Friday, April 29, 2011

Haiku My Heart - Bamboo Rain/Buson



Megata Print "Take Bamboo" Library of Congress pre-1915 Japanese print collection
LC-DIG-jpd-01188 




A lightning flash --

the sound of water drops

falling through bamboo.


Buson (1716 - 1783)



For biographical information on Buson
click HERE.



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Little Things

Today I'm finding JOY in small things -

like being able to take a deep breath
 without triggering a coughing spasm


precipitation is falling as rain,
at least right now --
though snow is in the forecast



I've got some cheery garden ornaments
making my garden smile.



What gives you JOY?

To play along and share the joy:


1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box 
along with your name.

3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!



Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Color

After all this down time


I want to get my color back
and say a little thank you for it.



To reclaim my shine.



I want to put on magic shoes



and dance like there's no tomorrow.



Because,
truth be told
all we ever have
is now.




Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cooking





Cooking is like love.
It should be entered into
 with abandon or not at all.  

Harriet Van Horne





Are you a stick-to-the-recipe kind of cook
or a follow-your-instincts one?

Do you precisely measure ingredients or do you eyeball?

And can you remember the biggest food flop
you've ever created?

I can.

We had invited a couple over for dinner.
I was making Quiche Lorraine in my 14" quiche plate
with a sinfully rich press-in-butter pastry.

I was also making a spinach salad
(more bacon, more eggs)

and a Baked Alaska
(you've got it: More eggs!)

Somewhere in the back of my mind,
I must have worried about having my guests 
and the love of my life
drop dead of clogged arteries
before the end of the evening
but it was one of those unarticulated,
free floating thoughts.

The quiche usually took 1 hr 15 minutes
to bake, but not that night.

I checked it at an hour---
still a liquid puddle.
Same after another 15 minutes.
30 minutes.
45 minutes.
It was a little less soggy,
but not the usual fluffy delicacy.

My guests weren't ruffled
because they were pouring a fine Merlot
more often than I was checking the oven.
Sloshed doesn't even begin to cover their condition.

And finally,
after two hours of mother-henning the quiche,
I served it anyway.

Because I'm not much of a drinker,
I was the only one who realized
that the quiche
was nothing but bacon, Swiss Cheese,
cream and grated nutmeg.

I had never poured in the eggs.

Oops!



Friday, April 22, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Buson



at Recuerda mi Corazon


Megata: Wisteria Vine (from 1870s) in Library of Congress Photo & Print Collection
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/jpd.01076


in pale moonlight
the wisteria's scent
comes from far away
 - Buson

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Holy Work

What gives me JOY?

Seeing evidence that people
are doing the work of the heart
from the heart.

Like Rachel Scott, the first student killed
at Columbine High School 12 years ago, 


Image from RachelsChallenge.org

whose campaign for kindness & compassion
 survived her death

Image from RachelsChallenge.org

and reaches out to touch others
through the work of Rachel's Challenge


Like Ben, Jason and Laren

image from InvisibleChildren.com


who hopped a plane to Uganda after college,
made a film about the Night Walkers,
and started Invisible Children.

Invisible Children: WHO WE ARE from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.



To find out about this holy work,
or to contribute, follow the links.

What gives you JOY?

To play along and share the joy:


1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box 
along with your name.

3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!





Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Weight of Regret

he sat in the what if chair
his ass affixed with glue so strong
he realized he might just die there.

what if I hadn't laughed when I farted out loud?
he wondered.



what if I'd planted daffodils instead of corn?
he mused.

what if I'd listened oh so closely to what you didn't say?
he queried to the heat shimmering
like an aura before him.

what if I hadn't believed your lies
when you told me nothing was wrong?
he muttered to himself

but more importantly
what if I'd asked you how you wanted
to be loved before it was too late?

Monday, April 18, 2011

By the Sea



still staying warm and cozy
within reach of tissues and cough meds
but that doesn't stop me from





imagining




remembering

  


wishing

Friday, April 15, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Another Basho





Long conversations
beside blooming irises --
joys of life on the road.


- Bashö (1644 -1694)




  • Horikiri no hanashōbu (Horikiri Iris Garden) 1857 Hiroshige Ando (1797 - 1858)
  • Library of Congress http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/jpd.02393


Visit Rebecca's Haiku My Heart


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: Ruffles and Flourishes

What gives me JOY?


Spring flowers 



with all 



their ruffles 



and flourishes.


p.s. Negative for pneumonia -- just horrible bronchitis, flu, and sinus infection, day 9.



What gives you JOY?

To play along and share the joy:


1. do a post that tells and shows us what gives you joy.

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3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.
Let's start an epidemic of joy!



Monday, April 11, 2011

The Creative Act



The creative act lasts but a brief moment,
a lightning instant of give-and-take,


just long enough for you
to level the camera and


to trap the fleeting prey
in your little box. 

~Henri Cartier Bresson

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Basho for Bonnie


Bonnie of Original Art Studio
recently bashed what she refers to as pseudo-haiku,
saying she refuses to leave comments on blogs that post them.

She says, "A haiku true to its original form 
should contain a seasonal reference, not be subjective, 
and contain a line that juxtaposes in clear 
contrast to the other two. "
She goes on, "Rarely do blog-posted haiku 
even meet one of the criteria, let alone all three."

So this week, I'm posting a haiku 
from one of the masters.
Does this haiku measure up? 


"A Fairy Moon and a Lonely Shore" - Matsumoto Print # 39, Matsumoto Do, Ltd. Tokyo
thought to be pre-1915 Japanese woodcut print






Autumnal full moon

the tides slosh and foam

coming in

-Bashö



Haiku My Heart