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The Mad Hatter April 7, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Nature, People, Poetry.
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Wikipedia ~ Alice in Wonderland (in Public Domain)

Trained to restrain
Our joys and triumphs
We share instead
Our sorrow and pain

Wings clipped, lights low
We diffuse our truth
To broadcast tales
Of worry and woe

Who created these social norms and mores we blithely follow?

The Mad Hatter?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  Our Deepest Fear

 

Exterior Design April 6, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Nature, Poetry.
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Nature bathes our senses in reds, pinks, purples, and greens ~ all the colors of the rainbow offered up with tantalizing tastes and textures, aromatic fragrances, and soothing sounds that speak to our spirit, like the cry of a gull above the crash of the waves.

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Primary shades demonstrate both restraint and zeal ~ an unparalleled zest for living:

* Red geraniums, strawberries, tomatoes, and cardinals
* Yellow daisies, sunflowers, lemons, and bananas
* Bluebirds, blueberries, and cloud streaked skies

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Secondary shades add nuance to nature’s palette, drawing us outward and inward simultaneously:

* Fragrant oranges bursting with flavor tickle our taste buds
* Green grasses tickle the soles of our feet
* Purple evening skies beckon us to linger longer under the moon’s rays

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Nature’s sights and sounds delight and inspire us to tread softly on this precious planet, while savoring all that it offers.

We hug its offerings to our hearts and souls, taking clippings and cuttings to brighten our interior decor and sustain us through hectic days.

Mother Nature . . . this bud’s for you!

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Even in the stillness, the cosmos swirls. Even when silence reigns, we hear its heartbeat.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Do Not Disturb April 4, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Amazing Animals, Art & Photography, Nature, Poetry.
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Dragonfly rested
Wings folded
Still

Do not disturb

Desires ignored
Outstretched wings
Flight

How you perturb

Dragonfly settled
Wings framed
Anew

Kicked to the curb!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Artwork available at Roderick MacIver Arts.  The beauty of Rod’s art lies in his ability NOT to control all aspects of the water ~ he allows it latitude to do its thing while he does his. The result speaks for itself.

Shades of Misanthropy March 17, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, Nature, Poetry.
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Sample_Picture08Perhaps my philosophy
Includes shades of misanthropy

A cynicism born of man’s endless fascination
With devastation and decimation

All in the name of progress

Each step forward erodes the foundation
Of natural creation

What is a cathedral or skyscraper, however high
Compared with a mountain peak ‘neath a clouded sky?

What is electric generation and digital manipulation
Compared with starlight, moonbeams, and fireflies?

In auditoriums, applause and accolades
Distributed to the chosen few
Like manna to man
Erode our view
Of what makes life worth living

Outside the skies ebb and flow
from night to day

While we remain asleep at the switch

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related Post: The People who Make A Difference (Good Time Stories) * Red Mountain (Janna T. Writes)

“The reason men are so anxious to see themselves, instead of being content to be themselves, is that they do not really believe in their own existence.” ~ Thomas Merton, A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk’s True Life

One Stitch At A Time March 12, 2014

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Day dawns, sun sets, time passes

Man imagines

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Birds soar, cats stalk, fish swim

Man creates

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A tapestry woven one stitch at a time

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Quest to Knowingness March 6, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Mindfulness, Poetry, Word Play.
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Less is more . . . especially when it comes to winter’s wicked weather.  In 2009, we headed south in search of spring.

IMGP1218Aimless snowflakes drift
Spinning through frigid night air
Winter longs for spring

Yoko and Ono
pirouette beneath the palms
of Jungle Gardens

We wonder as we
wander ~ “Is this what we want?”
Life’s trade-offs abound

This villa! This view!
With that, our quest coalesced
into knowingness

Palm trees and capris
A sunny, warm winter breeze
Parkas packed away

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you?  Does living a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, hold any appeal?

Do you recall your last house hunt?  Did intuition play a part?

The first time I experienced intuitive knowingness, it whispered, “This is YOUR house.”  I glanced up from the book in my lap and KNEW.

I KNEW that it KNEW what it was talking about; I KNEW that the house with the “For Sale” sign was MY house; and I KNEW that that intuitive knowingness welled up from a source inside me that was far beyond the limits of my mind.

Related posts:  Winks, Whispers, and NudgesGreat Thoughts (Candid Impressions)

Anything We Want February 25, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Poetry, Word Play.
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FlyWe can be anything we want
Anything at all

We can tower over the trees
Or play it small

We don’t need a degree
To be an astronaut
And fly to the moon

Imagineer wanted . . . no experience necessary

Huey,-Dewey-And-LouieA quest!
A quest!

Climb aboard that mighty steed
What experience do we need
To soar in the clouds

Lifted by our inner composer
Fed by our inner artist

Unfettered by Ego, we have no anchor in the past

Mickey-OKWith no masks to block our view
We are as we are

Free to be
Anything we want

Aah . . . that’s better!

In Tune With No Time February 21, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Amazing Animals, Fun & Games, Nature, Poetry.
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Tigger2bSwift swallows arrived one morning
Intent on breakfast

With quick dips and swift soars
They swallowed prey

Tigger craned his neck
To and fro
Watching swallows come and go
Diving, diving, high to low

Quick turns
U-turns
No rhythm, no rhyme

Swift swallows flying
In tune with No Time

Aah . . . that’s better!

Have you ever watched a cloud of Swifts or Swallows engaged in an aerial feeding frenzy?

Dizzying, isn’t it?

Palm Fronds to Baskets February 4, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Poetry, Word Play.
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IMGP3865We watched thick nimble fingers weave
palm fronds to baskets

Transformation
Change

Drunk on the notion of island living
picking up stakes
to stay, play, and sway
down under

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Again January 19, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Humor, Poetry, Word Play.
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IMGP1696aLife is so negative
That I cannot be positive

About anything at all

Why are we born?
To feel sad and forlorn?

It all makes me feel small

Why can’t life
Be more like love’s free fall?

Then, I could smile
Again

The harder we fall
The higher we fly

Oh, wait, I’ve got that backwards
Again

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Eeyore-SittingPoetry Prompt:  Write an angst-ridden poem, riddled with hopelessness.   Bonus points for making us laugh out loud.

You have captured the angst
That swirls round their ranks
Their words are absurd
But they want to be heard
And that’s why their poetry tanks!

* * * * *

How do you respond to angst-riddled poetry?

Do hopeless poems pull you down the mole hole, blocking out the sun?  Or are you inclined to think of examples to counter the expressed despair?

Do you “buy in” or “opt out”?

Related posts:  Love Is Off Limits * Laughter: The Antidote to Insanity

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