The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
of JzB
see my other blog,
Retirement Blues. (There be dragons!)

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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Friday, August 22, 2014

List List Liszt List

From Fireblossom in the Imaginary Garden: "Today, let's make a list. Not a word list. Let's write a poem with a list in it, or a list that IS a poem."  She elaborates here. 

My response to the challenge:

inventory roll
of jousting field enclosures
leaning to one side


females in my life
wife mother daughter sister
seven granddaughters


of compositions by Franz
the Liszt list


counting this one
the list of quasi-haiku
totals up to four


Imaginary Garden With Real Toads

Carpe Diem Special #103, Jim Kacian's "city morning"

city morning
a crane lifts its shadow
up the wall

© Jim Kacian

I saw the title of this entry and immediately wrote the two haiku found below, without reading further.

It was surprising to find I was rather close to Jim Kacian's wavelength.

no rooster call
wakes the city dweller
honk of a semi



old man wakes up
on a cardboard shrouded grate
shambles down the street


duty beckons
 people places things to do
no time for roses


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Carpe Diem #544, Mask/Masque

Today's quote from Kalil Gibran's Sand and Foam:

 "Even the masks of life are masks of deeper mystery"

two lovers naked
except for the masks they wear
and neither one knows


the face of a cat
but someone might be lion
thereby hangs a tale

behind my mask
is beauty or ugliness
what you will find


moose with his antlers
goose preening her down and quills
still no masquerade


Carpe Diem #544, Mask/Masque

Carpe Diem's "Little Creatures" #2, "I dreamed I was a butterfly" (Soshi)

In the following haiku Wafu was inspired by a piece of poetry by Soshi (Chuangtse) who says the following:

 [...] "Long ago I, Chuangtse, dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting about lightly on if I were really one, happily following my fancies. Suddenly awakening, again I was in the form of Chuangtse. Was it a case of Chuangtse dreaming he was a butterfly, or is it now that a butterfly is dreaming that it is Chuangtse? I do not know". [...]

cho kiete tamashii ware ni kaeri keri

 the butterfly having disappeared, 
my spirit 
came back to me 

© Wafu 

This is true, though:

on my fingertip
the soft touch of a monarch ~
many years ago


~ I see the butterfly as a symbol of finding once again that which was lost ~
~ And I see the echoes of this in my own life ~

 in the wilderness
wandering for many years ~
now a butterfly


in butterfly dreams
i soar through space and time ~
spirit regained


[Moondust inspiration]

i in butterfly
or butterfly in me ~

Carpe Diem's "Little Creatures" #2, "I dreamed I was a butterfly" (Soshi)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bits Of Inspiration ~ Spirit Nature

UPDATE:  I'm going to use the first haiku in this series that I did for another prompt [vide infra] as my WALL entry for CD.

Kristjaan gives us two quotes on WALLS from Kalil Gibran

[...] "After all this is not a bad prison; but I do not like this wall between my cell and the next prisoner’s cell; Yet I assure you that I do not wish to reproach the warder not the Builder of the prison".[...] 

[...] "Sadness is but a wall between two gardens". [...]

Kristjaan then presents us with a wonderful positive example.  Mine is a bit darker

tearing down the walls
giving room to wild flowers
to color the earth

ʩ Chèvrefeuille

On our visit to the garden today, Suzie Clevenger asks us to "stop, breathe, and focus on things that are positive."  She has chosen some Native American aphorisms for our consideration and inspiration.

 I found the inspiration, but, alas, have not succeeded in focusing on the positive.


"We are all one child spinning through Mother Sky." – Shawnee

all men are brothers
living in the same tepee ~
big family fight


"The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears." - Tribe Unknown

from deepest valley
the far away mountain tops
appear the highest


"Listen, or your tongue will make you deaf." - Tribe Unknown

my wisdom is best
hear it from my silver tongue
why don't you listen


"To touch the earth is to have harmony with nature." - Oglala Sioux

i have touched the earth
with my bulldozer and crane
one more shopping mall


"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives." – Sioux

This one brings to mind Matsuo Basho's famous haiku

the old pond ~
a frog jumps in
sound of water

but still ----

moose goose and mankind
two find forest harmony
one soils his own nest


Imaginary Garden With Real Toads

Carpe Diem #543, Wall

L.A. Times Crossword Puzzle Blogging

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Amy Johnson

Theme:  PUZZLING PROVERB PARTS.  Portions of proverbs are clued with slightly askew hints at their missing segments.  I went on a quest to determine what the differences are among the PROVERB, aphorism and adage, and found nothing definitive, or even worth a link.  They all are various pithy, often quip-like sentences that literally or figuratively capture some bit of truth, wisdom or belief.  

