Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Magic

The magic mirror of shaman Queen used in ancient Japanese rituals
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Magic may have lots of meaning to different people. It influenced daily lives and rituals of ancient cultures. Religion and magic lived side by side. Priest, religious leaders practiced magic. For many centuries magic was associated with the supernatural or the occult.


 
Monarch Butterfly Migration
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We still believe in magic with a changed attitude.
Hasn’t Nature hidden magic only for those who have eyes to see?
Aren’t those moments magical when we are awestruck by viewing something or by meeting someone?






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Magic today is an art of illusion to be performed on stage or in the street for the purpose of entertainment.


What images come to your mind when you utter the word magic? Is it a stage and a performer? A sleight of hands? Illusions? Or is it something different?


Let us explore the world of magic in our writing and all that it means to us. So this week's prompt is Magic.

A couple of poems for inspiration:


Delight is as the Flight

Emily Dickinson

Delight is as the flight
Or in the ratio of it
As the Schools would say
The Rainbows way

Rest of the poem here
          

Upstairs

Carl Sandburg

I too have a garret of old playthings.
                 I have tin soldiers with broken arms upstairs.
                I have a wagon and the wheels gone upstairs.
                       I have guns and a drum, a jumping-jack and a magic lantern.
           And dust is on them and I never look at them upstairs.
I too have a garret of old playthings.





Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community.














Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Clouds

This week I want us all to think about the beauty and wonder of clouds.




The wonder of the sitting in a field and just gazing into a sky full of drifting clouds.

Do clouds spark the imagination in you?

The sky on some days may be so thick of rain clouds but as Paul Davis once said, ““The sun always shines above the clouds.” 

Are clouds gloomy to you, do you find them depressing are you longing for the unclouded bright blue day, “And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day.”  Emily Brontë.

Lailah Gfty Akita looks forward in hope, to her every day is a new opportunity and clouds have endless possibilities.  “The beauty of white clouds: Every morning brings new clouds and sunshine.”


What do you see when you look at clouds? Recently my daughter pointed out an Elephant in the sky, and sure enough the clouds had formed themselves into an Elephant.

Take a few moments and transport yourself into the world of clouds, listen to David Gates, and immerse yourself in the awesome wonder of clouds.


So this week drift into the world of clouds and write whatever you want on the wonder above us.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Harvest Time

"The Apple Harvest" - Carl Larsson -1903 (public domain)
This is the season  that we here in the Midwestern U.S.A. are really enjoying the beautiful and rich harvest. Is it the same elsewhere?  We have excellent farm markets in various locations different days a week.  I love the fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, beans, squash, cabbage, etc. Some are large markets and some are smaller.  Some are frantic and busy and others are relaxed and social.

Produce from a nearby farmers' market



What I would like you to write about this week can be either about the harvest itself, a particular harvest festival you know of or have experienced, the farm market experience, or perhaps particular fruits or vegetables grown in your area that are ripening now.  Or perhaps write about the preserving / canning of fruits or vegetables that many do, though I know more people did this in the past.

Red Vineyards at Arles - Vincent Van Gogh - 1888 - (public domain)


I know that in the southern hemisphere it is not harvest season right now.  I do hope you have some recollections or reflections.



I look forward to a bountiful harvest of poetry this week!