twelfth month memories CD Special 123 12.21

twelfth month memories                                                   CD Special 123 12.21

The scarecrow’s old hat
Was flung by the winter wind
Into a graveyard.                                                                        © Richard Wright

landed on memories grave
the elder lost way too young

and the young not quite
able to breathe that first breath
so very still, cold

yet there the hat rested on
the flag of those who served true

father, brother, and
uncle, sister, mother, aunt -
grandparents who gave

along with the orphan and
the stranger – compassion’s friend

tumbled yet again
over the flowers left there
weathered and brittle

the sun can only fade cloth
not the love kept in the heart

for on the mantle
candles are lit to honor
each and everyone

throughout the year, mind open
with the thoughts of how and why

those gone might enjoy
visions now that living eyes
treasure with delight

winter is but one season -
capping the end of the year                                                  © JP/dh

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Note: While a cemetery is not my most favorite place. It is a challenge when days pass
and we miss those we love. In this season last year we lost an elder. But when we gather
to light candles and celebrate we always have a food item we know that would have brought
joy to them. Without words it is like having them join us. Their presence honored. And too we
remember all those, who that scarecrow’s’ hat in the graveyard might have tumbled by…

http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2014/12/carpe-diem-special-123-richard-wrights.html

So you have to start with this opening-verse or “hokku” and in your closing-verse or “ageku” there has to be a link or association back to this “hokku”. Why? Well … it’s because of aesthetic reasons … by linking or associating from the “ageku” to the “hokku” you make the “circle” complete.”Soliloquy no Renga” in which I asked you to write a solo-renga with a maximum of 12 stanzas.

three different complete paths CD tan renga 64 12.20

three different complete paths                                                 CD tan renga 64 12.20

curtain of light
shimmers in the winter cold
flight of fancy                                                                                         (© Dolores)

in the middle of the night
Mother Nature’s light show                                                                (© Chèvrefeuille)

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curtain of light
shimmers in the winter cold
flight of fancy                                                                                        (© Dolores)

through the country lace; patterns
on the hardwood floors; cat wakes                                                    ©JP/dh

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curtain of light
shimmers in the winter cold
flight of fancy                                                                                       (© Dolores)

through her window, brilliant;
angel came to take her home                                                              ©JP/dh

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curtain of light
shimmers in the winter cold
flight of fancy                                                                                       (© Dolores)

colored candles lined just so
on the window sill, warm us                                                               ©JP/dh

http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2014/12/carpe-diem-tan-renga-challenge-64.html

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drill Sergeant? CD 629 woodpecker 12.20

drill Sergeant?                                     CD 629 woodpecker 12.20

fickle red head
poking love messages
for all to see

love her, lover
get bugs for her, always
all the yard trees

might raid
the feeder hanging just for
me, me, me

©JP/dh 12.20.14

Carpe Diem Prompt
See 629 woodpecker

 

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oceans of space? An Elfje series 12.19

oceans of space? An Elfje series 12.19

science,
fiction or~~~~~~~
reality tied neatly~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
at the boat dock -~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
row~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

row
or row
that is move
or fight, argue, disagree
vehemently

facts
lined up
in neat cues
only to be struck
down

down
or up
to the center
of the earth or
space

use
your third
eye – the one
in your mind to
fly

fly
on the
wall an insect
just waiting to infect
imagination

perhaps
~~~~~~~a different
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~reality awaits with
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~the changing of the
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~tides…

©JP/dh

MLM Tale Weaver Dec 18, 2014

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…balance, strength, energy… CD 628 12.18

…balance, strength, energy… CD 628 12.18

four blades for children
to get them started on ice
glide, slide, feeling free

takes balance, strength, energy
to feel so free, like flying

it is always fun
to watch the Zamboni clean
indoor oval rinks

©JP/dh 12.18.14

Carpe Diem Prompt
see 628 Ice Skating

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in synch (series for) MLM and CD 12.17

in synch                                         (series for) MLM and CD prompts 12.17

so cold – teeth chatter
so numb, but not quite enough
to find rest in sleep

some friend to invite me north,
make me sleep on the cold floor

I was not prepared
to sleep as if on winter
grasses – such a state

after the fire was out,
the thermostat turned low

my skin like that of
withered mums outside the home
of the dark country

teasing the pre-teen soul that
expected comfort and warmth

even anger was
not enough to raise my hopes
of surviving night

morning came, not soon enough
mourning the end of that friend

my senses alert
I vowed to never be so
cold ever again

like blooming orchids
in a well kept greenhouse – I
would know constant warmth

from more than just the weather
I would also keep warm hearts

©JP/dh

Ha asks us to write about ‘This Chill’ and Chèvrefeuille asks us to incorporate or play
again with these past themes: Carpe Diem # 68 Winter Grasses, # 82 Withered Mums
and # 294, Orchids. And so I have… in synch (or sync) noun : (1930-35; shortened form
of synchronization) 2. harmony or harmonious relationship.

Also note: I do not think it is fair of anyone to host another (especially a child) and expect
them to understand and adapt to weather to which they may not be prepared for. The family
I stayed with basically had no heat on at night. In the middle of winter in Connecticut
it is more than just a slight chill that seeps into ones bones.

http://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/heeding-haiku-with-ha-this-chill/

http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com/2014/12/carpe-diem-ghost-writer-38-little-bit.html

two Troiku CD Sp. 112 : 12.15

two Troiku
CD Sp. 112 R. Wright & Chèvrefeuille

I give permission
For this slow spring rain to soak
The violet beds.                                                           © Richard Wright

L1
I give permission
for you to wed father said -
welcome approval

L2
this slow spring rain to
this season of your birth, yet
we wed in autumn

L3
the violet beds
all gone, I held mums and three
red roses; bow tied                                                      ©JP/dh
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children’s laughter
playing in the fresh puddles
trampling the clouds                                                 © Chèvrefeuille

L1
children’s laughter
their joys mixed with memory
of our elders – gone

L2
play in fresh puddles
disturbing rainbows; reflect
our forever promise

L3
trampling the clouds -
puffs disburse, reform; and yet
we stay bonded – ‘we do’                                            ©JP/dh

Please see link for how to play
Carpe Diem Prompt
See CD special 122 Richard Wright/Troiku