December 31, 2013

December 29, 2013

December 27, 2013

Poetry Friday--Winter Poem Swap

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday, and that you have a few days off. Sadly, I had to work yesterday and today, but, I'm so looking forward to the weekend!

This month I participated in the 2013 Winter Poem Swap organized by Tabatha Yeatts. My swap partner, Margaret, of Reflections on the Teche, sent me a copy of her book of poems, with illustrations by her father, John Gibson, titled Illuminate. Margaret generously allowed me to share one of the poems with you. I chose "The Pointellist":
The Pointillist

She laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

He sits at the drawing table,
taps the paper
as an instrument.

Music comes forth
in tones
dark and light.

Rhythm
from his heart
to his hand beats—

syncopated in time—
drumming out each dot
point by point.

Image
emerges in focus
inviting my eye.

I go with him
to the stable,
kneel next to the cow,

smell the light scent of hay,
listen to the breath
of a child,

adore with Mary.

© Margaret Gibson Simon, all rights reserved.

© John Gibson, all rights reserved.

Isn't that just beautiful? Art, love, family, and faith, in one small poem. The illustrations, Margaret explains, are from a series of Christmas cards created by her father. The epigraph from the poem is the message that was found inside the card. If you would like to purchase a copy of Illuminate for your very own, click here.

Last week on her blog Margaret shared the poem I sent to her. If you missed it, I'm including it here:

Click on image to enlarge for easier reading. © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

I wrote this on a day when I had to wear a pair of fingerless gloves to type! I have a hard time keeping my hands warm and I was wondering what the temperatures are like down in Louisiana at this time of year. That got me to asking, "just what is the Bayou Teche?" And this is what came out of my research.

This last Poetry Friday of 2013 is being hosted by Mary Lee, our Round-Up coordinator, at A Year of Reading. Don't miss the delights she's gathering up as we speak!

December 25, 2013

Happy Haiga Day!--A Christmas Edition Rerun

I first posted this on Christmas Day, 2010. It's one of my favorites!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Have a great holiday!

December 24, 2013

December 22, 2013

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Art from vintage postcard, ca. 1919, courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

December 20, 2013

Poetry Friday--Enough with the Doors!

Last week I posted four haiga featuring doors, and this week, I'm switching to windows. I believe they've all been posted here before.

I took the photo in January 2009--boy, I hope next month isn't as bad.



A window only in the haiku. Starring Smudge.



Does the shadow of a window count? With Skippy.



This one is a tanka.



A friend's cat named Molly.



Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, courtesy Library of Congress.





This is one of my favorite haiga, with both Smudge and Skippy.


All haiga ©Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

This past Sunday I posted a short poem, which was layered on top of a photo of a window, see it here.

Had enough? I still have a few more in my files, but, I think if I post one more you'll all be ready to jump out the nearest window! Please don't! Instead, head over to Buffy's Blog for the Round-Up.

If I don't see you before next Wednesday, Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it and happy day off from work to those who don't!


December 17, 2013

December 15, 2013

Happy Haiga Day!

This one is from yesterday, and is for my online friend Keri Collins Lewis who lives in Mississippi and doesn't have to worry about any of the stuff that's covering the ground in New Hampshire this morning!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

December 13, 2013

Poetry Friday--Again with the Doors?

Last Friday's post was an original poem, "Interior," inspired by a painting with doorways and a window. I received a few comments from people who mentioned an affinity for doors.

Perhaps a general fascination with doors started with the famous poster, "The Doors of Dublin," information about which can be found here.

I have photographed interesting doors in my area, and several have been made into haiga. I'm going to share a few today. The first three have appeared before.





© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

I have more doors in my files that are waiting for a poem. Keep watching this space!

Tabatha Yeatts is hosting the Round-Up this week!





December 11, 2013

A Poetic Tribute

From Maya Angelou by way of the U.S. State Department:



There is extensive coverage of the death and memorial to Nelson Mandela on the BBC website, if you are interested. Sometimes it is good to get a view other than what we get from the American media and pundits.

December 10, 2013

December 8, 2013

Happy Haiga Day!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. "Trochilus anna (duchess of Rivoli's humming-bird)" (1852), courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

My friend Kevan Atteberry, who lives in Seattle, posted about his hummingbird feeder freezing in the 29 degree temperature. A lively discussion ensued. Someone left a link that explained that not all hummingbirds migrate! Who knew? Here's hoping the little creatures survive the brutal weather.

December 6, 2013

Poetry Friday --"Interior"


Click on image to enlarge for easier reading. © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. "Interior with a Young Girl Writing" by Peter Ilsted [1905], courtesy The Athenaeum. Cropped slightly to accommodate the poem.

Once again I was browsing through The Athenaeum site and came across a Danish painter by the name of Peter Ilsted (1861–1933). If you go through the pictures on his page you will be struck by the number of them that have doors and/or windows.

For the Poetry Friday Round-Up, hurry over to see Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge. And after that, do a little holiday shopping at Robyn's Etsy store.

December 3, 2013

December 1, 2013

Happy Haiga Day!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Painting by Alfred Sisley "Morning in November," courtesy The Athenaeum.