Learning to Write

By second grade I learned to write well enough to make short sentences. My teacher wrote that they were “Very good”. So, I wrote more and I showed them to her. She gave me another sheet of paper which encouraged me. My third grade teacher was less impressed. I stopped showing her what I wrote. That gave her more time to focus on what was bothering her.

I am older now than either of those teachers were and I realize that I’ve been like both of them at different times of my life, sometimes unreasonably patient and other times unforgivably impatient. Looking back. I forgive the impatience in my third grade teacher and hope I can forgive it in myself as well. I understand the many reasons for impatience that torment adults. I hope her life was happy because today she looks more like my daughter than a teacher.

Given all the reasons for impatience, it amazes me that any of us are blessed enough to enjoy any patience. Nonetheless there it is again as a commonplace miracle.


Text: Linked to dVerse Haibun Monday where Toni is hosting and to Debbie Roth’s Forgiving Fridays.

Photos: “Very Good”, above, and “Alice in Wonderland”, below.

Alice in Wonderland

Hint of Spring

Breathing, walking, here today.
What comes next is on its way.
Winter here’s a cold, white play.
Spring hints there’ll be more to say.

Text: A one stanza tanaga.

Photos: “Trees Waking Up By Lake Michigan”, above, and “Looking Through a Tree”, below, linked to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with the theme “a hint of spring”.

Looking Through a Tree

Confirming Forgiveness

I saw her
In the living room
Before I
Heard she died.
Wipe away the guilt and gloom.
Go with peace inside.

Text: Linked to Debbie Roth’s Forgiving Fridays and dVerse Poetics where Amaya is hosting featuring the shadorma poetry form.

Photos: “Light in Snow”, above, “Snow Up Close”, below.

Snow Up Close

One-Liner Wednesday — Snow

It is wonderful when empathy overcomes the chill of reason.

Linked to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday.

#1linerWeds badge by Dan Antion
#1linerWeds badge by Dan Antion


Time incites the mystery.
Space makes ample room to see.
Breath absorbs it patiently–
Strong you stand and watch with me.

Should we fall or should we rise
Victory glows in our eyes.
Death, no matter how it tries,
Drops in time its thin disguise.

Text: I am linking the tanaga to dVerse Poetics. Lillian is hosting with the theme “superhero”.

Photos: “Remains of Autumn Soon Will Pass”, above, and “Tree Spending Time in Sunlight”, below, linked to Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge with the theme “time”.

Tree Spending Time in Sunlight


Every candle shows its flame,
Burning wax, reheating blame.
Maybe it is all the same
When the end upturns the game.

When the end sets up the fall
Will my candle scatter all
Flickers fighting in a brawl?
Fire the passion. Free what’s small.

Text: Linked to dVerse Quadrille.  De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) hosts with the theme word “fire”.  I used the tanaga form for this poem after reading a poem last week by Bekkie Sanchez.

Photos: “Winter Scene with Morning Sun”, above, and “Winter Scene with Afternoon Sun”, below.

Winter Scene with Afternoon Sun

Simply Surrealistic

Sir, real is more than what you really see.
Or, real’s what’s really real implicitly.

Text and Photo: Whatever surrealism is, I am linking this to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with the theme “simply surrealistic”.