Tanka Tuesday: Constellation Trail #Haibun

Tanka Tuesday #224 Poet’s Choice; #Haibun

#Prescott Walk #11 Constellation Trail

Wide trails, narrow trails,
Missed trail? Never lost --- for long,
Perfect wandering

On a perfect February day, we were two of the few hikers wearing a coat. We found easy access to the Constellation Trail at the lower parking lot of the Phippen Museum in Prescott Valley, AZ. We thought that the trails we walked looked a little rugged for our new e-bikes.

Take your time, breathe in
Breathe out, Stretch your arms up high
Touch the sky with health.

The clear air deceives you. It is thinner and takes more effort to breathe for new comers and older hikers. There’s no need to rush. This is not a good trail for runners. Rock outcropping spring up in the middle of the trail. Main trails were marked with white dots.

See the dot on your right?

Blink and you’ve veered off the main loop. One wrong step, and you’re separated from your walking buddy, but not for long. Maps appear out of nowhere. Or use the app on your phone.

If you stay on the broad trails along the mail loop, you can walk it in only 2. 4 miles or less than an hour if you don’t take pictures. We couldn’t resist the views of the Granite Dells, scruffy shrubs, an area of new homes, with the Flagstaff Mountains in the background.

Endorphin blue skies
Daydreaming distant mountains
Cliff structures --- enjoy.
© 2021 Marsha Ingrao Haibun

One side trail that heads up to the top of the dells named The Lost Wall Mountain Biking Trail has only one review – “Not nearly as compelling as photos imply. All slow no flow.” Lost Wall Biking Trail

Vince and I were glad we left our bikes and took only our dog. Kalev enjoyed it.

Happy Blogging This Week.

Poet’s Choice today and Writer’s Quotes Choice tomorrow — It’s as simple as making a meme.

Constellation Trail - view of Granite Dells, Prescott AZ  Sample Meme for Writer's Quotes Wednesdays
Sample Meme for WQWWC Constellation Trail – view of Granite Dells, Prescott AZ

#Tanka Tuesday: #223 Pick a Flower

Poppies posed for a custom color shot.

This Sunday morning I wanted to welcome you to the week through Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday theme prompt – pick a flower!

Precious Poppies

Traditional Haibun © 2021 Marsha Ingrao

Golden beauties glow
Catching sunlight in petals
Close at night to store

We thought we’d have to leave behind our glorious California flower when we moved to Prescott, Arizona.

Lining the entrance
Gold poppies welcome us home
Beaming, cheery spring

The previous owners in our condo planted these carefree smile-makers. Their upstairs neighbors hated them glowing at the bottom of the stairs, and sprayed them with weed-killer.

Persistent joyful
Overcoming obstacles
to garner more sun.

“Who hates a flower?” said Mark, the new neighbor upstairs when he heard the grumpy story. The sour one is gone. Precious poppies survived to reign over the dry earth with the glee of victory.

Precious poppy is about to close for the night.

Also posted for Cee’s FOTD.

Why I Chose the Haibun

A journalist at heart, the Haibun gives me the chance to explain the back story.

Tip: Editing Pictures without Photoshop

This morning I read the list of block types. Editing pictures is a snap. Last month, for Becky B’s BrightSquare Challenge, I struggled to make pictures exactly square in Photoshop Elements 15. I would get between 1-10 pixels off unless it luckily snapped into place. With the block editor you don’t even have to try.

It did not add a watermark and when I cropped it, the old watermark was either cut in half or disappeared.

have a great week. enjoy spring!

#Tanka Tuesday: Dreams of Medical Immortality

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 217 Theme – Immorality”

“The purpose of life is a life with a purpose. So, I’d rather die for a cause than live a life that is worthless. Immortal Technique”

Anonymous

Dreams of Medical Immortality

Tanka by Marsha Ingrao

Living forever
In fragility and pain
Reconstituted
from sacrificial donors
grave responsibility

My friend Alex had kidney disease. His sister-in-law gave him one of her kidneys. She disapproved of his lifestyle, maybe she worried about what he was doing to her kidney through habits or a lifestyle. Possibly she thought she owned him. Did she regret her decision?

Then he had throat cancer. His larynx was removed. No more talking for the man who loved to talk. He never recovered. He died in a house fire.

His brother wouldn’t honor Alex with a funeral, so his friends did. Alex’s brother and his wife spewed hatred all over the woman who planned his memorial service. I’m glad Alex did not see their reaction.

Immortality
As yet, unachievable
We all make choices
Not to ask favors of one
Even to prolong our lives?

I wonder what choices Alex would have made if he had been omniscient.

I wept inconsolably for Alex when he died. The cost of medical immortality is dear and not impervious to death.

