Posted in June 2019, Senryu

Unusual Sighting

Crab in a tree

Once upon a tree

Crab leaves his comfort zone

Unhappily everafter

Senryu

While on a recent visit to an Oregon coastal town I came upon this unusual sight as I was out walking to the beach.

There, high in a bush, was a crab. It was not alive, but it looked real.

I was puzzled at how it had gotten there but I never did find out, so I imagined the positive and decided it must have went on an adventure one day, took a challenge from a seagull to climb a tree and ended up not being able to get back down.

The positive part is that it was adventurous, it left it’s comfort zone and took a chance, many of us don’t do that out of fear or complacity, and even though perhaps the crab didn’t end up with the happy ending he’d hoped for, at least he won at his life’s challenge and

had the satisfaction that he tried something new.

Something to think about….

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Posted in Haibun, May 2019

Be Positive

ATC created by LeonasDesigns 2019
ATC created by LeonasDesigns 2019

The world needs more laughter

Take time to be silly

Share some smiles

Today as I was walking out to my mailbox, two young girls probably about 8 or 9, were walking past on their way home from school, I imagine, as they had backpacks on and it was early afternoon about the time the grade school down the street lets out for the day.

They were smiling and giggling and begin walking towards me.

“Hi” they said

“Hello” I replied smiling.

“Have you ever had a Woo?” One of them asked, giggling,

“A Woo?” I said “What’s a Woo?”

They both began to laugh and that’s when I realized this was just some childish silliness. I smiled and decided to play along for fun.

“I will throw one to you, and if you can catch it you will see what it is!” said one.

“Okay.” I said “Throw it”

The younger looking of the two grasped her hand in the air and made a throwing motion towards me.

I quickly made a grab into the air and clutched my hand shut tight. “Got it!” I said.

They both began giggling and clapping.

“We want to see it!” They clamored.

“Ok. What’s the Password to open my hand?” I joked.

Surprised at that, they were puzzled. “Hmmm, not sure…” said one

“Guess “ said the other.

After a few guesses, hmmms, and giggles I opened my hand saying “Too late. It’s gone!”

They laughed and laughed as they ran off down the street towards home.

“Silly girls” I said to myself. 🙂

Thank You God for letting them cross my path today. I needed some silliness.

Halibun

Posted in March 2019, Shadorma

Family Peace

Rocks with hieroglyphic type wet imprints on them

Wet Footprints

Two hieroglyphics

Imprinted

Two symbols

Upon two rocks temporily

Ponder the meaning

Shadorma

Today my grand-son and I were outside in my yard taking some pictures of him before he left on a trip to do a show in Seattle. He is a music artist who performs hip hop. The grass was wet as it had rained earlier. As we walked back to go inside we had to step on some river rock I have near my patio. I happened to look down and saw that our shoes had left some strange looking imprints on various rocks. Two rocks in particular I noticed as looking like having hieroglyphic symbols on them, so I snapped a couple pics. Upon doing an internet search on hieroglyphic images I came to see a somewhat similarity to the symbols for Peace and Family, in some images of the Chinese alphabet, and family peace is something that I recently have been praying for. Is it too far fetched to think these wet shoe markings could be telling me we are taking steps towards Family Peace? I am not one who believes in co-incidences and I see meaning in many unordinary things. So I am led to believe perhaps God sent this as a sign to us.

Posted in March 2019, Triolet

Mirrored

Is that really me or an imposter,

A pretender that looks like me?

That kind of action I don’t foster!

Is that really me or an imposter?

I dont see my name on the roster,

But a resemblance I do see!

Is that really me or an imposter,

A pretender that looks like me?

Triolet

While waiting for my grandson today I caught an amusing site on video. My daughter’s porch has a mirrored medicine cabinet sitting on it waiting to be carried into the house that apparently caught the eye of a little bird.

I sat watching as the little bird saw his reflection in the mirror and kept trying to figure out who that other bird was. It was very cute to watch.

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 April 2018, Choka, NaPoWriMo 2018

At The Zoo in 2002

Kangaroo at the Zoo

Off the marked trail

Grand-daughter chose to peruse

Running with the Roos

Not recommended by Zoos

Gave Grandma a fright

To see her run with delight

Trying to catch the Hoppers

But G-ma was able to stop her

Caught her before they bopped her

Choka

At the Zoo with all 4 of my grand-kids.

There is an area you can walk on a path near the kangaroos. Signs say “Please Keep On Path”. Youngest grand-daughter age 2 breaks loose of my hand and takes off running to try to catch a kangaroo! Thankfully I caught her before the Roo did!

NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 17

Prompt: write a poem re-telling a family anecdote that has stuck with you over time

Posted in November 2017, Shadorma

Name Above All Names

Jesus written in concrete on a sidewalk in the city

Yesterday

On a busy street

Set in stone

I saw You

A reminder for all time

That You’re with me

Shadorma

Yesterday as I was walking down a busy city street I looked down and saw the name Jesus had been written in one of the concrete blocks that made up the city sidewalk. That inspired me to stop and give thanks that He is with me wherever I go and that He can also be found anywhere, by anyone, at anytime