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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 27 TPOS Orange (off prompt)

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 28
TPOS Orange (off prompt)

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photo (c) 2015 by Sherpa used with permission

photo (c) 2015 by Sherpa
used with permission

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 28 …  TPOS orange

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My Response to the Prompt:

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deep orange
brilliant ~ breathtaking
peak show time
mother nature at her best
bouquets of color
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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 27 seize the poem prompt .... folly

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 27
seize the poem prompt …. folly

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free use image

free use image

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 27

seize the poem prompt: Folly (off prompt)

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My Response to the Prompt:

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oh, mercy ! … roots showing
“back in the day” not fashionable
and in poor taste
in a hurry ~ time of the essence
she wanted highlights ~ a frosting
turned her blonde hair blue
Yikes.
That won’t do
tried again ~ why call and ask solution
orange curls are what she wore to work
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for Joy… may she RIP with golden curls
as her halo

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 26 something new that honors the past (off prompt)

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 26
something new that honors the past (off prompt)

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photo Sept 29, 2015, City of Ellsworth, Maine

photo Sept 29, 2015, City of Ellsworth, Maine

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 26 off prompt
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.TPOS something new that honors the past

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My Response to the Prompt

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times a-changin’
Knowlton school ~ torn down
now community park
play ground, amphitheater
Doc Knowlton smiles from above
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note:

both my children went to grade
school here a half block from the house.
Many changes in the district…consolidation
with remodeling and one new built.
2015 in the fall park opened and dedicated.


OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 25 Mysterious Moon

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 25
Mysterious Moon

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(c) 2011 Saradunn "Eclipse of the Wooden Eye Moon" January 4, 2011 acrylic on canvas 9" w x 12" H

(c) 2011 Saradunn
“Eclipse of the Wooden Eye Moon” January 4, 2011
acrylic on canvas 9″ w x 12″ H

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 25
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TPOS prompt:   Mysterious Moon

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My Response to the Prompt:

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Bianca sits
watches quietly
moon eclipses
wondering her thoughts
if understands the mystery

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 24 Mysterious Moon

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 24
Mysterious Moon

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photo: (c) 2014 Saradunn

photo: (c) 2014 Saradunn

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 24
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TPOS  prompt:  mysterious moon

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My Response to the Prompt

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cold frosty sky
polar express on its way
Snow Moon
settled for old fashion storm
good book to read ~ fireplace warms

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 23 Between Yesterday and Tomorrow

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 23
Between Yesterday and Tomorrow …………… prompt for day 14

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TPOS prompt: something new that honors the past photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn (memorial, statue, arrangement, event, gravestone?)

TPOS prompt: something new that honors the past
photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn
(memorial, statue, arrangement, event, gravestone?)

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OctPoWriMo Day 14 prompt

Between Yesterday and Today

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TPOS prompt: something new that honors the past
(memorial, statue, arrangement, event, gravestone?)

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My Response to the prompt:

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her blueberry fields
a resting place
home for eternity
boulders from the ice age 
match the new headstone

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 22 off prompt: Off to see the Queen

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 22: Off to see the Queen

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free use image: www.express.co.uk Queen Elizabeth II greeting guests

free use image: http://www.express.co.uk
Queen Elizabeth II greeting guests

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 22: Off to see the Queen

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My poem:

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off to see Queen
borrowed clothes and shoes
socks he had
friends had to stay in Maine
their garments met royalty
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note:
a friend had an invitation
to a ceremony in England where
Queen Elizabeth was giving his
sister an award. Being retired
and living in Maine, he no longer
had any occasion for proper dress
to meet the Queen. He borrowed
what he needed from his friends at
a retirement community.
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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 21.. Pink

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 21.. Pink

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(c) 3/9/2009 Saradunn watercolor on paper; 6" h x 9" w Bianca and birthday tulips from Joan

(c) 3/9/2009 Saradunn
watercolor on paper; 6″ h x 9″ w
Bianca and birthday tulips from Joan

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 21 off prompt: Pink

written 10/25/2015
seize the poem: prompt; pink
February is my birth month
and the painting was done
soon after.

