Posted in Senryu

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

Paper collage of a mountain by Leona J. Atkinson©️2020
Paper collage by Leona J. Atkinson©️2020

Martin Luther King

To a nation racially torn

Peace he sought to bring

Senryu

I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”  —Martin Luther King speech, April 3, 1968

(In tribute to a great man who left us too soon.)

Posted in Tanka

Morris-Angel of Friendship

Morris the Cat—2004-2019
Morris the Cat—2004-2019

An angel left us

Silently, went to heaven

Christmas Eve morn.

Fifteen years of her friendship

Remains in our memories.

Tanka

A tribute to our family cat who passed away this last Christmas Eve morning.

Posted in Elegy, November 2018

Goodbye Lily

Lily, Oregon Zoo Baby elephant
Picture captured from https://goo.gl/images/SCyfuF

In the Autumn we mourn

One who left too soon

Lily, November born

Bid us ‘bye neath the moon

Full of joy was Lil’ Lily

Happy baby elephant

Playful and sweet was she

In spirit, confident

Though illness took her away

From us and her family

We honor her today

For her sweet memory

Elegy

I am saddened by this news as I remember when Lily was born and everyone in Portland got the opportunity to vote on a name for her. I voted for the name Lily and was so happy it was chosen for her. It fit her perfectly. She was so sweet, lively, joyful and happy. She would have been 6 years old today 😪

https://www.oregonzoo.org/news/2018/11/zoo-heartbroken-6-year-old-lily-succumbs-virus

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 March 2018, Word Lune

“Silent Sentinels”

Iron Jawed Angels--women picketing with signs
Image from: https://opinionessoftheworld.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/picketing_with_signs.jpg

They stood strong,

These American women speaking with

Iron-Jaws.

Word Lune

Today as we celebrate International Womens Day I wanted to pay tribute to the women in America who fought for the right of women to vote. The Suffrage women, those activists who fought long and hard, sacrificing much, in order to overcome injustice and obtain equality for women to vote.  

Beginning in the 1840’s many American women rose up to fight for women’s rights and the Suffrage Movement had a number of bold women who campaigned tirelessly for the cause. Finally in 1920, an 19th Amendment was passed that allowed to women to legally vote in the USA. 

I recently watched the movie titled “Iron-Jawed Angels” which tells the true story of the courageous women who put their lives on the line to gain this victory and I would encourage every woman to watch this movie. It is an eye opener and one that will cause you to be grateful for the rights which you now enjoy because of what these women did!

Watch the Movie Trailer  Here

(The movie was made in 2004 and is available on DVD. It is entertaining but stays very true to historical fact. I believe it is a must to watch for every American woman.)