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!)

I claim copyright and reserve all rights for my original material of every type and genre.


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.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Carpe Diem #159, Zodiac




~ 1 ~

from the sky to you
i am sagittarius
and i do not lie


~ 2 ~

is our fortune
written in the stars
some signs say yes


~ 3 ~

old man counts the stars
reflects on constellations
shares selene's light


~ 4 ~

in the zodiac
there is neither moose nor goose
ancient oversight

~ 5 ~

in the zodiac
arachne's disappointment
 scorpion instead

~:~:~:~:~

Carpe Diem #159

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Carpe Diem #158, Yanagi (Willow)





~ 1 ~

when the willow
whispers to the cool spring wind
do the pine trees listen


~ 2 ~

long haired old woman
tresses drooping to the ground
why are you weeping


~ 3 ~

ask not
for whom the willow weeps
it weeps for thee


~ 4 ~

beneath a willow
an old man stops to listen
the leaves whisper


~ 5 ~

sad willow tree weeps
moose will eat it leaf and bark
goose prefers forbs


~ 6 ~

black widow spider
dowager of the willow
weeps not for her mate

~:~:~:~:~

Carpe Diem #158

Trifextra: Week Sixty-One

The challenge:

This weekend we're asking for exactly 33 words including an idiom somewhere within.  Examples of idioms include - add fuel to the fire or wear your heart on your sleeve.  You can find more examples and a definition of idiom here.  Good luck!

Hey, no prob!

~~()~~

IDIOTM

I was horny, and came on like gangbusters.
She, mad as a wet hen, knocked me for a loop.
I was seeing stars.
But they were porn stars.
I was in hog heaven.

~~()~~


Six Word Saturday

Four
generations at
our house tomorrow

 ~~~()~~~

 Roast rabbit:
Good with scrambled eggs?

 ~~~()~~~

Spring at last


Friday, March 29, 2013

Five Sentence Fiction - Flame




Last night we made love by the hearth.

We clung so tightly, then slept in the embers' warm glow.

Warm, like our love, I thought.

But when morning came she was gone.

In the fireplace nothing but cold, grey ash.



Lillie McFerrin Writes

Carpe Diem Special #29, Onitsura's 'voice of the pine-tree'

 inspirational haiku

suzukaze ya koku ni michite matsu no koe

the cool breeze
fills the empty vault of heaven
with the voice of the pine-tree

(c) Onitsura (1660-1738)

 ~o~o~o~

my humble inspirations

~ 1 ~

a cardinal sings
to find the singer look high
in the tallest tree


~ 2 ~

the pine tree whispers
and the spring breeze responds
do you understand


~ 3 ~

without the breeze
pine tree's sacred wisdom
would stay a secret


~ 4 ~

soft spring breezes
sing with a pine needle scent
music for the soul


~ 5 ~

when the old man speaks
all the pine trees listen
the breeze overhears


~ 6 ~

under a pine tree
safe from the whispering wind
moose and goose tell all


~ 7 ~

from the pine tree top
spider sees her hatchlings go
sail on the spring breeze

~o~o~o~

Carpe Diem Special #29

Crocuses and a Migrating Crocus

The one purple crocus comes up later
and fades faster than the yellow ones


 March 21, 2010

just three years ago
he stood apart from the blondes
aloof or disdained


March 20, 2013

where is our cousin
all the blondes are wondering
family's purple sheep


March 29, 2013

one purple crocus
still at the edge of the flock
seeking acceptance

~:~:~:~

Take this as a metaphor if you wish.
And, yes, I am suggesting that crocuses migrate.


 ()      ()      () 
|___|___|

Friday Flash 55



ALAS, INDEED!


Alas, poor Yorick!
Was he stabbed?  Poisoned?

Who knows? But still dead

Then .  .  .
He lost his head

Was he worse off then Marie Antoinette?
Or better?