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My response to the prompt:

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February warmth
Bianca with pink tulips
splash of light
peaceful morning
watching blue jays
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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 20.. gesture

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 20.. gesture

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photo: .psu.edu

photo: .psu.edu

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 20

TPOS prompt: gesture

My Response to the prompt:

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quiet ~ lost in thought
twirls same strand of hair
absentmindedly
toddler to middle aged
endearing gesture
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photo: .psu.edu


OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 19 ... Oh, Dear !

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 19
… Oh, Dear !

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Plimoth Plantation free use image

Plimoth Plantation
free use image

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 19 …Oh Dear !

The Prompt:

“…. I yet again bring you something with form! Never fear, this one has nothing to do with counting!

Actually this is a form that I kinda made up one day for a poetry class in college, I call it the “Dear,” form.

Once upon a time a friend and I were joking about our ex boyfriends at the beginning of poetry class and coming forth from that was what we wrote that day!

How to do it?

Each line of the poem starts with “Dear (name)”
You get one line to say something to an ex or some significant love, example I did my ex boyfriend, my high school crushes, my (then) current boyfriend, my childhood love, etc. Anyways my list ended up to be about 17 names long.
For each name, you get one sentence plus one word (optional) Example: “Dear Steve, at least you made good coffee. Sorry.”

Don’t have a long enough list? You can go with a list like your bridesmaids, your best friends in college, deceased pets, etc. I’ve always liked doing this periodically with the same list to see if my feelings have changed towards any of the memories I have of these people. It’s a nice reflective exercise I feel, personally I think it pairs well with a glass of wine.”~Beverly Tan
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My Response to the prompt:

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Dear Ancestors …
those who came on the Mayflower
with Edward for going back and getting the cows
so we could have milk and cheese in Wisconsin.
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Dear Ancestor writers and poets
who came before me…
your genes have been passed on
and into two generations after me.

Dear how many greats it is ancestors…
of those of you who were artists…
your gift of artist talent
is now in my grandchildren alive,
well and thriving.
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Dear Grandmother Winslow,
who emigrated from Norway
to an unknown place,
and thru your example showed me
how to handle crippling pain
with your grace and never heard to complain.
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Dear Grandfather Winslow,
you showed eternal love,
providing her the fine things she loved.
Saving and living frugally
to buy the crystal chandelier
piece by piece,
the oriental rug,
the french dishes for the table
… I wonder how many other things
we never knew about.
You gave me the love of Norman Rockwell
and remember the cellar room wall papered
with the Saturday Evening Post covers.
Most of all, your example of service …
doing all you could for your wife,
carrying her down the stairs in the morning, up at night…
never complaining
just doing what was needed
to keep Grandmother center in our lives ~
and allowing her to enjoy her surroundings
more than the four walls of the bedroom.
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I just realized that,
before the elevator at the nursing home,
when I helped carry residents
from second floor to first for whatever reason,
I must have heard you whisper in my ear.
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Dear Grandmother Gerstner ~
I may be following your foot steps
of making the rounds of the children/grandchildren
in the December of my life.
You taught me to keep silent
when in someone else’s home
… not to speak out loud your feelings,
yours must have been stepped on many times.
I learned so much by sharing a room
and my bed with you.
I still have your aprons
you showed me with patience
how to cross-stitch and patchwork
the right way and with elegance.

Dear Ancestors
who not only came over on the Mayflower
but by boat and plane, for a better life
or married and moved to join a family
~ one came on the day a baby was buried.
Your traits and personalities are still alive and well.
I wonder because of lack of photos,
if we look like you,
…. I can see some in me …
my Winslow nose that fits so well
with the Gerstner round and fluffy physique.

Peace and Love,

Sigrid (Gerstner) (mother Mary Winslow) Saradunn Artist, Poet, Writer