Beneath the promises so broken, the platitudes and lies unspoken tear at the once caring heart love was lost right from the start rough and broken stone and brick bleeding wounds that stay soul-sick
But somewhere deep down below there lies an ancient light and glow that tiny incandescent spark, warms the soul and mends the heart in the darkest corner of winter chill love’s light shines all the brighter still
Winter Light — Linda Ronstadt (from the movie Secret Garden)
About the photos: snapped at the “Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses” in Toyonaka, Japan (near Osaka). The museum is a wonderful collection of historic rural houses from different eras offering a glimpse into 18th century rural Japanese life.
My eyes settled on the old house with it’s battered roof, thatch thinned to the bone and a longing came upon me as I sat upon the aging stoop my wild heart ached for home
Krispy Kreme store front in Taipei, Taiwan late October. The Taiwanese celebration of Halloween took me by surprise in both it’s duration and utter delightfulness. Stores stay open and give treats to children who dress up for Halloween (lot’s of princesses, very few witches) but the whole town seems to embrace this latest “Western” craze. The celebrations go on for days and the holiday sales and treat devouring for much, much longer.
“Somedays I do yoga, follow a sensible eating plan and use words like ‘elucidate.’ Other days I eat donuts, refuse to put on pants, and use words like ‘scrumdillyicious.’ It’s all about balance. ~JPP
“Whether it’s the God of War or the Red Planet, write your haibun that alludes to Mars. Remember, a haibun is combination of prose and haiku. For the purposes of this prompt, the prose may be non-fiction or speculative. The haiku, while not needing to be in the 5-7-5 syllabic format, must include a kigo (season word) and present a complement of seemingly divergent images, such that there is a moment of insight.”
Mars and Venus
Mars rises in the eastern sky this morning. Twinkling dimly as the blues and violets of night give way to the dazzling orange crimson of dawn. A fleeting flirtatious wink in the sky, passionate promises. Venus rises tonight, bright and glowing reaching her climax. Mars draws near like a lover hoping to steal kisses in the shadows. Impassioned lovers, always together, eternally apart. For a moment they can almost touch, but not. As Mars retreats and Venus twinkles with unshed tears in the western sky, I sigh.
Cartwheeling through time Mars and Venus wink, flirting Winter cold lips kiss
Merildsmith is hosting Poetics at dVerse and bids us “I’d like you to think about impermanence, things that are transient, or things that have passed their time. If you want to stick to the seasons, nature, or the weather, that’s fine, but I’d like to challenge you to try to come up with something different or unusual.”
Constancy of Change
What do we hold on to in a world where the only constant is change
Words that spoke of love passed and slipped away with the impermanence of Spring
In a universe where even brightest stars burn out and skies remain empty at the loss
Who is to say what is eternal and what is transient hope still beats strong within my heart
For in this universe of transience and temporal impermanence only one thing remains sure
You and Me. Always.
The Best Thing that Ever Happened To Me ~ Gladys Knight