Having seen dear friends
Devolve into dementia where they

Hallucinate
Forget their family members
Can’t find the bathroom

I’ve come to appreciate the virtues
Of a nice clean beheading

~:~:~:~:~:~:~

Inspired by this post for last week's FF 55
and too damned much of real life

For this week's FF 55 entries
visit The G-Man

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Carpe Diem #157, Tanpopo (Dandelion)

My yard -- May, 2011

I first posted this picture on 5/15/11, accompanied by this quasi-haiku


These cute little blonds
Stand out against the green grass,
So  --  OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

Now, on to today's efforts

 ~ 1 ~

king of the lawn
decked out in its yellow mane
a dandy lion


~ 2 ~

a noxious weed
or for the open-minded
wine and a salad


~ 3 ~

just like the old man
when dandelion ages
its head turns white


~ 4 ~

for moose and goose
a field of bright dandelions
tasty smörgåsbord


~ 5 ~

spider hatchling
and a dandelion seed
two kites in the wind

  *
  |
    } | {  
 ____________\|/ ___________

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Corkscrew

Mad Kane informs us that on this day in 1860,  New Yorker M.L. Byrn patented a corkscrew design.

 
hats off to Byrne and his fine
invention for opening wine
an aid to decanting
that obviates ranting
or even a reason to whine

Carpe Diem #156, Tako (kite)

~ 1 ~

high soaring kite
seems to be flying free
bird on a leash


~ 2 ~

dragon kite
soaring high overhead
no fire in the wind


~ 3 ~

no kite this time
Daenerys soars on Drogon
fire in the wind

~ 4 ~

 
your image
on a high flying kite
tugs at my heart strings


~ 5 ~

old man flies a kite
remembering a time when
the wind filled his sails


~ 6 ~

goose's kite string
tangles in moose's antlers
born on an ill wind


~ 7 ~

spider hatchling
sails off on a silken thread
a living kite

  ~~~#        
   /      
  /         

Carpe Diem #156

LA Times Cross-Word Puzzle Blogging -- Wednesday, March 27, 2013 C. C. Burnikel

Theme:  Just take it two days at a time.  Common words that can all precede the word "DAY" and thus describe a recognized event are stacked in the puzzle so that they can be considered paired.

13. *Shady spot : ARBOR.  A garden alcove formed by trees or climbing plants over a trellis.  ARBOR DAY.  A day devoted to the planting and care of trees, nationally on the last Friday in April, but at various times from January through May around the continental U.S. and the first Friday of Nov. in Hawaii.

16. *Furry forecaster? : GROUNDHOG.  A burrowing rodent (Marmota monax), also known as the woodchuck, whistle-pig, or land-beaver.  Nobody knows how much wood it would chuck.  GROUNDHOG DAY.  Feb 2. when the eponymous rodent is coaxed from its cozy hole in the ground to give a mostly inaccurate prediction about the duration of winter.  Also the title and subject of a now classic movie.




27. *Jolly Roger, e.g. : FLAG. A piece of fabric with a distinctive design that is used as a symbol, a signaling device, or decoration.  Roger's design is more distinctive than jolly.





FLAG DAY.  Celebrated on June 14th, commemorates the adoption of the U.S. Flag by the 2nd Continental Congress on that day in 1777.

30. *Formal beginning : INAUGURATION.  The start of a new operation, practice or administration.  INAUGURATION DAY.  The day of the official swearing in of a U. S. president to signal the beginning of her/his administration.

45. *Freedom from control : INDEPENDENCE.  A condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population exercise self-government.   INDEPENDENCE DAY.  Celebrated in the U.S. on July 4th, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence of the 13 colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain.  The rest is history.

48. *Leave the ground : LEAP.  Launch oneself skyward, an activity that before which one should generally look.





LEAP DAY.  Feb 29, the added day in leap year, making the most miserable month even longer.  Big mistake, IMHO.

61. Big name in publishing, and a visual hint to the three adjacent pairs of answers to starred clues : DOUBLEDAY.   Famous publiher of many fiction and non-fiction books.  DOUBLE  DAY.  Two days at a time, or one day at a time if you live under a double star.

Hi, gang, it's JzB guiding you though a nifty DOUBLE play turned by our fearless leader and dynamic soloist.  Come along, let's make a day [or two] of it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Carpe Diem #155, Oborozuki (hazy moon)





~ 1 ~

in hazy moonlight
long ago beneath a tree
our first kiss


~ 2 ~

in hazy moonlight
I see my wife and know
her beauty endures


~ 3 ~

in hazy moonlight
even the mighty oak tree
casts no shadow

~ 4 ~
 
silhouette of wings
against the hazy moon
a lunar moth


~ 5 ~

the hazy moon glows
wispy clouds float overhead
a proud cat prances

~ 6 ~

in hazy moonlight
the brown moose and the white goose
both seem to be grey

~ 7 ~

rings of haze
surround the glowing moon
inspire orb weaver

( ( O ) )

Carpe Diem #155

Monday, March 25, 2013

Carpe Diem #154, Shuntoo (Spring lantern)

~ 1 ~

by lantern light
when I look upon your face
lovely mystery


~ 2 ~

one evening in spring
as we walked under the trees
raindrops in lamplight


~ 3 ~

in the spring lamp light
casting a squat shadow
a fat toad


~ 4 ~

in the lantern light
old man sits and listens
by an empty chair

~ 5 ~

lamps in the distance
moose and goose don't understand
think they are fireflies


~ 6 ~

springtime lantern light
death trap for moths and flies
spider goes hungry

~*~:~*~

Carpe Diem #154

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Sunday Whirl




~ : ~

in the desert
bent by the unbroken wind
a single gnarled tree


~ : ~

in the desert
country music is sung by
the wayward wind


~ : ~

in the desert
is a mirage a trick
of the eye or mind


~ : ~

in the desert
coyote travels disguised
but wolf does not


~ : ~

in the desert
an ever-shifting dunescape
wound by the wind


~ : ~

in the desert
like yesterday and today
all days bleached and sere


~ : ~

in the desert
old bones lie forgotten
bleached by the sun


~ : ~

in the desert
follow fox and not coyote
for the way across


~ : ~

in the desert
cacti live for decades
