Posted in Choka, September 2019

Save the Coral

Save the Coral watercolor painting by Leona J. Atkinson 2019
“Save the Coral”watercolor painting by Leona J. Atkinson 2019

Oh so far away

A precious gift is dying

Bleaching is taking

It’s beautiful color

As sediments smother

And chemicals cause harm

Coral Reefs need help

What can we possibly do

To help save the Coral?


Everyone can help—here’s how:

10 Ways You Can Help Save Coral Reefs Infographic

There are many organizations that are working to save the Coral Reefs.

For more information visit this link:

Coral Reef Alliance:

Posted in September 2019, Syllabic Verse


Colorful paint swirls on paper

Prayers out sent to cover

Those its fury hath touched

Prayers sent up to gather

And bring winds of change

Turning the path’s course

To remain at sea

Syllabic Verse

Prayers for those in the Bahamas who are facing the destruction of Dorian’s wrath at this time.

Praying it’s fury will be lessened and it’s path turned out to sea so it will not make landfall anywhere else.

Posted in July 2018, Senryu

A Point of View

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


For years of dedication

Oversees the sea


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 Haiku, July 2018

Straw Talk

Paper Straw in a Plastic Cup
Paper Straw in a Plastic Cup

It’s been said that which

Goes around comes around

Paper Straws arise.


Paper Straws are all the rage now. They are being manufactured in all sorts of cutesy colors, sizes and designs.

Those seeking to stop plastic pollution have started a movement to ban plastic straws by introducing paper straws, marketing them as eco-friendly, good for the environment and cheap to purchase. Restaurants are jumping on the band wagon to introduce them to their customers as a unique addition to their drink menus, even though the drinks might be still served in plastic takeout cups, the paper straw is indeed biodegradable.

And though I am very much a supporter of protecting the environment and limiting plastic pollution I just cannot make myself enjoy drinking from a paper straw.

Perhaps it’s because I am, as they say nowadays, “old school”.

I grew up drinking from paper straws. For 16 years paper straws were all I ever knew, and then in the 1960’s the plastic straw was invented and paper straws were forgotten—until now.

It’s just too bad that we as a people have so misused the plastic straw to such an extent that it has become a problem and is our ocean’s number one enemy!

Our beaches are littered with plastic and most of it is in the form of straws which get washed into the ocean and harm the marine life.

It really is something that needs to be addressed, and corrected, it’s just sad that we as a people have to revert to using something less favorable to accomplish that.

So, though I agree we have a environmental problem, I am not in favor of paper straws. But…sigh…I will use them to help save our ocean and environment from further harm.

Some Links for further info:

Plastic Straw Ban

Ban Plastic Straws Just Don’t Use Paper One’s