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Monday, March 31, 2008

Fools, Heads or Tails

Heads or Tails offers the prompt 'fools' which is appropriate for April 1!

I'm posting a fib, one haiku and a photo:

bright eyes,
lad's giggle
bugs edgy daddy ~
jocosity sidelined by life


first day of April
uncovers our naivete
buried by late snow


Honey, I'm home!! is one of my award-winning digital photos!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

One Single Impression Haiku

From One Single Impression. This week's prompt of laughter comes from Scott the Poet at Poetic Leanings.

wave goodbye
slam door, kick up heels
winter's gone

lined papers
squiggles mark each one

snort and tears
bow with tummy throb
fave old joke

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Space for Sunday Scribblings

These were the first words that came to mind when I read the Sunday Scribblings prompt: Out of this World

nebula - fractals - apophysis - the order of chaos - stepping stones - circling light - ephemeral belies rock solid underpinnings - magical - skybound rainbows - hidden by city lights - overshadowed - natural regeneration - mythical heroes personified in constellations - My UFO sighting

When I think of space, it's about the magical and ephemeral colors of the skybound rainbows named in numbers, ie, n44. Those ever fascinating nebulae increase my pleasure of fractals and the imaginative abstract. Exact order of chaos can be found in the night sky when city lights go dark.

The seduction of night, when earth lights hide the sins of man and glitter in ultimate fantasy, has always captured my passion. Dirt and disaster are generally not visible in the dark as lights from overhead ease the stress of day and blanket the night with perfection.

Friday, March 28, 2008

It's about money

Mad Kane says:
Here in the U.S., tax return day (April 15th) is looming. So today’s limerick and haiku theme is taxes and tax returns or, if you prefer, forms that drive you nuts.
My haiku:

they do not linger
they snub my tender welcome
...bucks just passing through

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Down by the Bog

Poefusion Friday 5 offers five words for prompt: prey, quacky, cranberry, fling and winsome. Click the link to see what others responded and feel free to join in Michelle's challenging meme.

not all forms of prey
are perfectly toothsome

observe the intimacy
as a quacky mallard,

using a cranberry
as the new paradigm,

picks one to fling
toward a winsome hen

but only creates wasteful
Rorschach blots of red

Fractal created in Apophysis.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


an old lover
trapped in a new dream
winter circles once more

spent desires
pale with indifference
disturb the sleep of March

I rise to a buried spring
where the sweet sip of love
left vinegar on my tongue

Manipulated and re-colored Digital Photo

For Totally Optional Prompts

I took the Optional route. Several years ago, when a character I admired entered my mind, I wrote a novel around her and sometimes I wonder which of us is more real. ♥

3WW Haiku and Fib

Bone, moderator of 3 Word Wednesday, offers glass, question and token for today's prompt. Please follow the link to see what others posted or to play along with this enthusiastic meme. My response is below.

first token of spring
dazzling as fused yellow glass
questions old winter

like fused glass
reflects candleglow,
she leans forward with trust's token
before responding to his unexpected question

Fractal created in Apophysis.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Heads or Tails

Heads or Tails prompt: Surprise.

The prompt took me off guard so this post might be a little more personal than usual...the recent month has been a series of personally rewarding surprises.

First. Spring knocked a couple of times but winter kept the door locked. So I didn't have to venture outside to clean up the fallen limbs and winter damage. Ah, a reprieve!

Second. New Verse News and Right Hand Pointing each published one of my poems. Taco Salad at the Lake, a photograph, is on the cover of Travel Post Monthly.

Third. I managed to 'draw a watercolor' on my new Wacom Bamboo Fun. I hope to get better - for sure, I can't get worse. At any rate, it's a whole new ball game and I was sorely in need of a boost. Cabin fever now comes in colors!

Other events, too, added to the month to make it a pleasant and surprising piece of time.

