Saturday, April 20, 2019

Day 20, NaPoWriMo

Three random leafy spots;
  three tiny poems
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London leaves grey and hiding
Served the best
Earned their rest
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Southern USA leaves still green
Working so hard
Green year around
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My backyard Roses puny and yellow
They're underfed
But watered to much
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 - Photo and Poem Copyright,  Jimmiehov 2015, 2012 (photos) and 2019 (poems), All Rights Reserved
 - I am linked with Magaly Guerrero in the Imaginary Garden at
 - and with NaPoWriMo, Day 20, at

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Day 19 ~~ NaPoWriMo ~~ an A,B,C,D,E ... Form Flash Poem

Letting go now 

Always on the go 
But slowed a bit somewhat 
Caring not for much anymore 
Death should not be an option 
Earth no longer wanted me 
Flirting with pills and vodka 
Guns not in the picture 
Have no time for remorse 
Ice too solid no breaking through 
Justice is no more 
Killing myself goodbye unkind world 
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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved 
 - And also linked with NaPoWriMo

 - This is a Flash Poem with exactly 55 Words sans the title per 's request 
 - It is also an A,B,C,D,E ... Form Poem with the first line starting with the letter "A" and has each following line with its respective alphabet letter per our NaPoWriMo host suggestion. 

 - You might notice that I am a bit down this morning but not as much so as the "Poet" writing was.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Day 18 ~~ NaPoWriMo ~~ Poem

Elegy to our Hibiscus;
queen and pride of our back yard

Oh Hibiscus our lovely guard
You were the joy of our backyard
We miss you so much since you're gone
We honor you in praise and song
What per chance was your fate to be
We didn't know not clear to me
Fate has made you subject to cold
Gone, dead forever, were so bold
It isn't fair to us humans
To lose our prime joy of lumens
Forever we thought smile you'd bring
Mother Nature robbed us this spring
[destiny (question, conclusion or implication)]
For us you'll live still in two ways
Mulch pile welcomes, your fiber stays
New kid in town your beauties pin
And we still find joy from your kin
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 - Photo and Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved
 - and I'm linked with NaPoWriMo at 

 - I've never written an elegy before and had to investigate everything that I had time for, including a definition.  Googling helped a lot but then reading has to stop and test out what we've learned.  I liked the topic division [in parentheses for your understanding help and a guide for e while writing] from .

 - Quite a few suggested writing with didactic hexameter and didactic decimeter but I didn't do that.  And was interesting in the use of  "Five Steps to Writing and Elegy" which was similar but different to the first site I mentioned.  Most recommend a quatrain with the rhyme scheme ABAB written in iambic pentameter for pleasant sounds when reading.  
[our backyard, Hibiscus on the left]

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Day 17 ~~ NaPoWriMo

[Istanbul dog # 1, click picture to enlarge]
The Mind Is Its Own Beautiful Prisoner; 
not all thoughts are of humans 

Walking the streets of Istanbul
I was feeling sorrow tugging 
for the many dogs sleeping nearby
Dare I take action there and then

The first was tied a grimy rope
Took him away gave him some food
Biscuits only, he gobbled three
Rest was easy six dogs in all

Unaccustomed to best of care
Became their master in a day
While they ate some pangs I would feel 
Did their former owners await

Waiting for their pets to come home
Guilt, mind prisoner to canine souls
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 - Poem title first used by e.e. cummings, his poem in Sanaa's link below
 - Photos and Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2013 (photos) and 201 (poem), All Rights Reserved

 - Dogs of Istanbul, all the dogs posted are from my blogs.  Several of the dog pictures were taken from the streets of Istanbul.  A blog search post link.    This post of our 2013 Istanbul visit has reproduced from my copy of Mark Twain's "Letter # 22" found in my book, his "Letters from the Holy Land...".  In it he commented of the many dogs he found sleeping on the streets of the then Constantinople.
[Istanbul dog # 2]
[Istanbul dog #'s 3 and 4] 
[Istanbul dog # 5]
[Istanbul dog # 6]
[Italian dog near Mt. Vesuvius]
[Dog at the Dubrovnik, Croatia,  airport]
[Street Dog to be (moving out kid's,) 
outside grocery store, Conroe, Texas]
[Adi, my deceased (2013) Beagle Dog buddy]

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Day 16 ~~ NaPoWriMo

The Kleptomanic;
story,  fact or fiction?

