-haiga posted on redRavine, Saturday, January 24th, 2015
-Part of a yearly practice to write a short form piece of poetry in my Moleskine journal once a day for the next year. Related to post: haiku 4 (one a day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Body, Bones, Death, Family, Personal, Poetry, Practice, Relationships, tagged death of a father, healing powers of poetry, Letting Go of What Cannot Be Held Back, writing through grief on January 11, 2015 | 2 Comments »
Poem For My Father (the way love bends), Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 2015, © 2015 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
I found out about my father’s death from reading an obit. He died on Halloween. I wrote three poems on a Royal typewriter. I had not seen him in years; he never responded to my letter. It is a lesson in letting go. It is a lesson in blood ties, and ties through love. It is a lesson in the nature of human grief, something we may feel for that which was never ours.
-posted on redRavine, Sunday, January 11, 2015
Posted in Haiku, Nature, Photography, Practice, Seasons, tagged daily practices, haiga, haiku as practice, ice, using windows to ground, winter haiku, yearly practices on January 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Thirsty, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 2015, haiku & photograph © 2015 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
-haiga posted on redRavine, Saturday, January 10th, 2015
-Part of a yearly practice to write a short form piece of poetry in my Moleskine journal once a day for the next year. Related to post haiku 4 (one-a-day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Haiku, Holding My Breath, Life, Love, Nature, Poetry, Practice, Relationships, Seasons, Wake Up, tagged daily practices, haibun, midwinter blues, Minnehaha Falls, summer nights, the practice of poetry, video, wind chill on January 4, 2015 | 2 Comments »
Top Of Minnehaha Falls, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2014, video © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
Top of Minnehaha Falls
Twilight turns the water to mist.
Mosquitoes hum, a cool breeze
grazes the hair on my arms.
Laughter echoes off steep walls,
the three of us pull close
for one last photograph.
“You are lucky to have her,” she told me.
White winter night,
bundled beneath down comforters,
the warmth of your skin sizzles against mine.
silent monarch wings –
top of Minnehaha Falls
drowning in summer
-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, January 4th, 2015
-related to post haiku 4 (one-a-day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Bones, Books, Creative Nonfiction, Dreams, Life, Personal, Practice, Reading, Writing Practices, tagged circles, Deena Metzger, don't be tossed away, everyday objects as muse, Everyday Sacred, feelings of being lost, letting go, Sue Bender, the art of listening, the practice of reading on January 2, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Listen In Circles, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
I am reading a book of essays that Gail gave me on the different ways that artists make a living. Their studios, how they obtain money, do they have day jobs. It’s good to read because it reminds me of all the ways that artists and writers make their art and writing work with the rest of their lives. It’s humbling. And it teaches me not to give up. I’ve been experimenting with doing nothing really, nothing but practice. I keep up my haiku practice. I do some writing practice but not every day. I do no specific art, no photography, no writing. I want to see how it makes me feel inside to give these things up. It’s a long break, a hiatus from identifying as an artist. It’s good to take a break sometimes. What I am noticing is that it relieves a lot of pressure. Pressure to be something else, to be doing something else besides living day to day. It does relieve pressure. But it hasn’t brought me peace. I look to another day, a small room of my own. Maybe that’s dreaming an unrealistic dream. I don’t know. All I have is this moment. This one moment. In this moment, I end a writing practice and move on.
When I feel lost, I go back to what I know. Back to my practices. Back to Beginner’s Mind. I am rereading Everyday Sacred by Sue Bender. She writes and sketches her journey with the begging bowl. The image of the bowl became the image of the book. The empty bowl, waiting to be filled.
Stories move in circles. They don’t go in straight lines. So it helps if you listen in circles. There are stories inside stories and stories between stories, and finding your way through them is as easy and as hard as finding your way home. And part of the finding is the getting lost. And when you’re lost, you start to look around and to listen.
-quote by Deena Metzger from Everyday Sacred by Sue Bender
-posted on red Ravine, Friday, January 2nd, 2015
Posted in 13 Moons, Holidays, Life, Poetry, Practice, Seasons, Spirituality, Wake Up, tagged 5lines, endings, gogyohka, new beginnings, New Moon, Solstice Fire, Yule fire on December 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Winter Solstice Fire, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
the longest night—
rest peacefully, knowing
none of the prophets
-posted on red Ravine at the New Moon on Winter Solstice,
Sunday, December 21st, 2014
-related to post: haiku 4 (one-a-day) Meets renga 52
Posted in Animals & Critters, Haiku, Nature, Poetry, Practice, Seasons, Secrets, Silence, Things That Fly, tagged 5lines, Charles Anderson, dragonflies, dragonfly migration, gogyohka, Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, nature as muse, prehistoric insects, summer, the magic of mystery, The Nature Conservancy, Wandering Glider on August 8, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Wandering Glider, Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
in purple rain–
migrating thousands of miles
to sit still in my garden
Dragonflies have existed for over 300 million years. According to the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, about 16 of the 326 dragonfly species in North America are regular migrants, some traveling hundreds to thousands of miles each year. The major migratory species in North America are: common green darner (Anax junius), wandering glider (Pantala flavescens), spot-winged glider (Pantala hymenaea), black saddlebags (Tramea lacerata), and variegated meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum). Learn more about the mystery of dragonfly migration at The Nature Conservancy piece, Dragonfly Migration: A Mystery Citizen Scientists Can Help Solve, and at Dragonflies That Fly Across Oceans, a TED talk by biologist Charles Anderson.
-posted on red Ravine, Friday, August 8th, 2014