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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kokopelli for ABC Wednesday

ABC Wednesday has arrived at the letter K. Thank you, Denise Nesbitt!

Kokopelli flutes
sings a song of silliness
mischief is his love

When a granddaughter and I visited Arizona, Kokopelli caught her fancy. She's partial to southwest jewelry, gems and folklore so I wasn't surprised when a Kokopelli tat appeared on her inner ankle. If only I weren't scared of needles...


Monday, March 30, 2009

Haiku for Heads or Tails

at Heads or Tails offers the following:
HEADS - See *OR* TAILS - Sea
Make any kind of post using either "See" or "Sea" as your prompt. You can even use both.

flashing light
stands guard near the sea
skippers warned

Image is a bookmark sketch by Sue.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression posts: Deb Godin of The Cloud Messenger brings us this week's prompt, smoke. Thank you!


strikes at tall pines
...red sun


spring retreats
ancient forest ignites
...false clouds


hidden in fervor
felled by smoke


The fractal was created in Apophysis, resized in Irfanview.

I think I see a skull in there. Do you?


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Aging for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings post#156 -- Aging. Well, we're all as old as we have ever been, and we're all at different stages of considering the aging process. What thoughts do you have on the subject?

Two senryu and a near-cycliku

inner rings
denote a tree's age
lines tell mine

size is key
when there is none
one is gone

that virtual fever
strikes in the night
strikes in the night
that virtual fever


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Haiku for Totally Optional Prompts

Totally Optional Prompts offers: The Spring equinox (N. Hemisphere) has just passed, so it's now officially spring in the US. I declared spring a number of weeks ago, though, when we had our first balmy day. How do you mark the change into spring, or into any other season? Do the equinoxes and solstices anchor your calendar, or do you go by the weather?

frozen in baled hay
spring, they say

flipflops by the door
down slippers on frosty feet
lion feeds on lamb

Sometime Spring is an original watercolor by Sue.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Short for 3WW

ThomG, moderator of Three Word Wednesday offers the following words for today's prompt: earnest, reactive, layer. Follow the links to play along or to read what others wrote.

As soon as the grenade exploded in the henhouse, Earnest knew he'd been totally reactive. Red Mollie had always been his best layer.

The fractal was created in the Mandala program.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Janus for ABC Wednesday

ABC Wednesday prompts with the letter J. Thank you Mrs. Nesbitt!

The calendar called spring and winter answered. It's only a matter of time...

What Janus Sees

Pocked by nimble hooves
five o’clock stubble clings,
stubborn in wind-chilled sun.
One six-pack of scrub jays
scatters the silence,
tepid spring forces its way
upon the barren brow
defined by seasoned gray.

Pen and ink sketch by Sue.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Haiku for Heads or Tails

Skittles at Heads or Tails offers the following prompt: Common


top of chain
clad in crisp white shirts
common crooks


common crop circles
encounters of the close kind
alien farmers


Eye of Night
, is a fractal created in Apophysis.

Post #600 on this blog - three year anniversary coming up in a couple of weeks. It's true that time moves quickly!


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Haiku for One Single Impression

One Single Impression prompt 56: Thanks to KiteHorse, who recommends "equals" as this week's prompt. March 20 was the vernal equinox, when day and night were the same length.


tender sprouts, testing
sun shines on the equinox
garden deep in ice


measured with a stick
false justice


Fractal created in Sterling.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Tell-Tale Graph for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings prompts: Where did you start? Where do you start? How did it all begin? Where do you stand right now?


a tell-tale graph
not the Akashic book
reveals a lackluster line

the tell-tale graph
rises from the first scene
shudders past the peak

a tell-tale graph
with lines of new and not
dots of bleached parts

the tell-tale graph
a block buster outline
with the plot left out

the tell-tale graph
lines drawn in sand til
the end falls off the chart


The fractal image was created in Apophysis.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Black and White for TOPS

a flannel shirt

striped black and white

fine lines planned

nothing left to chance

seasonally stored

behind soft colors

that fabricate

unsure thoughts

sapped by doubt

she slides into

the black and white

decides not to stray

Totally Optional Prompts posts: let's consider adjectives Follow the link to play along with us or to read what others have written.

