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Road sign to Forest Ridge Campgrounds Ellsworth Maine
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DownEast Maine
names tell of history or use
Steamboat Landing
unique and trendy hard to find
‘cept for Flockamoosen Way
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TPOS prompt: favorite name
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photo: 2019 Saradunn

road sign to Forest Ridge Campground in Ellsworth, Maine


 

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prompt: Happy Hands \(^^)/
what you say to get a good photo
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think happy happy
together for always
smiles light the world
day spent in idyllic setting
smiles for life is wonderful

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Kathabella Wilson prompt

“happy hands” or whatever you say to get the picture…

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(Somehow I had the idea, one day, to say “happy hands”!

This is what happens!

All the different personalities,

exuberant and sweet,

humorous and jubilant…’

come into play.

This was a wonderful celebation

the Friday Poets themselves put together

at our home for Kathabela’s birthday…

this is the finale photo. I said –“happy hands”

and look what happened.

What do you say when you want tp take a photo

that shows the personalities and spirit of a group…

and what do YOU think of “happy hands”??)

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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
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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 !

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.(c) July 19, 1998  Saradunn.  Signature Red Chairs at Indian Point, Town Hill, Maine, USA.

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signature red chairs
ocean breeze ~ sun ~ natures sounds
we sat at ocean’s edge
shared thoughts, dreams, memories
hidden in plain sight
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A friend showed me a “secret”  public
place in his village of Town Hill, Maine, USA.
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It was word of mouth to use…if you knew of
it, and and asked at the tourist office they’d
tell you quietly how to find it !  
Of course with time, people partied and made
too much racket and trespassed on the neighbors
property and the access was denied.  A new
area without the chairs was made for the public.
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It was the most peaceful and blissful place I can 
think of.  Cares fell away, peace entered.
Indian Point was always a special place in the
universe for me.
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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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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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Pike Place Brewery – “Hot Dog”December 24 prompt: “hot dog” Pike Brewing art by Cheryl Leo Gwin and Charles Finkel

Hanging in Pike  Brewing Company (http://www.pikebrewing.com/  )

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Cheryl Leo Gwin and Charles Finkel of Pike Breweries (and wineries)
have long been know for their art. 
Large or  small – Washington State has about 160 craft breweries,
most of any  state – they commission some of the best art around. 
 Hanging in Pike  Brewing Company (http://www.pikebrewing.com/  )
is this fascinating poster for the brewery. 
Designed by Charles  Finkel and Cheryl Leo Gwin
and painted in enamel by Cheryl Leo Gwin, 
Chris and I discovered it while waiting  for our table in a corner of the bar. 
I fell in love with it, and the  creators were kind enough to let us use it for a prompt. 
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Embodying  themes drawn from beer, Seattle, and of course, sex,
and images of hot dogs, long legs, butterflies, suds, cats, goats and more,
it has it all. 
The prompt:What does the art say to you?  What do you see in it? 
What will your  tanka say about it? 
Charles’ work may be found at http://www.finkeldesign.com/
Cheryl’s at http://www.leo-gwin.com/ Cheryll_Leo-Gwin/Welcome.html
. Prompt written and posted by
Gary Blankenship of Facebook Tanka Poets on Site
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hot dogs
peanuts
crackerjacks
roar of the crowd
ladies in sundresses tanning
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hot dogs, pop corn and beer
young boys carry dads ball glove
catch a home run plan of day
ladies in sun dresses ~ wait
fancy seats in mezzanine .
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fancy seats in mezzanine
comfy seats, cooling fans
hot dogs and beers not for them
dreaming of warmer climes
wishing game were over 
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sunlit fields 
magnificent horses roam
happy hour shade 
ladies in hats and mini-dresses
butterflies on Clydesdales