haiku, humor, photography

Weather’s Works

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Weather comes and goes.

Weather ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #122

Effects linger on several time scales.

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In and On the Window
|Sculpted by weather,
|both old rock and young rain splats
|glow in sun today.

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flowers, haiku, photography

Elegy in 3-5-3

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Basho (1644-1694) mourned the death of his friend and teacher Tando with a beautiful sad haiku:

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
|falling to the ground
|a flower closer to the root
|bidding farewell

Chèvrefeuille presents his own beautiful variation on this sad theme in the CDHK episode

Carpe Diem Weekend-meditation #14 Revise That Haiku

and challenges readers to “revise” Basho’s haiku in the same spirit:

© Chèvrefeuille
|tears flow
|falling to the ground
|autumn leaves

My response honors Tando’s influence on Basho (and hence on countless haiku poets) with imagery like Basho’s but a change in the metaphorical correspondence between the 2 people and some parts of flowering plants.  As he weeps, Basho also resolves to carry on.

Elegy for Tando
|Flowers fall,
|but seeds will ripen.
|Some will sprout.

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history, language, photography

Solstice Salutation

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When I say Merry Xmas (pronounced like “MEH-ree KRIS-muhs”), it might be heard as an unwelcome hint that the hearer is (or should be) a Christian.  I suppose I should say something like Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings instead, but the generic salutations for this time of year sound bland and vague to ears as old as mine.  Can anybody suggest something with more pizzazz but w/o religious implications?

I decorate for the winter solstice (with multicultural Xmas lights and wreaths) and hope it is OK to wish U a

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Merry Xmas!

(reblog), grammar, humor, photography

5 Days, 5 Abstract Photos – Day #5

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Day #5 of Olga’s challenge is effectively reblogged at the end of this post, after my own abstract photo.  (I tweaked this post’s title to avoid ambiguity.)  The challenge has been fun but intense.  Now I can turn to whatever has been piling up.  Hmm… Yikes!

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Originally posted as
5 Days, 5 Photos Challenge: Abstract (Day 5) | Stuff and what if…:

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Since this is the finale, an extra photo to say Merry Christmas and Peace to all.

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(reblog), grammar, photography

5 Days, 5 Abstract Photos – Day #4

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Day #4 of Olga’s challenge is effectively reblogged at the end of this post, after my own abstract photo.  (I tweaked this post’s title to avoid ambiguity.)  Am working on a jollier possibility for day #5.

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5 Days, 5 Photos Challenge: Abstract (Day 4) | Stuff and what if…:

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(reblog), grammar, photography

5 Days, 5 Abstract Photos – Day #3

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Day #3 of Olga’s challenge is effectively reblogged at the end of this post, after my own abstract photo.  (I tweaked this post’s title to avoid ambiguity.)  Maybe I can do all 5 days.

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5 Days, 5 Photos Challenge: Abstract (Day 3) | Stuff and what if…:

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