haiga, haiku, tanka

When He Pulls Strings

Dancer’s wooden mask:
leather hinges swing open.
Drum throbs; shaman chants.
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Hinges swing shut as dance ends:
hidden face; revealed spirit.

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Khan Academy | Transformation Masks

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language, writing

Show Case #2 (Writer’s Co-op)

What is behind the mask?  After it is removed, there may still be more than meets the eye.  Much more, as the varied pieces in Writers’ Co-op Show Case #2 reveal.  Clicking on [SHOW CASE] in the banner atop any Writers’ Co-op page will reveal a drop-down menu with links to the growing list of episodes.

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Click here to see episode 2 of the Writers’ Co-op Show Case curated by Sue Ranscht, which begins as follows:

This Show Case features nine pieces submitted in response to our second Writing Prompt: Behind the mask. We hope they stimulate your mind, spirit, and urge to write. Maybe they will motivate you to submit a piece for our next prompt:

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Those submissions are due by the end of Monday, November 1, 2021, and will be published here the following Friday. Please attach yours as a .docx, .doc, or .pdf to an email to stranscht@sbcglobal.net. (Guidelines: any genre, approximately 6 – 1,000 words.)

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haiga, haiku, philosophy, photography, science

Two on Mortality in 3-5-3

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~ Mortality #1 ~
\ Emergent
\ from dancing atoms,
\ life is short.
~ Mortality #2 ~
\ Let’s live life
\ with defiant joy,
\ all the way.

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai … #1850 dried grass

“Dried grass” in the challenge comes from Basho’s last haiku, written as he was dying.  My response imagines him rallying to console his grieving companions.

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growing old, health, How To, humor

To Age Gracefully … or Not

While Freud’s quarrelsome trio was speculative and oversimplified, he was onto something: “the” mind may be a loose association of multiple partial minds (I’ll call them “miniminds”) that jostle for conscious attention and sometimes squabble.  Here is a comic misadventure due to one of my own miniminds that segues to another minimind’s way to treat toenail fungus.  BTW, it’s all true.

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