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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Three Word Wednesday Poem

Bone, the moderator of Three Word Wednesday says: each week, I post some words. People write things using the words. Then they comment here. Feel free to join in this energetic meme!
These are the current prompt words:

Tonight, Poetry Super Highway begins its annual free-for-all. For 24 hours you can download free poetry books by some really fine poets. You'll probably recognize some of the names!

I empty April into
the basin of yesterdays
ignore its rapid passing

panic grass dots the highway
a blurred and gray horizon
lures me toward tomorrow

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Heads Or Tails Poem

Heads Or Tails! April 29 TAILS Prompt: Share a special memory

After the Saffron Flowers

Drawn toward the land
of wind-polished stone
arroyos breeding rabbit brush
Joshua trees that curl
where hawks knife endless sky
and death is dry and clean.
I place my palm
on alabaster marble,
Buddha belly of
the newborn boy,
watch the desert
brown and cracked
crawl across my hand.

Bookmark by Sue

Writers Island Pleiades Poem

Writers Island offers Outrageous as the weekly prompt.

Outrageous. Yes. Outrageous. Okay, I won't get started. I'll sit down, breathe deeply and think of something pleasant. Something not outrageous. It won't be the news. It won't be celebs nor athletes. It won't be government mismanagement, it won't be the cost of medications, it won't be political idiocy nor the greed of the powerful. It won't be the justice system that allows criminals the latitude to kill again. It won't be... Okay, I'm through now. Outrageous. It is. I'm going to take a nap. Maybe when I wake up I'll find all things outrageous were only nightmares or maybe I'll just post a Pleiades poem.


constant conversation
confusion creeps forward
chaos clashes with form
challenge ignores logic
corrupt acts expand so
cream cannot float and when
courage goes, the split spreads

Fractal by Sue

Monday, April 28, 2008

One Single Impression Flowering Haiku

One Single Impression says:
Thanks to Rachel Green for this week's prompt, flowering.

dusk blends moon and sun
brushes the low horizon
magenta flowers

Sunday, April 27, 2008

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 temper.

shards of cocktail glass
pierce the palm of his left hand
red gush of anger

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Haiku Friday

Haiku Friday: offers this prompt: Simple Beauty

baby's sonogram

delicate, gentle features

grandmother's delight

This sonogram is the first I've seen in some time - it's hard to believe how detailed they've become since I was involved in 'childing'. The baby girl is scheduled to arrive mid-August and will be the first for her parents and grandmother. Closets bulge with early gifts of love from aunts, uncles and cousins. Simple Beauty!

Fractal by Sue

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday 5

Michelle at Poefusion Friday 5 offers: Friday 5 is a collection of five words which can be found each week on this page and inside this post. If you choose to write a poem or story with these words please leave your comment below. This week: splinter, distractions, molder, votive, and punctuate


wide-eyed, she
clutches a single taper

feeding votive flickers
that punctuate early dusk

splinter gray shadows
and offer faint distractions

from the disaster site
marked by mire and molder

she sighs
the candle loses fire

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cabin Fever for Totally Optional Prompts

Totally Optional Prompts says:
Spring has been late this year, and the spring migration's too. Today we got cloudy, cold, snow, and slush. My social life is in a chill too. The challenge this week is the big chill, cold weather, and 'late spring'.

Cabin Fever

Persephone and Demeter prolong
a familial rumble, winter holds the floor

feisty robins feud over worms frozen hard,
green buds turn brittle and days cling to cold

the moon fills twice in the space of a month
drowns Spring who still knocks at the gate

infected with cabin fever she throws shoes
at her door, scribbles gray on virgin white walls

pricks the heads of elderly voodoo dolls
and fires through the roof at mocking crows

Watercolor by Sue

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

3WW Haiku and Fractal

Bone, the moderator of Three Word Wednesday says: each week, I post some words. People write things using the words. Then they comment here. Three words today: Picture, Reflected and Stop

Feel free to join us in this energetic meme!

picture of Mother
reflected in my mirror
brings me to a stop

Manipulated Fractal by Sue

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

HoT Haiku and Fractal

Skittles at Heads or Tails says: Hi everyone! Welcome to week #35 of Heads Or Tails! This week's theme/prompt is: HEADS - Direction (You can also use "direct(s)" or "directing.")

my bugbear
directions given
by others

vocal map
no silly backtalk


Fractal by Sue

Monday, April 21, 2008

One Single Impression Haiku

This week's One Single Impression prompt of color comes from My Bellavia.

the color of warm
feels vibrant, vivid and bright
cold feels color free

color of words
filled with tinges and tints
brand buds and birds

And an American Sentence:

Warm is a primary color that blossoms rise on tiptoe to reach.