no need to hurry


~ : ~

in the desert
beneath a broken glass jar
spider spins her web


~ : ~

in the desert
if you wait long enough
all things turn to sand


~ : ~

in the desert
amid cactus and primrose
my cold heart is stirred


Carpe Diem #153, Haru ta (Spring paddy fields)


~ 1 ~

spring paddy field
green as the Dothraki Sea
drown in the silence


~ 2 ~

spring paddy fields
land baron with MBA
sees prime golf course plot

~ 3 ~

in the paddy field
old man alone and quiet
basks in solitude


~ 4 ~

the rice comes later
for now moose and goose
dine on vetch


~ 5 ~

in the quiet field
you are never quite alone
spider is lurking

___                       
\_____
                         \___

Carpe Diem #153

Carpe Diem Special #28, Onitsura's Cherry-Flowers




Inspirational haiku, by Onitsura

 saku-karani miru-karani hana no chiru-karani

the cherry-flowers bloom;

we gaze at them;
they fall, and ...



Inspired haiku, by JzB

~ 1 ~

remember last year
the cherry blossoms fell
this year .  .  .  the next .  .  .


~ 2 ~

cherry blossoms fall
what does this mean to me
or to you

~ 3 ~

cherry blossoms fall
like the blushing maidens fall
later  .  .  . the fruit

~ 4 ~
 
cherry blossoms fall
old man in the pink shower
holds fast his secret


~ 5 ~
 
cherry blossoms fall
moose and goose wander by
have them for dessert


~ 6 ~
 
cherry blossoms fall
orb weaver spinning her web
takes no notice


~ 7 ~

[inspired by Bjorn]

like the cherry bloom
in the rich fullness of time
even mountains fall

~:~:~:~

Carpe Diem Special #28

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Five Sentence Fiction


My wife burst into the tower chamber and found me naked in bed with the girl I had just deflowered.

While she screamed, calling me and the poor girl, who huddled terrified under the sheets, the most vile names imaginable, I poured myself a large flagon of sweet Dornish wine and sipped it, leaning against the mantle until her rage was spent.

"Klarys," I said, you know I truly love you, but occasionally I get a taste for something young, fresh and tender; and in my time as King, I've learned that when I want something, I can usually have it.

"What I want from you is to make yourself presentable, for you will be at my side tonight, smiling, beautiful, and very much my Queen, when we entertain that disgusting envoy from Braavos, and just now you do look a sight."

I turned to the girl and said, "Sweetling, my wife appears to be feeling neglected, so I shall spend the night in her chamber; but you won't be lonesome: a maid from the Summer Isles will stay with you -- and, mayhaps teach you a thing or two.



Lillie McFerrin Writes

Friday, March 22, 2013

Carpe Diem #152, Hanagumori (Blossom Haze)

~ 1 ~

haze of pink blossoms
i can't see the forest
for the flowers

 
~ 2 ~

lost in the fog
a pink haze surrounds us
do not be frightened


~ 3 ~

wide open petals
why have I lost my focus
i feel in the pink


~ 4 ~

moose and goose
untroubled by the pink haze
they are colorblind


~ 5 ~

pink haze no matter
tight focus on detail work
spider spins her web

~:~:~

Carpe Diem Imagination #4, Weeping Cherry

Today, Krisjaan inspires us with a picture
Weeping Cherry


~ 1 ~

pink blossom cascade
trunk all in gnarly knots
weeping cherry


~ 2 ~

from the drooping branches
a windborn sweep of petals
shower of pink tears


~ 3 ~

ask not
for whom the cherry weeps
it weeps for thee


~ 4 ~

moose and goose pause
beneath the weeping cherry
exchange knowing looks


~ 5 ~

old man pauses
beneath the weeping cherry
sheds a silent tear


~ 6 ~

in drooping branches
spider spins her lethal trap
she weeps for no one
 
    _    _
    \/   \

   |     ||     |
      ||     |
   __||__

Carpe Diem Imagination #4

Friday Flash 55

This week, the G-Man gave us a fun and light-hearted mini-romp.

Mine is in a much darker hue.



Image from B&N [and my apologies to Mr. Olsen]



LAST RIGHT

I sat in the last pew.

Her husband sat in front, head bowed.

Her daughters, now almost grown women, looking so much like her, gave the readings.

I shed my silent tear, prayed for the repose of her soul; that her sins may be forgiven; and thanked God that they would never have to know.


__________\|/_________

Thursday, March 21, 2013

100 WCGU # 81

 100 WCGU challenge:  "…the unseasonal weather meant …"

~ : ~

BLOSSOMS

It's just a bit above freezing today, with snow coming down, not too heavy.   Last year there was no winter, to speak of.  The cherry trees bloomed a full month early, only to be nipped after a few weeks by a late frost.  A year ago today it was like high summer. We had dinner on the patio, some drinks, and after dusk made love in the moonlight. 

She asked what the unseasonal weather meant, and could ask it again had she stayed.  She should have stayed.  Michigan – at least its weather - is just like her.

Tomorrow could be so different from today.

