Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Full Cup of Tea

Moving this blog to a WordPress platform due to complaints on the comment process and changes not allowing me to easily share posts to my other social media sites.  

Join me over at A Full Cup of Tea.

Haiku: Creative Joy

thunderous vibrations
creative joy

seeking true purpose
through ancient rite of passage
from past to present

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sing Robin

Chorus on high

silver and gold
round and round with no end
my friend 'til the end

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Haiku: River Stones

cascading waters
break around the river stones
new destiny forged
Hot Cascades at Yellowstone National Park

Sea Snails Hide

On hot sand
Sea snails peeking

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Haiku: Sweet Dreams

twinkling lights
sing soft lullabies
sweet dreams

ancient stones guarding the night
keeping nightmares at bay
Carpe Diem Oct 2: Stonehenge

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Haiku: Paradise Lost

through the mist
a new son rises
perplexed kings

Carpe Diem "Distillation" #3 Paradise Lost by John Milton

Clouds Near

Dark and Low
Thunder crashing

eclipsed by a star
my moment forever lost

Monday, September 30, 2013

Waves Play

As day breaks
Sound of summer

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Haiku: Napping Straw

staw bundles napping
beside the winding highway
yellow bus screams by

School bus on a country road

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cicadas Hum

standing tall
eerie buzzing drums
looking left
looking right
my lab won’t budge from the step
while cicadas hum

Friday, September 20, 2013


Reciprocate yourself
to examine fractions
of your soul.

Reciprocate everything
to return home,
becoming whole again.

Reciprocate nothing at all
and you've become undefinable.

 Honorable Mention All Poetry Competition

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nightingale's Angelic Voice

A crescent moon rises o’er, a
Nightingale singing fabled lore-
Gallant knights and wicked queens.
Every note calling to the stars that gleam-
Like a gold fleece stolen;
Ino’s boiling cauldron; and
Centaurs galloping the Milky Way.

Vivid dreams wonder astray
Out my bedroom window.
Inviting the night’s hero; to
Come play among the stars,
Enchanted by angelic voiced bars.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Haiku: Peach

little peach
in my sweet ice tea
cools the sun

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Readers' Note (Epistle Poem)

A note to my readers lies herein
Travel, moving, a wedding, and unpacking--
Such a busy summer it has been
My energy and inspiration has been lacking

A vacation on the calendar is nearing
So for the remainder of the month I'll rest
The creative juices recharging
To return renewed in September with new zest

dVerse Poetics — Sent With A Stamp

--I'll return to writing/posting on September 6th. I need to recharge and take some vacation photos for inspiration.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Way Begins

You've come to the House of God for your weekly show to the world, paying your dues as good Christians. But sitting next to you in the pew--I know the truth. The venom of the devil flows from your mouths. Gossiping and cursing your neighbors. When I have a say about the abominations you've become, about how you've twisted the purity of the word, the sanctity of His house-- I am the one out of line. I'm the one not following along.

And looking around, I see the world around me clearly for the first time. How naive  I've been! The world of man pretends to be saintly one day a week and those who question that false holiness are cursed worse than those who pretend. 

No longer will I follow this false path; I will find my own way. Spirituality is not defined by sitting on a church pew on Sunday. There are many paths to God.

the way--a journey
as unique as the person

Carpe Diem Kamishibai #4, Cathedral- My 'autobiographical'-haibun

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


surviving eagle
fights another day
for freedom

By Photo credit: NASA/Gary Rothstein
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

fly like an eagle
as free as a bird in the sky
be a dreamcatcher

a brand new world awaits you
red, white, and liberty blue

Monday, August 5, 2013

Haiku: Imagination

celestial secrets
coloring my soul's

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Haiku: Sunset

shadows dance 
before the sinking sun
hearts aflame

Carpe Diem #263, Goa Sunset

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wait for it-

Hop on up to the edge and commit;
It'd be a shame to quit.

Hey, step back a bit,
Wait for it-

I promise hard ground you will not hit;
Just don't look down in the pit.

Hey, step back a bit,
Wait for it-

It'll be over lickety split;
Adventure worth every bit.
Hey, step back a bit,

Wait for it-


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Cup and Coaster's Ecstasy

Toad's Sunday Mini-challange was to write a love poem between to inanimate objects, so here is my tanka between a Cup and Coaster which I've also combined with the fitting Carpe Diem prompt: Ecstasy.

As days grow colder,
our meetings fewer--shorter;
On top at long last,
let me ride to ecstasy,
until my wetness soaks through

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ducklings Swim

ducklings swim near the shaded banks
while otters play devious pranks
on mellifluous lake fae
evading the water spray
toads cheer from sinking lilies
for more games and sillies
as the sun scorches shaded flanks
ducklings swim away giving thanks

By Fr.Latreille (Own work) [GFDL
or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Real Toad's Friday promptArtistic Interpretation "Dog Days of Summer" with Margaret

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Open Heart Lune

open heart cradles
the entire world
rock gently

Going back to the La Lune for for dVerse and which kind of a variation on haiku for Carpe Diem.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


On hot summer days
Humidity haze
Escaping sun's rays
Country music plays
Back porch cabernets
Steak, cole-slaw, and maize

pungent thunder
sweeping me from the porch
sirens call foul


A Lai poem for dVerse's Open Link Night and a Haiku for Carpe Diem's Special #47.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Little Red Riding Hood

The Red Cape - Claude Monet

It's off to Grandmother's I go
My red hood keeps out winds that blow
The way through the forest I know
Skip to and fro, Skip to and fro

Is that a wolf I hear howling
Not a time for leisure strolling
With that low menacing growling
Must get rolling, Must get rolling

Experimenting with a new form for today, Monotetra. Shared with Toad's open link.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Baseball Tableau

sit back and listen
as Mike calls the game
the boys of summer
are taking the field
for fun in the sun
beneath Arched gateway

Opening Day 2007: St. Louis Cardinals


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Summer Mirage Tableau

Late day sun hitting
Back patio grill
Heat radiating
Beer tastes of weekend
Cruel heat mirage
As Wednesday withers

Shared with dVerse's Poetics.

