A Passing Year – choka – December 31, 2014


A Passing Year (Choka)

the death of another year
what was
what might have been
happy joyous smiles
dark thunderous exchanges
new-born babes
acts of war
moments of peace
new friends made
losing sight of dear loved ones
joys and tragedies
often humdrum boredom

departing year
pasted in a scrapbook
entitled life
sitting in her rocking chair
the old lady remembers

© G.s.k. ‘14

Happy New Year!

Linked to: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

A special Just a Note: Blog of the Year Award 2013

A month or so ago I was nominated by three great bloggers for the Blog of the Year Award 2013.  As everyone knows I don’t do awards but I said I would do this one…in my own time.  And that time has come!

First of all to the the dear bloggers who nominated me I’d like to thank you very much for your kind mention…and you who are reading this post can go and visit them here:

Morgan: In the Spirit of the Season

Amreen Shaikh: Feeling Elated


The rules:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

The blogs whom I would consider blogs of the year stuff are:

The Paperbook Blog by Jayde Ashe  Its been fascinating watching this blog grow and how Jayde has worked so hard to create her e-zine.  I love her posts and enjoy her reviews.  Thanks Jayde for a great blog!

The Poet’s Corner by Harry – Here is a blog that has been opened by Harry, a fantastic blogger and poet.  The blog is administered by Harry but each poet who writes directly for the blog have their own category and write directly for the blog.  It’s been a great experience to meet and write with so many great people!

Friday Fictioneers by Rochelle A wonderfully simple prompt write:  100 words for the photo that is presented each week…Rochelle leads the way writing her 100 words, and they are usually very moving!

We Drink Because We’re Poets by Sahm King this blog is not only a blog that inspires writers and photographers wot do their thing , but it is also a blog that features poets, has a daily quote that makes me smile very often and places I’ve never even been to but are there to be explored!

I’ve chosen to nominate service blogs…blogs that promote bloggers.  There are really so many that I’m sure that some of the greatest blogs have been forgotten.  I’d like to also mention here:  The Speakeasy, Trefecta Challenge, Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, and  Ese’s Voice: Ligo Haibun. In fact there are really so many that I would invite you to link here your favorite service blog!

Do you have a favorite prompt site…feel free to write the link here in my comments…I’d like to meet them too!

Happy New Year!




Double Tetractys: New Year

Double Tetractys

New Year

We will
The old year ends…
Fireworks and auld lang syne greet the passing!
And though we know not what she may augur.
We greet the new.
Open armed!
We will


Ray Stebbings the inventor of the Tetractys wrote:  “Euclid, the mathematician of classical times, considered the number series 1, 2, 3, 4 to have mystical significance because its sum is 10, so he dignified it with a name of its own – Tetractys. The tetractys could be Britain’s answer to the haiku. Its challenge is to express a complete thought, profound or comic, witty or wise, within the narrow compass of twenty syllables.”
“Tetractys, a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing, consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Tetractys can also bereversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1″ Shadow Poetry

I find it interesting that so many wish to create a Western alternative to the haiku…just a thought.

Just a Note: December 30, 2013

Hello World!

This is the last Just a Note of the year!  Fantastic!  And to think that in a few days I’ll be blogging for a year! Wow…how time flies.

In last week’s Just a Note I was able to mention many of those who have influenced me in one way or another, and there isn’t much to be added, except I’m glad I did it then, as I’m still not back up to par after catching the flu for Christmas!  Or did the flu catch me for Christmas…what ever.

I hope you all had a great Christmas holiday and got through the orgy in the best of fashions!  Hopefully no on fought with their in-laws or over-ate too much and the kiddies all had their batteries so no one had to run out to the store to buy them at the last-minute.

Now we come upon the last great effort…New Year’s Eve…the time of resolutions and partying.  We’re smack dab in the middle of the twelve days of Christmas…in Scotland we’d be calling this holiday Hogmanay…which I’ve discovered reading about.   That particular feast seems to have influenced the Italians…they have some of the same noisy customs as the Scots do. Tomorrow evening  for example at Riva del Garda the people will be dancing in the streets and the fireworks will go off at around 10 ’til 12!

The next morning here i Riva they do have a quaint custom which I haven’t heard about elsewhere…at noon on New Year’s Day a group of people dive into the lake from the center of town.

Of course with all the intermingling of creeds, beliefs and commercialism, a 100% honest tradition is really hard to come by.  In Riva they’ve been shooting off fireworks at New Years for I don’t know how long. But there’s no doubt that the reason the city spends so much in fireworks now,  is that it attracts tourists…the guys that dive into the lake on New Year’s day have been doing so the last 19 years…they’ve created their own little custom, and the interesting thing is that there are people who’ve taken up the tradition over the years!  Kind of interesting seeing the birth of a tradition.

Have a great time people.  Whatever you’ve planned do it safely.  Don’t go driving if you’ve been drinking…and be careful if you’re playing around with fireworks and rockets or shotguns as do some Hogmanay and New Year’s celebrators. Try not to blow yourself or some innocent away mixing your firewater with your fireworks. Seems some people don’t even need to be drunk to blow themselves away with poor quality fireworks…so we see each year in Italy!  I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Have a great week and a wonderful New year celebration!

Ciao!  Bastet