Saturday, August 28, 2010

Timeless


Soft to touch
Light as breath
Veils of air
Fluidity and grace
Angelic yet seductive
Slips into vision
Reflection of the woman
Who is one with her
Body and soul
Fin
written for Monkey Man's  MonkeyMan
 Compose a story or poem using only 160 text characters.


photo 1 & 3 Lauren Treece
#2 rodneysmith.com

Friday, August 27, 2010

Two-Part Harmony - Flash Friday

It was a morning after a thundershower 
it was provocative even magical when the fog set in.
Silvery gray shafts of light reveal
swans like pale white ghosts
gracefully gliding along the sea of clouds.  
They sing a gentle song, with haunting melodies.
Their music fills my wild beating heart... play on. 
Loves essence captured.
Fin
 This was written for Friday Flash 55 hosted by G-Man
click on the links to see what G-Man and other notables have penned in 55 words, easier then I think, harder then I thought. 


photo's www.rodneysmith.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Origin of Haiku - Awards from Thursday Poetry Rally

Ahh! Inspiration!
The light of recognition
Moments of brightness.
 Thursday Poetry Rally
hosted by Jingle
The rules are when you win some of these wonderful gifted awards , as you are voted by your peers, you are to post them on your blog and do a short haiku.



Known for his poetry and travel diaries, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) was the son of a lowly samurai. When his lord died, he became a ronin and moved to Edo. Taking part in the popular poetry writing and debate competitions, Basho excelled in haikai (now known as haiku) a three-line segment poem of five, seven and five syllables which used simple language and every day occurrences to create images that evoked emotion. Basho became the most famous poet of his generation, and when he traveled, locals would gather to match their wits against him.




Come Pick Your Pleasure!

Strawberries, sweet cherries take your pick
the luscious fruit give off
the sun-kissed scent of summer,
smelling at times like burnt
sugar cubes dipped in the sun,
leaving some of their fragrance in my hand.

Tart and tempting,
the smell of green apples soothes,
this warm and sensual scent
conjures up homey pleasures.

Intoxicating aromas of fresh-picked
tomatoes, red currants, leafy greens,
parsley and sage, picked fresh from the garden
mingles with an earthy musk scent.

 
Lush, juicy peaches invokes childhood memories
of homemade canned peaches
smothered in rich cream. 

Refreshing, clean juicy scent of
super sweet watermelon,
transports me instantly to
re-experience in all its splendor
a sense luscious time of delirious fun.

A superbly fragrant blend of citrus fruit
enhanced by berries, and florals,
elevate it above the edible realm. 

Lavender, pine, spruce and cedar,
an unexpected  pleasing blend of aromas
soothes my soul and delight my senses.

A serendipitous moment
Wisps of woody smoke drift
across the lavender-tinged sky
as the sun's glow fades into dusk.

 
A fairy tale ingredient
Left in the garden to steep overnight,
the fragrance of honeysuckle and rose petals
blends with the night air under the moonlight.

Fin
 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Paused

With so many obligations to satisfy our practical considerations in life, work, family, friends, it is understandable taking time to pause for reflection and gratitude often get placed on the bottom of our “to-do-list.”  I would like to take the opportunity to make this post my way of thankfulness and gratitude to a couple of fellow bloggers who were thinking of me and for making my day so special! 

Jamie Dedes over at Musing by Moonlight, a fascinating woman and a well versed writer, go pay her a visit, you will want to become a follower for sure. Her lovely, "Outstanding Blog Award, is very much appreciated.  It didn't come with any rules except to pass it along to ten other notable blogs I follow. 
Kelly over at Style Attic aka Life at 5 feet graced me with a lovely award.  She is one of the sweetest bloggers around. Her blog is interesting and awesome! To get your daily inspiration go over and pay this gracious lady a visit , if you haven't already.
Both women are awesome and well worth spending time reading their daily blogs. I promise you will not be disappointed.  The awards are posted on my side bar. 


Now Kelly's award came with answering ten questions and passing the award along to ten other notables, too.


Here are the ten questions:
1)  Why do you blog?

I linger here for the moment, paused at the edge of  my thoughts held in suspension,
I am surprised by what I observe – the fascinating aspects of technology, in one click, within seconds of blogger's publications I am connected, with others of similar interests and backgrounds, one glance finds all the photographs, the stories, the words. 

