An Artist, Photographer, Writer, Poet

Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Wearing pink kimono gift from Mariko Kitakubo, performing our tanka sequence (published in Bright Stars 3 in Japanese and English) Hakone, June 13, 2014

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Monday June 23, 2014 tanka prompt:

gifts from friends 

by Kathabela Wilson
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During our journey (to China and Japan.sbs)
there were many gifts I brought along
that reminded me of the person who had given it to me.
And there were many gifts given during the trip
that assumed new symbolic importance.
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What gifts do you have that …. have …. deep meanings for you.
Whenever you look at them or use them,
 they glow with the person that they came from.
 Can you place them specifically in a tanka to carry that glow?
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My response to the prompt
6/23 Gifts from friends
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handmade book
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gift chosen with care
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to wear over heart
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itsy bitsy blank book  necklace 
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pages signed  ~ best friends forever
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note:
The tiny booka a gift from a member of 
the Senior Center Writers Group,
Ellsworth, Maine, USA
Peg Rudolf White
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6/23 Gifts from friends  handmade book gift chosen with care to wear over heart itsy bitsy blank book  necklace  pages signed  ~ best friends forever . note: A gift from a member of  the Senior Center Writers Group, Peg Rudolf White
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  for Tanka Poets on Site, Facebook

 

 

(c) 6/2014 Saradunn fence guarding drop off to culvert and stream, Northeast Harbor, Maine, USA

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2   fence
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old and weary
worn with decay
safety sentinel 

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5   flood
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library hushed words
could hear a pin drop
then heard gush of words

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photo (c) 9/19/2011 Brina DeBeck  Trenton, Maine, USA, plein aire, watercolor on YUPO by Saradunn

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3   foxsitting pretty
tall grass ~ tree stump camouflage
red haired beauty

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1   found
put some place safe
a clue won’t be found soon
hidden in plain sight
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4   finch
finch in plain sight
munching away at feeder
cat views with desire

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(c) 2014 The Art of Sigrid Saradunn  w/c on YUPO study of eagle seen flying over field Lamoine,ME, USA

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5/20 prompt:   eagle 
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soaring overhead
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joy of spring in flight
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squirrels quiver

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(c) 2014 photo flag flown over Afghanistan The Art of Sigrid Saradunn

 

 

6/20 flag

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flag from war zone
relects in neighbors window
what pain has it seen

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a friend had given it to my neighbor…
it had flown in Afgahastan
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blue flag iris
by Asticou pond
blowing in the wind
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morning alert
construction disruption
ducklings cross street

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Fri 6/13 full
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honey moon color of gold
supersitious look upward
and down ~ no black cats
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NaHaiWriMo


Credits: Tokyo Hot Springs

 

….our prompt is Hot Springs and is a very clear prompt I think

so I don’t have to explain it. Here is the haiku which Jane Reichhold uses as an example for this kigo.

hot springs
not far from the desert sun
fire spirits

bubbling hot springs
in dry desert sands
fire opals

soaked in hot springs
crystal-filled waters
home in the stars

© Jane Reichhold

….I  (Kris. P. our host) wasn’t inspired to compose a new haiku on this prompt, but I thought “I have to share a haiku, so I have sought through all my haiku”, but couldn’t find a haiku on this prompt. So I love to share a haiku by Basho:

yuno nagori   kayoi wa hada no   samukara n 

tonight my skin
will miss the hot spring
it seems colder

© Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

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my response to the prompt:
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Hakone vacation
life time thrill in Mountains
hot springs delightful
………………………………  Saradunn
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Earlier in June, Kathabela Wilson

on Tanka Poets on Site,  facebook,

had a similar prompt during her

travels in Japan.  

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My tanka post on the hot springs

in Hakone:

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Hakone’s winding roads
mountains ~ lakes iconic scenes
beauty on every turn 
hot springs bath -Mt Fuji in view
after midnight ~ couple shares best bath

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note:

When I lived in Japan, the hot spring
baths were divided by gender.
The women’s bath was plain and
utilitarian, the men’s much nicer
and luxurious.
The hotel clerk said the men’s side
was seldom used after midnight and
we could both use it then. (it was huge
and room for many people).

 

Kathabela Wilson  wrote in response to my post

about the hot springs baths:

“They are divided by gender in our bath also
though the upstairs indoor one is larger
and also has a room for a couple. ….
The open air sunken outdoors ones are so beautiful .”

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Dear friends, I had severe computer problems for several months

and finally broke down and got a new laptop… hope to be posting

on a regular basis again and reading your post too…

Blogging and posting and working my way thru the reading of

posts became a chore and no longer fun… Now I am hoping things

will be fun and joyful and on a roll again !

 

 

 

 

 

 


photo from the Peeps photo site

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Wednesday June 11, 2014 prompt: the details of celebration 

(traditions made by you or others) from Takayama, Japan

(my response tanka at the end in blue)

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(Walking into the immense exhibition hall

of intricately carved wooden “floats”

in Takayama the variety and beauty

of human celebration gleamed

amidst glass reflections of amazing detail.

 

When they are in action,

twice a year the floats

are pulled across the red bridges of Takayama

and through the streets with traditional music

and is a great and beloved spectacle. 

 

Many have large marionettes

 as part of their carvings,

 one float takes eight puppeteers 

to enact the traditional gestures. 

 

There are in all of our personal histories, 

detailed traditions that are dear and intricate, 

and many that we ourselves create, 

and repeat, 

more private, personal, 

but with the same kind of powerful significance 

that grows with repetition, 

and becomes more intricate. 

 

When we were in the giant glass exhibition hall 

I was reminded of my tradition of saving broken things, 

my clear jars filled with colorful wonders, 

the collection growing more intricate

 (and humorous- it even contains my two small red cameras 

that stopped working with their lenses stuck out on our last trip to Japan! )

 

The clear glass viewing jars 

seem opposite and miniature 

and yet in tune with 

the glorious spectacle before us. 

 

Also the celebration of friends 

about to happen tonight, 

came happily to my imagination. 

 

During the visit in Hakone, 

where we travel today, 

some traditional meeting details 

will be enacted for sure. 

 

Mariko Kitakuboand I 

will one of the days where our “twin dresses” 

(costumes of celebration) 

we bought together on Catalina Island. 

I have the kimono she gave me in my suitcase… 

and there are other happy gestures 

that are details of our play. 

 

Kris Kondo will also join us, 

and I will wear the fantastic earrings 

she made as part of my costume. 

All the details and objects of association 

become like family treasures, 

cherished and brought out 

especially for the occasions of our meetings. 

 

What detailed traditional objects and ceremonies 

have you created yourself,

simple or elaborate,

that have strong associations,

meanings of the heart for you?

 

Also family traditions

that are unique to place and personal creation?

 

How do they open in meaning and power in your tanka?)

 

Kathabela Wilson's photo.
Kathabela Wilson's photo.

 

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Celebration
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visiting “the sisters”
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swimming and yummy cook out
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cheers for S’mores 
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santa’s, pumpkins, goblins chicks 

peeps and chocolate sublime
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note: “the sisters” are my 3 sister in-laws
and I fondly call them “the sisters” when
referring to them together