Point A to Point A

Today at Real Toads, Gillena is prompting us with Francois Villon’s poetry.  We are to read a poem and pick a line from it with a quote and use the quote to construct a poem.  Day 15 of NANONUCLEARMELTDOWN.  I am going short and sweet today.

“so, round the world he goes, but return he will,” The Ballad Of The Proverbs – Poem by François Villon

Point A to Point A

she started at Point A and went directly west.
she continued on until
she wound up back at Point A again.
She shook her fist at the sky
and laughed grandly:
Thus to the flat earthers!

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No Water – Oh Well

New Year’s Day –
the toilet wouldn’t flush.
No water from the faucet either.

the temp on New Year’s Eve
was -1F.
Well, the pipes froze.
Of course they did.
I bought 10 gallons of distilled water
to put in the tank to flush the toilet.
Plumber came.
Pipes fixed –
no signs of splits.
In the hall 10 empty plastic jugs.
I filled them with water again.
I imagine those jugs will stay there
until July –
just in case the pipes freeze again.

Tuesday Poetics: Mistakes

Today CC is our guest prompter at the dVerse Poets Pub.  She reminds us “Even Monkeys Fall from Trees” meaning, we all have made, make, will make mistakes.  I am writing about a series of events way back in the day – a day that will live in the minds of many – Kani no Tsunami –  crab tsunami. Come join us at dVerse today!

Kani no tsunami
The day began as many others
back in the wild days of my youth.
My cousin Billy was coming over from Jersey
and plans had been made for epic events.
My roommate was pumped, she thought Billy was cool.
At that time I lived on Long Island and one thing was sure.
Be at one of the numerous docks when
The fishing boats came in and
Fresh wondrous catches could be bought for a song
(and a couple of dollars!)
Crabs….I had in mind – crabs.
Steamed with Old Bay seasoning
Butter and cold beer to drink. Oh yes.
Billy arrived and the day of mistakes began.
I had made a two quart pitcher of kamikazes
And they were all cold in the fridge and waiting.
We toasted each other. He broke out a joint.
First things first before we headed to the dock.
The fishing boats rolled in and we found the crab boat.
A bushel of crabs, all snapping and clicking
A bushel of crabs for $2 and no change.
The waterman shoveled crabs into a brown paper bag
And then another bag.
He offered to sell us the basket for $1 but ….
Into the backseat of the car the bags were set.
The crabs kept us company as we chugged Kamikazes
From a thermos and shared another joint.
Arrived back at home I grabbed one damp bag,
Billy grabbed the other.
And yeah, you know what’s coming, don’t you?
Barely inside, first his bag and then mine BURST!!!!!!
Crabs, crabs, everywhere were crabs.
Scuttling and snapping and blowing our minds…
Angry crabs, pissed off crabs, hungry crabs.
We jumped onto the coffee table screaming like – well,
screaming like little girls.
Billy and I clutched each other wondering,
What do we do now?
I finally jumped and made a dash for the kitchen
grabbed a broom and began herding those darn crabs.
Billy helped and we herded them into the bathroom and
Pushed them into the tub.
We didn’t want crabs anymore.
They ended up being put into a garbage can and taken
down to the beach and freed back into the surf.
I’m sure they had tales to tell
About the day they invaded dry land dwellers.
To this day, Billy gets the twitches
when you mention crabs.
So take my advice and don’t make our mistakes:
Stay sober and buy the damn basket for a buck.

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MTB – Humor

Today, Victoria has given us the wonderful prompt of writing something humorous.  To be honest, I’ve not been in a humorous frame for a couple of months.  I hope one of these fit the bill.   http://dversepoets.com/2015/10/22/seriously-thats-funny-dverse-meeting-the-bar/

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I.  (senryu)
sparrows skate on ice
gobbling seeds – cat sneaks, spies, stalks –
leaps, slips – birds snicker.

II. (Bussokusekika poetic form)
high up in my tree
playing the violin and
watching fall at play –
leaves swirl birds chirp creek gurgles –
I saw notes trying my best
squirrel yells at me – silence!

 

春雨 shun u (gentle spring rain) tanka

Today at dVerse Poets is Open Link Night – we post any of our poems we choose to without a prompt. Come join us!

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Spring Rain gently taps
Tender Green and begs a dance
While clover blossoms
On holiday enjoy a
Rainy day at Puddle Lake.

copyright KanzenSakura

copyright KanzenSakura

NaPoWriMo 7 and dVerse Poets Pub

Today at dVerse Poetics Pub, we have been prompted to write a letter. At NaPoWriMo 7, we are prompted to write about money. I am combining the prompts.  Please note:  No real piggy banks were harmed in the creation of this poem!  🙂

My Poor Dear Broken Piggy Bank,
I know my action was cruel
And so I will be frank.
The truth be ugly and stark
Unpleasant and harsh
But I didn’t want to sit in the dark.
I counted the coins – twice
And divided them into dollars
And had enough – nice!
So please don’t take this as a slight
I had to break you
To ease my plight.
The electric bill has been paid –
The stove works and the tv plays
Watchathon continues – my day’s been made.
And though I broke you into pieces
Still you smile and give good cheer
And though broken my happiness increases.
I’ll repair you, yes indeed
and hope there will never be another need.
Much love from,
Kanzen.

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Happy New Year! what?????

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In Japan, Setsubun (節分) is part of the Spring Festival, haru matsuri and the word means seasonal division. Setsubun is the last day before the beginning of spring  (haru春). This year it falls on February 3 and is associated with the lunar new year. It is also known as the Bean-throwing ceremony (mamemaki (豆撒き) or festival. Dancing, eating special sushi, roasted soybeans, theatre performances…festivities!!! In its simplest form, roasted soy beans are thrown out the door or at a family member wearing a frightening ogre mask and then slamming the door. “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi” – “Demons out, luck in!” This is a symbolic cleansing of the home to drive away evil spirits that cause bad luck and ill health.

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At Shinto shrines, beans covered in silver or gold foil, coins, sweets, or other small prizes will be thrown by the priests to the crowd. in larger cities, celebrities and sumo wrestlers will be invited to do the tossing. I wonder if my guys, World Order, will be bean throwing? I’d like to find a video of that!

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It is also customary to eat roasted soybeans, one for each year of life plus one, to bring good luck for the year to come. Since I like roasted soybeans, I have no problem eating several for every year of life. My neighbors, those out and about early this morning, were treated to me standing at our front door throwing beans and shouting at the top of my lungs, “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!!!”  Honestly, probably no one was surprised.

Happy New Year!  Happy Spring!  Our Great American Groundhog, Phil, predicts six more weeks of weather.  That’s fine with me.  The lunar calendar says today is the last day before the beginning of spring.  No matter how much it snows, spring is on the way.  Tiny little bits of red are showing now on my flowering quince.  Barely there buds are showing on my plum trees.   I like that today is the day before spring.

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copyright kanzensakura – flowering quince buds, spring is coming

And personally, I don’t blame Phil for biting the mayor. Look around in the video, there’s snow everywhere and folks are dressed like a bunch of mutant snowpeople.  If someone hauled me out of my nice warm bed at the crack of dawn on a cold morning with a bunch of noisy humans shouting and taking pictures, I’d bite somebody too.  Maybe Phil should have thrown beans and growled, Out Demons!!!…Nahhh, he did the right thing.

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