I have a problem, two problems
I am a Kleptomanic
I've been that way since I was born
Snatched cigarettes before I crawled

Not the worst, I've lost my status
When's the last time you heard that word,
Kleptomanic no one knows
Out of their vocabulary

It's still in the dictionary
Anymore it just isn't used
Kleptomaniacy's no excuse
Had I been Hypochondriac

The moral here is that no one,
really, no one cares for my plight
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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved
 - I'm linked with Anmol, aka HA, in the Imaginary Garden at
 - and also with NaPoWriMo,  Day 16, at

 - I'm hoping this post won't offend or be considered in bad taste. I woke up for some reason having Kleptomania on my mind.  Felt that I hadn't heard that word since I can't remember when.  Google says not many are afflicted by it.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Day 15~~ NaPoWriMo

A Snow Tale 

Our semi annual travel to the Midwest was a little tougher that year be cause of snowy conditions.  Our travel party was husband and wife with youthful daughter and a middle age Beagle dog named Adi.

We three humans from the Gulf Coast area of Texas would visit Colorado in wintertime for skiing vacations.  Adi always stayed home then, being boarded with relatives. 

But when we went to visit family north in the winter Adi would get to go, sometimes.  This time we ran into snow in Missouri, quite a little bit for us.  We drove and drove and finally stopped at a rest area for Nature's calls. 
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Adi was first to go
She'd never seen snow before
Learnt of it rear end first
After that she loved the snow
Drifts really tickled her fanny

Adi wakes from her nap for a photo op.
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 - Photo and Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2007 and 2018 respecively, All Riights Reserved
 - I'm linked with
 - and linked with NaPoWriMo, Day Fifteen, here,  Their Challenge is to write 30 poems, one a day, in April each year.

 - Toni's instructions for us, "Write a Haibun of 44 - to 150 words of some event in your life - a love gone wrong, birth of a child, a daily walk, a day out of a vacation...anything will work! Remember: Haibun are based on a true experience in your life; it is NOT flash fiction." My word count is 138, title, prose, and TankaThe Tanka is loose on syllable count, 33 vs. the 5-7-5-7-7 purist's count.  And it IS a Tanka instead of the usual Haiku or Senryū.
 - The picture is of our younger daughter.  Adi did come to play in the snow but she was already at her boarding house before this picture was taken.  Herman, Nebraska is a little town about 35 miles north of Omaha.  I was born and raised in a farm house up in the hills west of Herman.
 - The Farm

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Day 14 ~~ NaPoWriMo

]The neighborhood park just off Abbey Road]

Bumming around St. John's Wood;
a district in the City of Westminster, London (link) 
Walking down the streets of St. John's Wood
We'll take High Street first if we're hungry
Gelato shop is always welcome
A blackberry cone or use a spoon
Start or stop at the Library end
Drop off a book pick one up or read
Walk through city park and past the old church
We're bound for Regent's Park feed the ducks
Trapeze scholars may be out, practice
Take pictures of the bridges and folk 
Smell the flowers pick if we dare
Smile for mothers wave to the babies
Coming back we will exit the park**
and walk Kings Road to get back
Past the Cricket Field and then turn right
At Paul McCartney's house photo time
Left then right at the corner pass our flat
At the corner next Abbey Lane, wave
Wave to the camera***, to the home folk 
Cross with tourists, savor the aura  
**(or go right and visit Primrose Park
     View downtown London there from the hill)
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 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved
 - I'm linked with Margaret in the Imaginary Garden at where she has some beautiful pictures of her walk in Brooklyn, NYC USA
 - I'm also linked with the NaPoWriMo group at
 - I plan to post some pictures in the afternoon, have to find what I have.  For five years we would visit London a couple of times a year and stay with our daughter and her family for looong visits.

 - *** Camera Link,
[house on the left should be Paul McCartney's]
[on Circus Road, Abbey Road will be at
the corner, turn right Kids's flat is here,
the next year they moved to Abbey Road]
[This is a St. John's Wood park outside
the playground.  St. John's church also has one]
[The gelato store is about a 1/2 mile walk]

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