Soul’s Palate

I have written a Japanese poetry form called Kouta Poem (version 2): quatrain with the following syllable count: 7775.  No other rules regarding rhymes, seasonal words, subject matter, etc.  For more information see:  Writer’s Digest.

In Response To:

V.J’s Weekly Challenge #108 – Taste – Taste is the focus this week. As you might have guessed, I am tugging at our sensory experience with these current challenges, although the word ‘taste’ has other connotations.  Look forward to your responses. Anyone can join in, and all forms of creativity are welcome.

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a taste from flavors of past

sometimes embittered with pain

or soothing comfort of love

blessings to savor

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Pilgrimage Of Unknown Grace

In Response To:

Frank J. Tassone Haikai Challenge #119 (12/28/19): New Year (Shinnen) – This week, write the #haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga) that alludes to the New Year (Shinnen), be it New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, the new year in general, etc.

"Old Fall River Road" Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado Light Dancing

life’s joys and sorrows

hopes, dreams and new beginnings

promises to come

expectations and let downs

in all these things are blessings

to behold in the New Year

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In Response To:

Word Of The Day Challenge – Hiatus

Your Daily Word Prompt – Journey – December 28, 2019

Sue Vincent Thursday Photo Prompt – Offering #writephoto – Use the image below as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly.

The Offering: painting and photo © Sue Vincent at

Silently in a momentary hiatus

from this past year’s journey

I reflect on blessings received

and give offerings of gratitude

with hopeful expectations

of the good that will come

in the Grace filled New Year!

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A Wistful To Wise Journey

Written In Response To:

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #105 – PROMPT:  “Only if I knew it then” – Wistfulness.

Star Point Lighthouse, Dartmouth, England

   Oh those “only if” or “if only’s” that at one time held me down in such unnecessary melancholy.  Through the many seasons of growing I have come to realize that the wisdom I know today would have been futile for me to know back then.  I was not spiritually enlightened enough to receive it. I had to go through those years of the foolishness of “spiritual bankruptcy” in order to grow into the wisdom of  “spiritual riches.”  

     Today I have learned not to dwell in the sad longing of  “what ifs” and instead use the lessons learned through hindsight that become the wisdom of foresight.  By doing this I have broken the cycle of insanity’s “doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result” to a sane mind that makes new and different choices bringing peace of mind.

a beginning from

feeling the way through darkness

to guidance by Light

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Golden Hearth

Written In Response To:

MLMM Heeding Haiku With Chevrefeuille – As I am writing this episode of Heeding Haiku With … I have vacation, so the next four weeks I will give you only the theme you have to use for your haiku or haibun.  This week that’s PAUSE …

Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #271 – Fierce & Fever

Double Rainbow in Quechee, Vermont

fierce is the fever

for Autumn’s golden blessings

pause…embrace its hearth

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Hidden Treasures

Written In Response To:

Ragtag Daily Prompt – Pebble 

Comedy Plus Thankful Thursday – It’s Thankful Thursday hosted by Brian of Brian’s Home. He wants us to post what we’re thankful for.

secret world

I am thankful for the 

little pebble sized blessings

not seen by the natural eye

they must be sought to be found

which is why they are so profound

so many times these pebbles are missed

through distractions we often dismiss

these precious jewels that bring great joy

when we are unwilling to apply and employ

the application of a virtuous attitude

to unearth the hidden treasures of gratitude.

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