A Sea Dirge – Lento – Shadorma Wordle – November 6, 2015

water submersible maiden –
daughter of kelp, wakame and nori
mater of ungainly migrations caused by a
seawater plexus of nickels and dimes – muore.

moan you who’ve mutilated the sea she said
atone for your destructive ways, make haste,
groan for the phases change nonchalantly
dethroned you will inevitably for this waste.

in the sea
where life once began
like off-brown
lentamente poisons form
a lifeless desert

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie: Wordle and B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond

A Lento consists of two quatrains with a fixed rhyme scheme of
abcb, defe;

All the FIRST words of each verse should rhyme.

1.Water 2. Submersible 3. Kelp 4. Migration 5. Plexus (a network, as of nerves or blood vessels. any complex structure containing an intricate network of parts: the plexus of international relations.) 6. Ungainly 7. Nonchalant 8. Mutilate 9. Nickel 10. Melanin (any of a class of insoluble pigments, found in all forms of animal life,that account for the dark color of skin, hair, fur, scales, feathers, etc. I for one have very little and therefore cannot tan despite sun exposure.)11. Phase

12. The last word I want you to invent (give a definition in the beginning). If you are fluent in a language other than English you can alternatively teach us a special word in that language. These words will be gathered up for future use ,-).  My word is lentamente and it means slowly in Italian. (Muore means dies – nori is an alga)

OctPoWriMo Day 19 (A Solitary Beach) – Cascade Form – October 19, 2015


On a solitary beach I watch the waves
Their swelling and ebbing reminds me of life
In this moment that is the here and now

Wheeling in the space between the clouds
A sea gull’s plaintive cry filters down to me
On a solitary beach as I watch the waves

The swelling waves crash on the shore
And in their ebb leave flotsam treasure troves
Their swelling and ebbing reminds me of life

Gulls and waves and flotsam combine
In a mystical whirling dancing vision of time
In this moment that is the here and now

© G.s.k. ‘15


Please take note that I will be going away for my son’s graduation ceremony in Padua and will not be able to link on Wednesday and Thursday, though I will schedule my daily poems for OctPoWriMo and will link them on the proper days upon my return.  Thanks – Bastet.

This poem is written in the Cascade form  which was created by Udit Bhatia, and is all about receptiveness, but in a smooth cascading way like a waterfall. The poem does not have any rhyme scheme; therefore, the layout is simple. Say the first verse has three lines. Line one of verse one becomes the last line of verse two. To follow in suit, the second line of verse one becomes the last line of verse three. The third line of verse one now becomes the last line of verse four, the last stanza of the poem. See the structure example below:

a/b/c, d/e/A, f/g/B, h/i/C

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sea (3)

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This is the third and las submission this week dedicated to Polignano, Puglia.  I’ve linked you to Wikipedia so you can read up a little about this fascinating little sea town.

These photos were taken from a “belvedere” looking out onto the sea and along the coast line of the town itself.  I was fascinated with all the underground grottos that are dug right under the city by the sea and I  think you too will be taken with this enchanting aspect!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief vacation to the beautiful southern sea of the boot of Italy!  Before you go, take a sec to look at some of these other great seascapes!  Ciao!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (2)

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This is my second submission from Puglia, we’re always in Polignano, but today in the water!

Click on the pixs for close-ups!  😉

Now, that we’ve cooled off in the water, let’s go see some other great seascapes!

Haibun: The Sea Kami

the port


The Sea Kami

The catamaran was ready to sail, we’d filled the tanks with fresh water and the galley with foodstuff.  All the regular tasks from mending sails to checking lines had been done.  The hull had been cleaned and we’d painted, patched and polished until we could see our image in the brass work, the Mary Jane looked brand new.

I’d added a new selection of books, carefully selected to keep everyone happy.  We’d even added a solar panel that would assure that we had enough electricity stored up in two special battery packs, so that we could watch a film now and again, but most importantly have our radio and GPS navigator and tracking unit always on.  We’d planned to leave that evening, but there was a storm warning out so we postponed, battening down the hatches, making sure she was well secured to her moorings.

The storm hit at midnight.  What should have been a reasonably mild storm quickly turned into a gale force 10.  The violence of the wind knocked down power lines leaving the whole area in darkness, the howling of the wind was nearly deafening.  A tree was up-rooted and fell onto our front porch.  When it finally passed around noon the next day, we went to the port to see how the Mary Jane had fared.

We knew at a glance the news could not be good.  Many other crafts had been pulled from their moorings and were piled up on the shore.  We were stunned, without hope.  Then, we saw the sight we’d never thought to see, The Mary Jane was still at her mooring.  The main mast was damaged, she’d been scraped a bit, but she was still in the water.  Our trip may be delayed, but not cancelled!

impetuous winds
uprooting trees in its rage
our sea Kami smiled

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (1)

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

The sea, it’s always fascinating to people, and how much more so to the Italians!

Here are three photographs which I want to share with you today, there will be nine in all, three at a time, of Polignano a sea village in Puglia, which is found on the heel of Italy.

Hope you liked the first installment!

Here are other great participants:

  1. Sea // Balance {Photo Challenge} | Clicky Chick Creates
  2. Take me to the Sea | The Beauty Along the Road
  3. discovery | yi-ching lin photography
  4. the PEEP SHOW | Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | the TRASH BASH
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea Change | Love in the Spaces
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | hek reschberger – more than light
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  8. Photo of the Month : High Tides in Saint-Malo | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  9. Meeting Matthew | Taking One Day At A Time
  10. WORTH RESPECTING | bluebrightly
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea – Discovering Ranch Life ~ Photography
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Edge of the Forest
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Sea… | Lakshmi Loves To Shop
  14. Surrendering to Each Moment | IMAGES & WORDS
  15. Sunset – Weekly Photo Challenge: SEA | Summerfield84’s English blog
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | The Mediterranean Sea North of Barcelona | The Journey of My Feet
  17. Flying On Empty Thoughts | In My Element.
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea. Photos and Poetry 9 | Helen’s Photomania Blog
  19. Sea – Ventnor, NJ Weekly Photo Challenge | Linda Long Writes!
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Oh, the Places We See . . .
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Oh, the Places We See . . .
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Last Train to QVille
  23. Weekly photo challenge: Sea | La chica de la burbuja
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | mightwar
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge – Sea | Canoe Communications
  26. Whales at Sea | dadirridreaming
  27. weekly photo challenge: color palettes of the sea | bob’s wife
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Southern Sea Muse
  29. Bring Me That Horizon | Wiley’s Wisdom
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge – Sea | Endless Skys
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | WINDA & HER STORIES
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Overcoming Bloglessness
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | HeartBound
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Pinkpodster Ponders
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Solitary Spinster
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | Shmamaland
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea | rodocarda