A is for Ancestors


Photo: Taken at the Atlantic Antic Street fair, don’t know if they know each other but they do look good together ūüôā



On his own / At thirteen a runaway

After passing of his mom / One true love gone

Childhood ceased / No longer belonging

There was no love in their eyes / He was fit only for labor

He made his way to town / Because no one cared

He surprised an older cousin/ This cousin looked out for him

He lived hand to mouth / Till he was seventeen

Then he met my mom / he met a girl of similar fate

She had just come to town / She too was fleeing hardship

These two wanderers made a life together / She had found her anchor

Pat R


Today is make up day and also a three for one day, also twist and turn day (prompt transfer day..Family Portrait was the prompt for Day 2 at NoPoWriMo).
This is for NaPoWriMo, A to Z Challenge ..I missed the letter …A, and Cleave Poem over at JaneDoughertyWrites.com. This is one of the coolest form of poetry I’ve come across. Thanks Jane:) for the introduction.

“A cleave poem is in two halves, two separate poems, one on the left, one on the right, but that make a single poem when you read them together. It sounds tricky‚Ķand it is.¬†BUT there are no rhymes, no rhythms and no set length..”

Jane Dougherty Writes


A to Z Challenge

For the amazing list of well over 1000 poets go here:

A to Z Challenge participants list


B is for Blossoms


on rainy spring day
delicate blossom clusters
awaiting their fate

Pat R


My contribution today is a haiku.

Today is Day 2 of NaPoWriMo where poets post an original poem as part of writing a poem a day for 30 days in the month of April..following a theme or prompt. Or not.



Meanwhile, over at the A to Z Challenge where poets post an original poem,  today the letter in focus are words starting with the letter B


For the amazing list of well over 1000 poets go here:


Autumn Reflections

Carpe Diem Special #185 Georgia’s first “Autumn Reflections” (Troiku)

The first Carpe Diem Special of December. This month’s featured haiku-poetess (and winner of our “peace of mind” – kukai)Georgia (a.k.a. Bastet) of Bastet and Sekhmets Library

autumn reflections
as I cross the sun warmed bridge
geese fly south (Bastet)

autumn reflections
the thunder of flapping wings
noisy flock heads south

as I cross the sun warmed bridge
seagull drop clam shell
then swoop down to feast

geese fly south
at the first chill in the winds
enroute to the sun

Pat R


Inspired by this troiku authored by Bastet :

autumn reflections
as I cross the sun warmed bridge
geese fly south

autumn reflections
old man contemplates winter
under the hot sun

as I cross the sun warmed bridge
ducks laugh downstream
‚Äď diving for trout

geese fly south
the noisy swallows have gone
but the blackbird sings

For Carpe Diem Haiku


W is for Walden

Letter W

 Today is the letter W in the A to Z Challenge

 I am taking this opportunity in this challenge to learn more about art and the artist who make them today’ s artist is




by light of lantern
lost in rhythm of lapping waves
he sits in wait



Lionel Walden was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1861. He first became interested in art in Minnesota, where the family moved when his father became rector of an Episcopal Church there. As a young man, Walden moved to Paris where he studied painting with Carolus-Duran. In around 1893-97, Walden was in England, living in Falmouth. Paintings of Cardiff in Wales are in museums in Cardiff and Paris. Walden received medals from the Paris Salon and was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. He visited Hawaii in 1911 and several times thereafter. Walden died in Chantilly, France in 1933.

According to David H. Forbes, author of Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and its People, 1778-1941, Lionel Walden “was the finest seascape painter to work in Hawaii”. The Brooklyn Museum, the Henry Art Gallery (University of Washington, Seattle), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Isaacs Art Center (Waimea, Hawaii), the Mus√©e des Beaux-Arts de Quimper and the Mus√©e d’Orsay are among the public collections holding works by Lionel Walden.


¬†This one looks like the impressionists doesn’t it?




