An Artist, Photographer, Writer, Poet

seize the poem prompt: fallen

seize prompt.. fallen . photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn

seize prompt.. fallen
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photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn


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My response to the prompt:
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storm’s reminder
last years and before
fallen limbs
mother nature recycles
nourishment to the earth

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seize the poem prompt.. fallen

1520 TPOS prompt: #2 warmth

photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn  children of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church

photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn
children of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church

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TPOS prompt: warmth
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My Response to the prompt
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chill of winter night
Christmas Eve in Maine
children’s voices sing
hearts warmed with their presence
sign of hope for future
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TPOS prompt: #1 warmth

photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church

photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn
St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church

TPOS prompt: warmth
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My response to the prompt

Christmas Eve
families return each year
generations grow
children now with their own
heart warming ~ loving
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note:
Where 40 years ago, there would have just been
a husband and wife, and maybe toddlers
tonight there were for at least two families,
two full pews including great-grands
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CSP prompt: Sing

photo: www.birdingmaine. The bug in the birds'mouth looks to be a moth.

photo: http://www.birdingmaine.
The bug in the birds’mouth looks to be a moth.

CSP prompt: Sing

My response to the prompt:

mocking bird
sings each summer morning
new song each day
greets day in someone’s tune
loud and clear
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note:
as I have a hearing loss it is difficult
for me to identify many of the sounds of
nature. One day I mentioned that there
was “an annoying” bird that woke me each
morning… and I was told that a mockingbird
settled in the lilac bushes beside my bedroom
windows each day. Since then, I have learned
to enjoy being greeted with song each summer
morning
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CSP prompt: Sing
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photo: http://www.birdingmaine.
The bug in the birds’mouth looks to be a moth.

Thanksgiving at the Riverside 2015/TPOS prompt: food of love

(c) 2015 Saradunn Thanksgiving dessert table at the Riverside Cafe, Ellsworth Maine

(c) 2015 Saradunn
Thanksgiving dessert table at the Riverside Cafe, Ellsworth Maine

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(c) 2015 Saradunn Free Thanksgiving meal at the Riverside Cafe... discreet donation box.

(c) 2015 Saradunn
Free Thanksgiving meal at the Riverside Cafe… discreet donation box.

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(c) 2015 Saradunn a bounty of food

(c) 2015 Saradunn
a bounty of food

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Thanksgiving at the Riverside
has become my family tradition
since Stacey and the girls moved to Texas.

Stacey always made the Thanksgiving Holiday
festive and yummy
and the Riverside, the Emmaus Homeless Shelter
and the volunteers do their best
to be the next best thing to going home.
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My response to the prompt:
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turkey ~ all fixin’s
festive tables set in gold
no one eats alone
neighbor greets neighbor
left overs for tomorrow
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Note:

The Riverside Cafe’, volunteers and
the Emmaus Homeless shelter
provided a free Thanksgiving meal
so no one would go with out or have
to eat alone. Over the years, we see
many of the same people and it has
a happy family atmosphere.
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TPOS the food of love
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photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn
Thanksgiving at the Riverside Cafe’
Ellsworth, Maine, USA

Thanksgiving Dinner at the VFW

The people gathered for the VFW 2015 Thanksgiving Dinner (c) 2015 Saradunn

The people gathered for the VFW 2015 Thanksgiving Dinner
(c) 2015 Saradunn

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POW/MIA Remembrance Service table for one. (c) 2015 Saradunn

POW/MIA Remembrance Service table for one.
(c) 2015 Saradunn


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Thanksgiving dinner at the VFW hall 2015. (c) 2015  Saradunn

Thanksgiving dinner at the VFW hall 2015.
(c) 2015 Saradunn


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VFW Thanksgiving Meal (c) 2015 Saradunn

VFW Thanksgiving Meal
(c) 2015 Saradunn


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Carrot Cake, other desserts were lemon, blueberry, pumpkin,and apple pie and several kinds of delicious cookies... mine was soft molasses with white chocolate chips.

Carrot Cake, other desserts were lemon, blueberry, pumpkin,and apple pie and several kinds of delicious cookies… mine was soft molasses with white chocolate chips.


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Today, several veterans and myself joined other veterans and their families and friends at the VFW for a Thanksgiving dinner…no charge. They started with the singing of Star Spangled Banner, Pledge of Allegiance, and a ceremony for the POA/MIA with a table set for one…which the symbolism was explained. This was very moving to hear and watch.
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At the end of this blog, I have a copy of the ceremony for the POA/MIA.
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The dinner was very nice.. Turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables and rolls. Pickles and olives on the table. Coffee served. They made up plates and served us…and then a choice of pies,and cookies… I had a molasses cookie with white choc chips… really good.

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Below I have the service that started our meal at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
Thanksgiving dinner. If was the first time I really heard the service due to a hearing loss.
I had put in a hearing enhancer (over the counter hearing appliance) and was filled with
gratitude for those whose company I was enjoying today.

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The following is a suggested POW/MIA Remembrance Service to be used at American Legion meetings, banquets, luncheons or memorial gatherings in conjunction with the POW/MIA flag draped over an empty chair. The service can be adopted or modified appropriately. Members should remove their caps during this service.

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Those who have served, and those currently serving in the uniformed services of the United States,

are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace

has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice.

We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures,

there are others who have endured

and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and imprisonment.

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Before we begin our activities, we pause to recognize our POWs and MIAs.

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We call your attention to this small table

which occupies a place of dignity and honor.

It is set for one,

symbolizing the fact

that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks.

They are referred to as POWs and MIAs.

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We call them comrades.

They are unable to be with their loved ones and families,

so we join together to pay humble tribute to them,

and to bear witness to their continued absence.

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The table is small,

symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner,

alone against his or her suppressors.

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The tablecloth is white,

symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their Country’s call to arms.

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The single rose in the vase

signifies the blood they may have shed in sacrifice

to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America.

This rose also reminds us

of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep faith,

while awaiting their return.

The red ribbon on the vase represents

an unyielding determination for a proper accounting of our comrades

who are not among us.

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A slice of lemon on the plate

reminds us of their bitter fate.

The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us

of the countless fallen tears of families as they wait.

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The glass is inverted,

they cannot toast with us at this time.

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The chair is empty. They are NOT here.

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The candle is reminiscent

of the light of hope,

which lives in our hearts to illuminate

their way home, away from their captors,

to the open arms of a grateful nation.

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The American flag reminds us

that many of them may never return –

and have paid the supreme sacrifice to insure our freedom.

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Let us pray to the Supreme Commander

that all of our comrades will soon be back within our ranks.

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Let us remember – and never forget their sacrifice.

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May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families.

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White Poppy for Peace

white Icelandic poppy ... wikipedia

white Icelandic poppy …
wikipedia

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senseless carnage
Paris, France, world, mourn
shock ~ disbelief
survivors speak ~ some l
isten learn
white poppies bloom

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note
The White Poppy for peace
symbolizes the belief for some
that there are better ways
to resolve conflicts than
killing strangers.
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seize the poem prompt: poppy
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photo: wikipedia…


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