for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

2012 in review

Amazing and totally surprising stats! How could I have expected ‘abducted fireflies’ to top viewership? And to this day, I really can’t figure out why ‘sunflowers’ remains a favorite. BIG THANK YOU again, friends, followers, viewers and visitors for your great support. If I had been random in my posts this year, it was because I had concentrated on really learning about haiku and other Japanese short form poetry. But for 2013, I promise to keep up to your expectations. More fireworks for us, let’s wish, in the New Year that comes a day after tomorrow. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


December 31, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

greeting 2012ed

Thank you for your following and continued support

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

December 24, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

‘tomorrow’ at Bones’ inaugural issue


tomorrow still a house of knives

Bones 1:1 December 2012

December 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

bay mouth (haiku–random post for National Poetry Writing Month)

Random post for National Poetry Writing Month

bay mouth

the strangeness

of first meetings

Notes from the Gean 3:4 March 2012

April 4, 2012 Posted by | haiku, poetry, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

being there/refracted twilight (my haibun at LYNX)

being there

…it is the rhythm that’s constant it seems and not the stillness—the way the wind pulls and withdraws and the way the leaves sway and retract or how the clouds gather into masses and then dissipate into air or is it merely the eye that misses the jagged movements and edges and catches merely that moment when the rhythm shows and reassures us as in the constancy of flowers even as petals begin to brown and curl in the edges and fall, stripping the branches of their name because all we recall is their being there as in moments we have flowed into still flow into like on our early morning walks when

shifting tides–

the river unloading burdens

for us to decode

refracted twilight

…first time ever that twilight struck me as that almost sacred time when the day tears away to let night slip in, how the bleeding sunset fades into lemon yellow to shell white so much so that facing west where the light seems to turn down as in a timer heartbeat by heartbeat, the houses, trees and flowers even weeds become solid walls of darkness—no punctured points on twigs, no dancing spaces between leaves—but haven’t I watched this on my daily walks long ago back in Harbor Hill but then, the roosting sparrows and the first star on tips of pines pulled my steps back to ruminate and settling in, twilight would be for us that time when

first star—

we turn down the darkness

on our own sky

(excerpts from a diary)

LYNX XXVII:I February 2012

February 7, 2012 Posted by | diary/memoir, excerpt, haibun, poetry, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

ebbtide (not quite haiga)



often too burdened

to get back

haiku: alegria imperial

photo: eleanor angeles

January 19, 2012 Posted by | haiga, haiku, poetry, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

new year/waiting on the moon

Original caption from NASA: "S103-E-5037 (21 December 1999)--- Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery recorded this rarely seen phenomenon of the full Moon partially obscured by the atmosphere of Earth. The image was recorded with an electronic still camera at 15:15:15 GMT, Dec. 21, 1999.". Courtesy of wikicommons

new year

waiting on the moon

to bask in the sun

(Note:  current moon phase is waxing crescent or 38 percent full)

December 31, 2011 Posted by | haiku, poetry, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

arced sky/crow’s dominion (haiku & tanka, another random post for National Poetry Month)

two voices for the same image


arced sky 
barred but for slivers
crows’ roost


crow’s dominion–
a sky i can’t see
but for slivers 

my heart darkly foreboding
what dawn brings to light

an unpublished play with image, words, and thought

December 1, 2011 Posted by | haiku, poetry, tanka, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

November sky haiga (Manhattan skyline from the Hudson at Riverbank State Park)

November sky
we fling our shadows
among clouds

haiku: alegria imperial
photo: eleanor angeles

November 21, 2011 Posted by | haiga, poetry, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘in the thicket’ (haiga for 19 Planets Art Blog made with clip art)

'in the thicket', my first ever haiga made with clip art

in the thicket
waiting on clouds

I think it looks awful, not artful at all! It reminds me of cards I pick up on shelves of thrift shops, the kind no one makes these days. But I have to try something. And I did with Microsoft Publisher, the only program I have that allows me to do some layout and a bit of art. Maybe I can learn to paint with the program because it’s possible. Still, I have to give it a shot and suffer through the birthing.

Thanks to Rick Daddario for giving me the spunk to do this.

September 6, 2011 Posted by | haiga, poetry, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments