Monday, May 31, 2010

sun spangled

memorial day -
the sun finally comes out to
spangle the banners

Sunday, May 30, 2010

sunday morning

sunday morning
yawns and stretches its way
into focus

Saturday, May 29, 2010

steel gray

at the beach
a steel gray silence
as summer begins

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Path without memories

The curve of a star
A Path without memories
of inadequacy or unworthiness

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Today's OED word of the day: depression.
Probably chosen after viewing the Seattle forecast for Memorial Day weekend.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

the sweetest flowers

from the noxious
Nature can bring
the sweetest flowers

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Today's erasure poem|commentary comes, as always, from the online OED word of the day, 'traduce.'

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


snag is to sculpture
as weed is to flower —
label power

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

And every afternoon was lovely

ships devoured all Care,

the Years, thick and long between Adventures
It made a man thirsty.

Light on blindingly beautiful mountains, glaciers, and
Days of travel
along a well-chosen map

And every afternoon was lovely,
all sky and water and shoreline behind me

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Oops, it's not yet tomorrow in the UK, so the word of the day in the OED online is still 'poplar.' But the erasure poem is quite different from yesterday's (poplar being a three-page entry helps!), inspired by sketching at Fishermen's Terminal.

Monday, May 24, 2010

feeding on moonlight

tall trees
whispering silvergreen
by the cool stream

Spring had come,
feeding on moonlight

Days of travel
along endless avenues
stretched ahead
abundant and inviting

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Today's OED word of the day for the erasure poem was 'poplar.' The sketch started with a rubbing of the names of six Northwest indigenous Native American tribes in the Lushootseed alphabet and in English.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

buds tremble

deep in the forest
the spring buds tremble
in the bees' wake

Saturday, May 22, 2010


now the indians
are wearing the white hats —
saturday cricket

Friday, May 21, 2010


Divine love
a beautiful flower

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Today's OED word of the day for the erasure poem was, rather surprisingly, "Holy Ghost."

Thursday, May 20, 2010

snow white

strangely enough
I've never seen snow white ducks
on the beach before

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


in nature
the label "beauty"
has no boundaries

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

the thread

Water striking rocks
a small hole cut by means of
the thread through both

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The OED word of the day is 'pilot hole,' the basis of this erasure poem.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tempestuous Journey

Nature, with a little trembling,
savors Hope
in her Tempestuous Journey
to growth

Free from time

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The OED word of the day for the erasure poem is "remiss."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

madcap showers

The hills
look very dismal
as Madcap showers
with the wind
Blowing in
so strong from the sea,
the towering pine-trees
are now bargaining
with the fish

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

Saturday, May 15, 2010

open enthusiastically

open the door to the Morning

In this spirit,
we needn't listen
to past history

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What with the six hour time difference, "today's" OED word of the day is still the same one I used yesterday, so this erasure poem|commentary erases different words from 'past history.'

Participating in today's Worldwide Sketchcrawl, the Seattle Urban Sketchers enjoyed Georgetown today. This sketch is the back of one of the Cold Storage buildings - not holding up quite as well as Jules Maes Saloon (since 1888!), where we reconvened for ales and the traditional sketchbook sharing.

Friday, May 14, 2010


of the present
must open the door to


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The OED word of the day used, as usual, for today's erasure poem|commentary is "past history."

Thursday, May 13, 2010



is Sweeter
on the Beach.

Simple is best.

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Well, if I'd known the OED word of the day - Normandy - for this erasure poem|commentary would end up thusly, I'd have sketched the beach not the creek.

But SMILES are rampant at both.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


the old cottonwood
still shakin' its booty
in the may breeze

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


the bumblebee
and I investigating
the same blossom

Monday, May 10, 2010


May weather debate:
"partly sunny" versus
"mostly cloudy"

Sunday, May 9, 2010

stacking blocks

stacking containers —
the professional version
of Jenga

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For those of you scrunching your faces into a "Hunh??", Jenga is a Milton-Bradley game of stacking/balancing wooden blocks into a tower until one causes the whole structure to fall. It has a certain mesmerizing appeal for all ages.

Saturday, May 8, 2010


I have ideas about art
as the pared-down
directness of nature

It's also When
you imagine the hidden pieces.

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Today's OED word of the day for the erasure poem/commentary is "process art."

Friday, May 7, 2010


the Endurance crew
far from its Sitka home port
blasting reggae

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The Seattle plein air group met up at Fishermen's Terminal today. It was gorgeous and sunny, with huge cumulus clouds as a backdrop, but a fairly nasty wind complicated things a bit. The reggae warmed us all up at least five degrees. After our lunch, I went out for this final view.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

volunteer work

early May —
in Volunteer Park everything
is willing to bloom

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In Volunteer Park these days, the only thing more staggering than the scent of honeysuckle is the sixty Japanese woodblock prints on exhibit at SAAM. "Fleeting Beauty" indeed. If you're in the neighborhood, run don't walk.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

cinco de mayo

cinco de mayo —
it's hard to hold a Corona
with mittens on

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

may comfort

early may —
the comfort of being
naked no more

Monday, May 3, 2010

3 may

the season's
first cruise ship
the real world

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday Walks

Sunday Walks
when I have occasion
for a new Song

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Today's OED word of the day is 'jump,' the obsolete British noun referring to a short jacket: something still needed on the first Sunday walk in May.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

may day

tulips —
may day cacophony
in the market