Crimson’s Creative Challenge -What lies beneath

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For Crimson’s Creative Challenge # 70. I found this so sad and neglected, until I saw the light …

What Lies Beneath

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)

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

2020 picoftheweek #9 – Rustic

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For Maria Antonia’s #picoftheweek 2020, a look at rustic longing

3.12.20 Rustic

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.

3.12.20 farmhouse

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

Grandma’s Feather Bed — John Denver

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

One Liner Wednesday – Spoons

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For Linda’s One Liner Wednesday – go get some inspiration, go on … you know you want to, it’s OK, I’ll wait *insert theme from Star Wars*

3.11.20 low on spoons
Digital art from my polyvore collection

Today I am just too low on spoons
to give a fork. ~JPP

I Will Get Back Up Again — Anna Kendrick from the movie Trolls

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Quadrille — Full Moon Stir

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Whimsy Gizmo is hosting dVerse Quadrille this week and asks us to “stir” things up a bit. Supermoon magic brewing here at chez spoons, so …

Full Moon Magic

Bit of this, pinch of that
tongue of dog, wool of bat
something magic might occur
give the cauldron a thorough stir

Kitchen spoon of a restaurateur
add a pinch of balsam fir
let the powers now confer
full moon magic begins to stir

word count 44

Witches Brew — Omnia

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Monday Windows — Donuts

3.9.20 krispy kreme

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

 

Eat It — Weird Al Yankovic

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Blue Skies – picoftheweek and OLN

2020-pic of the week

For Maria Antonia’s 2020 Picoftheweek photo challenge, my prompt for this week is “blue skies” and for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub, Grace is hosting pop on over and discover something new.

2.27.20 Blue Skies over the Highlands Scotland
Heading into the Highlands of Scotland, on our way to Loch Lomond

Trip to Loch Lomond

For too long the city air
has seared my lungs
and choked my soul
so away I go
to the Highlands
to clear the air
and free my heart
on the bonnie, bonnie banks
of Loch Lomond

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond — Ella Roberts

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Haibun – Mars and Venus

Mars Image by Stefan Popovici from Pixabay
Image by Stefan Popovici from Pixabay

Frank J. Tassone is hosting Haibun at dVerse this week and asks us about Mars.

“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

Evening Falls ~Enya

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

dVerse Poetics — Constancy of Change

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photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

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

My Wabi Sabi Heart

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP