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unveiling (haibun)

Originally posted on Traces of the Soul:

This prompt is inspired by Fuyuko Tomita  who says, ” Actors we all are” at Carpe Diem Special.  Here is her Tanka:

Hito wa mina/onore o utsusu/ kagami nari/mina sariyukuyo to/emishi hito wamo

Actors we all are, she said
mirrors to reflect
each other
We all leave the stage, she said
and left a smile in mine
© Fuyuko Tomita


Image of Compassion "My muse and I" Image of Compassion   “My muse and I”

We do wear masks in life as we  perform day after day.  It is what adults do, non? When I was grieving my step-father and my children were young, I would mask my sorrow until they went to bed. I would wait to go for a long walk or drive to the cemetery.  When I am on the bus or train, I would usually try to refrain from showing emotions.

As I age, I don’t wear my mask as much. I do at work most of the…

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unveiling (haibun)

unveiling (haibun).

Rasam/Soup – Roasted peanuts and Onion

Originally posted on Chitra's Healthy Kitchen:



The Creamy, Comforting and spicy vegan stew. They Made with a simple combination of  roasted peanut, tangy tamarind paste and chunky onions.  This stew comes together quickly and would be a great weeknight meal.

It doesn’t require much prep and the hot sauce cuts down on the total number of ingredients, so it’s perfect for cold days and lazy weeknights.

Health benefits:

Dry-roasted peanuts are good sources of essential nutrients and helps lowering your risk for heart disease. While research is still preliminary and results are conflicting, consuming peanuts may also lower your risk for diabetes, cancer and gallstone disease, according to an article published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in March 2009.

Yields: 2-3 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

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Roses are red

Originally posted on Poet's Corner:

Poetry challenge: Valentines Day poem.

Submitted by Steve

Roses are red, violets are blue
Here’s a short poem I’ve written for you
These words, they are here to bring you a smile
To make you feel special and loved for awhile

I’m sorry I didn’t buy roses today
But money’s a little bit tight as you say
So I chose a more fiscally sound endeavor
Some words on a page that will last you forever

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A Valentine Handmaiden

Originally posted on Poet's Corner:

Lord you see me as I am.
Struggling within mortal wings.
A weak vessel.

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36 words

Originally posted on Poet's Corner:

Poetry challenge – Valentine’s day poem


You’re my soulmate, my wisdom
my solace, my calm
You’re the morning to my every day

Mere words cannot capture
the depth of a love
that has grown in every way

I love you. Be mine?

Photo by Jempics

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Originally posted on Poet's Corner:


I watched rain across water
From a darkening sky
with the sound of the sea
and thunder close by

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