Totally amazing -- a near life  experience. 
I am connecting with people I would never have known in my life time.Fulfilling that desire to reach out and connect with others that is inherent in human-nature,  I found over time blogging, reading and commenting has become a high priority in my life, by just a few moments it takes to read each blog, it has changed my life in so many positive ways. 
2)  Name your three best memories.
I remember the first time I saw the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, it magically held me spellbound, and that memory now lingers with me forever. The primordial glow of that mornings ocean sunrise had cast a rich golden light on the waves, and in that moment I felt the majesty of creation and the deep connection in my soul.  That might account for the reoccurring ocean theme throughout my blog.

#2
My father was enthralled with learning how to fly small planes, my mother never wanted to go for some reason, so he took me instead to share his joy of flying. I won’t go into too much detail here about those cherished times spent with my father, but rather tell you my experience of the first time up in the air. Even as a writer I find it is impossible for me to capture in words the experience of flying up in a small airplane.   Compared to large aircraft, one is immersed in the landscape, not looking down at a small square image of scenery. I was totally mesmerized by all that I surveyed with my eyes, an amazing experience, a thrilling sensation.   A camera could not capture the emotions I felt when the plane dipped over my home, or traversed over the landscape where I can see all the fine details, the babbling brooks, I didn’t know were there, and the deer in the woods that were elusive by daylight, every movement on the forest floor, all moving and flowing in the midst of natures harmonious lines

#3
The birth of my two sons, albeit occurred at different times, but never the less did not diminish the deep connectivity to my ancestors across the divide of time; traces of previous generations, our parents, grandparents, all those who have gone before us lives on in them. I could see in their faces and look in their eyes, as little as they may have been; that they had a forceful power of connecting people across bloodline and generations. An experience I will always cherish deep in my heart.
(3)  Name 4 of the best fiction books you've read.
I am an avid reader , and I must confess will read just  about anything but  not so much horror stories, with the exception of course to choice #1.
# 1 Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, a novel written by Mary Shelley.
#2 The Alchemist, 2006, an  inspirational fable by Brazilian author and translator Paulo Coelho;
#3 The Iliad by Homer, I know this is considered an epic poem for "Iliad" is a word that means "a poem about Ilium" (i.e., Troy), and Homer's great epic poem has been known as "The Iliad" ever since the Greek historian Herodotus so referred to it in the fifth century B.C, however, I will list it anyway for it is a favorite of mine.
# 4 The Fountainhead , and/or Atlas Shrugged, both by Ayn Rand, with excellent character development, and the author is not afraid to take risks in her writing.



4)  What are the 5 best movies ever made? (and that I love....)
1. The Pianist is a 2002 film directed by Roman Polanski, starring Adrien Brody
2.  The Red Shoes (1948) is a British feature film about ballet, written, directed and produced by the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
3. The Red Violin ( is a 1998 Canadian drama film
4. Schindler's List (1993)Directed by Steven Spielberg.   
5. Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957)
5---8 1/2 (1963), aka Eight and a Half, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, or Otto e Mezzo, France/Italy, directed by Federico Fellini
I know it is six but it was a tie with Bergman and Fellini. However just for entertainment I also enjoyed watching these five movies:
1.--Braveheart is a 1995 American epic drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson.
2. -Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
3--Run Lola Run (German: Lola  literally Lola Runs) is a 1998 German thriller film written and directed by Tom Tykwer
4.- Amélie (2001) Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (original title)
5.--Chocolat (2000) Directed by Lasse Hallström.
 6)  If you could change your name what would it be?
My closest and dearest friends who have known me forever and a day, nicknamed me Joan Wilder, a romance novelist after that movie Romancing the Stone, 1984 when it came out, for they claim I have some resemblance to the character, in that being an incurable romantic, a former New Yorker, and a neophyte in the jungle (of life) who manages to always land on her feet, regardless of the odds against her.  Well I do confess to being an incurable romantic, and love writing about romance,and a former New Yorker, but not too sure about the rest of the connection until recently when a routine office visit turned into the doctor thinking I might possibly have ovarian cancer. I had confided in a few close friends, and their response was revealing, they thought I would be fine, for like a cat I have always manged to land on my feet, and for the moment most thankfully that now appears to be the case.
(7)  Tell us a unique and interesting fact about yourself.
It is difficult to define as we are all unique – and interesting in some way, but my life may bore you.  I would like to say I have lead a simple life, but truth be known with each twist and turn my life has held a whole host of complications, trials and errors and considerable reinventing myself.  Being a baby boomer the whole experience of the 60’s, I was fully encapsulated in the whole movement. Art in some form of expression has always been as much a part of me as my own breath.  The life I chosen as a wife and a mother, entailed a whole caravan of complications, finding myself, divorced several times, and having the responsibility of being the sole head of the house hold for far too many years, crossed me over to a place where I thought I would never be; for where I was did not match where I wanted to be.  Consider the quote by Simone de Beauvoir it pretty much sums up my feelings -- “The torment that so many young women know, bound hand and foot by love and motherhood, without having forgotten their former dreams.”  But I am an incurable romantic who believes in dreams coming true.  In my quiet moments the thought occurs to me if we are steadfast in our faith, in God’s timing our days will move closer to align with our dreams.  I am still reinventing myself – and discovering new ways to bring color to my world.
8)  What do you love best about yourself?
I have a sensual and tenacious spirit with a down-to-earth presence, with absolutely no pretentiousness.  Over time as I became acquainted with myself and learned to enjoy living in my own skin, I developed an attitude that you can call me “by any name, but it is what I answer to that matters”   I will still be who I am and I have made peace with that.

