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.
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.
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.
heard over the village
written June 13, 2018 // Joan died April 13, 2018
TPOS prompt: June 29 tanka prose
TPOS prompt: February 4 2013 memory/experience
# 1 photo: Tiffany Stained Glass Window
For Annie Kane 1926
One of tryptic:
Alpha: Angel of the Nativity
# 2 photo: The small intimate chapel to the left of the main altar
inside St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, ME
prompt: Happy Hands ＼(^^)／
what you say to get a good photo
think happy happy
together for always
smiles light the world
day spent in idyllic setting
smiles for life is wonderful
Kathabella Wilson prompt
“happy hands” or whatever you say to get the picture…
(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”??)
Kathabela Wilson wrote for the prompt:
We all know that life is challenging, changeable full of the unexpected and difficult.
How do we deal with this?
We’ve seen animals adapting to loss, and incapacity,
and we all have such examples in our own lives and those we love.
What are the ways of coping, confronting the natural and unnatural forces of life,
the mishaps and the tragedies?
What have you observed,
felt, what tangible examples
of dealing with life’s challenges
can you express in your tanka?
How have you done this yourself?
Sometimes we can help each other,
but ultimately it is our own task and
we are prey to the weaknesses of chemistry,
environment and life itself.
MY RESPONSE: (I am 70 as I write this)
my mind says
I’m in my twenties…
body says, “you wish’
mind says ok forty
body says get a walker
I find it is true … what “elderly” people
told me when I worked in a nursing facility.
If they didn’t have what ever problem required
them to be in a nursing facility,
they felt usually in their 30’s mentally.
At 70, I find it difficult to believe that I cannot
do, have the stamina to do what I did when I was
in my twenties, thirties, even older.
photo from the Peeps photo site
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)
(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,
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?)
visiting “the sisters”
peeps and chocolate sublime
(One of the highlights of this trip happened already!
It was to meet with Yiwei Huang.
home from Singapore
where he was getting his Phd
was assigned 3 years ago
to show us his home city of Nanjing
and to lead us up Yellow Mountain.
Our glorious adventures
and our poetic collaborations
joined our hearts,
and he has translated hundreds
of your tanka written for Tong Zhang
and performed them a year ago
for her by visiting with a power point.
Now he is beginnng more translations
of your newer tanka on her art.
He is here for the conference
and the joyous nature of the reunion is evident.
What have been your reunions on your journey?
of reuniting with Johannes Siemons,
who was our host two years ago in Tuscany
where we lived with him for a week
in the 14th century stone house
he restored there in the small village in Caprio.
We have traveled many times with him,
our ideal traveling companion
and to be together is a joy and inspiration.
How have reunions on your journey
been important to your life and art,
how do they sing in your tanka?)
bright come hither signs
long ago on
“how many calories
in a Snickers candy bar? ”
“if you break it in half
and shook the invisible candy bar
“pouring” the calories out
photo (c) 2014 Saradunn
sign with display at the local
Middle School. I did not have
permission to photograph the