Sunday, November 23, 2014

Poetry Pantry #228

Photos Taken By Totomai Martinez

Sunrise at Panglao Beach

("Philippines has 7,107 islands and there are lots of beaches. This is taken in Panglao Beach, Bohol. 
I woke around 5 am, and waited for the sunrise. I was just starting in photography when I took this photo.")

Chocolate Hills in Bohol
("One of the popular tourist destinations in the Philippines is the Chocolate Hills. It seems unreal but really it’s true.
It was affected recently by an earthquake but I think it’s once again open for tourists viewing.")

Boracay Island
(Boracy Island is always included in one of the best beaches in the world. With its blue crystal waters,
white sand and stunning sunset, lots of foreigners visit this island.
Very popular during the Holy Week season – the peak of summer.")

Masskara Festival in Bacolod City

("This is my hometown and our city is known as the City of Smiles.
Masskara Festival was founded when our city was struck with calamities and tragedies.
We decided to cover our woes and pains with smiling masks.")

The Ruins in Bacolod City

("Known as Taj Mahal in the Philippines. This is an old mansion located in one of the sugarcane 
plantations. It has a rich story behind it and it’s about unconditional love too.")

Greetings, Poets!

This next Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the United States.  Thanksgiving should be, in my opinion, the beginning of the lead-up to Christmas; but it seems as if we have had many Christmas decorations and products in store since right after Halloween.  Sigh.  We have had a bout of extremely cold weather, and it looks like we will be having another rough winter here.  But...for those of you in the United States, do have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Glad to see each of you here this week for Poetry Pantry.  It is always enjoyable for me to get to know you through your poetry; and I hope you feel the same.

This week I am sharing photos taken by Totomai Martinez.  (I will resume with Bjorn's series next week.)  Totomai came from the Philippines but has been working in Japan for almost 8 years now.
In his introduction to his photos, he said that the Philippines has 3 major geographical divisions, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  However, all of the photos shared today are from Visayas as he was born there.  In a few weeks I will be sharing his photos from Japan.  Thank you, Totomai!

For today, link your ONE poem.   Then leave a comment below.  And  be sure to visit others as well.

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Be sure to see what Sherry Blue Sky has to offer us on Monday.  Check out Susan's Midweek Motif on Wednesday.  And read Rosemary Nissen-Wade's feature on Friday.

The link for Poetry Pantry will close Monday at 12:00 p.m. (CDT), but you can still visit the links of those who have posted them.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 21, 2014

I Wish I'd Written This

Carnival in the Park
By Elizabeth Riddell (1910-1998)

Two thicknesses of dark trees and air
And then the flowering fair
With its bright blooms of light
Its trunks of wire and its mane-tossing horses
Galloping the summer pastures of the night.

The birds to make the music are shut in boxes
Silver paper falls in a silly stream,
The gold is gilt, the promises tissue paper
But in the soil sleeps the persistent grass
And when the trumpets and the showmen pass
It will thrust back to light.
Meanwhile the wooden hooves of the carnival horses
Gallop the summer pastures of the night.

Elizabeth Riddell was a well-known Australian literary figure, not only a noted poet but a celebrated journalist, who twice won the Walkley Award, Australia's most prestigious prize for journalism. She was also a winner of two other distinguished literary awards, the Kenneth Slessor prize for poetry and the Patrick White Award for her body of work.

She was of my parents' generation, and I often used to see her published poetry in journals and newspapers when I was growing up.

She was a New Zealander by birth, as so many distinguished Aussies are (but if they make their lives here later, we like to claim them as our own). She also spent some time in England, and during World War II lived and worked (as a journalist) in New York. She returned to Australia after the war ended.

The biographical entries in Wikipedia and Australian Biography are sparse, but at the opposite extreme the latter also offers the full transcript of a 1992 interview with Robert Hughes.

I'm glad to say her books are well represented at Amazon. I love the lyricism of her work, the fact that it is often somewhat mysterious and/or melancholy, and that it frequently deals with ships and the sea — though not in this particular piece, which instead suggests her enjoyment of the fantastical. I like the way she enjoys that without losing sight of the realer values exemplified by the grass.

I wish I'd written pretty much every poem she wrote!

I'll treat you to more of her beautiful verses from time to time, as it's so difficult to find any online. Our local library sells off old stock cheaply to patrons, and yesterday I was lucky enough to find her 'Selected Poems' for $1.

Poems and photos used in ‘I Wish I’d Written This’ remain the property of the copyright holders (usually their authors).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Health

“We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.” 
― Kurt VonnegutBreakfast of Champions

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Flag of the WHO (World Health Organization).

“All too often women believe it is a sign of commitment, an expression of love, 
to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive and forget.  In actuality, 
when we love rightly we know that the healthy, loving response 
to cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of harm's way.” 

“We still counted happiness and health and love and luck 
Médecins Sans Frontières
and beautiful children as "ordinary blessings.” 
― Joan DidionBlue Nights

Midweek Motif ~ Health

Your challenge: Center a poem on 
health ~ even if you must begin with disease. 

PS: Today is also World Toilet Day.  Yes.  Feel free to write to a motif of toilets or lack of them.   Many in the world have no toilets or sanitary systems.  Water  (link) is doing something about it.  Here's a song:  

There is health in thy gray wing,
Health of nature’s furnishing.
Say, thou modern-winged antique,
Was thy mistress ever sick?
In each heaving of thy wing
Thou dost health and leisure bring,
Thou dost waive disease and pain
And resume new life again.

We here at Progressive Health would like to thank you   
For being one of the generous few who've promised   
To bequeath your vital organs to whoever needs them.   

Now we'd like to give you the opportunity   
To step out far in front of the other donors   
By acting a little sooner than you expected, 
. . . .
(Read the rest HERE at the Poetry Foundation.) 

For those who are new to Poets United:  
  1. Post your new health poem on your site, and then link it here.
  2. If you use a picture include its link.  
  3. Share only original and new work written for this challenge. 
  4. Leave a comment here.
  5. Visit and comment on our poems.
(Next week's Midweek Motif is Gratitude)

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