Thursday, May 31, 2012

Winding Trail

photo by PSC

Behind her is a winding trail
circuitous route
all but invisible beyond the last bend
no end in sight
(but that may change at any moment)
only a few stones
in her pocket, enough to get her to the next stop
two steps forward,
three left, one back, spin, pause, repeat 
she has no idea where she is going
only imagines
when she arrives, she’ll know it

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Remnants in the Attic
PSC / 2008

Rummaging through attic
keepsakes and photographs
remnants of a past
unknown and unremembered
odds and ends
snippets and clippings
from quilts of lives that came before
a common thread runs through us all

Whisper of touch tickles my cheek –       
art of ambitious arachnid –
spinning my mind
backward in time to marvel at how
we are all connected
by thinnest of ancient lines
gossamer fine, strong as steel

Linked by color of eyes, curl of hair
bone and blood, flowing
through time and space and memory
as a river over eons of rock

They speak to me in silence
stories told in my childhood
forgotten and recalled
memories re-captured and
over distances of time
I grasp the past
they touch tomorrow
we remain connected

Monday, May 28, 2012


public domain photo of the World War II Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-Avold, France.

The Last Casualty
 PSC / April 2010

He’s buried in Lorraine, France.
Imagine, if you will,
his mother’s pain
upon learning
her young soldier son
shot by a sniper unaware
peace had already been declared.

True story:  John Smyk, an uncle I never met, was shot by sniper fire several days after V-E Day (Victory in Europe) had been declared.  
He was barely 20 years old.  His body is buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery, Lorraine, France.  Rest in peace.  

photos by PSC

Photo credit:  Public domain photo from the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) web site per their copyright info:

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Haiku & Let's Plant Flowers (rerun) for Memorial Holiday

photo by PSC

Respectful mourning
suits this solemn occasion
A befitting mist

Busy day ahead, decorating graves, and I have a posting from last month
that perfectly fits this occasion so... hoping you'll forgive the repetition.  

Wishing you and yours a safe, happy & respectful Memorial Holiday!
Here's the link:   Lets Plant Flowers!


Saturday, May 26, 2012




It's FUN!  Give it a try!

Here's my (silly)attempt:   (See transcript below)
photo by PSC /2012

Marriage lines?  A Separate Peace? 
The Book of Questions. 
How Did it Begin?
The Little Prince -- he’s got 
the whole world in his pants.
 Uh oh… 
viva la repartee.
True love?  
 The age of fable! 
Maybe (maybe not)
‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy…
Miracles, morning glories & moonflowers!
Good garden magic on the wing
for one more day.

In case you're curious, here's my book list: 

Marriage Lines by Ogden Nash - a fun bit of silliness!  
A Separate Peace by John Knowles - serious reading. 
The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda - excellent poetry!
How Did it Begin? by R. Brasch - hundreds of little known facts!
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery - a classic!
He’s Got the Whole World in his Pants by Gavin Edwards - humorous collection of mis-heard lyrics
Mythology by Edith Hamilton - self-explanatory
Uh-Oh by Robert Fulghum - amusing observations from both sides of the refrigerator door
Viva la Repartee Dr. Mardy Grothe - clever comebacks & witty retorts
True Love by Robert Fulghum - stories told to and by Robert Fulghum 
The Age of Fable Bulfinch's Mythology - just what it sounds like
Maybe (Maybe Not) by Robert Fulghum - second thoughts from a secret life
‘Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy by Gavin Edwards - more mis-heard lyrics
Miracles by Lewis - poems written by children
Morning Glories & Moonflowers by Anne Halpin - a gardening book
Good Garden Magic by Celia Toler - another gardening book
On The Wing by Bruce Brooks- birds, from feathers to flight
For One More Day by Mitch Albom - serious nostalgia

Check out the book-spine-poems of these folks:
(And then -- go play with your books!)


Friday, May 25, 2012


public domain photo of flood wall depicting notorious Hatfield and McCoy families  - credits below

Grudges to Graves

Tale of old times: dissenting views, two
too stubborn for discourse, dialogue
sporting myopic opinions
disagreement sparks dispute
descends to squabble, bicker, brawl
word gauntlets thrown, seconds chosen,
family feud ensues, lingers, loiters
Albatross animosity remains
wounds won’t scar
blood still seeps
into eternity

* * * 

 public domain photo credits:
English: Close-up of a section of the floodwall along the Tug Fork River at Matewan, West Virginia, USA. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed levees and floodwalls along the river to protect the town. The wall depicts the families involved in the notorious Hatfield-McCoy feud of 1878–1891.
Date 10 March 1999
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


public domain photo - credits below

Elephant Whispers

Final Silence settled in.
And, who’s to say how the message arrived?
Spilled by the stars, perhaps, bandied by drumbeats,
thrumming of heartstrings, implications of eagles,
gossip of frogs insinuated in sinuous rivers,
tattled by trees, whispered in the wind, trunk to trunk….
It really doesn’t matter how
they discerned the news
or whether or not
you believe.

* * *

Inspired by events following the death of Lawrence Anthony (author / The Elephant Whisperer

 “If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.”

The above quote was "clipped" from the news article.  "Click" on this link for more information:

public domain photo - credits:
Deutsch: Herde Afrikanischer Elefanten (Loxodonta africana) verschiedenen Alters in der Serengeti
English: A herd of African Bush Elephants in Serengeti
Français : Un troupeau d'Éléphant de savane d'Afrique (Loxodonta africana). Photo prise dans le Serengeti, en Tanzanie.
Kiswahili: Matembo hawa waishi Serengeti
Date 29 July 2010, 11:00
Source Own work
Author Ikiwaner