9)  If you had a "Freaky Friday" experience, who would you change places with?
I would love to be Carmen Amaya who is considered by many to be one of the greatest flamenco dancers who ever lived.  Or another great dancer who also died too young, Isadora Duncan  considered by many to be the creator of modern dance.

10)  What is the best thing about being a woman
Two things, One is being loved by a man . 
Two  this quote sums up my life experience “If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.” 

Now if you managed to get this far here is my list of blogger's I pass these awards on to.
Yvonne 
PinkLady 
kavisionz  
Jodi
C.M Jackson
Desert Rose
Claudia
Emily
SuziCate
 Kavita



fin

photo credits www.rodneysnith.com
















Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fragrance and Place Intertwined


It was a magical place, 
our secret paradise 
harbored in the nexus
between lush alpine forest
and the living desert
Tall pines blended in an open
tapestry with fragrant sage
and the scent of you.



visit his blog site to see what he crafted 
and other notable poets weaved.
Wakan Tankan Nici Un 
(May the Great Spirit walk with you) 
 Fin 

Photos: Petroglyph photograph in the Eastern Panamint Mountains, Death Valley, California
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area ' She Who Watches"
Native American Warrior found on google
New York State University -

Friday, August 20, 2010

Word Escapes - Friday Flash 55

I slip into this realm,
through the fringes
of my consciousness,
my spirit is set free.
I stand on top of Mt Everest,
sail around the world
and dive into the deepest ocean.
Their words can make me
laugh, cry, angry, bewildered,
and love with all my heart and soul. 
I wonder how the authors knew?

fin
This was written for Friday Flash 55 hosted by G-Man
click on the links to see what G-Man and other notables have penned in 55 words, easier then I think, harder then I thought. 

photos fffound

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Messages in a Bottle

The morning sun has already risen,
the waters are deep the waves wide,    
while smaller waves lap at the shore.
I feel the sunshine warming my skin
As I walk along the edge of the shore
my gaze turns toward the sky
where mindless clouds chase each other,
and seagulls are heard squawking overhead.
The beach path is covered with seaweed and shells,
Small pockets of tide pools
conceal crabs and brightly colored starfish.
Sea lions bobble out on the ocean
looking like small coconuts floating the central current.
 I inhale and take a deep breath in
of the sweet smell of sea roses as it reaches the shore.
Night spirits inventiveness made tangible
and the explosion of day light
create sand of memories,
where hours before once stood proud castles.
An unforeseen event within
the swirling mists and waves,
a voyage made of ten thousand miles,
casting centuries aside,
the barrier of time and distance shattered,
the ancient image stares.
I surrender into its timeless beauty
allowing my soul to feel
a thousand varieties of tender emotion.
I held the ancient bottle in my hands,
and ask the clear blue ocean--- how old is this?
Treading into a timeless wonder,
 engulfed in the rapture of bliss
 the veil of time is lifted
glimpses of love-soaked memories,
sensual  and lovely scenes
appear in vain,

Following the wind -ten thousand miles,
 time and time again,
 two lovers who suffered since ancient times
through sorrow of parting at sea,
the ocean is filled by drop
after drop of their tears.
images fffound

Monday, August 16, 2010

La Dolce Vita (Italian for "the sweet life" )

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle"

Come join in the celebration 
of "the sweet life" 
Poetry Awards 4Thursday Poets Rally Week 26
(click on  Jingle  )
to see other winners of these awards &
hopefully read some of their poetry, too.
thank you Jingle and this wonderful community of writers, 
all so sweet. 



The Most Graceful Poet Award
 
The Most Compassionate Poet

The Most Resilient Poet

 
The Most Creative Blogger
 
U R A Rare Friend Award
FIN
Have a Good Day!



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