The Sound of Sense

Robert Frost called it the “sound of sense”. I bust that phrase into two and think of it as “sound” and “sense”, but Frost more accurately describes the reality of poetry. Still he doesn’t completely describe poetry, because no one can. That’s a good thing. It gives the rest of us and our descendants for the next hundreds of millions, or billions, of years something new to do.

My view of sense is taking me into two different directions. After reading Jane Kohut-Bartel’s “Song of the Nightingale”, I want to understand better the 8th century Japanese collection, the Man’yōshū. After reading Debbie Roth’s Forgiving Fridays, I want to learn more about Hafiz (and Rumi) and the theme of forgiveness. Along these two ways of sense may the sound that’s right appear.


Text: Linked to dVerse Haibun Monday where Toni is hosting asking us to write about our plans.

Photo: “Future Mystery” by the author.

Walking Downtown One Autumn Afternoon

Who is looking back at me
When I’m walking by?
Who is smiling curiously
When I wonder why?

Photos: “Rock Wall Downtown”, above, and “Small Town Downtown”, below, by the author linked to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with theme “downtown” and trablogger’s Mundane Monday.

Small Town Downtown


Fossils and some other things
Rest inside this rock.
The past to my own present brings
Suggestive hints to shock.

I am used to seeing such
Along this Green Bay shore.
What was before stands out to touch
My mind through this rock’s door.

Text: Linked to dVerse Quadrille hosted by Mish with the prompt word being “rock”.

Photo: “Rock” by the author and linked to trablogger’s Mundane Monday.

Gratitude — Sun Salutation

Even seagulls understand,
Salute the brightening Sun.
They pause with eyes that watch it rise,
Give praise, for day’s begun.

Photo: “Sun Salutation” by the author.  I am linking this to K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge with theme “gratitude” and since gratitude seems to make forgiveness easier I am also linking it to Debbie Roth’s Forgiving Fridays.


The pills I pop are not enough
To pop me out of here.
Addictions though prefer the pop
And that is what I fear.

Text: “Monotherapy” is a new word for me and I am not on any pills. I am linking this to dVerse Open Link Night. Toni is hosting.

Photo: I took this photo at Somme Woods Forest Preserve a few weeks ago.

One-Liner Wednesday — Levitation

To rise we forgive to lose what holds us down.

Linked to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday and Debbie Roth’s Forgiving Fridays.

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

Blooms Against the Darkness

Light may leave the background dark.
Blooms look brighter where
The background makes a blacker mark
So colors blossom there.

Text: Linked to dVerse Poetics. Lillian is hosting with a selection of photos.

Photos: The featured photo above is from NadinLisa’s collection at Pixabay one of five images selected by Lillian. The one below, “Blue and Yellow Flowers”, is one I took.

Blue and Yellow Flowers