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer, converted to black and white, resized in Irfanview and framed in FrameFun.


Haiku for 3WW

Random Haiku


ubiquitous hats
burden heads of the ersatz
defy natural


devoid of burden
natural indulgences
...ubiquitous dream


burden of the glam
ubiquitous black dress
fails the natural


cowboys' burden
ubiquitous black hat
natural style


Thank you ThomG for the prompt words: ubiquitous, burden and natural on today's Three Word Wednesday site. Follow the links to play along with us!

Image created as watercolor with Bamboo Fun and Adobe Photoshop Elements...


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Idling for ABC Wednesday

Idling beyond the dog days of summer.
The tail-end of an idyllic week
right at the cusp of autumn.
Winter passed slowly.
Eyes watch for a fresh spring.

Thanks to Diane Nesbitt for the 'I' prompt on the vibrant ABC Wednesday Meme. The I's have it - read all about the views from around the world.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Point-illism for Heads or Tails

Small dots, or points, of color are the basis for this type painting. The late 1800's saw the emergence of pointillism and it is still produced by very dedicated painters.

Too difficult for me, I instead chose my Bamboo Fun Tablet to paint these geraniums behind a fence and in front of a plaster wall for the basic image and follow it up with a filter applied in Adobe Photoshop Elements.

That's the easiest way to produce a painting of this overly-detailed style. A friend of mine, years ago, actually painted a pointillism scene. It took about half of her life to complete. Sadly, she didn't like it after she'd finished.

Thanks, Skittles, for the prompt of 'point' on Heads or Tails Meme. Hope you had a fun vacation and are in fine fettle for the coming spring.

I'd like to take this chance to wish
Rick a very Happy Birthday!

And Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Monday Haiku for OSI

pre-spring sunlight
cloud washed gray at midday
shadows of night


country road
disappears in the gap
foothills close in


silent forenoon
lake flat as a mirror
sudden Ski-doos


devoid of aspect
moon treks between the signs
void of course


One Single Impression posts: Thanks to Nancy Bea Miller of Genre Cookshop for this week's prompt, farewells.

Abstract image created on Bamboo Fun with Adobe Photoshop Elements 5, Pixia and Irfanview.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chrysalis for Sunday Scribblings

a chrysalis waits
on a separate page
rusty keys tap errata
uncommon strokes
rewriting the old bones

hints from fools' gold
fall upon a novel quill
rites of charcoal gray
spinning leaves of truth
spell out the seller's word

detached headings
rise over sundry tales
provide a crafty outline
for the living even as
she plans the grand finale

Thanks to Sunday Scribblings for the prompt: Dear Past Me, Dear Future Me

The image is a drawing produced on Bamboo Fun using Adobe Photoshop Elements 5, edited in Irfanview.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Backyard Visitors for Friday Haiku

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here for a dip
they cackle on the dam
flat bottomed ducks


summer break
away from the lake
it's spa time


mallard and hen
pose before doing laps
which will go first


Backyard Visitors for Friday Haiku
Friday Haiku offers the prompt of 'backyard visitors'.

Digital photo by Sue.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Short for 3WW


Cajole. Sara disliked that word. The implication was that she could be cozied into performing chores for the penurious recluse without losing her temper. No. She didn't like it at all. But that didn't bother him.


Thanks to ThomG for posting cajole, recluse, temper for Three Word Wednesday. Thanks, too, for an energetic and growing meme...

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer and adjusted in Irfanview.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

H is for Horsehead and ABC Wednesday

Horsehead Nebula, courtesy of ESO gallery.

Nebulae have fascinated me for some time - and the Horsehead Nebula feels special for some reason.

The ESO Gallery has a plethora of cosmos information and galleries galore. ESO operates the La Silla Paranal Observatory at two sites in the Atacama desert region of Chile.

And, today (March 10) the NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day offered a gorgeous view of the Horsehead and Orion.


As Jack Horkheimer says, 'Keep looking up!'

ABC Wednesday offers a run through the alphabet and its bloggers have some spectacular tales and photos. Thank you, Denise Nesbitt!

Feel free to check the links and to play along!


