An Artist, Photographer, Writer, Poet

Carpe Diem #757 desert

photo:  flickr:  Sunrise, Wickenburg, Arizona, USA

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My response to the prompt:  

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prickly topiaries
nesting birds waken
saguaro sunrise

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Saradunn

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In January/February 1992 I spent six

weeks at The Meadows, in Wickenburg

Arizona, USA.  Waking early to see the

sunrise was a special treat.    Being from

the Midwest and Downeast Maine, the

saguaro cactus was fascinating with its

quirks and perks.

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The prompt: Carpe Diem: desert

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You will understand that our prompt for today is desert

and these are the haiku which Jane Reichhold

uses as an example for this modern summer kigo:

desert
awakened by silence
filled with dark

stars
in the sand
desert GIFT

YOUR voice
tying me to the desert
toast POPS UP

© Jane Reichhold

Aren’t they gorgeous?

I especially like the second haiku shared here,

because of the nice FREE style” way of composing it.

Through this free style this haiku is very strong and intense.

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my own desert
re-decorating the garden
in bright sunlight

© Chèvrefeuille

A few other “desert”-haiku,

the first an oldie from my personal weblog

Chèvrefeuille’s Haiku-blog and a new (re-done) one.

in the desert
the heat, the sand … my eyes
a Fata Morgana

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tears fall

lost and alone in the desert

just the moon and I

© Chèvrefeuille

Ah! The desert, one of our wonderful “eco-systems”.

I have learned to admire the desert through the posts of MMT.

Her photos and haiku have done that to me.

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Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #48 ferns

photo credit:  pinterest

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My response to the prompt:

sunlit ferns
lily of the valley peek
buttercups salute

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Saradunn

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My morning greeting leaving the house…

the sun on the ferns, lily of the valley and

buttercups… a moment in time

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The prompt:

.Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another week has gone by and it’sALREADY Wednesday again …

time for a new episode of Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu

(our former Ghost Writer feature).

This week I have chosen to do a new episode of our CD Distillation feature

in which the goal is to distill haiku (or tanka) from a other (longer) poem.

And this week I have chosen for

a poem by Raymond A. Foss

titled “Translucent Ferns”:

TRANSLUCENT FERNS

The melting frost
ablaze in the warming
the wetness of the morning
changing the light

The ferns turned
from green to brown
from summer to autumn
but in the morning translucent
lit from behind

As the frost bleeds away
the lobes of the fern turned
warming in the light
of the autumn morning
as I rush on by

© Raymond A. Foss

Raymond has given me permission to use his poem

and he even send me a haiku he wrote after this poem,

a kind of distillation as is the goal for this week’s

Tokubetsudesu episode:

The ferns alive, clear
translucent before dying
almost likeWINDOWS

© Raymond A Foss

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TPOS tanka prompt: the elements (earth/air/fire/water)

photo: dowsingarchaeology.org.uk/

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born with gift
called from far and wide
desperate times
fresh cut branch held just so
willow witching
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TPOS prompt: drought/oasis

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tanka prompt: the elements (earth/air/fire/water)

painting by Kathabela

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(The elements have a life of their own .

In my tiny painting the earth born fibers

embedded in the earthy paper

were not visible

until my wet brush touched the page.

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Then the firey amber flames began to appear,

from the water spreading.

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In the bright air the painting dried

and preserved was a magical unrelenting force of nature.

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Whenever I think of trying to make something happen

I think of this surprising moment,

and how things happen by themselves

when it comes down to the elemental in life.

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How have the earth air fire and water

been part of your life,

how do you see them as inspiration

and basic powers in your life and your poetry?)

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'Friday, March 13, 2015 prompt: the elements (earth/air/fire/water) painting by @[692070517:2048:Kathabela]  (The elements have a life of their own . In my tiny painting the earth biorn fibers embedded in the earthy paper were not visible until my wet brush touched the page. Then the firey amber flames began to appear, from the water spreading. In the bright air the painting dried and preserved was a magical unrelenting force of nature. Whenever I think of trying to make something happen I think of this surprising moment, and how things happen by themselves when it comes down to the elemental in life. How have the earth air fire and water  been part of your life, how do you see them as inspiration and basic powers in your life and your poetry?)'
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TPOS: traveling by water (Wings and Waves Waterpark)

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wind swept leaves
a stop at mill pond
sudden arctic night
traveling on water
frozen in ice

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TPOS: traveling by water

(Wings and Waves Waterpark) Gary Blankenship prompt

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TPOS tanka prompt March 24, 2015 traveling by water

(Wings and Waves Waterpark) Gary

Hi.

