double bed.  I’d see patches of material

from clothes I recognized and presume the other

relatives would also.


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Seize the Poem: straight line geometry

.photo: wikepedia

 

 

Seize the Poem prompt: straight line

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My response:  Straight Line Geometry

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geometry
Euclid’s “breadthless length”
greek to me
straight line segments
dysfunction junction math
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Note:

the love of math gene missed me,

but thanks to genetics, my children and

grand-children love math and understand

what is truly a foreign language  to me.

TPOS tanka prompt: your heritage cultural, history as a bridge to your future family, .

photo: Gerstner family archives. Year unknown
Anna and Herman Gerstner, my grandparents.
Saradunn 2015

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TPOS prompt: your heritage cultural,
history as a bridge to your future family,

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My Response to the Prompt

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engagement ring
dainty pearls set in rose gold
thoughts swirl
corseted grandma once petite
stern grandpa ~ not always

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( All the traditions like fireworks in a night sky.

Chinese New Year, Vietnamese New Year, Mardi Gras,

Diwali, celebration of Lights,

Nowrooz, the beautiful Persian New Year —

the world is smaller now and our hearts grow bigger…

we embrace not only our own past

but the joy of celebrations of all cultures.

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When we were in Shanghai at Winter Holiday season,

all the waiters in restaurants were wearing Santa hats.

I asked. They said “here we celebrate EVERYTHING”

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What are your roots,

how do the spread into your life,

make a bridge the future?

Your own family history,

immediate and deep rooted…

where does it lead?

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My mother (94) has beautiful handwriting,

wore ribbons in her hair from babyhood and on…

how does this become you?

How does the

beauty,

complexity,

pain,

of the past determine the landscape of now and tomorrow?)

Kathabela’s  mother, Mary Abela (now 94) as a baby.

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Kathabela’s mother, with a big ribbon in front,
her mother (Kath’s nana) with a HAT! — 1925?

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My mother, with a big ribbon in front, her mother (my nana) with a HAT! -- 1925?
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Kathabela wrote:
My mother, as a 5 year old, with a big bow in her hair,
 front center.
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Kathabela wrote: My frilly mother, as a teenager, almost…?
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Kathabela wrote:
My mother her father and mother.
They are all MALTESE –
but her father worked in Port Dad
for the British Consulate,
Malta was owned by by Britain.
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My mother her father and mother. They are all MALTESE --but her father worked in Port Daid for the British Consulate, Malta was owned by by Britain.

TPOS tanka prompt: what is your home made of ?

Photo: pin bought for a donation to
Habitat for Humanity
(c) 2015 Saradunn

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TPOS prompt:
what is your home made of ?

My response to the prompt:

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building homes

a brush of kindness

love in action

transforming lives

building communities
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Mon Feb 16, 2015 tanka prompt: what is your home made of

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(I wore my home “on my sleeve” today, it was made of kimonos.

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My friendCindy Rinne

made this beautiful pin and gave it to me,

when she finished her solo art show

in our Living Room Gallery a few years ago.

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She especially loves kimono fabric,

and she is an experimental and unusual

artist and poet !

(She loved having some

of our brilliant friend Alexis Rotella’s

collage papers too.

I wore her house for her visit…

who else can say my house is made of kimonos? 

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It is a small mystery 

as if a garden has moved indoors. 

What is your home built of? 

Bricks? 

Does it have a grass roof? 

A sterling silver door? 

A golden entryway. 

Is it made of words? 

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What is the signpost, 

the marker, the numbers that signify? 

Do you embed mirrors and stones in your hearth?

 What is your home built of, 

can you “wear it on your sleeve”? 

Or put it in your tanka?)

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Mon Feb 16, 2015 prompt: what is your home made of  (I wore my home "on my sleeve" today, it was made of kimonos. My friend Cindy Rinne made this beautiful pin and gave it to me, whe she finished her solo art show in our Living Room Gallery a few years ago. She especially loves kimono fabric, and she is an experimental and unusual artist and poet! (She loved having some of our brilliant friend Alexis Rotella's collage papers too. I wore her house for her visit... who else can say my house is made of kimonos? It is a small mystery as if a garden has moved indoors. What is your home built of? Bricks? Does it have a grass roof? A sterling silver door? A golden entryway. Is it made of words? What is the signpost, the marker, the numbers that signify? Do you embed mirrors and stones in your hearth? What is your home built of, can you "wear it on your sleeve"? Or put it in your tanka?)

Carpe Diem’s Time Machine #1, Orange

Photo: (c) September 20, 2014 Saradunn…Maine Organic Farmer’s Common Ground Fair

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My response to the prompt

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glorious carrots

delicious ~ sweet ~ organic

local farm grown

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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to introduce an all new feature here

at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

I have called it “Carpe Diem’s Time Machine”

and it’s all about “playing again” prompts

from our rich Carpe Diem Haiku Kai history. ….

At the start of Carpe Diem (October 2012)

we had a “rainbow-week” in November.

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In my country (The Netherlands)

we have our Royal Family of Orange,

orange is a strong color in my country,

but orange can also stand for a citrus fruit.

Orange flowers and more orange to see around us …

what do you think of a beautiful sunset or sunrise …

 

orange chrysanthemums
in full bloom standing proudly
waving in the wind

(c) Chèvrefeuille  November 2012

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I have to admit that I never have had seen a orange house,

but as I was surfing the WWW

I ran in to a wonderful picture of a orange house

somewhere in Bogota.

And I had to write a haiku along going with it.

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all day sunrise
what a joy to live in
my orange house

(c) Chèvrefeuille November 2012

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Orange … really my color.

Here is another haiku which I wrote last year

after the World Championship Soccer in Brasil,

as you maybe remember our National Soccer team

“the Orange Lions” lost there dream

at that championship. I wrote this haiku than:

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almost full moon
colors orange behind thin clouds -
scattered dreams

© Chèvrefeuille

Well … I have to take the “Time Machine” back to 2015,

because I love to share an all new haiku on “orange”:

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ah! that sweet perfume

oranges and lemons -

a cool summer night

(c) Chèvrefeuille
Posted by

(an abbreviated version of his post..SBS)

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