Blessings of the Unknown

I was a peripheral visionary. I could see the future, but only way off to the side.

STEVEN WRIGHT

Thirst for exploration beckons
Sunset’s warm hues envelops
Mysterious road trip excites
Desirable excursion invites

Woven shimmer
Distraction awaits
Within my peripheral
Symbol of sheer transparency
Durable yet vulnerable

A golden organza bag
Lands beside my feet
Trembling anticipation
I untie the drawstring

Magnificent Jouissance
MJ’s Message on a card
Insurmountable challenges
Overcome
one step at a time

#Paint-Chip Poem: You Had Me At Aloha

With the speed of a panther, blue ribbon hula dancers
Cartwheel onto the coastline kicking sand in the air

Instagram photo by yourfriendandre

A flock of red crested cardinals
Swoop in lightning fast circling the lighthouse
Chirping their sweet song
s for all to hear

The beauties spritz amongst each other
Hawaiian Island Bougainvillea Eau de Parfum
Forever a fountain of youth

Image from ecrater.com
Linda Kruschke’s Paint Chip Poetry – Juxtaposition

Featured Photo: https://hawaiihulacompany.com/

A2Z 2021- Birds – Albatross

Featured Photo by Craig K. Lorenz

  • Physical description: The albatross has a long, straight bill with a hook on the end with two tubes along it, one on each side, to allow the bird to expel seawater taken in with food. Its plumage ranges from browns to whites. The black-footed albatross measures approximately 27 inches long, has a wingspan of approximately 80 inches, and a weight of 7 to 9 pounds.
  • Geographic Distribution: Most albatrosses are found in the southern hemisphere, with the exception of albatrosses found in the North Pacific, which are found off the west coast of North America.
  • Environment: The albatrosses are found in coastal areas.
Black-browed albatross family on Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands
Photo by Steve Bloom

Myths, Folklore, and Cultural Associations

Early on albatrosses were considered to be guides or incarnations of wandering souls lost at sea, which is why it was considered unlucky to shoot or eat one. They were also used as weather indicators, usually meaning that stormy weather was imminent. However the albatross became associated with sin, guilt, and punishment with the publication of Samuel Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In this tale, the albatross is a symbol of guilt and burden, worn about the neck of the sailor who shot it down, thus the bird became seen as the initiator of a series of bad luck.

At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God’s name.
And a good south wind sprung up behind;
The Albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the mariner’s hollo!

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Omens and Divinatory Meaning

Albatrosses spend a lot of time gliding, rarely needing to flap their wings. This suggests an efficient use of the resources available to them. If you see an albatross, ask yourself if you’re deploying your energy to the best uses. Albatrosses use air currents to propel themselves. Look at your life to see what energies you can borrow to help you along and conserve your own energy.

An albatross can also tell you to stay aloft. These birds can spend weeks on end in the air, never fully landing or returning to shore. Keep flying; trust yourself to soar. Don’t constantly rush back home to feel safe. Be strong, and strike out on your own.

The albatross’s strong connection to its family breeding grounds may inspire you to check in with your family. If you’ve never done so, take a look at your family history or your cultural traditions. What country or countries do your ancestors come from? What can you learn from their customs and heritage? Learning these kinds of things can enrich who you are, and your sense of self.

Associated energies: Conservation of energy, trust in yourself, family, heritage
Associated seasons: Fall, winter
Element associations: Air, water
Color associations: Grey, black, beige, white

REFERENCE: Birds, a Spiritual Field Guide, Explore the Symbology & Significance of These Divine Winged Messengers by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

Reflections

I’m silently laughing at how I’m going to reflect on Arin’s divinatory meanings for 26 birds when I haven’t seen them yet! It’s like reading all the horoscopes and have each of them apply to my life in some way. I’m going to get acquainted with each of them in case I DO have my meaningful moment. These themes are interesting for me to ponder, however. I wonder where I can “borrow” energy. I feel like I rely so much on technology and gadgets that make my life easier. More energy is always wanted! Maybe that’s why I enjoy working on a team that I can depend on. That way I don’t shoulder most of the work. Rushing home to feel safe is such a big temptation. It takes plenty of courage to strike out on one’s own. Lately, I have been thinking of my ancestors and what qualities I may have inherited as I go about my day. These albatrosses are so much fun to watch! I was engrossed by The Midway Project’s film: https://www.albatrossthefilm.com/watch-albatross

#SoCS – Cozy Comforts

Tense hands,
Rookie’s mistake,
Stitches need relaxed grip
Yarn makes for gorgeous scarf
Cashmere perfect
P
leasure

Badger’s Hexastitch

I think I missed Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday prompt deadline for the synonyms for loose and tight. I used relaxed and tense to describe various tension levels of how I hold the hook. I learned about a new type of poem called the Badger’s Hexastitch! What a interesting name! It is a fun variation of the Crapsey Cinquain invented by out own Badger. It simply expands the cinquain to another line and 2 more syllables.
Badger’s Hexastitch is:

  • a poem in 6 lines.
  • syllabic, 2-4-6-6-4-2.
  • unrhymed, optional rising and falling end-words.

