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prompt: the ships that sail through your mind </p><br /><br /><br />
<p>St Louis thrill<br /><br /><br /><br />
Mississippi Riverboat<br /><br /><br /><br />
first adult treat<br /><br /><br /><br />
back in time ~ dressed to nines<br /><br /><br /><br />
river travel ~ breath of fresh air<br /><br /><br /><br />
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Note... I was sixteen, in the late -1950s,<br /><br /><br /><br />
visiting my cousin who was two years older.<br /><br /><br /><br />
We toured the boat to see what ever there<br /><br /><br /><br />
was to do ..and then settled and enjoyed<br /><br /><br /><br />
the trip in deck chairs.<br /><br /><br /><br />
.<br /><br /><br /><br />

Tanka Poets on Site prompt:

the ships that sail through your mind 

by Kathabela Wilson


Today we went to the old canal at Chesapeake Bay, 

a stunning spot, and lunched there 

while the ships sailed through our minds. 


Not only those, of every variety, 

one giant sailed through, 

it’s such a deep passageway, 

but others, 

in memory 

and experience that we have known. 


Ships and especially those of the Chesapeake 

are close to our tanka hearts. 


I thought very much of a different kind of ship, 

the ones that have held the work of M. Kei 

and his “historic ‘wooden sail’ vessels, 

as a crew member with the Kalmar Nyckel, 

the tall ship of Delaware.” 


I also thought of his love for the sea 

and his wonderful

 “Slow Motion The Log of a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack” 

that I hold in my hand from him right now. 


It is definitely time to read it again! 

I think of imaginary ships and childhood replicas, 

how my favorite childhood ride at the amusement park 

was a small ship that went in circles

 and I lett my hand down into the waters while it moved, 


And our ride out into the South China Sea, 

and going out in Lake Tai 

near Suzhou, China in a tourist boat…


I think of our friend Dalton Perry who loves to sail as well, 

and our sailing tanka sequence in Bright Stars 2. 

You can see and order many of the amazing seafaring books

by M. Kei here:

(including his Skipjack Log and Bright Stars, 

and much more aboard ships of the imagination.


 What are the ships that sail through your mind 

and into your tanka?



My response to the prompt:



St Louis thrill

Mississippi Riverboat

first adult treat

back in time ~ dressed to nines

river travel ~ breath of fresh air



I was sixteen, in the late -1950s,
visiting my cousin who was two years older.
We toured the boat to see what ever there
was to do ..and then settled and enjoyed
the trip in deck chairs. 

from the Cole Land Transportation Museum


The Prompt:  Tanka Poets on Site, Facebook
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 prompt; “a field trip” 
curiosity in new world that widens your perspective
Kathabela Wilson
(June Wayne would have loved our group and our visit to her show today. I
t’s diversity, enthusiasm and curiosity looking into her inspiring world.
 In fact she herself had a flair for creating and inspiring groups 
such as ours to met and explore new things. 
Her broad, immense talents applied to her 75 years career, 
till her final days at 93, were sparked by curiosity into every field, 
combining art, science, poetic thinking, 
she made paintings, lithographs and immense tapestries. 
She had a gift for combining such things as DNA chains, fingerprints 
and inspiration from Hokusai’s Great Wave, 
and cosmic imagery with visionary strokes of genius. 
 “I know it’s strange to hear someone my age talk like this but I am very curious” 
she said. 
How has your life and perspective been widened by curiosity? 
How do you explore the details of science, the unknown,
 and combine the diverse cosmic discoveries annd technologies in your tanka. 


My response to the prompt:
Galen Cole’s dream
walking sticks for veterans
four war eras
reflective stickers ~ maple canes
each era cane distinctive

World War II veterans who participate in Bangor’s Memorial Day Parade each year
also have a red-white-and-blue sticker with the year on it placed on their walking sticks.
This year, museum volunteers were on hand before the start of the parade with a new sticker
created especially for veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam War and Global War on Terror
who marched or rode in the parade with their walking sticks.
Several hundred veterans turned out for the parade last month,
bringing their sticks to be adorned with the reflective stickers,
and museum founder Galen Cole said he hopes that those who weren’t able to take part on Memorial Day
will bring their walking sticks to the Fourth of July Parade and get their 2013 sticker then.
The walking stick program at Cole Land Transportation Museum was planned as a one-time project
on Memorial Day 1999, with 500 maple walking sticks made by Peavey Manufacturing to be given
to World War II veterans to help boost their participation in Bangor’s patriotic parades.