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Monthly Archives: April 2014

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I love the delicate basket in the upper left hand 
corner with the dainty flowers by the hand…
awesome and spring-like !
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I went to a favorite local craft store, Shirley’s Gifts,
Yarn’s and Crafts in Downeast Maine (Hancock).  There
I saw a flash from the past.  I had been sort of wondering
if the ladies at the UCC church down the street from
me still made and sold the handmade May Baskets.
 
I contacted a lady named Roberta Keep. 
She told me that a group named the “Busy Bodies” 
at the UCC Church used to make them and she contributed
some for their cause.              Roberta also made baskets
for the Ellsworth Unitarian Church.    She has been making 
May baskets since 2000.  She is the only person I know of
that is now making and selling them…and they are so 
gorgeous.  
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An elfje poem I wrote last year:
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Downeast
Maine tradition
pretty May Baskets
deliver secretly to love
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When I came to Maine I found the interesting
tradition of making and giving May Baskets:
…cardboard milk cartons…small ones
and decorated with crepe paper in pretty colors
May baskets are small and light to hand on
the door knob of the entry door…
not always the front door here.
I understand, if it is a school age “crush” it is
hung on the door knob, door bell rang
and the person delivering runs and hides,
watches the person come to the door to see
their reaction.
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The person finding the May Basket is then supposed
to find the person who delivered the May basket
and chase them ’til they let themselves be caught.
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May Baskets are delivered to families and friends,
grandparents to their grandchildren.  
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If you or your community has a similar tradition please
share it in the comment section.  I’d  love to hear from you.
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April 8 prompt:  Pedaling West - Del Rio to Pasadena - Sharon Hawley's cross country bike ride To complete her second cross country bike ride, the Southern route, member Sharon Hawley, leaves Del Rio, TX, today for Pasadena, CA - tires to the road.  The first leg of this tour started in Florida in February 2013 and ended in Del Rio on April 4, 2013.  She left Pasadena by train for Del Rio on April 4, 2014, one year for the day she ended leg 1. At the time of this writing it is about 4:30 in Texas so she should be well past Langtry. maybe as far as Alpine or Marfa. (At the moment, with help of good map, I am guessing.) Let's wish Sharon the best of luck on her journey, adding to the 20,000 miles she has traveled.  What are your great Adventures?  Where have you traveled in unusual ways?  How?  (Mine was Alaska in an RV.) Where would you like to go?  How will your tanka help you guide Sharon down the road?  Thanks, Sharon, for letting us travel with you. (You may read all about her biking adventures in her blog:  Pedaling West II - http://sharonbybicycle.blogspot.com/2013_02_01_archive.html  There are lots of pictures and information about the exotic places she as been such as Antarctica, Pakistan, Fiji and Oregon.

.Sharon Hawley photo from  the Tanka on Site prompt

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It’s about 4:30 in Texas so she should be well past Langtry.
 maybe as far as Alpine or Marfa. 
(At the moment, with help of good map, 
I am guessing.) 
Let’s wish Sharon the best of luck on her journey, 
adding to the 20,000 miles she has traveled. 
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What are your great Adventures? 
Where have you traveled in unusual ways? 
How? (Mine was Alaska in an RV.) 
Where would you like to go? 
How will your tanka help you guide Sharon down the road? 
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Thanks, Sharon, for letting us travel with you.

(You may read all about her biking adventures in her blog: Pedaling West II –http://sharonbybicycle.blogspot.com/2013_02_01_archive.html 
There are lots of pictures and information about the exotic places 
she as been such as Antarctica, Pakistan, Fiji and Oregon.
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My response to the prompt
4/8 Peddling West
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Westward Ho !
the call of the wild lures me
bicycle for one
dream of brave early travelers 
stars their only guide
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Saradunn

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(c) 2014…Art by Gary Blankenship
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4/8 Sharon’s ride Langtry
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a dusty town
the largest of western legends
dying along the river
the nightingale no longer sings
time for a trek over dusty plains

 

 

 

 


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photo spring of 2013…(c) The Art of Sigrid Saradunn
still have snow in the garden this year..into April.

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I must have had a mental
pause in March…found a slew
not posted so here goes my
spring cleaning getting cobwebs
out of my mind
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CAPTIVATE
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grandma found her man
a bit shy, he stayed a distance
he swooped ~ hanky drop
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Citrus 
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darkest winter days
sunshine surrounds kitchen
icicles shimmering

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carbonation
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spring time strikes the nose
Plop plop fizz fizz
that old pollen feeling

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cloche
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teepee hats for plants
protective ring around sprouts
sun ~ water do the work
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spring cleaning
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time to down size
forty-three years fills the house
autumn of my years
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constellation
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patient worried
constellation of tests
“virus” “call in morning”

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current
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tea on lawn by Pond *
tea and scones ~ popovers
today’s step back in time

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back note:
*Jordan Pond House,
Acadia National Park.
Remembering past in
current traditions
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crapshoot
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brides want lasting love
pro con lists go on and on
forever love ~ crap shoot
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cockleshell
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warming hearts cockles
heart thumping beats faster
warm fuzzy feeling

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carp (verb)
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high maintenance spouse
caterwauls, bellyaches, whines
prima donna
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rude neighbor lady
kids cut across lawn to school
deaf ears to anger

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“CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER”
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tea party magic
secluded wonderland
secret garden found

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hidden entrance
stream and lady slippers greet
bench with shaded roof

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“high tea”…three tiers
finger sandwiches ~ tasty cakes
deer watch from pond
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cozy
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bright cheery skies
cat naps ~ sunny window warms
windchill minus five
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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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April 22, 2014 prompt: first color - anticipation</p><br /><br />
<p>yellow primrose peeks<br /><br /><br />
winter's wilted cover hid<br /><br /><br />
spring's delightfull gift </p><br /><br />
<p>spirits lift at the sight<br /><br /><br />
new greens bright ~ spring colors delight<br /><br /><br />
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(c) 4/2014...Saradunn
(c) 4/2014…Saradunn
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In the thirty years we have lived here, 

one of the highlights of spring is waiting for the first color on our Queen –   

a fourteen foot rhododendron we have nurtured from a princess less than four feet. 

