Monthly Archives: July 2016

Skylark – Friday’s Word of the Day Haiku

skylark

Today’s Dictionary.com word of the day is Skylark. I love, love, love today’s word. The Dictionary.com photo for today only shows the more recent definition of the word. The other definition refers to particular type of bird and I learned something wonderful and new today! I had no idea that skylarks are so named because of their unique quality of singing while flying and hovering high above the ground. Skylark the noun, which refers to this amazing bird, entered the English language in the late 1600’s. The verb version didn’t show up until two centuries later.

I have this recurring dream. In it I am always flying. It feels so real. I am swept up in the thrill of feeling my feet lift off the ground and ascent into the sky, higher and higher. Ironically, in my waking moments I have a debilitating fear of heights. My knees turn to jello and my head spins whenever I find myself in a high open place. But not in my dreams. In my dreams, I swoop and glide and take in the sights below…and I had not really thought about it before, but in my dreams, my heart sings.

When the burdens of life weigh me down I have this dream and am encouraged to rise above. When sorrow hangs like a dark cloud above me, I am encouraged to break through the clouds into the sunlight and beautiful cerulean blue sky, light as a feather, wind in my hair…and to let my heart and soul sing!

In my next life, I think I would like to be a skylark. Or perhaps my dreams are merely hinting at a previous incarnation to remind me that I have already learned to rise abover and to sing while flying!

Happy Friday to you! Have a wonderful weekend. Here’s my haiku!

Skylark Song

Next incarnation
oh let me be a skylark
flying high in song!

kat ~ 29 July 2016


you’ve been warned

Franz_Marc-In_the_Rain(Im_Regen)_(1912)

when planning for a lovely stroll,
with dog in tow,
to play some fetch
at river’s edge

take care to notice red dawn skies
-word to the wise-
you might regret
the plans you’ve set

if you ignore the coming storms
when you’ve been warned
you’ll feel the pain…
relentless rain.

kat ~ 27 July 2016

A Minute Poem for Jane Dougherty’s Poetry Challenge based on the painting by Franz Marc entitled “In the Rain”, including the following word prompts: Rain, Red, Relentless, River, Regrets.


Lock – Haiku Extremes

This week’s prompt for Haiku Horizon’s weekly challenge is the word Lock. Lock is one of those words that has multiple meanings or applications. I would venture to say, more than most! It can mean all of these things (from Dictionary.com):

As a Noun:
1. a device for securing a door, gate, lid, drawer, or the like in position when closed, consisting of a bolt or system of bolts propelled and withdrawn by a mechanism operated by a key, dial, etc.
2. a contrivance for fastening or securing something.
3. the mechanism that explodes the charge; gunlock; safety (def 4).
4. any device or part for stopping temporarily the motion of mechanism.
5. an enclosed chamber in a canal, dam, etc., with gates at each end, for raising or lowering vessels from one level to another by admitting or releasing water.
6. an air lock or decompression chamber.
7. complete and unchallenged control; an unbreakable hold.

8. Slang. someone or something certain of success; sure thing: He’s a lock to win the championship.
9.Wrestling. any of various holds, especially a hold secured on the arm,leg, or head:
leg lock.
10. Horology. (in an escapement) the overlap between a tooth of an escape wheel and the surface of the pallet locking it.
11. Metalworking. a projection or recession in the mating face of a forging die.

As a Verb (used with an object):
12.to fasten or secure (a door, window, building, etc.) by the operation of a lock or locks.
13.to shut in a place fastened by a lock or locks, as for security or restraint.
14.to make fast or immovable by or as if by a lock: He locked the steering wheel on his car.
15.to make fast or immovable, as by engaging parts: to lock the wheels of a wagon.
16.to join or unite firmly by interlinking or intertwining: to lock arms.
17.to hold fast in an embrace:She was locked in his arms.
18.to move (a ship) by means of a lock or locks, as in a canal (often followed by through, in, out, down, or up).

19.to furnish with locks, as a canal.
As a Verb (used without object)
20. to become locked: This door locks with a key.
21.to become fastened, fixed, or interlocked : gears that lock into place.
22. to go or pass by means of a lock or locks, as a vessel.
23. to construct locks in waterways.
So…of course I couldn’t write just ONE haiku. I give you two extremes of this very complex four-letter word.
lockofhair
Locks of Hair…

wispy locks of hair
pressed lovingly in vellum
strands of fine-spun gold
PhotofromtheNice

CNNWIRE Image from Nice, France

Locked and Loaded…
locked and loaded
terror rages in our streets
promote peace not walls

~kat – 26 July 2016

Magnetic Poetry Monday – 25 July 2016

tinydeaths

moon over my head
the goddess whispers
love on the wind
beneath the purple
blue sky…her
misty sprays of
cool, sweet rain urge
me to dream…to sleep
a thousand tiny deaths.

~kat – 25 July 2016


Shi Sai Sunday’s Week in ReVerse – 24 July 2016


It’s Sunday and time to look at the week that was. Here in the US many of us suffered through the boisterous culmination of a campaign, also known as the Republican National Convention. Well, I might be a bit biased. Perhaps it’s time for a Disclaimer and Apology…

Dear World,
Though it may be obvious, I feel compelled to mention that I am not of Republican Christian Right persuasion. That being said, please accept the apology of this bleeding heart, progressive liberal for the ugly spectacle that fomented across the airwaves from our broken country this past week.

There is an alternative reality that exists here…one of an inclusive, compassionate, respectful, peace and freedom-loving nature. And while we always knew that there was a dark poison lurking deep in the heart of our nation, I don’t believe any of us truly understood the pervasiveness of it until now.

If you are a praying person, please remember us (even as we remember you each time peace is ripped apart by violence or unrest and division where you live…this week, we remember our neighbor’s in Munich…)

It’s easy in the face of darkness to lose hope…but…(I love the word “but”) …but I also know that there is enough love and light in this world to overcome the darkness. It just takes a spark!

Peace, love and healing to us all. I believe in our capacity for goodness and I am inspired by your light. Shine on!

Shi Sai Sunday’s Week in ReVerse – 24 July 2016

We pray trusting that God is listening but…
intriguingly impressive
You never know what treasures you might find in a strange new place!
It gets the brain clicking and inspires.
Even when the price is great, good eventually overcomes evil
Those who are naive
Enough was enough
to guide them through the dark of night

Pray For Munich ❤️
While everyone watched in horror
Living in the light
dredg(ing) through stagnant surfaces
offers escape for the wise.

~kat

The Shi Sai, (formerly known as a ReVerse) is a form created by Kat Myrman in April 2016. It is a poem created by taking one line of verse from several poems of an author’s own collection. The shi sai is done as a review of a series or collection of poems and therefore, each line should flow in chronological order of the dates the poems were written (from oldest to new). The lines chosen should be the author’s favorite from each poem. This form works best if the author resists the temptation to read the full new poem before all the verses have been added. (It helps one to resist the impulse to change a line to make it “fit”.


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