Tanka #12

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A memory of
times gone by, set against the
deep blue sky, wispy
clouds remind of transience
and stunning reminiscence.

In response to the WDYS #80 prompt from Keep it Alive, by Sadje.

#poetry, #life, #love, #monuments, #nature, #poem, #poems, #reminiscence, #tanka, #transience, #wdys80

Tanka #11

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leaves fall from the tree,
the sky is cloudy and gray,
autumn fades, winter
is now here, and I
bundle up and make ready.

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#poetry, #life, #love, #poem, #poems, #tanka, #winter

Tanka #10

sit, watch, and wait, while
the Universe explains the
scene unfolding, and
the mystery within, as
one moment becomes the next.

In response to the WDYS #76 prompt from Keep it Alive, by Sadje.

#poetry, #contemplation, #cosmos, #introspection, #life, #love, #meditation, #mystery, #nature, #poem, #poems, #tanka, #universe, #wdys76

Tanka #9

ponder existence,
contemplate and meditate
on the nature that
surrounds you, while moving in
the silent dance of intrigue
and one imagination.

#poetry, #contemplation, #imagination, #introspection, #meditation, #nature, #oneness, #poem, #ponder, #tanka

Tanka #8

dry and arid landscape,
cracks in the ground bring water,
seed to stem, renew.
I reflect upon us all,
humanities resilience.

#poetry, #life, #love, #nature, #poem, #poems, #renewal, #reslience, #seed, #tanka

Tanka #7

Sun like a deluge,
Cloud steals, but for a moment.
Time stretches, sublime.
Feelings of unity rife,
Everything connected. Bliss.

#poetry, #connection, #life, #love, #nature, #poem, #poems, #tanka, #unity

Tanka #5

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Waves crash on the beach,
Salty mist blows from the west.
Night turns into day.
I feel the sisters approach,
Salt on my tongue, wind in hair.

#poetry, #beach, #life, #love, #ocean, #poem, #poems, #tanka, #wind, #writing

Tanka #4

A meadow landscape,
Flower, just like a skyscraper.
Bee alights, then night.
Snap a picture with my mind,
Hold it for the rest of life.

#poetry, #bees, #flowers, #life, #love, #memory, #nature, #poem, #tanka

Tanka #3

Blades of grass splinter,
A raven flies overhead.
Not separate. One.
I reflect upon the scene,
Pulled forward by that knowing.

#poetry, #life, #love, #nature, #poem, #poems, #reflection, #tanka, #union

A Blogger’s Diary 1/31/21: On My 2 Favorite Posts This Week and Music

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The end of January. Wow. It’s been almost a year since the pandemic broke out here locally. What a year. And, within 2.5 months of starting to work at home, my first blog post was published. Since then, I’ve created 295 posts, began following so many amazing blogs and inspiring people, and have now over 450 followers. Awesome, and so much fun.

Alright, let’s get to the writing part.

My 2 Favorite Posts This Week

I want to do something different this week, and for a few weeks. Instead of simply recapping all that I wrote, I’m going to choose my favorite 2 or 3 posts each week and provide some of the inspiration, thinking, and reflecting that went into the post. Ready? Good. Here we go.

Here are the two I’m choosing this week.

  1. Reminiscence
  2. Tanka #2

Reminiscence

The reminiscence poem was created as a multi-reflection on my marriage, my childhood, and having two beautiful boys. All three reflections combined in unique ways to create a poem about pain and joy, and recollections about simpler times.

One of the things I love the most about writing poetry, outside of the sheer exuberance I get when an idea flows through me, is looking back, reflecting, and putting on paper some joyous, and yes, sometimes painful life events.

Tanka #2

Tanka #2 was created as a reflection on my meditation practice, and the chasing we sometimes do as humans, trying to get to the next thing, and then the next. Reflecting on meditation and then the concept of chasing after things is a paradox, just like all of life.

The last two lines are a reflection upon creating the future from the present moment, with the knowing that already living inside of me, all of us, are the past, present, and future. As, they are one.

Alright, that’s my reflection on the reflections that inspired the two poems above. That was fun. Let’s now turn to one of my other favorite topics, music.

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Music

I’ve posted about my love for music before, though it’s been a while. I grew up in a household where music was always present. Whether that was through the TV and MTV, my dad playing his guitar, or sisters, mom, or myself playing the radio, cassettes, or an 8-track.

Yes, I did just reference the radio, cassette tapes, and 8-tracks in the same sentence. I did grow up in the late 70’s and 80’s though.

In this entry on music, I want to do two things. Show you the guitar I bought today, and embed a youtube of one of my favorite songs.

Alright, first, here is a pic of the guitar I bought today. As I mentioned, my dad played the guitar. Though I tinkered with the guitar as a child, youth, and young adult, it’s been years, and I am excited to take some lessons and begin to play.

Corvallis, Oregon 2021

Pretty, yes? Yes, I think so too.

Alright, now here is one of my favorite songs. I am present to it, because my oldest son played it on the guitars we looked at on Saturday. Was so beautiful.

Here you go.

YouTube

I just adore this song. Always have, and always will.

Alright, friends, that’s all for this week.

Remember, to keep breathing and take time for yourself. It’s important.

Have a great week.

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