once upon a beach

Carpe Diem’s prompt from Jane Reichhold’s “Dictionary of Haiku”:  beach



mesmerizing swell

turquoise waves break in white froth

caressing smooth stones

american appetites

See Grace’s prompt at dVerse Poets on “arrangements” with artist Emily Blincoe.


indulge patriotism, for an

obsessive~compulsive eater

the meticulous arrangement

is everything.  count (again)

each frenched frye laid out

one~by~one ordered from

longest to shortest in rows

of greasy perfection thus

book~ended between a

bloody pile of catch~up

and souvenir wrapper.

lick salty fingers (again)

wipe salivating mouth

(and repeat again) in a

slow death by fast food

oh, whata~way~to~go!



photo by Emily Blincoe


hidden in shadow

Dedicated to the family of Henry Wynia, who passed away 8-27-16.



bereaved by

an accidental fall

into valley of death’s shadow

dark night of grief

He bottles our tears

father’s life in our Father’s hands

He battles our fears

soul rests in relief

under his strong wings’ shelter

a providential call

comforted by



A quadrille/mirror poem linked to dVerse Poets.

driftwood shadows


time drifts out with tide

gnarled remnant of bare tree

left on sunset beach


stories etched in dry bones’ grain

memories imprint wet sand



photo credit: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

fall flutters by

CDHK’s prompt from Jane Reichhold’s “Dictionary of Haiku”:  butterfly


flicker of orange

falling leaves with patterned wings

monarch migration



photo by lynn

consider avian plumage


feathers on exhibit — both functional AND decorative:



photo by lynn

zipper lock system

preen produced oil

soft, downy underside

light, hollow quill

artistic color scheme

gender specific patterns

birder’s beautiful quest

song’s textured flight



time’s random chance

or designer’s signature?


Inspired by Victoria’s “feathered” poetics at dVerse…shared on Open Link Night

cripple creek, colorado

Carpe Diem’s prompt from Jane Reichhold’s “Dictionary of Haiku”:  creek


aspens happening

autumn gilds rockie slopes

creek glistens with gold




photo credit:  Mike Cather 2005  link: city data

construct a clarihew

A Clerihew is a comic verse on biographical topics consisting of two couplets and a specific rhyming scheme of aabb that was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) at the age of 16. The poem names a well-known person or character on the first line and the second line rhymes with the name of the person. (information from Gayle at dVerse Poets Pub)


architect Frank Lloyd Wright

designed art glass as screens of light;

natural surprise when artful otter

swam through his house of Falling Water!




Henry Ford

was never bored;

he mastered the assembly line

ten million T’s rolled out on dime.




concession vendor, Ernest Hamwi

crisply sold his waffle pastry;

made cones for ice cream at World’s Fair

now world screams for their fair share!



art in artist heart

do i write poetry?  no

poetry writes me

taste of riviera


O my sweet darlings

peel orbs to release sunshine

clementines from spain


miniature crate imports

children play with empty box


Link to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s prompt “summer solstice”

ephphatha: be opened

Prayer in “quadrille” form, exactly forty-four words…link to dVerse Poets


Open my hands

to receive extravagant grace

Open my ears

to hear shepherd’s voice

Open my eyes

to see beauty of narrow way

Open my mind

to know transforming truth

Open my mouth

to speak words of hope

Open my heart

to love courageously.


Jesus spoke “Ephphatha!” to deaf/mute man (see Mark 7:31-37)


we come needy,
“damaged goods”
in pretty wrapping
eager for relationship
a safe place to unpack
the assortment of our
mismatched baggage
yet we unintentionally
wound each other
with wary words both
spoken and unspoken
gestures misconstrued
whether subconscious
malice or callous
we’re here together
with scars and scabs
as we pretend to
search for fresh
bandages even as
we hope for real
healing found only
in true forgiveness.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

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