Posted in July 2019, Syllabic Verse

Beset by Remora

Remora, tiny sucker fish,
Image from: https://images.app.goo.gl/9LAESEiMA75akuML7

Tiny remora

Surrounds, holds me back

All my human strength

Not enough to overcome

Only blood of Christ

Can wash it away

Syllabic Verse

Remora is today’s “The Word of the Day” at Dictionary.com

See the definition and interesting origin of this word “remora” at this link:

http://www.dictionary.com/e/word-of-the-day/remora-2019-07-15/

In ancient times, the remora was believed to stop a ship from sailing. In Latin, remora means “delay”, while the genus name Echeneis comes from Greek εχειν, echein (“to hold”) and ναυς, naus (“a ship”). In a notable account by Pliny the Elder, the remora is blamed for the defeat of Mark Antony at the Battle of Actium and, indirectly, for the death of Caligula.[15] A modern version of the story is given by Jorge Luis Borges in Book of Imaginary Beings(1957).

Source:Wikipedia

Posted in May 2014, Tanka

Resolute Rose

Peach Rose--Tanka poetry
Original Photograph and Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson©2014

I saw this beautiful Peach Rose today growing in a somewhat abandoned area of old factories and thought it so odd that such a thing of beauty should be growing so voraciously even though obviously unattended to, but apparently someone, at sometime, had planted it there.
Well, I just had to pull over, climb through the weeds and photograph it and while doing so I was reminded of the quote
“Bloom Where You are Planted”.  🙂