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Bella, chihuahua guardian puppy.  photo (c) Barbara Kelly, Austin, Tx, USA

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prompt: lions, snow lions, foo dogs, guardian creatures

by Kathabella Wilson

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This enchanting creature (see photo at end)

greeted us at the S&G canal border

 of Chesapeake Bay and Delaware on our recent trip

 – – feet from the canal at the harbor restaurant. 

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We’ve all known many lions in our lives, 

and guardian creatures. 

How do we “handle them”? 

You can just barely see I was feeding this one flowers.

I’ve known many museum lions. 

I love this description of “snow lions” in Tibet, 

and their similarity to “Chinese snow lions” also called “foo dogs” 

from the USC Pacific Asia Museum website:

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Snow lions are not like other lions, 

or even like the snow leopards of central Asia. 

Instead, they are said to be

pure white with a bright turquoise mane.

Snow lions are full of energy, 

leaping from mountain top to mountain top, 

not quite flying but also not quite touching the ground. 

They are said to be smart, always cheerful and delighted by life. 

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With all these good qualities,

 it is not a surprise that snow lions are a symbol of Tibetan culture!

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Pairs of snow lion statues sometime protect important buildings. 

In this way, they have a lot in common with the Chinese Foo Lions, 

sometimes translated as “Foo Dogs”, that protect this building. 

You can see three pairs of Foo lions 

as you walk through the museum doors 

and courtyard, plus one more pair is up on the roof.”

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What have been the lions of your life, 

where do you find them, 

and how do they act in your tanka ?

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My Response to the prompt:

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door bell rings
delivery man
barking heard
man frightened, 
Chihuahua echoes
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elderly woman
second floor apartment
feels safe
grown men afraid
Chihuahua’s bark ~ lion’s roar
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note:
tankas are about a true guardian 
chihuahua, in Kansas City, KS,
in the late 1950s.
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(c) 2014 Kathabela Wilson …at the S&G canal border of Chesapeake Bay and Delaware

 

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(c) 3/2014 Saradunn.  The Wednesday Portrait Group of Blue Hill, Maine, USA

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March 1, 2014 tanka prompt: beauty of what we do as a group (singing, writing) 

By Kathabela Wilson on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 9:06am
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March 1 prompt: the beauty of what we do as a group (singing together), 
(our Mozart performance, writing together (Tanka Poets on Site) anything we do, not solo…)
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(Our performance tonight of selections from the Mozart requiem! I love it…
 Recorded from the balcony by my phone recorder while we were down there on stage! 
We all do many things alone. In so many ways … we “sing solo”. 
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But what do we do together, to make unified beauty
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This happened last night… and the beauty I think, shines through. If you can’t hear the recording… 
most of you should be able to… 
it is fine, because you know the kind of thing I am talking about. Open any one of our files on this site… 
and see the unfolding fan of solo voices when combined give a sense of a whole view,
 an anthology like “Firepearls” that sparkles. 
Think of our group performance at Tanka Sunday, on the Queen Mary 
when some of you joined me in person to perform as a group. 
Think of our upcoming sharing and performances in the Japanese Garden 
and even in China this summer when I will bring some of your tanka there 
to perform for Tong Zhang the artist we wrote for… 
This is why I make this site and all our anthologies. 
Think of the garden of many roses that Robert Johnston has given us here.
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.March 1 prompt: The Beauty of what we create as a group, singing, writing, rose garden… photo byRobert Johnston
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While the beauty of each rose is kept and honored the sense of the natural overwhelming bouquets 
highlight the extravagant beauty of them all together. 
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Think of the things you do, have done, as a group… 
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how this feels. 
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This is Poets on Site. 
This is you and friends, 
it is even you as a couple,
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 Acting beyond yourself as a solo person in the world 
to create a new kind of beauty. 
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How does this sing in your “little song” ?

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My response tanka
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almost 40 years
artists meet on Wednesdays
portraits galore

models ~ ten to one hundred one
some like us enough to paint
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The Wednesday Portrait group of Blue Hill, Maine, USA, have been meeting since 1976 when several artists decided to challenge themselves with life models and paint portraits. It evolved from their homes to summers painting in a barn, winters at a retirement community’s Art Room. One of the original group of women moved there and still lives there. 
Several of the painters started out as models and decided to join the group as an artist.
We bring our lunch, and bond after the session ends.
Out of this group, we now have a Monday still life group in the same activity room. The plein aire painters started twelve years ago in the summer and now meet year round on Monday and Fridays  in the library in Somesville, Maine, USA.
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Written for:
Tanka Poets on Site
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Feb 26, 2014 tanka prompt: bamboo fountain, also called Shishi-odoshi (deer scarer) Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden (Kath)

By Kathabela Wilson on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 11:31pm
Feb 26, 2014 prompt: bamboo fountain, (photo inspiration above)
also called Shishi-odoshi (deer scarer) Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
 Just near the entrance to the exquisite teahouse, 
at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden… 
there is a bamboo fountain. 
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The soothing sight of it remains in memory long after, 
as does the sound of water. 
The Japanese word for this fountain 
means “deer scarer” because the balance and movement 
as it emtis and fills is meant to scare animals 
that might disturb the delicate balance of the garden.
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 At this garden. 
I heard the sound of water, 
but so far not a clacking sound and sudden movement. 
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We did see and hear that on our trips to Japan. 
But it has a unction of refreshment and symbolism near the entrance to the teahouse. 
What has been your experience with bamboo fountains such as this… 
how do they sound and move in your tanka ?
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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151874339885518&set=oa.600366666717202&type=3&theater This is a very satisfying and beautiful poetic sight in the garden, the lotus shaped bowl fills with water… from the beautiful bamboo.)
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remembering sounds

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tranquil soothing water sounds 

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restored hearts rhythm

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healing sound ~ water trickling

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tranquil heart and soul
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