Friday, July 12, 2013


summer dresses swing
in the humid evening breeze
lovers holding hands

By Kor!An (Андрей Корзун) (Own work)
[CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

in the stillness
between the arrival of guests
the peonies                                      (Buson)

gossiping of love affairs
blush at the sordid details            (zennjennc)


A haiku for haiku friday and haiku heights and a tan renga for Carpe Diem. If you read them together you can tell I've been watching too much of the Syfy show Defiance, but that's not what I intended when I wrote them. ;)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Weeping Web

Dew Nugget ~ by Scott Holmes

A lack-luster lover caught
Widow's woven web trap
As Dawn dreams of day break
Delicate dew drops weep


Shared with dVerse Form for All, which is accentual-alliteration today. I keep mine short, but I think I kept with the Bang, Bang, Bang, Crash feel. I even added some alliteration into the title :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Haiku: Writing Courage (trio)

Only frowns dispayed
Punished for revealing
The insiders view

Excitement faded
Measured not by my talents
My words locked away

More than ten years pass
Ink and quills gathering dust
Until courage shines


Monday, July 8, 2013

sea lullabies

as she rocks to sleep
sailors beneath the moonless sky

Setting Sun Outer Banks, NC


Shared with imaginary garden with real toads Open Link Monday.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Let me play a song for you

music radiates
through the setting sun's protest
'Let me play a song for you'

only dusty wasps
dance to the twilight request
'Let me play a song for you'


Linked to dVerse's Form for All: The Princess’ Poem to her Secret Love

Sunday, June 9, 2013


Mirror Image
Rivaling, Cloning, Mating
Carbon      Copy        Alter      Ego
Mirroring, Replicating, Equaling
Parallel Portrait


Recycling this poem from April for dVerse's Entwin(n)ed Poetics because it was fun and I am lacking inspiration with the move this upcoming week. I don't know if I'll get to posting any more poetry for the rest of the month, but I'll be back in July charged with inspiration from the move and travels for poetry and haiku.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Conversation ( #5prompt #thepush #mpy )

speak to me in softness
over candlelight
reclaiming the art
of lost conversation
as the wine glass empties

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Anger Squalls

Masked by bought and borrowed veils

Naught but lies and tall tales;

Like a rare ride through the dales--

Jump track and the train derails;

Anchor set in anger squalls

Wait for the weak-willed wails

Berating until faith fails

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Wake Up!

I watch my generation and the younger
Follow, follow, follow
Too busy texting
Too busy photo taking
Too busy chatting
Too busy posting
To realize the lies
To realize the misinformation
To think for themselves
Wake up from the Matrix!

Stop the oil production
Stop the natural gas production
Increase the clean air regulations-
that will cease coal production
How will you drive with no gas?
How will you charge you electric car with no coal?
How will they manufacture your iphone with no-
Petroleum based plastics?
What will millions of people do for work?
How will they feed their families?
Maybe plant their own gardens if they have a home left?
GMO's cheaper than organic?
Don't like the GMO corn?
Fine use it for fuel-
But where will we grow our food
-when all the land is used for fuel?

Some crazy who shouldn't have a gun-
shoots some people
So take away everyone's guns?
Criminals will still find a way-
Hello?! Criminal!!
Too busy Facebooking- 
to know someone broke in
Take away everyone's guns-
Everyone's but the government
A government who will pass a bill without reading it!!!
These are your elected officials!!!
Did you even vote???
Too busy Instagraming?
To know the budget crisis?

Wake up!
Everyone has an agenda!
From the environmentalists to the oil producers
From the corn growers to the manufactures
From the lobbyist to the politicians
Statistics spun to favor the seller
Don't just jump on whatever is the hot ticker item for the moment
Without looking at both sides
Without looking at the bigger picture

Knowledge is power
Get your head out of the technology cloud
Do your research
Think big picture
Think long term
Think globally
Use your voice
Make a difference
This is the life we're making
This is the world we're making
For ourselves
For the next generation


Since June is  the month of Allen Ginsberg's birthday Kerry at Real Toads encouraged us to howl or rant about something we feel we needed to let off some steam about. Everyone seems to have a cause that they latch on to, but it amazes me how often people will just go along with whatever is flavor of the month issue without doing the research, without thinking about how it affects the system-locally, regionally, globally, and for future generations. I happen to be on the older side of Gen Y and it seem like a lot of us don't care or are too busy or think that our voice doesn't count-when we're the one who are going to have to live in the messed up world for the next 60-80 years. So its time for us to wake up and speak up!

Friday, May 31, 2013


Washing away the day
Debussy's waves crash across my lips
As I sink below the bubbles

Dreaming of beach play
La Mer's violins taste bitter sweet
As the water begins to cool

Putting Triton's trumpets away
The silence of bedtime cools my skin
As the tub drains to empty

Today's dVerse Meeting the Bar asks us to use Synesthesia or Sensory Confusion in a poem (i.e. taste the rainbow). I've included a poem about bathtime-a nice relaxing bubble bath, listening to Debussy's La Mer, and maybe having a glass of wine. Hope you enjoy.