Monday, March 09, 2009

Springtime Memory for Heads or Tails

Skittles at Heads or Tails posts this prompt: Share a Springtime memory.
Skittles also notes that she's going on a short vacation (Have Fun!) and Misty will be holding down the fort this week. Thanks, Misty!

Lilacs and Love

scent of lilacs
zephyr borne
calls me home

near the back step
the fragile bush
blossoms sweet

fragrant as spring
fresh and warm
as parents’ love


Altered digital photo.


Sunday, March 08, 2009

Monday Haiku for OSI


on the seam
of winter and spring
snow swirls


right hides in fog
left swells with mist


shifting sand
seasonal move
missing hour


One Single Impression posts the prompt, 'Fork in the Road', from Geraldine of My Poetic Path. Please follow the link to play along and to see Geraldine's lovely photography and poetry.

The fractal image was created in Fractal Explorer, resized in Irfanview and framed in Frame Fun.


Saturday, March 07, 2009

Just sayin' for Sunday Scribblings

Sunday Scribblings offers this prompt: What pressing matter do you have weighing on your mind? What would you like to say to someone? What would you like to say to the world? Or to yourself? What do you think is important enough to make people listen? What would make you say, "Listen up because this is important?"

This came up again today and seems to be something I want to say... I'll no doubt have something else in an hour or so. :)

I love receiving e-mails, but where are we headed when much of the population is educated by rumor or knee-jerk opinion?

Please don't forward chain e-mails that purport lies to be truth. If you haven't the energy to let Snopes or other reliable sources investigate for you, just delete the fool things.

And, when forwarding an e-mail to 35 people, hiding them behind bcc (blind carbon copy) makes it a little tougher for scammer-spammers to harvest your closest friends' addresses.

There. I said it and I'm glad.

And, I love you! No matter what.


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Chore by Limerick

Totally Optional Prompts posts:

So, this week let's write about some aspect of chores. Do you hate them like me or do you get a sense of satisfaction when they are completed? Don't forget about the outside chores, too, like mowing the grass and washing the car and shoveling snow if you live in an area where that is a necessity.
Follow the link to see what others wrote and to play along - it's a good site!

A Taste of Limerick

There once was a lady in lace
who refused to cook at her space
when friends came a-calling
they did their fare hauling
fetched it all in a wicker case

♬ ♬ ♬

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

3 Word Wednesday

A loose-kneed ramble took him to the reserved baccarat seat where he ogled the dealer's cleavage and pushed a stack of chips forward. Tonight's gig would replace the investors' funds before the avengers struck, but this time the chips disappeared as if down a black hole and he was into the house money. It wasn't until he saw the FBI badge thrust in front on him that he knew genuine fear.

Thanks to ThomG for the Three Word Wednesday Prompt: avenge, ramble and genuine.

Fractal created in Fractal Explorer.


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

G is for Gangplank

ABC Wednesday Round 4, prompts with letter 'G'. Follow the link to see what Great G's are there...

Surprised to find the winter cover on the pool? Daring the other one to walk the plank? Looking for a quick bath? A swimming bug? They didn't tell me anything. I say, 'Thanks for the hint, Bre!'


Getting There - Heads or Tails

not sure where it is
but I'm almost there
with a twist and a turn
I stumble and yearn
sure I'm getting there

I'll know when I'm there
I'll feel it in the air
but maybe I'll get
to the wrong spot ~
not at the place I want

I guess I'll just stay
right here where I am ~
pretend I got here by plan

Thanks to Skittles at Heads or Tails for this prompt and for teaching me how to make html hearts. Follow the links to play along and read what others played with.


Monday, March 02, 2009

Circle Haiku ~ OSI

carries echo of the sea
conch shell

circle of eight
infinity mapped
without break

feral cats
disagree ~
pot bellied moon

daisy's heart
golden nucleus

cards and quilts
crafty threads and glue
Mom's buttons

One Single Impression post:
The First Anniversay of OSI: Circles
Edward of Forest River Journal offers a tanka and photo for the prompt circles. Thanks, Edward. Follow the link to play along with OSI.

Fractal created in Apophysis, altered in Adobe Photoshop Elements.