(Reference: https://poetscollective.org/poetryforms/?s=hexastitch)

Testing my Nerves

Oh boy! 44 total students have now RSVP’d for this crochet class! Need to cap it NOW and split up the group and split into multiple days to effectively manage a virtual crowd.

Linda G Hill – Nerve

Plexus Nerve

Last year, a friend reached out to me to share Plexus products and share some testimonials. Impressed with her demo I decided to check it out and do more research. Interested in improving my health during the pandemic, I started to use the Triplex combo which has helped me curb a lot of sicknesses that I get from allergies, colds, and the flu.

There is another Plexus product called Nerve:

Plexus Worldwide

FEATURED INGREDIENTS

Acetyl L-Carnitine Found in most cells of our bodies
Quercetin A powerful flavonoid found in many plants and foods
Horse Chestnut Extract An extract derived from Aesculus hippocastanum tree bark

Nerve’s Ingredient Glossary

References

Soczynska JK, Kennedy SH, Chow CS, et al. Acetyl-L-carnitine and alpha-lipoic acid … Expert Opinion Investing Drugs. 2008 Jun;17(6):827-43.

Stough C, Scholey A, Lloyd J, et al. The effect of 90 day administration of a high dose vitamin B-complex on work stress. Hum Psychopharmacology. 2011 Oct;26(7):470-6.

Coloring Pages: Floral Poem & Quote

A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

– John Keats, Endymion

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift From the Sea

This past week I’m attempting to meditate and center myself as I’m adjusting to the chaos. One of the university administrators asked me if I would be interested in teaching a virtual workshop as a way of engaging alumni during the pandemic. Students are feeling the cabin fever and are itching to learn new hobbies.

I decided to team up with one of my friends and co-teach a crochet class during Friday evenings in the month of March. My experience being president of a knitting club back in high school is coming in handy! In the first couple of hours within posting the event, 18 people signed up!

The deadline to register is the end of next week, but I may already have my hands full with 18 students! I’m planning out the logistics as my friend is figuring out the scarf pattern we’re working on. We picked school colors for the yarn to feature school spirit.

Valentine Card Creations Within my Mess

Valentine card fun
Glittery shapes and ribbons
Charming passerby

Good evening from my part of the world! I’m working to get caught up on reading so many of your wonderful blog posts. My schedule is such a work in progress! It’s still fun to write a haiku. Right now, I’m juggling a project and I was excited when I saw this YouTube video below. I absolutely loved how Madhu designed her cards!

One of the guys in the Rotary Club shared with us a project he needed help with. His group decided to make some Valentine cards for some folks in the nursing home. I thought it would be fun to participate! I eyeballed my supply of red construction paper and set a goal to make SIXTY of them by the 12th. Yes, I think the fast-forward feature on her video temporarily deceived me. 😉

I often tell people one of my favorite gifts a friend gave me was an Xacto paper cutter. It helped speed up the process of cutting paper! I even had to set some proportional relationship equations to figure out the right dimensions since Madhu gave some different ones for me to work with.

Yipee! I’m so happy I get to use some of my origami paper and supplies! It’s been a while since I last touched them. Today’s featured merchandise is my kimono patterned origami paper that a friend got me as a birthday gift!

I have been interested in origami ever since my mom made me my first paper boat as a kid to play with in the rain puddles. I remembered that being one of the reasons why I really enjoyed a rainy day. Because afterward, I get to be a pirate sailing all of the puddles in the neighborhood and adventuring with the bugs that came out.

Image by Vicky Vitullo from Pixabay

Later when I was in the sixth grade, my history teacher shared with us a historical children’s book to read together called, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”.

Diagnosed from leukemia from the radiation bombing from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako decided to fold 1000 peace cranes in the hopes of being granted a wish: she just wanted to be able to be on the running team despite her illness. It’s debated whether or not she reached her goal, but her actions inspired all of her friends and family to continue on.

Afterward, Sue DiDicco founded The Peace Crane Project to honor Sadako. Students would fold the cranes, write a message of peace on its wings, and exchange it with another classmate.

After the boat, I enjoyed teaching the class how to make a paper crane. It’s still one of my favorites. I make them whenever I can, and make cranes out of candy wrappers and the paper that come with my Subway sandwiches.

Anyway, I’ll call it a night and share a quote by the grand master of origami: Akira Youshizawa!

My origami creations, in accordance with the laws of nature, require the use of geometry, science, and physics. They also encompass religion, philosophy, and biochemistry. Overall, I want you to discover the joy of creation by your own hand the possibility of creation from paper is infinite.

Akira Yoshizawa

#Paint-Chip Poem 49: The Romantic Gift

“Maybe our Happily Ever After hadn’t worked on the first shot. And maybe Happily Ever Afters weren’t a singular event. Maybe they were something you had to work at, and build, and never give up on, as long as they were something you still wanted.” 

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Pitter patter of rain subsides & puddle evaporates
As the sun rays reaches the ground’s surface
Overjoyed and egg-static, the suave gentleman
Egg-xits the grand foyer in great stride and
Moon walks across the outdoor patio
Over to the fireplace where he takes a seat
Chilly air lingers – hearthstone warm to the touch
Emotions resembling to the lyrics of a Tangerine Dream song

You've been out of my life sometime now
Seem like a long, long while
Sometimes the thoughts of you
Bring tears to my eyes
While the times that bring a smile
I remember what you told me
We would always be close in our hearts

He gingerly snaps open a leather jewelry box
Marveling at the vintage turquoise Faberge egg earrings
Rated highly by the jeweler he bought it from
Excited to surprise his beloved on her birthday
The symbolism behind her birthstone alone
Wisdom, tranquility, protection, hope
Qualities to seal the relationship with good fortune
Giving it to her should be easy-peasy
Yet their long-distance history together
Makes for a complex arrangement

In reference to:

A Ballad to Night Land Creatures

The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.

Gregory MacGuire

Everyone knew no one lived in the night lands
But that wasn’t quite true
Despite the fumes which have propagated far and wide
Within the intoxicating depths of the forest, lies the birth of a new guide

Photo Credit: Kevin Parish @ What Words May Come

Bursting free from her protective chrysalis
Such an immaculate soul
From the throne of her exotic bloom, she reigned
Like her predecessor, she was wild and unwilling to be contained

Everyone knew no one lived in the night lands
But that wasn’t quite true…

Shadowy woodland creatures once lost and lingering
Within the saturated blue shadows
Troubling tensions have long stirred about insecurities
In spite of their self-doubt, their guide brought them out of their obscurities

Everyone knew no one lived in the night lands
But that wasn’t quite true…

Glow worms once hibernating underground
curiously peeked above the surface
Glistening dewdrops sparkle amidst the foggy twilight
Grass glitters with gold as the guide protects the land mid-flight

Everyone knew no one lived in the night lands
But that wasn’t quite true…

Frozen frogs once encased in layers of ice
Bellowing croaks in the distance
Their eyes darting about as they look for their flies
As they thaw at an excruciating pace impatiently waiting for their prize

Image Credit: Listverse

Everyone knew no one lived in the night lands
But that wasn’t quite true…

In reference to:

Saturday Symphony #16 – Together In the Shadows of the Forest

Hello all, happy Saturday!

Jude is the host for Saturday Symphony. Here is ponderous thought for the week :

FAIRY TALE EDITS
Ever wanted to change the fate of one of your favourite fairy tale characters?
This week share with us,
Which character?
In which tale?
And how you’d change their fate.

This week I’m inspired by the story of Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the hunt. She is a fierce warrior and can be quite vindictive when someone kills those that she protects or insults her family. She and her brother Apollo killed Niobe’s children when Niobe mocked Artemis’ mom, Leto. You do not want to get on her wrong side!

Artemis remained an eternal virgin and never married. Actaeon, a mortal hunter, mesmerized by her beauty once saw her bathing naked in the valley which was forbidden. Artemis who was very livid turned him into a stag, and he was later killed by his hunting hounds.

In my poetic retelling, I explore what would have happened if Actaeon and Artemis fell in love instead. What if they got married? Would Artemis learn how to be forgiving? Would she take a different, less extreme route to justice?

Below I played around with Magnetic Poetry to create this story. 🙂

Journey of Moxie

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.”

― Blaise Pascal

Traversing in the fading light of the tunnel
Courageous heart leads down an alluring path
Unaware what lies on the other side
Sprawling trees anchored in place
Within its soaring, mighty arches
Gateway initiates life’s new phases
A dance of duality, perspectives a flutter
Flickering shadows accompany glowing sunbeams
Reasons for renewal are but a possibility
Transition however imminent

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