Missouri weather

Missouri weather.jpgMissouri weather

nothing like

snow may fall
most likely it won’t
redefining expectations

In response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #17 Out of the Carpe Diem Box, this is my first attempt to write a cherita.
Cherita (the Malay word for story or tale)
          ~ [1 — 2 — 3] – a single stanza of a one-line verse, followed by a two-line verse, and then finishing with a three-line verse
          ~ written solo or with up to three partners
Image: Missouri, February 2013





I walked in your footsteps,
different as they were from mine.
Our collars were the same,
though yours were more worn, and sometimes
I felt like I was swimming, heel-to-toe.
Experience, and the value of a dollar.
Did we treat our children the same?
You knew hardship and cold nights
in your childhood, so you worked hard
to spare me from adversity. My childhood
may not have been free of trials,
but it was carefree, even when
worn soles were patched with cardboard.
Does that forgive spoiling my children
to save them from hardship? Layers and years
separate your experience from mine,
but when you peel them back
we are not all that different.

This is my response to The Secret Keeper’s Weekly Writing Prompt #125, with the words step, treat, cold, hole & peel.

Image source: vangoghgallery.com (A Pair of Shoes, Vincent van Gogh)

Secret Keeper Prompt

Osprey Circles High ~ haibun

Osprey with Catch

Osprey Circles High

As I paddle downstream, a raptor tracks my progress from a tall sycamore. Taking flight as I approach, its wings lifting with broad strokes, it catches a thermal that takes it higher and higher, gliding as it watches. Taking sight on movement in the water, it starts an aerial dive, striking its prey just below the surface. The great bird flies away in a ballet of wings and fins as I continue to paddle, thankful for the beauty of nature.

osprey circles high
hitting water in steep dive
fish struggles in vain

Frank Tassone’s Hawk Challenge
Image: Osprey with catch, over the Osage River, Missouri


I submitted the five poems here to Pure Haiku for Freya’s latest theme, Monster. The fourth and fifth haiku were featured at Pure Haiku on November 15th and December 8th.


pure evil takes aim
bullets rain from high above
festive music ends

abusive control
through unwanted advances
predatory sex

fanatic motivation
innocent lives lost

calm within the eye
return of destructive winds
killer hurricane

demon on the prowl
unguarded moment of sleep
troubling dream begins