Morning Haiku and Waka – American Memorabilia – October 6, 2015

St. Louis

my first baseball game
watching the Cardinals lose
at Busch Stadium

little Italy
even in St. Louis
walking on the Hill

an Illinois fall
vast fields of soy and sorghum
stunning red tree tops
a tornado siren screams
deer walking Cambria’s streets

© G.s.k. ‘15

Wal-Mart ®

in the early dawn – shopping
cleaning the cart with Wipies ®
an old man in pyjamas
four litres of milk

in the early dawn – shopping
among blankets and donuts
computers, clothes and cell phones
don’t forget the bling

cleaning the cart with Wipies ®
this odd modern novelty
fear of germs and terrorists
pulsing every where

an old man in pyjamas
in the supermarket lanes
imagine an Italian
red-faced with shame

four litres of milk
all in one huge container
everything’s bigger here
walking for miles in Wal-Mart ®

© G.s.k. ‘15

I’d been away from the United States since 1979.  When I arrived, the first thing I noticed of course was the TSA, something that had not existed the last time I’d been home.  A couple in the line before me had a small child and the child, a bottle of milk, which they had to throw in the trash.   I had a box full of rings in my hand bag (we were told to carry valuables in our hand luggage) a beeper beeped and three guards jumped out and told me to open my bag and step back – slowly. A guard took out the box of rings (and just about everything else) and when I tried to help her open it another guard began to shout at me.  They asked me what they were.  I told them – rings (?).  They took my fingerprints – I was worried they’d take my rings too … one never knows what dastardly damage I could have done with them.

bling and baby’s formula
flying in the States

© G.s.k. ‘15

(Well, I got carried away with my American Memorabilia and didn’t follow our guest writer very well in his style and spirit … I may try later.)

Carpe Diem Special #171 Cor van den Heuvel’s “baseball”

The goal of CD Special is to try to write a haiku in the same spirit as the poet presented .. today we read about Cor van den Heuvel in the featured article … and here are some of this haiku from which to be inspired:


conference on the mound
the pitcher looks down
at the ball in his hand

pitcher and catcher
head for the dugout
the batter stares at his bat

© Cor van den Heuvel (from: baseball)

shading his eyes
the wooden Indian looks out
at the spring rain

late autumn-
sunlight fades from a sandbank
deep in the Woods

© Cor van den Heuvel

Sunday Painting the Town Red! Saint Louis Mo U.S.A.


Today to paint the town red, I chose St. Louis Missouri.  The photo was taken during my trip to visit my sister back in September of 2010.  I took the original and processed it 4 times collaging it three on a texture that Leanne Cole had donated to Public Domain Tectures a great new blog created by Joseph Thomas to allow photographers to use the great textures that are donated to his blog to creatie new extraordinary compositions!  I took Leanne’s texture and then tinted it red and made it the background for the original collage.

Here are the two original photos:

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Sunday morning game
creating red towns for play
Leanne and Joseph, thanks!

Have a great Sunday!

Free Verse: Ghost Lady

Ghost lady

Free Verse

Ghost lady

One day in St. Louis

I went to have a bite

the place was so exciting

I thought I’d take some


I’m sure I didn’t see you

I’m sure we’ll never meet

but you came up in my archives

and started me wondering…

how often do I walk

along a road or path

how often might I sit

in a crowded bar

or café

but it’s as though

I ‘m alone

I ignore those

around me

lost up in



until something happens

that brings to my attention

like just now,

 a ghost



remind me,

others were always there.