Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Gunmetal gray 
eyes stare
from beneath the brim
of a battered baseball cap.

A flag raised
with anthem accompaniment
seems a poor exchange
for those who will never come home.

My take on this week's Monday Musings: May 26, 2014 - Image Prompt

Monday Musings: May 26, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: The Keystone Wounded Warriors
From their website:
"Keystone Wounded Warriors is a Eastern Pennsylvania based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation that seeks to honor the daily sacrifices made by the brave men and women in all branches of the United States Military, but specifically those wounded on or after September 11, 2001. Keystone Wounded Warriors aids Wounded Warriors by raising public awareness and seeking the public’s support for programs and services that assist Wounded Warriors. Funds donated to Keystone Wounded Warriors are used to support local post-9/11 veterans and their families located in or with ties to Pennsylvania. The remaining funds are donated to national post-9/11 wounded veterans organizations.
Our warriors do an awe inspiring job in the face of their disabilities and difficulties transitioning into civilian life through dedication and commitment. Keystone Wounded Warriors strives to ease the burden on these heroes through focus in three major areas... Financially... Physically... Mentally..." 
Favoring peace above all else does not prevent me from having immense appreciation and respect for those who serve in our armed forces. It is not those who serve but the political agenda of those who order those who serve with whom I take issue. Especially now, in the wake of this horrific VA scandal, our military men, women and families need and deserve our help. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day...

Random Wisdom: Garth Stein - Honor

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.” ~ Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

Monday, May 19, 2014

Bitter Aftertaste

A cup
quietly brewed
and sweetened with compassion,
sits disregarded--
left to go cold
in the haste of imagined urgency.

My take on Monday Musings: May 19, 2014 - Image Prompt.

Monday Musings: May 19, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:


What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: A misunderstanding... and coffee. ;)

Random Wisdom: Graham Joyce - Living

"There is a shocking and beautiful indifference at large in the universe, and I just have to work with it." ~Graham Joyce

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Remembering Eden (Tanka)

Two bodies entwined,
innocence personified,
know nothing of shame.
Love, unabashedly pure,
defies the concept of fear.

Written for Wednesday's Weekly Write #4

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Stillness

The steady drip
   from the kitchen faucet
punctuates the silence
           as I watch the steady rhythm of his sleeping.


Written for: Monday Musings: May 12, 2014 - Image Prompt

Monday Musings: May 12, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: My own dear kitchen sink...

Random Wisdom: Isak Dinesen - Water

“The cure for anything is salt water - tears, sweat, or the sea.” ~Isak Dinesen, Seven Gothic Tales

Petals Unfolded

A spark ignites from within.
The recognition of a need forgotten
suddenly fulfilled
by magic untouchable,
unattainable
and yet, all encompassing.


Written for: Wednesday's Weekly Write #3: Flower Image

Intellectual AWOL

Wings broken,
tired of fighting,
she chooses to hide in the open.

Lips move, hands type as
figurative feet
find purchase
dancing among scented paper flowers.


Written for: Monday Musings: May 5, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Monday Musings: May 5, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt

Prompt: Off the Grid

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the concept of being "off the grid" or outside of normal expectations/societal influences (i.e., work, school, etc.). If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: a desire to break free of the everyday craziness that gets in the way of artistic expression.

Random Wisdom: David Bottoms - Breaking free

“We all want to break our orbits, float like a satellite gone wild in space, run the risk of disintegration. We all want to take our lives in our own hands and hurl them out among the stars.” ~ David Bottoms

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Driving Daybreak

Rubber on road burns past
a blur of trees turned telephone poles
then on to open fields.

The rush of wind
obliterates the whine of toiling turbines
as all fear fades facing
the golden disk of dawn.


Written for Wednesday's Weekly Write #2: Coldplay - Yellow (instrumental)