Monday, February 28, 2011

Photo Challenge- Anything But a Face!

"We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of Nature."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I heart Faces!- Anything but a face-

- Grayson... headed for adventure..
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Monday.. Poetry Club.. Words and Poems..

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me.... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters to me."
- Steve Jobs

"I hate paying taxes. But I love the civilization they give me."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety."
- Ben Hecht

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Project 365- a Photo Every Day! -

a fat hen scratching for worms

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Nothing wrong
Nothing right
Now I'm on the Nothing diet

Nothing old - nor
Nothing New
Nothing for both me and you

Nothing lost- or
Nothing found
Nothing Nothing all around

Nothing ventured
Nothing Gained
Nothing Nothing all the same

Nothing Now and
Nothing then
Nothing Nothing till the end

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

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Blue Window Trim -

sea island natives
living reminders of trade
cotton .. rice and indigo
Gullah life is made

five benne wafers
cast into new daylight
the hudu spell is torn away
rest easy then this night

bridges came and baskets sold
the younguns moved to town
rich men came and stole our land
again to trod us down

But some have stayed to tell the tales
of how our world began
of lands and cultures far away
before a man owned a man

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

Monday Poetry Train #119-

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I have been busy busy busy today getting ready to share some of my words at the Poetry club meeting.. Thanks for stopping by my world today!.. I welcome both comments and followers..
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday.. A Good Day.. After All..

"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say."
~Anaïs Nin

"A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket." ~Charles Peguy

"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." ~Sylvia Plath


Project 365- A Photo A Day! -

ABC Wednesday-
F is for Friends...Favorite.. Forever.. or four footed furry..


Acrostics Only-


Fine horses they ride through the glen
A beautiful maid sleeps within
Brambles hold them at bay
Letting love find the way
Even knights give up in the end

Written By: Patricia Sawyer


Sensational Haiku Wednesday-


taking the long way
Grandma with her stick and me
ankle deep cold creek

homing pigeons rise
circling evening skies
fledgling blue-bars in training

blackberry stained lips
sipping hot sassafras tea
fireflies welcome home

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

3 Word Wednesday-
figure.. juicy.. stress

February Day-cation

juicy peach dripping
stick figures drawn in sand
gulls devour my stress

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

One Shot Wednesday ~ Week 34-
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday- Short .. and.. Oh Well.. Short!..

"Age, like distance lends a double charm."
- Oliver Herford

"Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind - listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody." - Eubie Blake

"Friends are not made, but recognized."
- Carl Rakosi

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waiting at airfield
I salute my brave comrade~
welcome sweet sorrow

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday ... Quiet and Peaceful for a Change!

"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: peacocks and lilies, for instance." - John Ruskin

"The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind."
- Albert Einstein

"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." - Maya Angelou

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- Project 365- a Photo a Day!

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All Aboard- ( a haibun)

somehow we discovered that one could ride the train to the next town if you lay waiting just before the long curve.. where it slowed and the engineers view was blocked by the old pine forest.. everyone else already aboard.. my fat legs simply won't run fast enough.. I'll wait for them to return with the afternoon train..

blackberry brambles
tearing at my skin.. I cried
the train whistle blew

Written By: Patricia Sawyer



lilies of the field
held in ketchup bottles
graced scarred tables
hot coffee filled the air

waiting nameless
temples throbbing
eyes still gritty
with last nights sins

thirteen hours
or a thousand years
all the same in the spiral
no tender mercies remain

just one wish I asked
of the face in the shaker
salty eyebrows raised
his isolation mauled

his incandescent voice
thundered silently in return
"Look about foolish one
there is no Safe Place!"

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

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Thanks for stopping by my world today.. It has been a lovely day to be outside.. though writing and chores have kept me house bound most of the day.. I have enjoyed the wonders of a new bird feeder that Dave hung right outside of my window.. so far I have seen cardinals.. finches.. robins and wrens.. We have chicks and quail hatching.. chirping away beneath their warm lights..
pleasing sights and sounds surround me.. I welcome both comments and followers..
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday.. A Beautiful Day to be Outside..

"Men of vision. Oh, I love the fine names men give each other to hide their greed and lust for adventure." - Charles MacArthur

"Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it rekindles the great."
- Roger de Rabutin

"A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key."
- Paul Valery

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Project 365- a Photo a Day! -

"Paper Whites" bloom in my sister Mary's yard..
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the letter S

Sanity Slivers

Sliding... Screaming...
"Seven Shot Scotch Slurping Song"...

Sam suddenly stopped-
standing silently still

she saw seventeen
silver salamanders sashaying-

singing sailors slipped
slithering sideways southward..

"So" she shouted
seeing something silly...

"somebody saved salt specks
simple seasoning so special.."

"Silly Sam" she said
"Stop sipping sweet sarsaparilla."

"salamanders singing .. sailors saving salt..
sometimes someone should Sleep!"

