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Thursday, July 29, 2010

24 Jack for BigTent

BigTent Poetry offers this prompt:  Poem an icon into a situation they may never, in real life, appear.

24 Jack

shaken and stirred
a step ahead of noon
cracked a carton of eggs
for quiche a man could eat

stabbed a slab of cheese
pushed it through a grater
bruised cilantro and dill
and squeezed a leak of lime

skinned two sausage fingers
pinched bloody-red bitters
pummeled the final potion
into a flattened crust of pie

catching his breath by whispers
he slammed the oven shut and
straddled his backward chair
to count the timer down

  A fractal image.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

B for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 7: B is for Brilliant!

Barefoot Bride

It never occurred to me that she could wear a made-to-order gown and bare feet to her wedding on a beautiful beach in Hawaii. She did.

Although I wasn't there, I'm loving the beautiful pictures that were forwarded by those fortunate enough to walk with the barefoot bride and bridegroom. The beaming groom wore his flip-flops. :)

Have you known anyone who wore bare feet with her wedding gown?


  Congratulations and Best Wishes to the New Pair!
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Haiku for OSI

One Single Impressions prompt: Angels. Thank you, Yamini Meduri of The Land of Dreams

wispy wings
wave against the wind
aspen sing

A fractal image.
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday Night for Magpie Tales

Magpie Tales offers an image prompt each week. Please visit the site to view the picture and to read what others have written!

Saturday Night

a sheet of rain
one taste
of thunder

bleak as a silent bed
the future
spreads its wings

borne by dream
and cloud-spun fancy
loops at middle night

skipping spaces
to that patient past
clad in a sheet of rain

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Second Hand for Big Tent

Big Tent prompts:  We’re interested in a description of what attracts you to your favorite poem.

One of my favorite poems is North of Mist by Wendy Videlock. The imagery reaches deep, the words rub fresh nubs of imagination and the soothing lilt promises a deep secret of this reader's own making.

Second Hand

the hand of now
against the future
dealt by Tarot's
deck of justice

cloud-spun loops
of karmic redo
spell the links
in double whispers

veins of past
in light-fed relays
cast the cards
with fiery hustle

sky-bound layers
show tinted steps
while earth unfolds
the stars of Escher

a final layout
spins the wheel
the devil's other hand
slips away

A fractal image.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 7: A is For Addition

I adore this awesome free open source fractal creator. Apophysis is a small program, loads quickly and is actually quite easy to use - I play around with it quite often and like what happens. If a person is math inclined, there are options which I've avoided. :)

This fractal is one of my favorites. I added a couple of dark spots for eyes and it became 'The King of Grim'.

And, of course, Wikipedia  has something to say.

Have you tried anything like this?

A fractal image.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Haiku for OSI

One Single Impression: Prompt 125: Preponderance


of color pixels                                                                     

July feast

Digital photo.
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Smoke and Ruins for Magpie Tales

Magpie Tales #23  Each week Willow posts an image to be used as a springboard for a vignette or poem. This week the image shows a fire extinguisher. As always, my offerings are in draft form.

Smoke and Ruins

not so long
beyond the time
when rising heat
ate filmy smoke

coolness colored
darkling ashes
and exposed
those buried mirrors

  A bouquet of fire created in Escape Motion.
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Forty-three Miles North of Soul for BigTent

Big Tent Poetry posts: Our guest maestro’s idea to write using a hidden code  – or any other inspiration from the week.

Forty-three Miles North of Soul

Shucked by his coyoté
he dares the desert
prickly pear and knife-edged grasses
ocotillo spines pinch pieces
from thinning khaki trousers.
He scratched for the trip
with a guide
greed and dreams high-fived
illegal entry, the last illusion.

Crinkled eyes burned by sun
branded by timeworn laughter
he wears optimism
a crown twice the size
of his ubiquitous cowboy hat.