~ : ~

Carpe Diem #151, Haru Fukashi (deep Spring)

Oh my.  As I write this, it is 34 degrees, overcast, and a very light snow is falling.  Not exactly deep winter, but far from deep spring, so I will have to resort to wishing and hoping.


~ 1 ~

walk with me my love
the day's warmth a reminder
of how dear you are

~ 2 ~

crocuses give way
to tulips in deep spring
roses are coming

~ 3 ~

in the depth of spring
old man basks in the bright sun
warms his weary bones

~ 4 ~

in deep spring
moose and goose frolic
in a shallow spring

~ 5 ~

some spider hatchlings
in the depth of spring

~:~:~:~

Carpe Diem #151

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sensatinal Haiku Wednesday - Continuity






at the equinox
winter gives way to springtime
the circle of life



Join the fun!

Carpe Diem #150, Haru Higan (Spring Equinox)

The vernal equinox symbolizes the reawakening of life after a dormant Winter.  From the Druids we get the equinox celebration of Alban Eilir, the Light of the Earth, and also the mysterious Druid's Egg, also known as the Adderstone.

And from John Coltrane we get this.




 ----( | )----

From me, all you get is this:

~ 1 ~

at equinox
I pray for a time with
light and dark equal

~ 2 ~

serpents gathered
in an ancient right
get stoned together

~ 3 ~

kiss of sun and moon
forests and grass lands wake up
from a Winter's sleep

~ 4 ~

at equinox
old man sees the all of the world
in black and white

~ 5 ~

white goose black moose
share the sun and the moon
together

~ 6 ~

equinox
time of joy for orb weaver
insects on the way


UPDATE: inspired by Ese, I checked my yard and found my crocuses were up




~ 7 ~

equinox
a perfect time for flirting
with some little blondes


 ----( | )----

Carpe Diem #150

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Carpe Diem #149, Tsukushi (horsetail)

 Photo by Kim Willis found Here


I did a little research and confirmed that the horsetail is commonly found in Michigan, and a wide variety of other places.  I guess I need to examine my weeds more carefully.  Horsetail is a primitive plant that  reproduces by spores, not seeds, and spreads underground via rhizomes.  Both moose and goose will eat horsetail, though "horsetail stems and branches are covered with silicate deposits that keep many animals from eating them." [from the website linked above]  Interestingly, though, the plant is toxic to sheep, cows and horses.   This is not the European purple horsetail flower.



__\|/__\|/__\|/__


~ 1 ~

primitive plant
do you remember a time
before wanton men

~ 2 ~

primitive horsetail
with rhizome tuber and spore
still so complex

~ 3 ~

moose and goose
disdain the cattle's warnings
dine on horsetail

~ 4 ~

fine field of horsetail
moose laments his own scant stub
goose preens tail feathers

~ 5 ~

amid the horsetails
orb weaver spins her new home
safe from cattle's jaws

__\|/__\|/__\|/__

Carpe Diem #149


Monday, March 18, 2013

Carpe Diem #148, Aomugi (green barley)

Writing haiku is a discipline.  I am embracing difficult prompts as an exercise, in the hope of improving basic skills.  Rather like playing scales and etudes.   The results might not always be ready for prime time, but I offer them to you, such as they are.

Late thought update: here are the inspirational haiku by Sono-jo, a haiku poetess and pupil of Buson:

 te wo nobete ori-yuku haru no kusaki kani

as I go along,

stretching out my hand and plucking
the grasses and leaves of Spring

And from Kristjaan:

touching the spikes
of green barley covered with raindrops -
refreshing tears


__\|/__\|/__\|/__


My humble offerings

~ 1 ~

rain covered barley
in a pot with onions
soup starter


~ 2 ~

cut on my finger
from the sharp edge of a leaf
green barley revenge


~ 3 ~

old man
malts green barley
still knows what to do


~ 4 ~

moose and goose walking
stretch out their long necks to pluck
green barley


~ 5 ~

amid the green barley
orb weaver stakes out her claim
in woven silk



__\|/__\|/__\|/__

Carpe Diem #148

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Carpe Diem Special #27, Onitsura's Valley Stream

 Inspirational haiku by Onitsura

 tani-mizu ya ishi mo utayomu yama-zakura

the wild cherry:
stones also are singing their songs
in the valley stream


 My humble offerings


~ 1 ~

swift flowing water
always knows the way down hill
in the valley's depth


~ 2 ~

at river's edge
old man sings a water song
of rocks life and time


~ 3 ~

the wild cherry
what does it know of travel
the rock songs don't tell


~ 4 ~

the wild cherry
grows at will in the valley
untamed by bees


~ 5 ~

the wild cherry
envy of the orchard
longs for love


~ 6 ~

wild cherry
in the cleft of the valley
what is your secret


~ 7 ~

valley stream
the swift flow of snow melt
regales moose and goose


~ 8 ~

by the fishing stream
water bugs flit and fly
spider casts her net

