December 10, 2017

Happy Haiga Day!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.


all the old patterns

December 8, 2017

Poetry Friday--"Lemon Pie"

Last Friday, at A Year of Reading, Mary Lee noted that the Round-Up for today was going to be hosted by Lisa at Steps and Staircases. Lisa issued a challenge for this week
Hello poetry friends! The topic/prompt I want to suggest for the December 8 Poetry Friday Roundup is either/and: Respond to "When Life Gives You Lemons..." or write a poem using an object/making a drawing, as Amy Krouse Rosenthal did with a lemon drop. If your poem can be expressed visually through a picture or drawing--like Amy Krouse Rosenthal's "When Life Gives You Lemon Drops"--I would love to post everyone's visuals.

Here is my response:

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Lemon Pie

We will not regress.
We will not become
a nation of either black
truffle risotto, or,
black beans and rice.

We will progress.
We will all proffer
our plates for a thick
slice of meringue pie
made from the lemons

that we have diligently
planted picked packed
shipped shelved selected
bought or bagged, and
brought to our kitchens

to juice, mix, and bake
into the pastries we
share as is our right as
civilized human beings.
We all need dessert!

I went looking for lemon images before starting to write, and when I found the label for Progressive brand lemons, a poem began to take shape!

Next week I'm hosting the Round-Up and I promise not to post anything political. I admit, it will be difficult, but perhaps you can give me something to write about? I'm open to all suggestions! See you next Friday, if not before!


Those of you who live in the United States: net neutrality is in danger! You have a week in which to make your voice heard. Please do so BEFORE December 14! Click here to get started.

If you have no idea what net neutrality means, here's a video from Hank Green that explains it fairly well. The problem of maintaining net neutrality is still ongoing three years after Green's "debate" video, although the comment dates are no longer current.

December 5, 2017

Haiku Sticky #437

This haiku was written last December during Mary Lee Hahn's first #haikuforhealing challenge. I'm trying to write a haiku a day during December for this year's challenge. I may or may not post any of them because I don't seem to feel much healing going on, and any of last year's hopes have mostly slipped away. If I do post any, it will be for an occasional Haiku Sticky or Happy Haiga Day!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.


the warmth
of a cat's breath
December dawn

December 3, 2017

Happy Haiga Day!

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autumn stroll

a poem
unexpectedly birthed

she recites it
to herself before the muse
can reclaim it

December 1, 2017

Poetry Friday--Chickens on the Loose!

Children's writer, and my dear friend, Andrea Murphy, is the teaching director at Hogarth Country Day School (preschool). On the 6th of November she posted a photo of her little students gazing out the front door of the school, enthralled by two beautiful Wyandotte chickens. She assumed their owner would notice they were missing and attempt to locate them. Two weeks later they were still hanging out at the school eating the last of bugs and seeds in the garden. No one had come forward to claim them, and so, with the help of students' parents, the two fowl were finally captured and taken off to a new home before winter snows arrived.

I asked Andrea to share her photos with me and I've written a tanka and a little ditty to go with them.

Photo © Andrea Murphy, used with permission. Tanka © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.


the welcome mat still
at our door
despite the ever shifting
direction of country winds

Photo, © Andrea Murphy, used with permission. Poem, © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.



How many borders
did Gallus gallus cross
before he was welcomed
as domesticus?

Gallus gallus is accepted as the progenitor of today's domesticated chickens, Gallus gallus domesticus.

Mary Lee will be hosting the Round-Up this week at A Year of Reading. Be sure to stop by and have a day filled with poetry.

November 28, 2017

Haiku Sticky #436

This is wishful thinking. I'm hoping to be finished by December 1 with the large batch of turkey chili made with the Thanksgiving turkey carcass! (Actually, some went into the freezer, so it may be months!)

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December 1
the pot of turkey chili
finally gone

November 26, 2017

Happy Haiga Day!

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first morning walk
the expectation of
meeting a cat