9.30 …bring calm…


9.30 …bring calm…

a wise plant and word
a gift from the universe?
bring calm to us all


from the post:
Sage is considered a nearly universal magical cure-all, able to dispel curses and bestow wisdom, clarity, health, and prosperity. A sage leaf kept with a Tarot deck will preserve it uncontaminated by negative, distracting forces. One way to break a curse with sage is to light a leaf (or handful of leaves) and then blow out the flame, allowing the embers to continue smoking. Then use the smoldering sage to draw large, counter-clockwise circles in the air. The smoke will banish the curse and bring a blessing in its stead.

from herbwisdom.com:
It is thought that Sage is similar to Rosemary in its ability to improve brain function and memory. In a study involving 20 healthy volunteers Sage oil caused indicated improvements in word recall and speed of attention. Meanwhile the activity of Sage and its constituents have been investigated in the search for new drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease with promising results


9.29 …vast variety…


…vast variety…

just because its there
and some call it a found prize
please keep your truffles

the fungus among us has
quite a vast variety

and if you don’t know
exactly what you’re looking
for – there’ll be no ‘score’

red is a warning so is
orange – be wary of spots

I think I’ll be safe
and buy my mushrooms from the
local town grocer



9.28 Duel Prompts: …notice leaves…

9.28 Duel Prompts: …notice leaves…

Acrostic / Shadorma is a Spanish 6-line poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllable lines respectively.
Traditional haiku: 5/7/5 syllable lines; haibun: prose or other verse with haiku

Please see the shardorma prompt for the photo(s)

…notice leaves…

feet scuffle
allez and egress
lilt, tap, dance
lope, trot, prance
entering autumn with grace
notice leaves; stop: see
apple red, orange
waves, yellow hues all –
east wind carries them


Note: to me autumn colors are ‘fallen awe.
’Cemeteries hold our ‘fallen’ loved ones…
And there is always an ‘awe’ to see headstones,
especially very old historical ones.
allez; French for ‘go’ – to fit the
syllable count and definition of movement – to go.
Yes egress also means to leave or go, but when we leave one
place we arrive somewhere else. Glad someone was awake to
point out I spelled my word wrong.
Should be FALLEN not Fellen. Fallen as in fall leaves that fell.
Fallen awe as sometimes we drop to our knees when visiting a
cemetery to visit graves and are in awe that our loved ones
are no longer with us – hoping they are in a better place.

9.26 …before the harvest

9.26 …before the harvest…
This is one of those pieces that will look better on my ‘B’ site.
But hopefully you will still get the sense of ‘play’.


in these parts; play time [ __
[ ____________
] time to get lost in a maize maze [ ___
]_____before the harvest


Just one of many places. Go to the bottom of the page to see some actual corn mazes.
Locally understood to denote the leading crop of a district. Restricted to the indigenous “maize” in America (c.1600, originally Indian corn, but the adjective was dropped), usually wheat in England, oats in Scotland and Ireland, while Korn means “rye” in parts of Germany. Maize was introduced to China by 1550, it thrived where rice did not grow well and was a significant factor in the 18th century population boom there.Cornflakes first recorded 1907. Corned beef so called for the “corns” or grains of salt with which it is preserved; from verb corn “to salt” (1560s).

harvest moon
a bulging corn crib
releases it

© Jane Reichhold

lost in the corn fields
I look at autumn’s sky and listen,
a Skylark’s song

© Chèvrefeuille

9.25 plaited prompts: …the emperor ate…

9.25 plaited prompts: …the emperor ate…


(Perhaps if the emperor had eaten more apples?)

‘I Speak Not, I Trace Not, I Breathe Not Thy Name’ by Lord Byron
(I’ve taking an indirect route and slightly longer than an American tanka)

a memento mori poem with these words:
trance, track, skin, emperor, popcorn, bacon

And just because it Too, Too – fits…   Q 25 T 10


a tale retold in memento mori:
…the emperor ate…

bacon was the fat
the emperor ate, popcorn
with too much butter

in a trance with his mirror;
not looking at skin sagging

lost track of his life;
sly tailors’ embarrassment –
naked to his own death

coffin closed; who was the first;
and the last mourner? the child

clear lesson here;
moderation is the key –
serve it up daily


9.24 willow…


9.24 willow…

willow’s yellow lips
silenced by the summer, fall
reveal squirrel’s nest


In Judaism the Lulav helps to celebrate Sukkot a Fall harvest Festival.
Several plants make up the Lulav.
“Etrog refers to the heart, the place of understanding and wisdom.
Lulav refers to the backbone, uprightness. Myrtle corresponds to the eyes,
enlightenment. Willow represents the lips, the service of the lips (prayer).”


Note: I had always thought of the willow leaves as eyes because of their shape.
Interesting to find different interpretations.