~~~~~~~~

Carpe Diem Special #27

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Carpe Diem #147, Hatsu hana (first cherry blossom)

Cherries are grown commercially in the northwest region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.  Blossoms generally burst forth in early May.  Since this is outside of the local tourist season, few get the chance to see them.  Last year, the winter was extremely mild, and March was almost summery.  The Cherry trees blossomed in the first week of April - a full month early - and the crop was severely damaged by one night of late hard frost.  It snowed again today here in lower Michigan.  No early spring this year, it seems, and for cherry lovers, that might be a blessing.

As near as I can tell, Michigan cherries have white, not pink blossoms.

Michigan Cherry Blossoms


~ 1 ~

Michigan cherry
beware the late spring frost
do not bloom too soon

~ 2 ~

first cherry blossom
you bring the promise of spring
and joy to my heart

~ 3 ~

new white blossom
such a warm and welcome sight
after months of snow

~ 4 ~

first cherry blossom
old man remembers when
and smiles

~ 5 ~

moose and goose
stroll amidst the cherry trees
eating dandelions

~ 6 ~

first cherry blossom
soon the insects will arrive
patient spider waits

~ : ~ : ~

Carpe Diem #147

Friday, March 15, 2013

Carpe Diem #146, Tsubame (swallow)

I took a walk this afternoon in a wetland preserve near my house.  Saw many small birds flitting around and heard the joyful sound of their chirping.  No swallows, that I know of, but I was able to get a few pictures of ducks and geese.  Deer wander through there too, but, alas, no moose.


Here's goose


Back to swallows.

As a child in Catholic school I learned that migrating swallows return to the Mission of San Juan Capistrano in California every year on March 19th, St Joseph's Day






~ 1 ~

on Saint Joseph's day 
swallows at Capistrano 
spring is coming 

~ 2 ~

swallows overhead
old man looks up to the sky
feels young again

 ~ 3 ~

spring morning
goose soars with the swallows
moose envies their wings

 ~ 4 ~

bird on the wing 
consumes flying insects 
spider goes hungry

 /\
 ~~( )~~
 /\

Carpe Diem #146

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Carpe Diem #145, Nehane (Nirvana Ceremony, Buddha's Nirvana anniversary)

One of my most favorite creatures is the monarch butterfly.  On this day of Nehane I find this innocent haiku by Kakimoto now to be steeped in bitter irony.

on the human body
butterflies are assembling -
Nirvana Festival

And this one by Narayanan Raghunathan now just seems sad.

Nirvana Ceremony -
a butterfly buddha flutters
among human buddhas


This morning my lovely wife alerted me to this article about the strange, precipitous and tragic decline in the monarch butterfly population, down 59% from last year and over 90% from 1997.  We will do our small part by planting a butterfly garden, and specifically including milkweed, the major food source for the monarch butterfly.


~ 1 ~

within the shrine's fence
what a sad surprise to find
a single monarch


~ 2 ~

monarchs suddenly
multiplied by fifteenfold
nirvana


~ 3 ~

nirvana awaits
the passing of the monarchs
old man plants milkweed


~ 4 ~

moose and goose
foraging for other forbs
milkweed for monarchs


~ 5 ~

orb weaver migrates
leaves milkweed for the monarchs
buddha smiles


\/
~~ :|: ~~

Carpe Diem #145

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Carpe Diem #144, Yuki no hate (end of snow)

We got a slight snow cover last night.  Partly sunny today, but still a bit below freezing, and it all evaporated.

Here are my thoughts, with an assist to Kristjaan


~ 1 ~

last snow melts
now the ground will be covered
with cherry blossoms

~ 2 ~

end of snow
what do we lose then
as spring is coming

~ 3 ~

late snow falling
old man in a barber chair
clippings on the floor

~ 4 ~

winters end
trees and bushes sprout new blooms
food for moose and goose

~ 5 ~

trees and bushes bloom
leaves sprout on once bare banches
spider's hiding place

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Carpe Diem #144


Three Word + Sensational Haiku Wednesday

The three Wednesday words:
Careful
Hug
Mistake


Plus from Sensational Haiku Wednesday
Sensational (of all things)

Mixing memes, I offer this vignette in senryu form.



she was so careful
with her affection always
sleeping alone

~ : ~

nobody to hug
nobody to break down
her wall of ice

~ : ~

was it her mistake
to be so resolute
or finally give in

~ : ~

being less careful
be it mistake or not
accepting a hug

~ : ~

she discovered
the sensations were indeed
sensational

~(!)~

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Carpe Diem #143, Zansetsu (remaining snow)

I see not everyone is a fan of moose and goose.  Ah, well - they are my friends and I hope to have them help us Carpe every Diem.  Spider, on the other hand, seems to be highly regarded, which is bit weird, since spiders creep me out.  Another mystery of life, I guess.

