Tuesday, May 19, 2015


no doors. no windows.
only vines guard what's inside
Sun and Moon, welcome

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

haiku "wake up Spring"


 trees are still not green
forsythia blazing  yellow
crowing "wake up Spring!"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

haiku...they never forget

each year daffodils
no one tends them, they just grow
they just remember

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May's full moon

The sky is glowing, May's full moon floating and luminous, drifts through curtain like clouds.
The trees are just staring to bud so I have a clear view of LadyMoon as she rises, soon she will be playing hide and seek with the boughs of a white pine that was once our  Christmas tree. 

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As I was going down the list of names for this moon one seemed very out of place, "First snows Moon", at first I thought it was an error, and thinking it should be "Last Snows Moon" , then realized that here in the Northern Hemisphere we were approaching Summer, but those who live in the Southern Hemisphere are approaching Winter.  Hence the Ale Moon, Staying Home Moon, and the Old Woman's Moon.   As we  gaze on the Beltane Moon, our counterparts gaze on the Samhain Moon.  Here we are at the midpoint of the agricultural  year, looking forward to planting   hoping for a bountiful harvest. In the Southern Hemisphere, they have reached the time when the Agricultural year ends and begins again, as they celebrate they last of the Harvest,  the Gathering in Moon, and the final preparations for the cold months ahead.   Samhain is not the same as modern  Halloween, Samhain translates to "the end of summer", and indeed it is the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.   As we put away our warm clothing the folks in New Zealand and Australia, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina and taking out the warm wooly clothing, which seems odd to me because from years of living in this very cold place, anything southern is synonymous with warm weather,  even though I know it isn't the fact. But I am rambling.

Included in most lists of Full Moons are not only American Native names, but old Colonial Names, names from Asia, Africa and Europe.  And as my readers know,  I believe that we can, and should have, our own names for each full moon, names meaningful to us.  Those names can change from year to year, as our lives change.

Flower Moon, describes the months Full Moon well, it is also known as the Peony Moon, Strawberry Moon, Iris Moon, Flowering Moon, and this year to me it is the Trailing Arbutus Moon.

Beltane Moon, Budding Moon, Planting Moon, Willow Moon, Cat Moon, Catfish moon,
Lazy Moon, Little Fish Moon, Geese Fly North Moon, Corn Planting Moon, Joy Moon, Kale Moon, are  among the many names for this full moon.

Tailing Arbutus Moon  is the name I choose for this moon one of the most memorable things about May was going for walks in the woods and fields, I often went walking with my Neighbor Lady and we would find patches of Tailing Arbutus.   Tiny, tiny flowers with a wonderful aroma, the small clumps of flowers eventually disappeared, but, one day, much to my surprise I noticed a small clump growing in my yard.
My Dad always took me for walks along the logging roads, we looked for May apple and  looked into every  puddle  hoping to find frogs eggs or tadpoles, often stopped to listen to the voices of Peepers, a very small frog with a very big voice.  Making Frog Moon a sentimental favorite, among the more official names of this moon.

May 3rdFull Flower Moon11:42 Pm

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

on happily ever after

I wish I wish with all of my might
On the first star I see tonight
That I might have
oh could it ever be
"happily ever after"
come true for me


Remember this nonsense poem from Grade School,  elaborate portrayals of this short poem were something for the third graders to look forward to at the school I attended, where the fourth graders  all decked out in home made costumes and carrying paper guitars presented it before a  large blue curtain completed with a cardboard boat and a huge glittered moon that hung over head, all were saved from year to year.  The fortunate kids, presumably those who couldn't remember the lines got to  rock the large cardboard waves back and forth at the front of the stage. 
Costuming was up to the parents and could be lavish or simple, but was always entertaining.  Notable were a pirate owl and a the turkey portrayed by a girl wearing a huge feathered hat and a Minister's collar.

Recently a friend mentioned this poem and that started me rambling through the chaotic filing cabinet of my brain.  Never I did think this was just a nonsense poem for children, I always felt it had a much deeper meaning, just not sure what.   After finding a suitably grown up video version, oh yes, the piggy does shed some blood when the ring is removed from his nose, and when that was pointed out to me, I began to look even more closely at  the poem.   Could be likened to the looking for hidden meanings in Beatles song lyrics we did in High School, to make English class more "relevant". 

With that in mind I wondered, what if this poem is really about the love.
The love between two people that despite their difference and, to the wonderment of others, have flourishing relationships.   People who are drawn together by their differences, and respect one another for that reason.  Not the typical "happily ever after" couple, but people who seem to be mismatched.  It's just a thought.

Pondering further, could the meaning be something like taking life as it comes and just putting one foot in front of the other is the secret to happiness?  The owl and the pussycat are proficient at making do; they wrap honey and money in more money, and go on sailing for a year, the find a ring and a minister on an island,  dance the night away in celebration, and they "ate with a runcible spoon;" which according to the Wikipedia strongly resembles a grapefruit spoon, a meal of ground mystery meat and a very tart apple like fruit.

Finding happiness and love, or letting happiness and love find you, just might be easier than one might think.  Perhaps the poem is telling us that we make our happiness, our own contentment, when we are at ease with ourselves and not struggling for "perfection".

Then may-be it is just a poem , memorable words that roll off the tongue.  

By Edward Lear 1812–1888 Edward Lear
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
   In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
   And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
         You are,
         You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
   How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
   But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
   With a ring at the end of his nose,
             His nose,
             His nose,
   With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;   
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,
             The moon,
             The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

haiku the rooster crows

 a rooster crowing
echoing off  ageing stone
every morning

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sorta silent Sunday with a bunch of spectaular trees


11. Wisteria Tree In Japan

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10. Cherry Trees In Germany.

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9. Maple Tree In Oregon.

Image credit: Ian Sane

8. Dragonblood Tree In Yemen.

Image credit: Csilla Zelko

7. Flamboyant Tree in Brazil.

Image credit: Salete T Silva

6. New Zealand Wind Swept Trees.

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5. Rainbow Eucalyptus in Hawaii.

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4. A Sequoia Tree In California.

Image credit: Michael Nichols

3. Japanese Maple In Oregon.

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2.. Angel Oak Tree In South Carolina.

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1. Antarctic Beech with hanging moss in Oregon. 

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