Thanks for reading my back slapping!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Somewhere in the Night

chaos in the order of the stars
floods nebula with local color

kaleidoscopes unwritten
boomerang like homing pigeons

ragged clouds whimper
from the cluttered sky

and somewhere in the night
the land-bound moulin’s mouth
yawns another crack of ice

Fractal created in Apophysis

Mad Kane Haiku

Mad Kane says:

Now, of course, it’s your turn. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to write a limerick or haiku (or both) about poetry and/or writing in general.

first satisfaction
writing and post completed
typo slipped by me

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression posts:
As we enjoy the official beginning of this season, our prompt is spring.

rain loosens the soil
massages swelling seed pods
pliant greens

ides of March
chill north wind beckons
corn snow falls

snowbirds circle
inspect old neighborhood
vacant houses

Fractal created in Apophysis

I just don't get it...

The Sunday Scribblings prompt for "I just don't get it...' is perfect for this time of year when spring peeks and leaves, when political bouts rage and when deception seems the order of the day.

Thinking about this topic reminded me of people who are too lazy to learn the truth. People who forward disinformation by byte-tons and the recipients who accept it as truth. People who fail to explore facts before espousing opinions or voting. People who follow a current fad without thinking.

From there, I wandered to computer malware, hackers, phishers and scammers. How do obviously intelligent people decide the only way to make a buck is to resort to crime? Is it too much to ask that they infect each other and leave regular folks alone?

From there, I found I spend too much time shaking my head or rolling my eyes and saying...'I just don't get it.'

Fractal created in Apophysis.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Deja Vu

scent spun from a lilac
wraps me in forewarning
lucid as hindsight
familiar and unknown

Kokopelli fronts
the lurking karma
false as fool's gold
in a negative rainbow

my view goes tilty
an underwater mirror
fast-forward future
fuses to the past

Fractal created in Apophysis.

Writers Island
prompts with Deja Vu for this week.

Spring Break Haiku

For Haiku Friday

Spring break or maybe it's broken? More snow here. March came in like a lion and might go out as one, too.

idle rake
snow covers the lawn
dreamer waits

sun startles
steam rises like smoke
wet shingles

multi sized snowflakes
last blowhards of the season
circle aimlessly

One or More

Poefusion Friday 5 offers simper, kiss, train, vale and fence for the weekly prompt. My response follows. Feel free to join in the fun!

one simper, a kiss
her departure train
tracks west

he lingers by the fence
cleans all wifely traces
from his gleaming face

the inbound whistle
echoes across the vale
his paramour draws near

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Shape of Means

drawn lines close
on golden mean echoes
as a mobius strip
grows from more to less

split and split again
where once were scores
the longest years now
number on a single hand

phi flings fractals
into a void,
forewarned, he walks
into the gathering black

Surreal is the prompt by Totally Optional Prompts

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Haiku for 3WW

Bones, moderator for Three Word Wednesday, offered these words as the prompt for today: tangled, misunderstood and money. Check out how others responded and feel free to play along!

tangled by the news
threads spun til few understood ~
money triggers feuds

tangled money threads
patched but not quite understood
stained the cloth of dreams

Fractal created in Apophysis.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Heads or Tails - Kitchen

Skittles Heads or Tails, hosted this week by Tidbits of Tippets, offers the prompt...March 18 - HEADS - Any part of (or place in) a house


The kitchen is my favorite part of the house. Sound strange for a non-cook?

My computer, printer, scanner, phone and all things digital use all but a slender slice of table. The two comfortable old barstools are made from vinyl coated clothesline fashioned around a slender metal frame. I use one and the other supports a batch of books and binders.

From my seat, I see through the living room window and through the dining room slider to the patio beyond.

I see the neighbor's garage wall, up close, out the kitchen window. Not so neat. I've thought about painting a flower field on it, but so far it's only a thought.

Cupboards that normal people would use for pots and pans hold watercolor supplies, computer CD's, camera paraphernalia, device chargers...and a traveling coffee mug which rarely leaves home.

