Posted in June 2019, Tanka

“The Age of Innocence”

Image of Ellen in her red evening gown from the movie “The Age of Innocence”, http://www.frockflicks.com/age-of-innocence-bustles/
Image of Ellen in her red evening gown from the movie “The Age of Innocence”, http://www.frockflicks.com/age-of-innocence-bustles/

Oh that we could grasp

An inkling of the nescience

Known as the Guilded Age

Long vanished naivety

In a time long ago

Tanka

Reading the book/ watching the DVD of “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton set in the 1870’s.

I first heard of “The Age of Innocence” from my neighbor who used to be involved in English Country Dancing and period costume making.

I had been considering attending a Literary Ball in the area and inquired of my neighbor if she might have a costume I could wear, as I was thinking I might go as Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind or Lisbeth from Pride and Prejudice, my two most favorite literary characters, but my neighbor said the only costumes she presently had on hand were from “The Age of Innocence.”

So she helped me try on “Ellen’s Red Evening Gown” she had made. It was then I realized why women needed maids to help them dress!

After trying to get into 5 layers of clothing, plus a bustle, and adding two top pieces and a hat, I declined! There is no way I could survive that much clothing outside on a summer day in July, much less try to dance in it!!

I have a newfound appreciation for the ladies who lived in the 1870’s!

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Posted in March 2019, Tanka

Palimpsest

Blank paper, pencils, eraser, light bulb

Has it been so long

That we have forgotten

The New Year challenge?

80 days have quietly passed,

What’s your new year story say?

Tanka

Dictionary.com Word Of The Day

Palimpsest

noun

1. a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.

Quotes

All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.
— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four,

Posted in August 2018, Cinquain

Presidental Proverb

Teddy Roosevelt pic and quote

“Speak softly”

Said Roosevelt

“And carry a big stick”

Passive-Agressive acumen

Old adage

Cinquain

On my walk today I met a gentleman who, in actuality, was walking with a big stick.

As we passed by one another and nodded a greeting, I spoke the quote to him and he smiled. “ Teddy Roosevelt” he said.

“ Oh, I thought it was Snoopy!” I said laughing.

When I got home a Google search proved the stick walker was right!

Guess I got my history lesson for the day!

Plus, a poem inspiration. 😊

https://historynewsnetwork.org/blog/122544

Posted in July 2018, Senryu

A Point of View

Billy Anderson’s Surveyor Tripod at Andersons View Point  July 2018

Memorialized

For years of dedication

Oversees the sea

Senryu

Andersons View Point in Tillamok County Oregon is a beautiful scenic roadside stop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. This place memorializes Billy Anderson who was a dedicated surveyor for Tillamok County for many years. His surveyor’s transit tripod still stands on the banks overlooking the sea.

It is a great roadside stop with fantastic views of the ocean.

Roadside America Memorial to a Surveyor

History of Tillamok County Surveyor Dept

Pacific Ocean at Andersons View Point July 2018
Pacific Ocean at Andersons View Point July 2018
Posted in April 2017, NaPoWriMo 2017, Rhyme

Evolution of Writing


A human Finger writes in the sand,
Words a heart needs to say.

And a dry Bone held in a hand,
Draws word pictures in moist clay.

A Reed blowing in a Egypt’s land,
Is used to scribe events of the day.

And Romans, in their culture so grand,
Invent the Stylus, so they say.

Anglo-Saxons cleverly planned,
To write books using a Quill as a way.

Then upon the world’s Grand-Stand,
The lead Pencil’s design is put on display,

Yet, Pencil writing was undermanned,
So ink Pens were created in various array.

But, for all those invented, both great and bland,
The Finger is still used to text and sign today.

Rhyme

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