Tomorrow’s Dust #tanka #haibun

I walk along, breathing the frosty late autumn air. Leaves rustle, speaking as they are moved aside by my feet. But then I pause, silencing their death rattle. Is there another sound? I listen. The trees, some still wearing a wispy shroud of yellow, brown and orange, whisper to me. What secrets will they share?

I am told that the adoring crowds had called his name. He had stood, proud, chin up, condemning all who disagreed as sad losers. His followers chanted back his very words. Is the wind echoing these throngs? Are the words still alive, speaking to condemn all who he perceived as an enemy?

No. A senseless babble about how in the years too many to count, the span of the life of one man is meaningless is all that I hear. He is silenced now, and the words forgotten. Not even the wind will remember.

Wind whispers through leaves
Does the tree grow on a mound
Its purpose long lost?
The mighty king ruled the land
Now is just forgotten dust


This was written for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge. This is week 200! This is a theme week, and the chosen them is The Illusion of Power. My mind went two ways – the graveyard scene in Hamlet on the one hand, and our current politics on the other. Of course, there is also Halloween coming up… Put together with recently read words about hundreds of grave barrows of forgotten kings, well… I chose to write a Haibun with a Tanka at its core.

The Weekly Smile for the 26th of October, 2020 #weeklysmile

Last week was a pretty good week with a lot of little smiles, but I am going to a weird one instead of the typical “all of the small things” post.

First, a bit of background.

I typically do two quick change of seasons in the spring and two more in the autumn. I divide it since we will have mixed weather during the transition. This year it stayed warm up until, well, up until now. A second part of this is that I have a big house with a lot of teeny-tiny rooms. One is useless for about anything, so I made it into a kind of walk in closet. Actually, walk through, since the main path of the house goes through the room! If you use the second floor at all, you have to walk through the phone booth sized room.

Set up done, now to the smile.

I did my transition from summer clothes to winter clothes yesterday. But part of it was clearing my room. You see, the tiny room has become a true closet of sorts and was filling with junk. Stuff was unorganized. I spent most of the day cleaning, moving, throwing away and reorganizing. And that is before I took the sweaters, turtlenecks and such out of the cedar chest and put the shorts and short sleeve shirts in! I reorganized a lot of the space and made it more efficient. It is also a little nicer looking, which is for the best since, as I said, it is at the top of the stairs and you have to walk through it to get to any of the other rooms on the second floor – it sees a lot of traffic, and everyone sees it…

I know, that is a weird thing to smile about, but it isn’t the cleaning, organizing and changing the seasons that made me smile as much as it was the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment when it was done.

So that was my smile for the week, transitioning from summer to spring in a bigger way than usual.

What made you smile?


Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

The Weekly Smile Recap 10/19 – 10/25/2020

Hi all. Do you need something to smile about today? Well, I have just the thing for you ;) There were quite a few smiles shared last week. Click one of the links below and find out for yourself. Or two links. Or five. Or all of them :)

Trent’s World
The Hidden Edge
Change is Hard
Natalie the Explorer
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
Nut House Central
Heart to Heart
What if We All Cared?
Light Motifs II
Tessa Dean – Author
Piglet in Portugal
Natasha Musing
Superlative Deviation
All Things Bright and Beautiful
A Day in the Life
Southern Patches
Thistles and Kiwis

I hope you enjoyed these smiles as much as I did. Let me know if I missed yours and I’ll make sure I add it.

This week’s smile post will go up in about an hour.

What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 24th of October, 2020

Hello and Welcome. Come on over and sit down and I’ll get you a large mug of very strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. It is surprisingly warm for this part of the world in late October. It is a bit damp out, but it should be drying out today (I hope). Where are we? Some may recognize that photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

It was a pretty week. I think we hit peak color last weekend, but during the week most of the green went away as the color spread. Yes, more bare branches and less of the brilliant reds and bright oranges, but the yellows came out, as did the darker oranges. It is now starting to head more into the browns, but at the early stage, and still beautiful.

