Sunday, January 24, 2016

hot springs

Carpe Diem #903 hot springs


View of Hot Springs from the mountain tower in winter. Hot Springs National Park (color)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
tucked in hills
hot springs bath house row
warms the souls

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


healing springs
wrapped in a fragrant mist
gush from earth's depths


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Baker Hotel remains, Mineral Wells, TX. ©  Janice Adcock 2015
The curative power of water to soak in or to drink is not new.  Ancient Native American artifacts can be found around the sites of the wells.  Boquillas Hot Springs has crude tubs carved into rocks long ago by the Native Americans.  The world wide use of hot springs can be traced back tens of thousands of years.

passing fad
empty ruins holding watch
spirit waters flow

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Kangetsu (cold moon)

Carpe Diem #902 Kangetsu (cold moon)



the cold moon
silver sliver in the dark
of a winter sky


chills
from the cold moon
howling winter winds


star filled sky
surrounds the stone cold moon
jewelers dreams


the cold moon
reflecting in the old pond
hibernating frog


this cold moon
silhouetting Mt. Fuji
in the distant sky

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Friday, January 22, 2016

fields

Carpe Diem #901 fields


snow blowing
©  Janice Adcock, March, 2007, In The Great Plains
across endless fields
Great Plains whiteout


lost
in the blinding snow
a single cow


lurking
deep within the snowbank
barbed wire


cold night duty
the lone wolf howling
sends chills

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

a trip along memory lane

Carpe Diem Special #193 Revise That Haiku ... a trip along memory lane


Logo of Carpe Diem's Revise That Haiku
Assignment is to revise the following haiku:

Daibutsu no katahada no yuki toki ni keri

the snow has melted
on one shoulder
of the Great Buddha
 


© Shiki

sun on brown grass
patch of snow hides in shadow
of the cherry tree

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daikan (great cold)

Carpe Diem #900 Daikan (Great cold)


freezing brass monkey
draw near the roaring fire
too late!

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

forest sounds
quelled in the great cold
sap explodes

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frozen falls
shimmering in the morning cold
resting till the thaw

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ten Tanka Techniques

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #66 Teika's Ten Tanka Techniques by Jane Reichhold


Teika's Ten Tanka Techniques by Jane Reichhold
1. Mystery and depth - yūgentei, the image evoking ineffable loneliness
2. Appropriate statement - koto shikarubeki
3. Elegant beauty - urawashiki tei, characterised by harmony, balance, and beauty of cadence
4. Conviction of feeling - ushintei
5. Lofty style - taketakaki tei, a method of achieving grandeur and elevation 
6. Visual description - miru tei
7. Clever treatment - omoshiroki tei, a witty or ingenious treatment of a conventional topic 
8. Novel treatment - hitofushi aru tei, Using an unusual or original poetic conception 
9. Exquisite detail - komayaka naru tei
10. Demon-quelling - onihishigitei (or kiratsu no tei), characterised by strong or even vulgar diction and terms 


# 1

veiled in sorrow

the widowed mother
seeking solace
listening bass tones calling
from the distant river edge




# 2

waters from the sky
flowing between canyon walls
traveling with ease
over fallen rock faces
looking for a new home





# ? 3 ?

chiffon windows
filtering the daylight hours
through a sieve
leaving only the starlight
for another night ...








# 4

dismissive mouths
spitting hollow words
worthless use
of hallowed oxygen
climate change is real



# 5
splendor at dusk
rising from the valley floor
Mt Fugi is crowned
by the radiance from
Ra's fiery charriot





# 6
the last room
down the long hallway
smells of burning oil
sunlight spills across the floor
pooling on the prayer rug




# 7
waiting in line
the sheep nudging closer
to the shepherd
gripping the woolen neck
snips yielding sheared beauty








# 8
sage of old opines
nothing new under the sun
star grazers hope
search the heavens afar
for a new sun








# 9
golden threads
woven to tell her story
jewel encrusted words
displayed for all to see
who can read?


 

# 10
rattling sabers
sun glinting on blade edges
saints spilled blood
mingled with horse dung
making music for the king


There are my ten.  Mark them up and help me learn.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Suspension

For about three days last week the only activity was sitting or laying on the sofa dreading to move that leg.  Extensive standing and walking had caused quite a bit of irritation.  A chance encounter during jury duty with a physical therapist had yielded the name of 'no bad experiences of knee replacements' doctor.

The left knee had not been hurting like the right knee.  Not pain with each step in quite the same way.  Just know it was being more difficult to stand and then move for any length of time.  Or sit with the leg bent...  Just could not take the first step without too much discomfort.  Finally made the decision to go see if some shots might make a difference in the pain.  Like was done in 2008.

Online request for an appointment had me in on Monday afternoon.  Online forms and other questionnaires were completed.  Some required printing, others were finished in the office.  The almost correctly pronounced last name was called out and the move was made to the exam room.  Hubby comes with as we are in it together whatever it is.  A few more questions by the nurse.  Then the doctor and PT person look me over and make notes.  Time for Xrays.

Stand this way with the knee straight.  Now a side view with it bent.  Bend with the knee straight on and it is done!  Back onto the exam table and in comes the news.  There is still a good amount of cartilage in the main joint.  Sure there is breakdown but not sufficient to replace the knee for that. But the kneecap was a different issue.  Nothing left, bone on bone.  Well, that explained the difference in the type of pain.  It does not make a difference in the outcome.  A total knee replacement.  And the trip is 9 weeks away....

