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Geese on Mill Pond, Somesville, Maine

hardy Mallards
loving the frosted mill pond
skate with joy
sun opens water for dining
fresh fish for their pleasure
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Sigrid Saradunn
December 17, 2018
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TPOS Prompt: Gerry Muse #134 December
small stones prompt: frozen treasure
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photo: (c) 2014 Saradunn

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Rock Art Cobblestone Beach

Tanka Poets on Site ( TPOS ) 2016: prompt: rock art

The coast of Maine is blessed with a coastline
like none other… the rare pink granite shores, sparkling
rocks that glisten in the sun… everywhere we turn,
natures abstract art can be seen.
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tossed and tumbled
waves carried from oceans depths
cobblestones
shaped, polished, sun bleached
ageless earthly beauty
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10/16/2016 Sigrid Saradunn


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my Mother
kerchief on her head
only in back yard
properly coiffed in public
expectation always met
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This photo, and a couple others,
of my mother not ready to be publicly seen,
are rare as hens teeth.
I delighted as a young blossoming candid
photographer catching her unawares.
She was not happy if she found any of the photos.
This one appears that she might have known
I was taking it.
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TPOS prompt: scarf, veil, kerchief, shawl
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Photo: (c) Saradunn ….early 1960’s by Saradunn
of Mary Louise Winslow Gerstner
when Sigrid was still a teenager


7/20/2021


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PoP Up Poets on Zoom

young dancing girls
in swirling silk skirts
limber ~ graceful
incoming tide ripples
inspires pirouettes

7/30/2021 .. sbs


“Clinging to you” blogger username, Heaven.


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Title inspired by poem by Canadian titled:
“Clinging to you” blogger username, Heaven.

kiss me anew, here
before the last maple leaf
falls, and first snowflake
wets my pale lips, stilling time
twisted in salty drenched arms
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hurl me anew, here
before the last rose petal
dips, and first winter
drop caresses my bare hips
unfolding, clinging to you

by Heaven, Canada with permission
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shared on Michael Czarnecki Zoom
When the leaves come falling down
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Great grand-son in Denver CO 2021 for Michael Czarnecki prompt When the leaves come falling down

Mile High fall
red headed toddler
crisp leaves up to knees

pulling rake behind him
dragging for leaves
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shared on Michael Czarnecki Zoom
When the leaves come falling down
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photo by Sierra Stevens
10/26/2021
10/25/2021



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remembering
navy blue shoes
with steel high heels
walking on concrete sidewalks
hearing the rhythm of my walk
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small stones prompt: shoes
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photo: High Heel – Deedra /by Nina
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# 1 photo: Tiffany Stained Glass Window
For Annie Kane 1926
One of tryptic:
Alpha: Angel of the Nativity


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# 2 photo: The small intimate chapel to the left of the main altar
inside St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, ME


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Last week, I went to St. Saviours Episcopal Church in
Bar Harbor, primarily to hear Chimesmaster Ilia Karp play
St. Saviour’s bells church bells.
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I planned enough time to walk thru the church
and take time looking at the stained glass windows.
Joan, myself and often Ralph with us,
over the years spent many occasions at the church
for various programs.
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The window that I have here is the one that started me
down memory lane about the times at the church with Joan.
It is near the front door and amazing. Another particular
space was the small chapel where Joan and I had attended,
I believe it was Morning Prayer, during a workshop.
The feeling of intimacy and the Holy Spirit is what I recall now.
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Carillon bells
heard over the village
Amazing Grace
memories stirred
sentimental journey
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written June 13, 2018 // Joan died April 13, 2018
TPOS prompt: June 29 tanka prose
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TPOS prompt: February 4 2013 memory/experience
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# 1 photo: Tiffany Stained Glass Window
For Annie Kane 1926
One of tryptic:
Alpha: Angel of the Nativity
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# 2 photo: The small intimate chapel to the left of the main altar
inside St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, ME
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self prompt: thank you
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long three weeks
waiting for final goodbyes
memories swarmed
the kindness of friends
sharing my loss together
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I started daily thoughts in
writing thinking it would be for a few days.
It turned out to be three weeks until the memorial
service for a close friend.

The day of Joan’s (Mimi’s) memorial service seemed
to be fitting, not for ending, but letting go for now.
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Thanks to all who read my posts and wrote kind notes.
Peace and love to all.



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rainbows after storms
sunbeams and twinkling stars
whisper of a breeze
dragonflies and butterflies
lady bugs bringing luck
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rest in Peace, dear Joan
reminders of you in nature
give all comfort
you’re here with us in spirit
from your Forever Home
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Amen. Hallelujah !!!
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TPOS prompt: May 3 rainbow Sandi Pray
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photo taken at the Ellsworth Waterfront Park
(c) 7/30/2005 Saradunn



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marriage well lived ~ love to last breath
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husband and wife start as two
become matriarch and patriarch
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have legacy of seventeen ~ nineteen with them
through thick and thin ~ in sickness and health
though parted by death ~ still together in spirit
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TPOS cherita form ~ May 20, 2016 prompt: “quiet affection….”

photo: Joan and Ralph, April 1, 2018
Married August 10, 1963
Joan ~ born March 21, 1940 ~ Died April 13, 2018