We had snow flurries today, but no accumulation.  I almost went out and took a picture of the last little patch of snow in my yard, but it was dirty and unattractive.  Then I see from Kristjaan's post that that is more or less the point.  Well, its dark now, and I lost my chance.


~ 1 ~

last snow
in the corner of my yard
no longer pristine

~ 2 ~

the old man
sits on the edge of his bed
remembers his sins


~ 3 ~

snowman melts
children run across the field
time to play baseball


~ 4 ~

last snow melts
flows into the icy pond
for moose and goose


~ 5 ~

end of winter
new spider floats on the breeze
with the last snow flakes

~ : <> : ~

Carpe Diem #143

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
 

Here is my teaser, with an added senryu, to make it a bit of a haibun.

Arya lifted her gaze from the dead man and his dead dog.  Jaqen H'ghar was leaning up against the side of the Wailing Tower.

young girl's revenge
cruel justice meted out
by a faceless man


If you know anything about George. R. R. Martin's book series A Song of Ice and Fire, or the derived HBO series Game of Thrones, you'll recognize these characters.  This snippet is from the end of one of the Arya chapters on Pg 566 of the paperback edition of the second book, A Clash of Kings, and takes place during Arya's time at Harrenhal.

I've read  the currently existing 5 books, and this is my 2nd time through.  I'm on Pg 152, but my random opening took me to Pg 566, which is only about 1/3 filled with text.  The sentences immediately preceding this snippet are quite gruesome.

 


Monday, March 11, 2013

Carpe Diem Special #26, Onitsura's Camellia

One thing I learned in preparing for this entry is that the camellia is a long-lived flowering tree, and a member of the same plant family as the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.

Century Old Camellia japonica ‘Sarah Frost’ still Blooming and Growing


Inspirational haiku

putting in the water
the vase received
the camellia 


What you get from me 

 ~ 1 ~

boiling in the water
the kettle received
the tea leaves


~ 2 ~

spring in the air
sweet enticing aroma of
camellia blossoms


~ 3 ~

moose and goose agree
camellias are beautiful
and tasty


~ 4 ~

camellia blossom
an elegant upscale home
for orb weaver

~(())~

Carpe Diem Special #26

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Carpe Diem #142, Uraraka (serene)



~ 1 ~

far from the highway
walking through the nature park
there are no speeders


~ 2 ~
 
early spring morning
calm retiree rolls over
turns off alarm clock


~ 3 ~

serene pond
goose and moose swimming
in tranquility


~ 4 ~

calm spring breeze
orb weaver patiently waits
lunch delivery

~~~~~

Carpe Diem #142

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Trifextra: Week Fifty-Eight





STONE

castle walls once proud
defending lord and peasants alike

stout armies dashed themselves
to death against your stone rigidity

but you were not so impenetrable
as to keep out rats fleas and plague


Trifextra: Week Fifty-Eight

Carpe Diem #141, Kiji (Pheasant)

~ 1 ~

morning mist
over the grassy field
a pheasant rises


~ 2 ~

colorful cock
brightly preens on the prairie
for a dull mate


~ 3 ~

flying pheasant
not fast enough to escape
a shotgun blast


~ 4 ~

goose and pheasant date
dine on seeds and small insects
moose sulks in a lake


~ 5 ~

buzzing insect
flees the foraging pheasant
sticks in spider's web

~(.)~

Friday, March 8, 2013

Carpe Diem #140, Hamaguri (cherry stone clam)

~ 1 ~

springtime joy
toenails in the water
happy as a clam


~ 2 ~

cherrystone clam
opens wide for wasabi
hot time tonight


~ 3 ~

eating clams
chewy rubbery tasteless
I bite my tongue


~ 4 ~

interrogation
stubborn mollusk will not speak
he just clams up


~ 5 ~

cherrystone clams
moose and goose shrug and depart
search for grass and forb


~ 6 ~

empty clamshell
perfect frame for a small web
and a small spider
 
(..)

Carpe Diem #140