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

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aged thunder rumbles
alabaster heart stampedes
fiery abyss spews

Written By: Patricia Sawyer
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Thanks for stopping by today.. it was almost spring like today.. an excellent day to be outside..I look forward to the spring flowers that will soon be blooming.. Already I see the flat green spikes popping up here and there around the yard.. I welcome both comments and followers..
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday and I have a Few Words for You!

"Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees."
- Paul Strand

"Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money." - Moliere

"Would you not like to try all sorts of lives - one is so very small - but that is the satisfaction of writing - one can impersonate so many people."
- Katherine Mansfield

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Acrostic Only-

For all of us die-hearted serious writers.. they have some wonderful challenges that will test your skills as a writer.. or help you to become a better poet...
they welcome you on this journey of change and innovation.. They invite us to Choose one.. or do them all.. but most of have FUN! this is my very first try at this and I may very well be doing it all wrong but I have decided to do two of the challenges in this post..

Regular acrostic prompts #5
Nature Acrostic- Viper-


vile venomous vermin
intriguing intertwined insurgent
petulantly promenading patrol
excruciatingly evil exile
ruthlessly relentless reptile!

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

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Innovative Acrostic Prompts: Prompt C
Acrostic Haiku- Asp


ancient deceiver
slithering symbol of kings
perhaps Cleo's bane

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

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Project 365 button designed by 365- a Photo Every Day!

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“Sensational Haiku Wednesday!”
This week’s theme is: Freestyle


dancing with my muse
twisting desire into dreams-
my pencil lead breaks

Written By:Patricia Sawyer

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3 Word Wednesday~


joyous occasion
kindness thrown out in a blink
silently scorn brews

written By: Patricia Sawyer
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One Shot Wednesday-

I Have a Dream-

daring not to dream
captives face their worst nightmares
ambition beaten

Written By: Patricia Sawyer
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday..... Not a Half Bad Day....

"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom."
- Albert Einstein

"Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be."
- Daniel J. Boorstin

"The greatest lesson we can learn from the past. . . is that freedom is at the core of every successful nation in the world."
- Frederick Chiluba

can you guess what was on sale today?.......


- Writer's Island- Prompt #7 for 2011: Epiphany

I See-

an epiphany
the forest- there- through the trees
I sharpen my ax

Written By: Patricia Sawyer


Haiku Heights- Prompt #30 - Impression


my first impression
a very unlikely lot
then I saw them ride

Written By: Patricia Sawyer
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday - Sunshine We Welcome You!

"I've been waiting for that bright sunshine to show up and shine in my back door someday."
- Luther Allison

"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine."
- Morris West

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you."
- Walt Whitman

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Project 365- Tuesday

Cooper and a box of new chalk!
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One Single Impression- # 154 Humility


devoted comrade
your allegiance an honor-
innocence buried

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

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Writer's Island Prompt #6 for 2011


charming deceiver
a delightful distraction~
intoxicate me

Written By: Patricia Sawyer

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Carry On Tuesday #91

"Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back. "
~ Arthur Rubinstein

Love life
unpaid bills.. wars and rumors of wars..
soup kitchens.. the splash of raindrops falling..
and the laughter of children in the park.. dancing daisies
in a chain.. love life and life will love you back..
Love People
the crying baby at two am... the ten year old
with a pudgy hand on her hip.. snarling.. crying..
desperate.. Happy to be free.. twenty year old..
Grandma and the lost soul with the sign on the corner..
just waiting for a chance.. to show.. to love.. to steal.. to hurt or kill..
Love people and they will love you back... sometimes..

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Rainy Days and Mondays.... Sometimes They are One in the Same...

" The only normal people are the one's you don't know very well."
- Alfred Adler

"I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing."
- Ronald Reagan

" And the blood of brave men was shed like unto the shedding of rain from a black cloud." - Ferdowsi


- A Bright Red Cardinal
- Trying to stay dry!


"What if time stops?" asks Aurora
"Don't be silly.. time can't stop.. only clocks can stop!"
says her maid..

Now a lost city sleeps!


Slight of Hand-

wishing doll blazes
dumbfounding barbarians-
carnies collect coins

Written By: Patricia Sawyer


China Town Winter

frostbitten Buddha
apprentice sweeps salty slush
cabdriver sneezes

Written By: Patricia Sawyer



deceitful lad smiles
his soul secretly fuming-
carpetbagger brays

Written By: Patricia Sawyer


Today has been another wet day.. the chickens clucked their displeasure and stayed up on their roosts most of the day.. getting down only to eat a few grains of soggy scratch feed.. and waddle to the nest to leave us some eggs.. even the ducks quacked at the skies as if they had had enough rain for a few days!..The dogs whined to go out.. then barked to come right back in.. Cooper slept.. Dave braved the rain to feed all of the animals and to gather the fresh eggs.. I must admit that I was lazy today.. I did laundry.. two loads.. I shopped for food and then cooked it.. nothing fancy.. just hot dogs with the fixings.. slaw and chili and cheese.. I babysat Hannah and Dani for a few minutes while their "Nini" went on a job interview.. and I played some games on-line.. and of course I blogged..

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