It was also a warm week. I think I wore a long sleeve shirt two days, then back to short sleeve and no jacket in the afternoon. It was pretty wet – in the last two weeks we’ve had three big rains and two days that were just damp, but not really raining. This is good because we were technically in a severe drought, so any moister helps.

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Fall Foliage and Felines – Photos

I hope you aren’t getting sick of my autumn photos… Anyway, I am going to repeat a few posted before, but add new ones. (Note – yes, in that photo at the top, that is how steep my back yard is – in places even steeper…)

All of these were taken in and around Wilton, New Hampshire in the last two weeks.

Click on a photo to enlarge it. You can scroll through the enlarged photos as well.

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Diner Talk

PHOTO PROMPT – © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“Refill, Honey?”

The waitress couldn’t have been more than 22.


“There you go, Dearie.” She patted his shoulder. “Your food’ll be right out.”

A deep wood sprang up just past the flower boxes, not a car in sight.

“Two pancakes and bacon, Hon.  Enjoy!”

The maple syrup was real without him asking.

He ate to the gentle buzz of conversation.

“Need another refill, Love?” Her warm smile seemed genuine.

That last meal in Manhattan came back in all of its gory detail, the rude faces, Jan’s anger.

“Sure.” He returned her smile.

Sipping coffee, he thought, “Perhaps I’ll stay.”


Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.


A few days ago I had a conversation with someone about how it seems that every waitress in every diner, no matter her age, seems to call every male over 20 “Hon”, “Honey” or “Dearie”. She had a few theories, which I won’t repeat, but my comment was about how odd it sometimes felt in the “me too” era. Actually, I always felt it was odd, but worse now! But perhaps they are right, perhaps it does make some people feel at home.

Fall’s Fire Inspires #tanka

Grace glides through water
Fall’s fire flames in trees and pond
Autumn’s tone inspires
Death blooms beautiful in leaves
Colors create thrill in heart


This was written for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge. It was a double challenge – first was a photo challenge using a photo which I took several years ago in Milford, MA. (Yes, Colleen used my photo this week :) ) The second was a synonyms only challenge using the words Move and Make. I combined both challenges and wrote a tanka today.

Photo below was from this Saturday and was taken in Wilton, NH.

The Weekly Smile for the 19th of October, 2020

I’m sure a lot of you who read my smile posts and coffee share posts are aware, I spend a lot of time on Cape Cod and often have smiles about being there. Well, I also smile a lot about begin in New Hampshire!

Autumn is my favorite season. I love the cooler temperatures – the frosty nights but delightfully warm days. I like the smell of the air. I love that October blue sky that you never see any other time of the year. And, of course, I love fall foliage!

My House

New Hampshire is a place that in normal (non-Covid) years we see tour buses going down the back roads to see the foliage. People travel from all over the world. It is one of our busiest seasons.

This year has been gorgeous. I shared some photos that I took out of my kitchen window earlier (see photo above). I walked around yesterday takign photos. Funny, though, of the 102 (!) I took, 90 were in my back yard!

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The Weekly Smile Recap for October 12 – October 18, 2020

Hello everyone! Do you need something to smile about today? Just click on one of the links below and I’m sure you will smile! In fact, click on two. Or three ;)

Trent’s World
Natalie the Explorer
Poetry, Short Prose and Walking
The Hidden Edge
Ruth Blogs Here
Nut House Central
Tessa Dean – Author
priorhouse blog
Something to Ponder About

And as always, some people posted their smiles as comments on the original Trent’s World post :)

This week’s Smile will be posted in about an hour. What made you smile?

If We Were Having Coffee on the 17th of October, 2020

Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage. I think the rain has finally stopped, but it is still wet out. It is also cool, but seasonably cool, not frigid. I’m hoping it will be a nice, if somewhat cool, day after the rain clouds blow over. Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.

Thinking rain, we have had a drought this year. I think they considered it a severe drought at that. This week we had a lot of rain, which is great for nature, but awful for dog owners ;)

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