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#Shadorma: COVID-19 Vaccine #2

This week Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday is Poet’s Choice. Willow Dot wrote a Shadorma 3/5/3/3/7/5, and challenged me to do the same. So here it is.

It’s not what I would have envisioned writing 24 hours ago, but it fits today. For those of you who haven’t had your first or second COVID-19 vaccination, it’s different for everyone, but this is my experience. After vaccination #1, my arm was sore, itchy and hard for about a week off and on. It didn’t really bother me.

The Day After Shot #2

I assumed,
Since my arm was fine,
Nothing else
Would happen.
This morning all seventy-nine
Symptoms developed.

The good news,
By five-thirty-three
I'm better.
Not racing,
Not eating yet, no headache
Pajamas only.

Puppy Girl
Loved being
enfolded
Under the covers all day
Showing sympathy.

Nutter Butt
Made occasional
visits to
See if he
Could drink the broth in my cup. 
And get some petting.

Moji stayed
Away, She thought I
Was being,
Too weird, sleeping all day long.
She guarded the door.

Vince took
A sympathy nap
After lunch
He was out.
Couldn't hear the microwave.
Driving PG nuts.
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My Reading Material for Tomorrow

You can find all these pingback and comments on Colleen’s site. I put them here so I can find them easier. I copy them into my Blog Reading Journal and voila, I can go from one to another. I’ve included a copy of a blank journal if you have access to Google Docs. To use it, you will have to copy it to your own Google Drive. If you would like a Word or PDF copy, leave me a note in the comment section.

Coming Up

  • Have you ever written a review of one of Sue Vincent’s books? If so, please include a link in my comment section. I am composing a post with links to as many reviews of her books as I can find. If you haven’t reviewed any of her books, I know that would be appreciated. I am reading New Swords.
  • Optimizing Photos for WordPress. Lisa and I are working on it. Still not sure of a date.
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Don’t Forget

#Becky B’s Square Upsidaisy Street Shot Twosomes

Happy end of palindrome day. 1-22-21 (same backwards and forwards)

The featured image was one of those screens and mirrors-type pictures taken in Las Vegas. The person on the left reflection seems to have her feet going the wrong way.

Horses
On Main Street
Woodlake

The Saturday before each Mother’s Day, except in 2020, the Woodlake Rodeo Parade reigns supreme in downtown Woodlake. My favorite parade participants rode up on their horses. Clip, Clop, Clup down the main street called Valencia – a type of orange, the other symbol of Woodlake.

Upsidaisy, Pup
Youthful enthusiasm
Tough to keep in tow

On Puppy Girl’s first big trip, we took her to Solvang for the day. She loved walking the city streets and getting attention for her “Flying Nun/Yoda” ears. Puppy Girl can leap onto walls better than Humpty Dumpty, and though she looks a little tipsy here, she really had all four paws planted firmly up on the wall.

Streets look deserted
Carol and Mandy debate lunch
I snap their picture.

This street-wise twosome, Carol and Mandy, her sister-in-law, made the best tour guides of the gold mecca of Australia, Ballarat. Here they stand debating the best restaurants where I could taste the Australia’s finest delicacies in the CBD – Central Business District. I think that was the day I had pumpkin pizza.

It’s not every visitor who gets to spend several weeks in the homes of those who live in the country, soaking up the culture organically. I can never thank all my wonderful blogging buddies and their friends in Australia who went out of their way to show me a wonderful time.

Given that there were a few teachers in the family, I also learned more facts about Australia that the average American on a three-week tour. It could be that Carol and Mandy were debating what questions would show up on my next Australia quiz but my bet is still on the food.

If you want to read up on Australia, I wrote a series about my 2016-2017 trip, so you can camp out in my search box.

Attention Photographers

A hobby blogging friend of mine, Frank, is looking for photographers to collaborate with him on his website. He writes but wants to promote your photographs. It’s a great opportunity for fun and exposure. Contact him here. Collaborators – Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking (wordpress.com)

Announcements

  • This month our  Story Chat features author Anne Goodwin and her short story, “A Post Card from the Past.” What’s really going on in this story?
  • I’m super excited that Carrot Ranch ran an interview about Story Chat in the Saddle Up Saloon.
  • Autty Jade, A Day in the Brine hosts this week’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge – Change. Get your posts ready with quotes about change and your thoughts or photographs about the quotes and link to her post tomorrow.
  • Watch for a reblog from Hugh Roberts about Tweeting on Monday
  • Welcome Restless Jo as the newest Featured Blogger on the Challenge Host Series coming up Tuesday.

Have a wonderful weekend. See you on Lens-Artists and Sunday Stills.