Friday, April 30, 2010

When Lilacs Bloom'd

the power of imagination,
sent on its journey
When Lilacs Bloom'd

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Another erasure poem/commentary, courtesy of the OED word of the day: netherward.

As with yesterday's entry, this poem is obviously not a literal match to the sketch. It's more in the tradition of haiga, where the art work does not necessarily directly represent the images presented in the haiku with which it appears.

Did I squirm out of that? Truth is the erasure was more fun than the on site poem, and I couldn't pass up a Walt Whitman reference to lilacs, the only flower that makes me covet my neighbors' gardens :)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

catch the sea

white-collared waves trip primly up


discover How
you catch the Sea

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The OED word of the day, serving as the basis for the erasure poem, is 'precinct.'

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


MORNING Wanderings
Grace my heart with
blue and calm Perfection

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Today's OED word of the day for the erasure poem is 'morrow.'

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

beach grass

late april —
the still-green beach grass
sparkles with raindrops

Monday, April 26, 2010


wet paints are 'gels' —
the color has gone out
of air travel

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Sorry for the dereliction of blog duty while I visited family, and got caught up in black oak, valley oak, live oak and - best of all - '94 Silver Oak! (Thank you, bro!)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day

Earth Day —
a bunch of bloomin'
bleeding hearts

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Plan A was to sketch the first buttercups, but these beauties and the play on words they inspired made me laugh out loud. I trust my fellow tree-huggers can take a joke.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

a grand deluge

I love to see
the streets
on such a day

a grand Storm,
a deluge from above

That was the sort of show it was!

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Today's erasure poem is once again taken from the OED word of the day: gala.

The power has been restored.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I can understand
salmonberry, but "dogwood"?
spring faunaflora

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So, I looked it up and it seems that dogwood was originally dagwood, from the use of its slender stems of very hard wood for making 'dags' (i.e., daggers). Very surprised to read that the first styles of tennis racquets were made out thin strips of its bark. I'd love to see Federer hit topspin with one of those.

Wikipedia adds that it's also possible that the common name of dogwood may have come because dogs were washed with a brew of its bark.

That concludes our walk on the wild side of etymology for today.

Monday, April 19, 2010

rock paper scissors

homage a Matisse —
scissors cut paper

Sunday, April 18, 2010

look up

Mariner fans
waiting for the light to change
don't even look up

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The Seattle chapter of Urban Sketchers was in Pioneer Square today. Gorgeous weather for tourists and a Mariners game made for a lot of conversations as about 20 of us sketched the pergola and other sites. I thought it an interesting comment on the times that one guy on the way to the game asked if we were in a competition.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

heart sound


with a song of rain

Poems wrapped
in Flowers

whose first [heart] sound
is the roar of

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Today's word of the day from the online Oxford English Dictionary is "muffle."

Friday, April 16, 2010

spring dandelions

little summer suns —
dandelions already
carpet the meadow

Thursday, April 15, 2010

even the creek

even the creek
seems happier
on a sunny day

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


cityscape —
rectilinear with
pockets of chaos

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms

Monday, April 12, 2010

how many greens

"how many greens," asks
the april hillside, "can you
find on your palette?"

Sunday, April 11, 2010

spring sunshine

spring sunshine
so glorious it deserves
a double spread

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Extravagant sighs

Wind; a heathen deity
Singing in a high voice.

Extravagant sighs
Cloudless * clear.

The applause of the sun.

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I couldn't pass up the OED word of the day: windy.

Friday, April 9, 2010

lilac raindrops

pulling down the branch
to smell the early lilacs
it baptizes me

Thursday, April 8, 2010

april sky

sunbeams and
storm clouds
have a tug-of-war
in the april sky

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

morning rain

endeavour to find
the gate
in the grace
of morning rain

Dare not hesitate
a moment.

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The OED word of the day is "request." I would certainly have liked to know the context of a Sunday Express citation: "If reincarnation is requestable then I'd like to come back as a penguin."

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

becoming Poetry

clustered beautifully,
willows by the water
becoming Poetry

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The unlikely OED word of the day for the erasure poem is 'doddered.'

Monday, April 5, 2010

light and dark

light and dark layers
form and reform across
the april sky

Sunday, April 4, 2010

good times

sweet though old
May you remember
What had you for breakfast
And Every-day Good Times
/Easter eggs

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As always, today's erasure poem comes courtesy of the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the day: "hot cross bun."

Saturday, April 3, 2010


a perfect evening
born when the wind
created Jazz
before heading north

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem is 'alternative.'

Friday, April 2, 2010

windy day yoga

on a windy day
trilliums barely quiver —
yin yoga practice

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Today's haiku is dedicated to my yoga teacher Sally :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

fools & forecasts

sun shower sun
clouds sun rain clouds sun sun rain —
april fools