That's part of my house. I won't tell you about the guest bathtub where plants 'winter' over.

Thanks for visiting!

Original bookmark using pen and ink with watercolor by Turner.


One Single Impression offers 'Circle' as the weekly word prompt.

string art forms
lined up for spring dress
...winter trees

drought deprived
arid landscape laved
...curls of rain

buried by snowfall
graveyard of tumbled branches
exhumed by spring thaw

Fractal created in Apophysis.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Smorgasbord at Sunday Scribblings

Two pieces of poetry are posted here in the spirit of smorgasbord which is the prompt from Sunday Scribblings. A wonderfully fast moving meme, feel free to read and play along with the bloggers!

joy of spring gutter
Stellar's jay

In Scottsdale Shadows

Chunked tomatoes
cucumbers squared
green and red peppers
mound the earthen bowl.

Beyond Borgata Shops
scabrous stones crumble
over Conquistadoré bones,

silhouette of one-hump
Camelback crawls across

Day in the Desert, original watercolor by Turner.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Spellbound for Writers Island

I have a new toy. A gadget. You know me, I give up food, heat and clothes for gadgets. This is an impulse taken. And I'm Spellbound.

A Bamboo Fun by Wacom is in front of me. This is an amazing little item. Far more fun, but probably less productive, than my Roomba.

Bamboo Fun console came with a mouse and pen as well as Adobe Photoshop 5, Corel Painter Essentials 3 and Nik Color Efex Pro 2 GE.

USB connection and software upload allows drawing, editing or designing images (reflected in the computer monitor) using the pen or mouse on the pad. How cool is that?

Well, let me tell you. This is another learning curve that will keep me wide-eyed and wide-wondered until it's warm enough to get outside.

So far, I've only installed Photoshop. When I learn to operate that with my mouth closed and my eyes un-squinted, I'll install the next program.

Fascinating stuff. I'm so glad I wasn't born in the 1700's. Actually, maybe the next century would be an even better choice. I'll scribble that on my monitor for future editing. Just in case time machine technology kicks in.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday Haiku

For Haiku Friday

sneeze, cough, moan
spring flu bypasses
fall vaccine

indoor greens
lean toward windows
peeking sun

ides of march
usher in snowstorm
browned crocus

Fractal Created in Fractal Explorer

MadKane Yard Yarns Haiku

Today’s limerick and haiku theme from MadKane, the humorist, is: Yard Yarns

This meme is well worth a read as well as a play along!

deep snow drifts
prompt yearning for spring
grass angels

gardening on hold
earth mulching under snow hills
spring glances away

Fractal by Sue - created in Apophysis

Out from the Gloom

Michelle at Poefusion Friday 5 offers these five words for prompt: fizzy, sylph, freckled, rabble, suasion. It's a fun meme, come along and play!

One fizzy-headed sylph
clad in gauzy green
from the nether gloom,
from that freckled world
of a well-warped bush.

The see-through sylph
draws a shouting crowd
spouts a plot of fuzzy math
and browbeats rabble
in ill-based suasion
before retreating to her lair.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Joker's Game

Totally Optional Prompts offers 'smoke and mirrors' as the Thursday prompt. A great meme, please feel free to join in...


come play with me
curled finger beckoned
disappeared into the haze

ticket vanished
I sped into the game
seeking, searching

slipped, fell, rose again
door banged shut
the mirror went black

magicians' rule ~
now you have it
no, you don’t

against the wall
head to brick
without a chance

the die was cast
a winner named
before I joined the game


Fib for Wednesday

Bone, at Three Word Wednesday, offers these words for today's prompt: apartment, began, numb. He runs a fine meme, always draws good bloggers. You're welcome to play along!

Fibonacci poems are one of my favorite forms. Wikipedia has a bit of starter information if you'd like to become acquainted with this style.


she began
a new CraigsList search
for a rent-and-share apartment