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This year, that color happened over the weekend inside the bush barely visible. 

I happened to be gone. 

Today, the first streaks of color showed on several outside buds – 

with sun they should burst forth tomorrow of the next day. 

Makes me really happy. 

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We anticipate new in many ways – 

in flowers such as lilacs or rose buds, 

a newborn, 

the first grapes, 

the first home baked cookie, 

breaking of the ice. 

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These are not always momentous occasions such as graduation; 

they can be mundane – the first dandelion bloom. 

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What “bursting forth” do you anticipate? 

What first color? 

Shoot? 

Taste? 

Event? 

How will your tanka celebrate this first?

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April 22, 2014 prompt: first color – anticipation

 

yellow primrose peeks
winter’s wilted cover hid
spring’s delightful gift

spirits lift at the sight
new greens bright ~ spring colors delight
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(c) 4/2014…Saradunn

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Tanka Poets on Site


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· (c)November 3, 2013 Saradunn….

Before the winter storms, the St. Dunstan Espiscopal Church’s willow tree, Ellsworth Maine, USA

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Our Host, Kristjaann Panneman, aka Chèvrefeuille, writes:
 
Just a treat for your inspiration. A new episode of Carpe Diem’s “only the first line”. 
In this special feature the goal is to write a new haiku which starts with a given fîrst line.
For this episode of CD’s “only the first line” I have chosen the next ‘first line’.
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To make this a real challenge I have one ‘rule’ which you have to use.
Which one? Well … the haiku has to follow the syllables-count 5-7-5, the classic rule.
The first line you have to use is:


“under the willow”

Have fun, be inspired and share your classical (counted) haiku 
starting with the above mentioned line with us all.Here is my ( Chèvrefeuille”s attempt:

under the willow
hiding for the midday-heat
newly wed couple


(c) Chèvrefeuille

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My story of the willow tree is a sad one 
but the tree has so far survived
the storms of many winters.
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(c) 2/14/2014

After  the winter storms, the St. Dunstan Espiscopal Church’s willow tree, Ellsworth Maine, USA

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I wrote in answer to the prompt:
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under the willow
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winter’s ice storm reminder
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all life is fragile

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(c) May 27, 2012 Ellsworth, Maine, USA … Sigrid Saradunn
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The prompt:  wisteria 
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Wisteria vines climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise
 round any available support. 
They can climb as high as 20 m above the ground and spread out 10 m laterally..Symbolic Wisteria Meaning:

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Flora records indicate wisteria has been known to live up to 100 years and even older
 (there is a 1200 year old wisteria tree in Japan). 
It’s long-life bestows the symbolic meaning of immortality and longevity to the wisteria. 
European families mark the ages of generations passing with the growth of this vine, 
and so it makes sense the vine embodies an essence of immortality 
(as fathers and grandfathers tell their sons of stolen kisses beneath the same wisteria 
that grew during the day of their great grandfathers).

A great wisteria (藤, fuji) blossoms at Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan. 
The largest wisteria in Japan, it is dated to c. 1870 and covers approximately 
1,990 square meters (half an acre) as of May 2008.
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Wisteria by Sigrid Saradunn
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Wisteria

I loved the sight 
of your blooms
falling over each other
covering the house I drove
by each spring.
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I’d wonder,
how long would it take
to grow so huge a vine,
covering the house into 
the heavens.
Amazing.
Just amazing.
Mother Natures 
flower show.
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And then,
and then…
Oh, my goodness,
I drove by and you
were no more.
Chopped to the ground 
by painters.
They couldn’t have
known what they
killed…
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Wisteria

I loved the sight 
of your blooms
falling over each other
covering the house I drove
by each spring.
You are no more.
You were not
even mine 
but
I grieve your 
loss
year ’round
as I drive by….
the house now 
bare and plain
without
the beauty shared
each May
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(C)  May 27, 2012 Ellsworth, Maine, USA… Sigrid Saradunn

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.the imaginary garden with real toads


.(c) 2014 Saradunn

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3 dicepricey dice thriller
play one’s in the center
children’s laughter
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children’s up to any age
… dice game for all
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rolling on river
high and fast roll the dice
river vultures drool

1 decay

winter road decay
beware sink holes and pot holes 
mechanics delight

roads winter wear
cars undersides salty rot
rims bend, tires tire

2 drain

spring prom gowns
couples have new dance moves
chaperons gutter minds

4 dawn

rooster announces 
daybreak peaks over distant hills
starts much to early

horizons first light 
pink yellow orange parfait
mother looks at clock

5 down

down sizing
bain of old age
dump man’s delight

down town
all dressed up ~ window shopping
stiletto heels tapping
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back in the day, 
a young lady or a woman of any age, 
would dress up to go shopping…
white gloves and all. 
Hard to imagine how times have changed, 
but will always remember the sound 
of steel stiletto heels on the sidewalk
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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.