To wait or to get it done took some time to think through.  Do we risk waiting until return from the European trip and be unable to enjoy all the beauty?  Do we risk not having as quick a rehab as in 2012 and not enjoy the trip?  Finally my life partner, my husband, the person that cares more about me than anyone puts it simply.  You cannot continue like you are.  So when the call from the scheduling nurse came this morning, the answer was yes.  Monday, January 25 will be the beginning of a temporary suspension of activity on this blog.  And lots of activity toward rehab of a new knee.....


beach

Carpe Diem #899 beach





winter beach
shorebirds searching the surf
in the foggy dawn

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clear sky

Carpe Diem #898 Yukibare (clear sky between (after) snowfall)



floating crystals
wrung from the clear blue sky
by the cold air

blown about by angel's breath
dance around one lonely leaf

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

gingko leaves are falling

Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars #23 Soseki's "gingko leaves are falling"

Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916), born Natsume Kinnosuke, was a Japanese novelist of the Meiji period (1868–1912). He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales. In Japan, he is often considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history. He has had a profound effect on almost all important Japanese writers since.

people of my age -
with the passing of years
less impurities to cleanse             
Sōseki

when they strike the bell
these gingko leaves are falling -
Temple Kencho-ji                        
Sōseki

smile of young geisha
steadying old man's arm
thoughts of long ago

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snow viewing

Carpe Diem #897 snow viewing


One of the last Christmas Eves of his life an overnight snowfall quietly fell.  A full foot of the white stuff.  A Jeep ride through the countryside provided a glorious beginning to a postcard Christmas ...

falling stars
covering the frozen ground
pure beauty

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Friday, January 15, 2016

remember the music

Carpe Diem Special #192 Remember This Music? - The Wall by Pink Floyd

summer eve wedding
gardenias perfume the air
flickering candles
crescendo of emotions
moment of sweet aloha

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vernacula

New Carpe Diem special feature

Many folks in the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai group are persons for whom English is a second language.  Our talented and inventive host has created yet another opportunity for the group to express their themselves.  This time it is to be in their native language.  Well, guess you will have to settle with native Texan from The Rock Lady.

a wolf howls
does the quail understand 
the wild call



a cold wind blows
nothing but a barbed wire fence
shields the plains from snow



the preparations
for a day of family fun
fixin' to go



brewed tea
sweetness from a thousand canes
poured over ice

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seashore renga

Carpe Diem Special #191 A Trip Along Memory Lane #2 Soliloquy no Renga


at the seashore
wind of summer through my hair
the shortest night

© Chèvrefeuille

moon pulled to the horizon
as the waves caress the sand

daybreak splendor
the sun begins the sky journey
giving moon chase

all the while warming the earth
nourishing all its rays touch

heat waves fill the air
mirages cover the sands
pod of whales swimming

a single calf nuzzles its
mum for lessons of life

glistening waves
calling to wanderers
just ride with my sea

with a gentle sea breeze follow
my currents where 'er they flow

in the arc of the sun
alluring shores will await
just ride with my sea

wave's gentle calls soon fades
blinking, now eyes full awake

the breeze in my hair
warming sunshine on my face
lulled me to sleep

on the sandy seashore dune
nap follows the shortest night

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


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animals and seasons

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #65 combining animals and seasons

morning's cold dawn
silhouette circles above
red tailed hawk dives

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

pussy willow

Carpe Diem #896 Neko Yanagi (pussy willow)


kitten's tail
twitching near the warm fire
pussy willow buds

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


tea steam
and willow
sway together 

© Issa (Tr. Chris Drake)
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Fuyusoubi (winter rose)

Carpe Diem #893 Fuyusoubi (winter rose)


The Christmas Rose is the name given to a variety of hellebore that bloom in the dead of winter.  The hellebore graced the walkway edges with deep green leaves through out the long cold winters.  Though not a Christmas rose hellebore, the sister, Lenten, was a beauty, also.

 Frozen in time: the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, in the snow. Photograph: Alamy

the leafless tree
wears a cape of green and white
above its cold roots

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©  Janice Adcock from my own yard 4/2013




dawn

Carpe Diem Throw that pebble #1 dawn




Credits: Winter Dawn (© Wayne Brittle)

saffron sun
breaks the grip of night
dawning

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Kan-no-uchi (mid-winter)

Carpe Diem #892 Kan-no-uchi (mid-winter)


puffs of breath -
the sound of mid winter resonates

through the hills

© Chèvrefeuille

coldest day ends
standing on a snowbank's edge
the lone wolf howls

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movement

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #64 Beyond "movement"


Movement in a moment.  That can surely describe one of the youngest members of our extended family.  A lively 15 month old with hair as changing as his movements.  The child's favorite toy is a remote control.  His favorite thing to do is move ... and clear tables.

ginger or blonde?
tiny head is a blurrrrr
with dimples

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joy of living

Carpe Diem #891 joy of living



saffron sunrise 
paints the clouds with pink pastels
breath in the joy!

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painting



Our son is a single Dad that adores his three sons.  A few years back he took them to Ft. Davis in the Big Bend area of Texas.  The particular area of Texas is desert and mountains if you consider 8300' to be a mountain.  The McDonald Observatory is located nearby.  The four men/boys visited one August evening.

meteor shower
arms and legs entwined as one
paints memories of love

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Shoukan (less cold)

Carpe Diem #890 Shoukan (less cold)


Having lived in an area there the freeze comes in October cold is ..

slow sunrise
another drowsy day 
the cool of winter

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Behind on the prompts.  Another stumble, head against concrete steps, 4 or 5 stitches and little computer time.  Oh, well.....




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