Photoshopped Watercolor by Sue

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Scribblings Poem

Sunday Scribblings prompts: Compose. It's a strange word if you look at it, so that is the prompt for this week! It can be used to describe the process of any type of art-making including writing, photography, painting, drawing, singing, etc., etc. It's a big word. What does it bring up for you?

Moved by Wings of Wright

shuttling between good
and somebody's bad
carried by wings that rumble
from sameness and back

where mobius mirrors
false prophets of forever
into a galaxy exploding
over one land imploding

while lights and flames
merge like movie trailers
I'm carried between old stars
and new pinlights of earth

Fractal King of Grim created by Sue

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Haiku Friday

For the Haiku Friday meme - lively, fast moving - feel free to join in and play along...

flat-bottomed ducks
shuck silence, shred the day
feather the pool

Watercolor Down from Under by Sue

Friday, April 18, 2008

Mad Kane Haiku

Mad Kane says: It’s your turn. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to write a limerick or haiku (or both) about health.

temperature rises
age is a higher number
deadline turns to outline

Digital Photo by Sue

Bay Job Wreck for Poefusion Friday 5

Poefusion Friday 5 says: Words this week are made up for your enjoyment. My hope is that everyone will have fun with these words and make up a poem as good as Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. They are: caprussule, mozzle, cack, skrey, glureon. My response follows:

Bay Job Wreck

a distant skrey played mozzle
on the ochre cack at midnight
and poefusion stirred weird tomes
until the height of coming light

old wild and wily caprussule
riffing on the strings of blight
tuned up the maximus glureon
to settle scores before first write

and when all the clefs were cited
not one sharp chimed an E chord flat

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Poem for Totally Optional Prompts

Totally Optional Prompts says:
Carl Sandburg wrote about people from time to time. Sometimes historical figures like Lincoln or Billy Sunday, and sometimes a stock character (i.e. waiter, steel worker). This week's challenge is to think of a specific person and write about them.

Campfire Service

Near the cusp
of legal emancipation
they huddle
this summer night
in silent supplication.

Moving shadows
decorate tall pines
cross their tub of beer
mirror a trinity of spirits
wrenched from friends
on recent days.

A central flame
forged to cremate fear
echoes the colors
of their spiked hair,

in that fire’s wispy smoke
they seek bravado
against the somber face
of random death.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

3WW Haiku and more

Three Word Wednesday prompts writers with these three words: touching, visible, stage.


touching views
visible in a lightbox
Bard's virtual stage


Two years of blogging and roughly five hundred posts are behind me.

During this time, I've read of birth, death, pain, fear, love, inspiration, anger, humor, envy, challenge, opinion and words written from around the world. I've seen photos of places I didn't know existed, places I've actually visited and photos of babies, birds, flowers, oceans, pets and more.

Screen names by the score have morphed into writers and photographers I recognize, whose work I enjoy and whose comments on my blog are always valuable and entertaining. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Heads or Tails Tip

Heads or Tails prompt: Tip or anything that rhymes with Tip

presents, cards and song
charred candles, ice cream and cake
cheery five-year-old

I have a tip.

The four-year-old turned into a five-year-old on April 10 and celebrated in a timely fashion with minimal family.

On April 13, his celebration included his friends and their parents as well as greater numbers of family.

A 'same-age' buddy asked the birthday boy how old he was and the answer was 'Six.' His friend and I were amazed.

By the time I figured that he was aging a year for each party, I surmised that weary parents could get a jump on celebrations - have two while the mess is in plain sight and skip the following year. That probably won't work.

Ribbon Nest is a digitally altered fractal.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression says: Our blogging friend Gautami Tripathy of Delhi, India, suggests the prompt glory for this week.

rainbow circle
haloes misty cloudspun peaks
...iridescent crown

dazzling tones
wrap aircraft shadow
sky jewelry

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Writers Island Flight

Writers Island: This week’s, and the thirtieth prompt is: “Flight”. How does “Flight” lift your imagination? Please share with us where this prompt carries you!


They Call the Wind

Moans in the dark of night
beg my soul to join in flight
sing of journeys across the sky
of brushing the Bitterroot high
to ruffle soaring stalwart trees
wrinkling water of lakes and seas
dusting the desolate prairie
and moving the great Mojave
I am the wind, it whistles
and is gone...

Watercolor by Sue

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Sunday Scribblings Fearless

Sunday Scribblings Fearless is the prompt.



her dirt bike kicks up a cloud
powders the ancient cedars
and masks the scent of berries
sunlight mottles the trail

one fat shadow budges
rising to hind legs like a man
snarly grunts and nose a-quiver
stages a standoff on the path

two wheels without reverse
and short of turnaround plot
brake pedal hisses a squeal
pitches it out like an overthrow

the brown bear drops to fours
and waddles into heavy brush
she breathes the sweat of fear
shifts to three, throttles away