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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 19 ... Oh, Dear !

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 19
… Oh, Dear !


Plimoth Plantation free use image

Plimoth Plantation
free use image


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


My Response to the prompt:



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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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



OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 8 free form: Simple things... "Where the Road Leads"

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 8
free form: Simple things… “Where the Road Leads”


Don’t you just love the cities ?
so much to do ?
The city girl is no longer… now a country girl
An accidental country girl…
a temporary home after 40 years now where the heart lives
Did you go to the Mall ? (of America)
I had avoided it like the plague.
But I go,
…. I’d loved the amusement park,
and Lego City before.
Shopping list in hand, I traipse the floors one by one…
remembered where the food court was..
sat and pondered.
Acres of stores and not one thing found on the list.
The car luckily found the same day !
Men on golf carts to help the lost be found.
It was town to town,
shopping center to shopping center
to buy each item.
Shopping centers bigger than the town where I live.
Suburbs bigger than the town where I live.
And the streets and hi-ways … the traffic another thing.
The question repeats.
My answer disappointing.
The visit was to make Mom happy
in her temporary nursing home space.
None-the-less I replied.
No, I don’t want to live in the Cities.
Happy in my accidental seaside country home.
Each time the question is asked
no longer need to ponder the answer:
“I don’t think so !”

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 8 free form:
Simple things…
“Where the Road Leads” 

“…let’s talk about something you wouldn’t change.
You did it and you’re happy that you did. It could be a success or a failure.
Perhaps a choice that others may perceive as a failure,
but you know it was the best choice for you.

Perhaps you took the road less traveled and it was a success for you.”- T.A. Woods
“…there are often many things we feel we should do that, in fact, we don’t really have to do.
Getting to the point where we can tell the difference is a major milestone in the simplification process.”
― Elaine St. James, Living the Simple Life: A Guide to Scaling Down and Enjoying More

Photos: Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN
Downtown Ellsworth … two blocks both sides
of the street with parallel parking.


Downtown Ellsworth, ME USA. Two blocks each side of Main Street. Parallel parking

Downtown Ellsworth, ME USA. Two blocks each side of Main Street. Parallel parking


Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN USA

Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN USA



.Photo: essay4student



OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 2

Here’s an exercise for you. Go to one of your favorite movie scenes or music video (I tend to think the ones with no dialogue are better for this), captions off and mute. What do you feel? What can you write? Do you put words in their mouth? Is that laughter or something else?…. Morgan Dragonwillow


impression on “Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy”


sailors with spit shines
well shined shoes a must
no scuffs ~ in bad taste
shoe shine boys rhythm
~ shine rag a poppin’

………….(c)Saradunn Oct 1, 2015


also posted on

TPOS prompt: shoes



.photo (c) 2012 Saradunn


OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 1… clouds


seek hope
it is everywhere
look to the skies
an angel may be
whispering your name

………….(c) 2015 Saradunn



stock  photo


My response to the prompt:
in the forest seen
white snow on green branch
red cardinal sings
From our host:
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,We are counting down to Christmas with haiku … and today I love to talk about ‘Christmas decorations’ … The most of you will have Christmas decorations all over their house inside and outside I think … I have only decorated the inside of our house. Of course I have a Christmastree. This year with only white, silver and gold decorations … My house feels warm and cosy and everywhere in the living room we have candles, twinkling lights and guirlandes of pine tree … Softly sounds Christmas music … ah, this time is wonderful and full of romance. The only thing we haven’t yet is snow …. well we stay on dreaming of a White Christmas
snowflakes falling
the world becomes a wonderland
I wake up 

© Chèvrefeuille

I still keep on dreaming about a White Christmas … maybe it will be happening once again … that would make Christmas even more beautiful …



photo copyright 1992 Sigrid (Stevens) Saradunn, dancers, Libitzki School of Dance, Ellsworth, Maine, USA



It was delightful to have a special 
lunch served  restaurant style at the
1992 St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
Christmas  bazaar and then have the 
Libitzki School of dance come out and 
dance for us up front and personal… 
a recital that delighted and as you 
can see.

church Christmas bazaar

home made gifts  and cinnamon rolls
Libitzki ballet
lunch success ~ tasty ~ tables full
ballet students ~ entertained
There was a full baked goods for sale
table but the cinnamon rolls were a 
special treat for me.  


(c) 1971 Phosphorescent Bay painting
8″ x 10 oil on canvas panel
painting Sally Ann Rinker
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The first painting I ever purchased.
Sally Rinker was leading a class of Navy 
Wives in a painting group and I loved this painting. 
She had not idea how she got the colors that day, 
and so I bought the painting. 
She sent the money to her mother who contributed it 
a charity that fed hungry American Indian children.
Old San Juan

Phosphorescent Bay ~ ~ 

Frozen PinaColadas

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.

Painting (c) Rekha K Rana

inner bird, inner spring painting byRekha K Rana for Tanka Poets on Site/facebook

Dec 20, 2013 prompt: inner spring, inner bird (painting by Rekha K Rana)(Kath)

Dec 20, 2013 prompt: inner spring, inner bird

(painting by Rekha K Rana)

Today as I was deciding on the painting Rekha

and drawn to this one 

Arap Kurt posted this beautiful tanka, so in tune with the painting!  

lock will not open

 sparrow mouth

 frozen smile 

Wait for me says spring

 this life is enough?


How does your inner bird sing to you?

What kind of bird is it? How can it,

does it bring spring to you?

Does it sing about patience? Or a nesting song?

Or a question for you to answer?

Or a soothing lullabye?

A wake up song?

How does it sing in your tanka?




My response to 
12/20/2013 inner spring/inner bird
waiting for spring
winters blues and cardinals
hand in hand
snow drifts higher and higher
blueberry buds sleeping *

blueberry bushes are budded 
and protected by the snow
An open winter will cause 
a poor crop in the summer 
as they need snow cover.

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is a daily haiku meme


monks amazing faith
miracle of 30 years 
buried unmarked grave
buried unmarked grave
miracle continued on
believe it or not
believe it or not
faith preserved the humble monk
mindfully body saved

The story behind the post from

Carpe Diem #379, Ulan-Ude

Until 1991 Ulan-Ude was closed to foreigners.There are old merchants’ mansions richly decorated with wood and stone carving in the historical center of Ulan-Ude, along the river banks which are exceptional examples of Russian classicism. The city has a large ethnographic museum which recalls the history of the peoples of the region.

Here, by the way,  we ran into a first sign of Buddhism, the goal of this journey, around 25 km outside of Ulan -Ude, lays the Ivolginsky Datsan a Buddhist Temple.To this Temple belongs a story about, the 12th Pandito Hambo Lama of the Ivolginsky Datsan, Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov. He told his students and fellow monks to bury his body after his death and to check on it again in 30 years. According to the story, Itigelov then sat in the lotus position, began chanting the prayer of death, and died, mid-meditation. The monks followed Itigilov’s directions, but when they exhumed his body 30 years later, they were amazed to find none of the usual signs of decay and decomposition. On the contrary, Itigilov looked as if he had been dead only a few hours, rather than three decades. Fearful of the Soviet response to their “miracle”, the monks reburied Itigilov’s body in an unmarked grave.
Itigelov’s story was not forgotten over the years and on September 11, 2002 the body was finally exhumed and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan where it was closely examined by monks and by scientists and pathologists. The official statement was issued about the body – very well preserved, without any signs of decay, whole muscles and inner tissue, soft joints and skin. The interesting thing is that the body was never embalmed or mummified 1991 attached to the datsan.


© Sigrid Saradunn 2013



quiet of morning

listening to rippling stream

Canadian geese watch