Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku


April 2015

The Beatitudes

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #45, The Beatitudes


blessed will be the man
who uses his money
to feed the poor 


blessed will be the man
whose empathy is used
to comfort others


blessed are all
who work towards peace
to silence violence


she sweeps away
sorrow with her smile
infecting all


who will wipe
the innocent tears
championing justice

Full Circle – Sunflower Reflection

Carpe Diem Full Circle # 1 Sunflower Reflection

1. sunflower
2. rain storm
3. puddles
4. beach
5. waves
6. making love
7. seagulls
8. rain storm
9. lightning
10. mountain
11. peony
12. nightingale


ripened sunflower
head bent in rainstorm
seeds fall in puddles


on a sandy beach
waves caress our feet
while love making


seagulls scatter
before approaching rainstorm
wings tipped with lightening


mountain laurel
and peony in bloom
nightingale warbles



Carpe Diem # 713 Devotion

with gentle care
you feed and bath your spouse
who no longer knows you

“Difficulties are God’s errands; and when we are sent upon them we should esteem it a proof of God’s confidences-as a compliment from him.” ~Henry Ward Beecher~


pruning the rose bush
planted when you were born
hoping for a return


in the backyard
among the birds I praise you
with psalms

Lyrid Meteor Shower

Lyrid Meteor Shower

It’s dark out and I pull on my winter coat and grab a lawn chair to lay on and head down the porch steps. I search for the darkest spot of the yard and set up. The big dipper is above my head shining brightly. My husband comes out later waving his flashlight about and sets up a chair. He returns to the house to look for blankets. His return stirs up the neighbors dogs whose barking cuts the cold air. A light from the neighbors on the other side comes on. I think the bulb must have come from a searchlight. I angle my chair so the light doesn’t blind me.I look at the blanket my husband hands me. Hardly believing he would pull the new white comforter off the guest bed when there are extra blankets stacked around the house and next to the guest bed. I roll my eyes in the dark and say nothing.

We gaze at the heavens for about twenty minutes and see two meteors. It’s cold so we decide we will call it at three. I wait laying on the lawn chair in my coat and with the blanket pulled up over most of my face. The cold air blows up and around me, and I shiver. It is hard to believe in mid April you would need a blanket and coat to keep warm. My teeth start to chatter and we give up, hurrying into the house stirring up the dogs again

The lyrid meteors is the dust from the comet Thatcher. This comet was first recorded in 1861.

we look up
beneath a waxing moon
Lyrid meteor


Carpe Diem #712 Lotus


closed blossom
waits to taste the world’s delights
not yet self aware


petals unfurl
delights of the world fade
blossom matures

lotus flower

lotus in glory
reflecting light
petals opened


Carpe Diem #711 Harmony

amaryllis flower
magic of your spirit
bringing harmony

Cinderella_amaryllisCredit Wikimedia

N. Scott Momaday’s “the Delight Song of Tsoai-talee”

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #44, N. Scott Momaday’s “the Delight Song of Tsoai-talee” CD-Distillation

The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee

I am a feather on the bright sky
I am the blue horse that runs in the plain
I am the fish that rolls, shining, in the water
I am the shadow that follows a child
I am the evening light, the lustre of meadows
I am an eagle playing with the wind
I am a cluster of bright beads
I am the farthest star
I am the cold of dawn
I am the roaring of the rain
I am the glitter on the crust of the snow
I am the long track of the moon in a lake
I am a flame of four colors
I am a deer standing away in the dusk
I am a field of sumac and the pomme blanche
I am an angle of geese in the winter sky
I am the hunger of a young wolf
I am the whole dream of these things

You see, I am alive, I am alive
I stand in good relation to the earth
I stand in good relation to the gods
I stand in good relation to all that is beautiful
I stand in good relation to the daughter of Tsen-tainte
You see, I am alive, I am alive

© N. Scott Momaday

in the cold of dawn
the rain roars to the lake
young wolves hunger


as shadows fall
the long track of the moon
shimmers on a fish 


my blue pony
races in the evening light
dreams revived



Carpe Diem Time Machine # 8 PerfumeDSC_0120

after the spring rains
the smell of earth in my hands
bruised mint wafting



sweet honeysuckle
drenching the air
on a humid night



the faint aroma
of the locus tree blossoms
perfumes the breeze


Carpe Diem Wisdom 708

IMG_1151Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 


give thanks
wisdom of the past
gracing your deeds



But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17


be sincere
with peace in your heart
growing in wisdom



Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding; for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. Proverbs 3:13-14


wisdom folds her hands
blessing those who seek her
with understanding

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