17. Proverbial flying companions? : BIRDS OF A FEATHER flock together.  You can judge them by the company they keep, on land or in the air.

24. Proverbial pavers? : GOOD INTENTIONS.  The road to hell is paved with them, it's said.  This can either suggest that “The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley,” or be an admonition not to let your good intentions languish due to lack of action.   Which meaning do you take?

42. Proverbial loser? : HE WHO HESITATES is lost.  On the other hand, look before you leap.  So - who ya gonna believe?

56. Proverbial pyrite? : ALL THAT GLITTERS is not gold.  This could be interpreted as meaning that gold does not glitter.  As a child, I found that to be confusing.  In German, IIRC, it's Alles ist nicht Geld was gl√§nzt, or all is not gold that glitters.  Not so easy to misinterpret.  Pyrite, iron sulfide, is a yellowish glittery mineral, called fool's gold.

Hi gang, JzB here.  Let's boldly plunge into this puzzle.  After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained., and fortune favors the bold.  So onward - there's no time like the present.  I've included some pictures and videos, thereby saving thousands of words.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #22, Odilon an artist for your inspiration

Today's inspiration

Diane Hura with the Dearborn Big Band
Dearborn Homecoming  Aug 3, 2014


inspired by the clouds
she chanced to be next to me
and we fell in love

Carpe Diem #542, Tapestry

The warp and woof of my life has been a product of random events - some of them highly improbable.

Here's one example.  Many years ago, things took a very bad turn at my job.  A new management team had come in and for some reason they needed a scapegoat.  My head was on the chopping block.  I was in despair.  After many years of working in the glass industry, I had developed a narrow skill set, centered around automotive glass applications.  Where could I find another job?

That very Sunday in the paper was a job add from one of the major car companies, and the qualifications read like my resume.  I couldn't believe what I was reading.  Well - after some further adventure - I got the job and went on to a career that was far more successful and rewarding than I would have ever had at the glass company.  No planning - it was just exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.

a snag in the plan
when tapestry unravels
find a new thread

I see now that with my preamble I have written another haibun.

That wasn't planned either.

And I'm struck that a random accident lead to this prompt.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Carpe Diem's Kamishibai #10, "departing summer"

Plus - as an afterthought, and at no extra charge - Open Link Monday from The Imaginary Garden, where Magaly shares a slice of her life, so now I will share a quite different slice of mine.

Back to regularly scheduled programing.

Kamishibai is storyteller in Japanese.

For today's theme we each tell our story as a haibun - a two part written form consisting of a prose section and an accompanying haiku.
The rules:
1. A maximum of 100 words;
2. the haiku has to follow a few of the the classical rules:
       a. 5-7-5 syllables;
       b. season word;
       c. cutting word (interpunction);
       d. interchangeable first and third line


For two days every week this summer we have had my daughter's two kids, and usually one or more of their cousins with us.  This is the last week, and today is the next to last day. The cousins have enjoyed being together, and having them around has made these days more fun for us as well.

But now school will be starting soon, and everyone will be back in a different routine.  This reminds me of my own childhood, and how the whine of cicadas announced that summer was ending and soon we would be back in school.  [99 words]

Cousin Samantha, Nate and Emily

cousins' last play day
bittersweet experience (-)
whine of cicadas


Imaginary Garden With Real Toads

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Indian Head Point

Indian Head Point 
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Near Munising, MI along Lake Superior

Photo by me

His jaw is along the water
The outcropping is his nose
The shadow defines his profile
The trees along the top are his head dress


o great father
what joy and sorrow you've seen
over the long years


 that challenge of life
to live long enough to know
the wisdom of stone


Six Words:
The Great Face Faces The West