On the promised side
he passes potters’ fields
planted in dust drowned rows
tidier than life, where death
is marked by a white rugged cross
no olvidado, not forgotten.

Watercolor image.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Z for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 6: Z is for Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

I have a new favorite word but I haven't found a place to use it. Zenzizenzizenzic according to Wikipedia is here  In fact, I'm trying to learn to spell it.  It sizzles on my tongue, quivers against my teeth and zests up my cheeks.

The meaning is simple: a number to its 8th power. It's age is ancient. So old, in fact, it is an oddity of the language. And, without a doubt, it has more z's than any other word.

Don't you just love it?   Zenzizenzizenzic     Zenzizenzizenzic     Zenzizenzizenzic

Z Image created at Escape Motions
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Senryu for OSI

One Single Impression: Prompt 124: Overt


line by line

...her face

A Fractal.
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Thursday, July 08, 2010

now and than for Big Tent

Big Tent Poetry offers this prompt: Think of a few well-known word couples and let (or compel) one of them go a little sideways. Then set your mind free and write a poem.

now and than

each in hand
a blink, a split
a fist opens
and than flies up
to spite the face of now

to hold them
at the same time
is a ticket
off the slickest slope

where buttered
bread lands
dry side down
a dreamy trade
when now is than

A digital photo.
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Summer on a Stem for Magpie Tales

Magpie Tales offers this image for prompt. Please visit the site to see what others wrote!

Summer on a Stem

reluctant as a teen
towing toddler siblings
spring drags summer
by a string

the cold/wet stumbles
summer springs ahead
bastes green tomatoes
with her red hot hug

she fires the juices
heats winter bedded thirsts
trades buds for vibrant color
of summer on a stem

Image by Willow at Magpie Tales.
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Y for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 6: Y is for Yarn and Yak


Seeing photos of gurus balanced on one finger, abs in full blown lusciousness and a look of total bliss masking the face, I knew yoga wasn't for me.

But when encouraged by a friend to enroll in an easy yoga class some time back, I found it very enjoyable and continue to practice. Nothing strenuous, you understand, but a few of the easier stretches, bends and poses which increase my stamina and flexibility.

I've avoided that feared one-finger stand. And I try not to be upset during Down Dog pose when my eyes flap shut from the bottom up and I lose sight of my potential abs.

This is the DVD I use for a full routine. I don't have a Wii but it's on my wish list. I've tried its yoga program and love it.

Do you use Yoga for meditation or flexibility?

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Monday, July 05, 2010

Senryu for OSI

One Single Impression: Prompt 123: Roads
Thanks to Harshad Mehta of Space Within for this week's prompt: roads

fine red veins

path across the earth

she backtracks

A fractal image.
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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Stitching for Magpie Tales

Magpie Tales Prompt 21 offers a weekly image prompt on Thursday with a response time that ends the following Tuesday morning. Willow has fascinating prompts - check it out!


fat quarters, quilts and queries
fabric fused by tape
pinked by promise
survival stitched with silken threads
tapestry refreshed in double lines

mending holes and darning wholes
and still the raveling warps
she seams around the inside edges
to avoid tear-tracked endings
fat quarters and family's age old queries
Image created on Bamboo Fun Tablet with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Gossip Tree for BigTent

Big Tent Poetry prompts: share the whole conversation!

Gossip Tree

he said to tell you hi and


he said to tell you goodbye

oh, we did that long ago

he said to tell you he was leaving town
and not coming back

he never did come back, even then,
when he could

that's all he said

I don't think I'll miss him
like I did when we were paired
before he left that other time

A fractal image.
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Relative for 3WW

ThomG at 3Word Wednesday offers these words as prompt: wealth, hassle, inject 
A little tongue in cheek follows -


wealth is relative
not one of mine

wealth is a frame of mind
with the pane shattered

they say wealth's a hassle
I don't have that woe

a swell of hope injected
into each lottery ticket

still, wealth is relative
just not one of mine

A fractal image.
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