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Saturday, August 29, 2015


Carpe Diem Time Machine #15 Jade

For years the simple jade earrings graced her earlobes.   Old fashioned screw back earrings.  She had not done the cool thing of piercing her ears at the time they were purchased.  Eventually with the encouragement of a friend, she went to the local big box store.  There in the jewelry department the deed was done.  And the screw back and clip on earrings were laid aside.

One evening in a moment of clarity possibly induced by a piña colada or two she came to a realization.  Just because she had two extra holes in her head did not mean she could not wear the screw back earrings.  Oh, the clarity of alcohol moments.

 jade colored landscape
petra domina

©  Janice Adcock 2015

jade green fields
healing the distance between
hate and love

petra domina


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


Friday, August 28, 2015

Murchison Falls

Carpe Diem #807 waterfall (reprise): Murchison Falls Uganda

kingly beast scans
his mane glistening with river mist
falls respectful roar

petra domina

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #97

Door County, Lake Michigan, 2015
©  Janice Adcock
Reverse engineering is a process where a completed item is taken apart with the purpose of determining how to copy or improve the item.  Typically a tan renga is started with a 3 line haiku or hokku.  Man o' live.  This week Chèvrefeuille has changed the sequence.  He has given the two 7 syllable ending or response stanzas.  We are to come up with the beginning stanzas. Now, let me see if my slightly addled brain can reverse engineer without having a handful of extra parts...

pastel morning
butterfly and bees take flight
nectar scented mist                          
            (petra domina)
where the waters flow afar
the village glows with sweet plum flowers                            (Shohaku)

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lake Victoria - Nyanza

Carpe Diem #806 Lake Victoria

Inspiration text in full can be found here.

Lake Victoria is one of the African Great Lakes. The lake was named after Queen Victoria by the explorer John Hanning Speke, the first Briton to document it. Speke accomplished this in 1858, while on an expedition with Richard Francis Burton to locate the source of the Nile River.....

The following is copied from Wikipedia:

Geological cores taken from its bottom show Lake Victoria has dried up completely at least three times since it formed.[8] These drying cycles are probably related to past ice ages, which were times when precipitation declined globally.[8] Lake Victoria last dried out 17,300 years ago, and it refilled beginning about 14,700 years ago. Geologically, Lake Victoria is relatively young – about 400,000 years old – and it formed when westward-flowing rivers were dammed by an upthrown crustal block.[8]

Our host's haiku:

clear cool night
the pale light of the full moon
ripples on Lake Victoria

© Chèvrefeuille

a mystic sound
Nyanza whispers her name
African night breeze

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


Did Something Ever ....

The morning's devotional words jumped off the page.  Well, not literally, but figuratively for certain.  "Pray for someone who has never read the Bible."  Having never read the Bible is an alien concept.  One needs to ponder on that.  Is it a child learning to read?  A person never before exposed to the actual Bible?  Is it the Christian that has looked at the words but never really allowed the words to have the real meaning of the Creator's love for all creation?  Certainly the same could be asked of all sacred writings in all beliefs.

With the recent fall and 'mild' concussion, reading is being a treasure right now.  If more than 20 or so minutes are spent reading or writing a headache will begin.  Keep reading or writing and the headache gets worse.  Oh, how one can miss the interaction with other bloggers by reading their posts, their souls.  Which makes one wonder, are all writings both sacred and secular, just blogging from another era?  Thoughts placed on paper, bark, papyrus, clay tablets or the nearest cave wall someone sharing their life experience?  Sharing what life has taught living on this marvelous sphere we call earth?

the cosmic questions
searching through ancient texts
answers begat thought
©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Canadian Highway 17 between Bissett Creek and Deep River, 7/28/2015
When was the first time you read the Bible or other influential text in your life.  I cannot even the first time I read it.

Check our other firsts over at The Spin Cycle

Thanks to The Spin Cycle Host Ginny Marie

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

White Nile

Carpe Diem #805 White Nile

This month the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai has been journeying in the footsteps of the Pharaohs.  A great deal of learning has been gained about the areas of Africa once ruled by the Pharaohs.  Most of the challenges and the haiku have been missed by me due to my own trip, a "trip" and family responsibilities.  This week my husband and I attempt to get back into a routine.  One such routine is the visiting and commenting of haiku poets work on the Carpe Diem site.

You may have noticed a second trip in quotes.  While visiting Montreal I managed to fall, cutting an area above my left eye and get a bit of a (later diagnosed) concussion.  That bit of trauma leaves me able to read and or write for only about 20 minutes at a sitting without developing a headache.  Today I think my brain cells figured out to just read or write a little then do something else for a while.  Hopefully this will allow me to participate on a more regular basis, visit sites and comment.

mighty rivers meet
 with a turbulent crash
white waters roar

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


Friday, August 21, 2015

safflower glow

Carpe Diem #801 Khartoum

The full text for this prompt is available here.

Our host chose a talented modern poet's work as an example!  Bjorn is a frequent contributor to the CDHK group.

safflower field
beneath the periwinkle sky –
sight to dye for

© Björn Rudberg

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock 2015

boarding Mesektet
Ra spreads a safflower glow
across his kingdom
kissing each possession
with flaming lips of passion

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock 2015

As we watched the glorious sunset bathing everything it touched in a golden beauty, haiku after haiku came to mind.  It was enthralling to watch the light dance on the river at the Soo Locks.  To see an ordinary plume of smoke look like spun yellow gold.  A bridge turn from a steel structure to a golden highlighted necklace for the evening sky.  No wonder the ancients worshiped such a sight.  
©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock 2015

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock 2015

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on