It’s spring break in this part of Oregon

and we are entertaining our grandchildren

as the weather allows.

Sunday was bowling

and yesterday the indoor water park at McMinnville

– next to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.

(Including Spruce Goose).

The water park has a large wave pools

and 4 slides coming from a Boeing 747 on the roof – 

one with a funnel. 

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Something for all ages. 

BTW a water museum and café are included. 

Our kids had oodles of fun. 

What are your experiences with water parks and play – 

pools slides Rapids and rafting. 

How wet your tanka will get.

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Gary Blankenship's photo.
Gary Blankenship's photo.
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TPOS: found art in unlikely places

photo: (c) 9/2014 Saradunn

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looking forward
it’s looking backwards
mocking smile
picasso meets utlity
portrait gliding on highway
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TPOS: found art

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Monday March 23, 2015 tanka prompt:

found art in unlikely places

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(You are walking in a parking lot or city street look down

and suddenly stand still in awe.

A delicate scrap,

a rusty hinge,

an oil spill,

a chalk line blurred by rain.

As if long hours were spent creating,

a pattern, a whimsical face, a letter fallen from a sign

and a moment expand with humor,

beauty, a question is revealed

How has this happened to you,

and…in your tanka now?l

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'Monday March 23, 2015: found art in unlikely places  (You are walking in a parking lot or city street look down and suddenly stand still in awe. A delicate scrap, a rusty hinge, an oil spill, a chalk linr blurred by rain. As if long hours were spent creating, a pattern, a whimsical face, a letter fallen from a sign and a moment expand with humor, beauty, a question is revealed How has this happened to you, and...in your tanka now?) --this photo of a scrap of plastic netting into which flowers have fallen - today, Santa Barbara, path by parking lot, Santa Barbara Zoo'
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TPOS: found art Ceiling at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Bangor, Maine, USA

photo (c) 2015 Saradunn:  Ceiling at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Bangor, Maine, USA

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light and airy
grace flying above
astounding
white ribs on gray.
soothing sky overhead
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TPOS: found art
Ceiling at St. Patrick’s Episcopal
Church, Bangor, Maine, USA
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Monday March 23, 2015 tanka prompt:

found art in unlikely places

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(You are walking in a parking lot or city street look down

and suddenly stand still in awe.

A delicate scrap,

a rusty hinge,

an oil spill,

a chalk line blurred by rain.

As if long hours were spent creating,

a pattern, a whimsical face, a letter fallen from a sign

and a moment expand with humor,

beauty, a question is revealed

How has this happened to you,

and…in your tanka now?l

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'Monday March 23, 2015: found art in unlikely places  (You are walking in a parking lot or city street look down and suddenly stand still in awe. A delicate scrap, a rusty hinge, an oil spill, a chalk linr blurred by rain. As if long hours were spent creating, a pattern, a whimsical face, a letter fallen from a sign and a moment expand with humor, beauty, a question is revealed How has this happened to you, and...in your tanka now?) --this photo of a scrap of plastic netting into which flowers have fallen - today, Santa Barbara, path by parking lot, Santa Barbara Zoo'
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CSP prompt: garden bird ~ woodpecker . (c) 2015 Saradunn

Traci Barlow (c)image from Seize the Poem prompt on facebook

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tap tap tap
seeks tasty grub
redhead bobbin
louder and louder
splitting headache
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(c) 2015 Saradunn

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CSP 26.2.15 prompt: garden bird
woodpecker

(garden bird / tufted titmouse)

thanksTraci Barlow for letting me use this capture for today’s prompt!

just precious! if this bird is not a native to your neck of the woods,

feel free to ‘replace’ it with your own garden bird/s


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