Fish With Hats

These appeared a few weeks ago, in conjunction with a fiber arts festival. Looks like the fish outside the Santa Fe convention center are going to a women’s march! I gather the yarn bombing was taken down pretty quickly by the city–probably because it was on high visibility sculpture instead of hidden away. So glad I saw it.

Today’s Momentary Self Improvement

I decided to stop looking for a masterpiece to read or the perfectly structured bit of light genre…and instead read something on the “to be read” shelf, where presumably volumes have already passed some kind of test. I’m reading Red Pine on Chinese poets, but ignoring the book on MOSS. I like moss (guess that’s why I bought the book) but still…
I also thought about why I always eat the same dish at my favorite restaurants…a sign of age? At Maria’s it is always fajitas, at Saigon egg noodles…should I branch out? It’s gotten so bad that if anyone takes me to Santa Cafe for a festive occasion I always get lobster salad. I’ve had asparagus soup the last three times I’ve eaten at Paper Dosa.
And why do I eat out so much–shouldn’t I cook–why must I spend money better sent to the ACLU than on lunch all by myself…constantly. Well, probably because I like eating lunch out by myself as much as I like life itself.
And shouldn’t I…I was at Marisco’s La Playa, eating the shrimp kebab I always order, and have for twenty years, having left Red Pine at home, reading a very tasty bit of true trash (not genre, lives of the rich and idle type trash). At least I did NOT open the little packet of saltines to spread with salsa, but ate the more sustainable–and yes, more grown-up, chips.
Well, I enjoyed myself.

Revision Process Based on Physical Limitations

I originally wrote this poem for the geocache Iz and I are doing inside the painted eggs:

shell of the cosmos
cracks with light
yolk of suns

chickens in the yard
cluck over their bit of earth
beneath the rooster’s comb

follow the trail
with your dog, taking a stroll
with your heart on a leash

things also allow us—
the report of rain,
raven feather, the past

a deathless ogre in the fairytale
store a soul in a needle
in a nest in a tree

in an egg
in a Canadian goose
in a jackrabbit

locked in an iron chest
buried beneath a green juniper
in the Chihuahuan desert

it’s dangers
to hide all of your spirit
outside of yourself

and yet this land
compels all of those
who walk it.

But then we realized it was too long, we weren’t looking for that many sections So I reduced it:

shell of the cosmos
cracks with light
yolk of suns

follow the trail
with your dog, taking a stroll
with your heart on a leash

a deathless ogre in the fairytale
stores a soul in a needle
in a nest in a tree

locked in an iron chest
buried beneath a green juniper
in the Chihuahuan desert

it’s dangerous
to hide all of your spirit
outside of yourself

and yet this land
compels all of those
who walk it.

It’s obviously better for the project, and it is tighter. A little something has been lost–maybe in terms of music–but such is revision. Your thoughts? Have you ever experienced this?

What I’m Reading by Karla Linn Merrifield

I’m reading In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust — all six volumes, which I began in October. Now finishing up Vol. V. Read solely on my couch (one here, one in Florida) as a prelude to my almost-daily siesta. Getting a lot more out of it now as a mature woman reading in English instead of the graduate French student.

It’s a blast!

Geocached Poetry!

Isabel and I are working on designing a poetry geocache at Santa Fe Skies RV Park. It will be along the dog path, and consists of a series of cages, each containing a painted egg.

Inside each egg will be a suminagashi scroll, with part of a poem on it.

In preparation, we created a geocache of haiku signs on the westside (https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC75VNF_haiku-signs). Rather to our surprise, we immediately had visitors. We made a few mistakes, which folks were happy to help us correct. It now seems to be running smoothly–and people are enjoying the haiku treasure hunt.

News From Brass Bell

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!!!

This is an invitation to submit haiku for the June issue of brass bell: an online haiku journal. The theme is a single date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

You can write about ANYTHING that you experience, observe, think about, etc. during this one day.

I will consider one-line and 3-line poems.

I’ll be reading work on Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24 (up until 5 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time).

Yes, the submission “window” is very tiny!!!

Publication: June 1.

If possible, please send more than one haiku; the more choices I have, the better.

DO NOT send me anything before May 23. Whatever you write, it should be ABOUT YOUR LIFE, as you experience it, on that particular date. DO NOT include the date in the haiku! Naturally, your poems will not have been previously published because they will be brand new!

NOTE: I will send an e-mail to let you know that your work has been received. If I have questions or suggestions, or if I don’t feel I can use the haiku you send, I will let you know. Otherwise, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised when you see what I’ve chosen, when the issue goes online. I will send the link to you via email at that time.

Please follow the GUIDELINES carefully and REMEMBER: I am looking for NEW HAIKU that you write on Tuesday, May 23. That’s all.

Paste your haiku in the body of an email — no attachments — and send to:

zee@twcny.rr.com

Be sure to include your name exactly as you wish it to appear. INCLUDE YOUR COUNTRY, even if you think I already know! The list of countries will be noted at the top, not with each poem.

If you are new to brass bell and haven’t read any previous issues please look at the current issue as well as the archives before you send me work. This will give you an idea of what the journal is like.
http://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/

IMPORTANT: it is very likely that brass bell will go on a summer holiday. After the June issue you may not receive another notice until late August, with guidelines for the September issue.

Fondly,
Zee

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