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Forsythia

Happy First Day of Spring!

Forsythia

Forsythia (Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly)

forsythia
sprays grey winter
with spring sunshine

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Haiku, Nature

 

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A rose by any other name

Magnolia

Magnolia (Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly)

A rose by any other name
would be magnolia

© 2015 by V. Nesdoly – All rights reserved

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Nature, Objects

 

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St. Patrick’s Prayer

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Butchart Garden, Victoria, B.C.

Butchart Garden, Victoria, B.C. (Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly)

The Prayer of St. Patrick

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and near,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

~ Author Anonymous

(This prayer, found on Belief Net,  is in the public domain)

 
 

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fingers interlace

Pine tree and forsythia

Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly

fingers interlace
forsythia and pine
it must be spring

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2015 in Haiku, Nature

 

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one beady eye

I’m back. I haven’t posted here in a long time. But it’s spring and the sap has started to flow.

I took a walk this afternoon and, with my camera, found haiku all over the place. I’ll share them over the next while. (Wouldn’t want to flood the place with the spring runoff.) But it sure is nice to be writing poems again!

Here’s one for tonight…

Hiding rabbit

Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly

one beady eye
through twigs and branches
who’s watching who?

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Haiku, Nature

 

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January sunrise

Pink clouds reflecting sunrise

Sunrise – January 21, 2015 (Photo © V. Nesdoly)

Walk in day’s first light
to a wild chorus of birds
sky grows more intense
surroundings come alive as
we stroll under milkshake clouds

© 2015 by V. Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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On clear days it’s so encouraging to see the sky begin to light up as early as 7:15. Spring is on the move!! This photo was taken on Wednesday, January  21st at 7:55 a.m..

We’re back into clouds and monsoons again now. But I console myself with how much longer the days will be when we next see early light under a clear sky. Our local weather lady said the days are getting longer by 2.5 minutes per day right now.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Nature, Personal, Tanka

 

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January day (for #poetryatworkday)

papers and shredded paper

Shredder fodder – Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly

January day
ends in blizzard of white sheets
what keep? what throw out?
slips and papers piled in drifts
shredder working overtime

© 2015 by V. Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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Someone has dubbed today “Poetry-at-work Day.” I’m good with that. In fact, every day is a good day to blend poetry with work in my books.

“January day” is the product of a new poetry practice I began last summer after being inspired by the tanka in a Dawson Creek park.

Mine are a cross between a journal entry and a poem in this five-line form. I call mine “tanka-type” poems because I usually title them (traditional tanka don’t have titles). This may be the first one of these I’ve posted here.

To bring poetry into my work every day my goal is to write one of these every day, although I don’t usually live up to that and am happy when a week yields two or three. I wrote today’s (a reflection on last night’s file-cleaning) this morning before I even realized it was Poetry-at-work Day.

To see more poetry at work, check out #poetryatworkday on Twitter. Find out about the origin of the day and download some goodies including a book written especially for it at Tweetspeak Poetry.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Personal, Tanka

 

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