January, Droid Shots, St.Paul, Minnesota, January 2016, photo © 2016 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
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Posted in 13 Moons, Animals & Critters, Bones, Haiku, Photography, Place, Practice, Seasons, Wake Up, Writing Practices, tagged daily practices, fire, fox, haiga, nature as muse, the practice of poetry on March 8, 2015 | 2 Comments »
We sat in a circle around a ring of snow, inside a ring of stones, inside a ring of kindling. It was damp outside. The moon rose in a foggy black and white photo over the house to the east. The fire felt good on my bones. After a while, my feet got cold but it didn’t seem to bother me. I saw something hop and trot, then stop. Is that a fox? I said. It is, it’s coming our way. The fox stared and came right for us. It walked close to the fire, headed to the next yard, and circled back. Susan said she had put out a lamb shank earlier in the day. The fox must have smelled it. The shank was gone. The fox came close to the spot where it had been and dug up a bone out of the snow, crunched on it. The fox was small and petite. A month or so ago, I saw a fox at Lake Como near the Conservatory over lunch. I watched it for a good fifteen minutes before it disappeared into a grove of trees. After the petite fox left, we saw another fox out on the pond in the distance. Then we heard them barking to each other across the ponds that are Twin Lakes.
-haiga & excerpt from today’s writing practice posted on redRavine, Sunday, March 8th, 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 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 Body, Bones, Death, Life, Place, Practice, Wake Up, tagged 35W Bridge Remembrance Garden, bridges, finding our way around death, I remember, I-35 Bridge Collapse, I-35 Bridge Memorial, In Memorial, Julia Blackhawk, life & death, Minneapolis at night, Minneapolis bridge collapse, names, summer nights on August 1, 2014 | 2 Comments »
I-35 Bridge Memorial, Droid Shots, 35W Bridge Remembrance Garden, Minnesota, July 2014, photo © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
Our lives are not only defined by what happens, but by how we act in the face of it, not only by what life brings us, but by what we bring to life. Selfless actions and compassion create enduring community out of tragic events.
Julia Blackhawk, Poem For Julia, Droid Shots, 35W Bridge Remembrance Garden, Minnesota, July 2014, photo © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
Read more about the Memorial and the names of the 13 people who died at the piece: I-35 Bridge – 5 Years Later – I Remember.
-posted on red Ravine, August 1st, 2014
Posted in Death, Dreams, Haiku, Holding My Breath, Life, Photography, Practice, Seasons, Wake Up, tagged Death as a new beginning, haiga, images of flowers, losing a friend, spring days, the practice of haiku on May 31, 2014 | 3 Comments »
Finally. Spring. , Droid Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2014, photos © 2014 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.
beneath the weight of her death
a blossoming light
-posted on red Ravine, Saturday, May 31st, 2014