Add a little tanka to your life

(While tanka praising nature seem to resemble “long haiku,” most tanka deal with human relationships or the author’s situation.)

Old shuttered houses
wear angled roofs and clapboard
In the yards weeds bloom
and pink haired thistles flourish
Shades of memory restored

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a very short story…

The first time he peered through the tiny hole, magic was released. He turned the end of the tube and raised it to the light. Without effort, broken pieces of glass, like captured stars, created a prism of colorful patterns. And for just a few moments, he had found peace. Such a simple device, the kaleidoscope, all made from cardboard and shattered dreams.

Daylight Savings Time

Dear #WordPressCommunity,
About this #DailyLightSavings; here we go again squandering things. Seems like such a waste of a perfectly good hour. I’m in for saving mine for later. Just think how much more writing time you could bank!


Title title: Senate Sergeant at Arms Charles Higgins turns forward the Ohio Clock for the first Daylight Saving Time, while Senators William Calder (NY), William Saulsbury, Jr. (DE), and Joseph T. Robinson (AR) look on, 1918. U.S. Capitol building, Washington, D.C.] Contributor Harris & Ewing


Today’s post seemed to need a poem to go with 1890 image printed in NYC.

A spray of blue flowers cut too short for the vase,
Forget-me-nots, that’s their name; she said
They come back every year; annuals are faithful, she added.
Such a sad name for such a pretty flower, he remarked.
If I had known, I would have brought you daisies.

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