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R is for Renoir

Letter R

Today in the A to Z Challenge

The letter is R

I am using this challenge to learn more about art and the artists who painted them.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

dance of moulin by renoir

 Dance At The Moulin De La Galette

 Pierre Auguste Renoir


no definition just light

rebels change established thought

a new impression



Renoir didn’t come from money, his mom made clothes for a living and his dad was a tailor. He was the sixth child born on February 25, 1841, in Limoges, France. When he was between 3 to 5 years old the family move to Paris and they lived near the Louvre. He also took free drawing classes at a city-sponsored art school, which was run by sculptor Louis-Denis Caillouette.

As a means of studying painting at 19 years old he started copying some of the great works hanging at the Louvre. This was a method used by upcoming artists. Other schooling included the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, a famous art school, in 1862. And being a student of classmates were Frédéric Bazille, Claude Monet, and Alfred Sisley. And through Monet, he met such emerging talents as Camille Pissarro and Paul Cézanne. So it seems the niche that was to change the course of art started here. In my reading it feels like Monet and Renoir were true buddies, they hung out at the same places  Moulin), they painted each other and each others families.

Renoir, Pissarro, Monet, Cézanne and Edgar Degas, decided to show their works on their own in Paris in 1874, which became known as the first Impressionist exhibition. In my post on Monet it was said the term impressionism came from a paint with that name. On reading on Renoir it is said the term came from a critics review of their exhibition which referred to the works as incomplete, an impression. Renoir first battled with rheumatism (arthritis), in the mid-1890s. This hampered his work for the rest of his life. His fingers were permanently curled it said in the reading.He too turned to sculpture when he had difficulty painting due to arthritis.

Renoir was known all over the world. He lived long enough to see one of his works bought by the Louvre in 1919, a tremendous honor for any artist. Renoir died that December at his home in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. He was buried next to his wife, Aline (who died in 1915), in her hometown of Essoyes, France. He left behind over 200 works of art.


 Luncheon Of The Boating Party

   Pierre Auguste Renoir

camile monet by renoir

Camille Monet And Her Son Jean In The Garden At Argenteuil

Pierre Auguste Renoir 1841-1919

renoir the laundress

 The Laundress

Pierre Auguste Renoir

renoir 2

 The Painter Jules Le Coeur Walking His Dogs In The Forest Of Fontainebleau

 Pierre Auguste Renoir

pierre auguste renoir

Title:    Claude Monet

Painted by:      Pierre Auguste Renoir

renoir 3

 Skaters In The Bois De Boulogne

Pierre Auguste Renoir




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F is for Frieseke

 F is for Frieseke

Today is day four of the Blogging A to Z Challenge


Garden in June, 1911
Frederick Carl Frieseke 1874 ‚Äď1939)


a garden retreat
perfect summer afternoon
lost in poetry



 Frederick Carl Frieseke was an American Impressionist painter who spent most of his life as an expatriate in France. He spent summers in a residence next to Monet from 1906 to 1919. His paintings often concentrated on various effects of dappled sunlight. He is especially known for painting female subjects, both indoors and out. He painted nudes as well, also dappled in sunlight which I thought was very interesting to look at.  He was an influential member of the Giverny Art Colony. This is the coolest thing I’ve learned so far on the art adventure of mine, Giverny art colony is still in existence. Artists go there to work, learn, dream and paint in Monet’s garden. Frieseke was quite a respected artist. He was the leader of the American pack at Giverny and their work labeled Decorative Impressionism the Giverny Group included Frieseke, Miller, Lawton S. Parker, Guy Rose, Edmund Greacen and Karl Anderson. World War I pretty much marked the end of the art colony as it was then.







Photo taken at 7:15pm this past Sunday.

In the month of April I participated in the marathon A to Z Challenge which I absolutely enjoyed. It gave me the opportunity to get rid of some of these characters running around in my head. Most of them I didn’t even know were there. I just followed where they took me. To all who stopped by, commented and decided to stick around, I thank you. I really do appreciate your support.


As for suggestions for improvement, I have none, it was a great experience all around.

A special thanks to Alex J. Cavnaugh


and cohosts and helpers.

Especially to those who helped when my brain was fried from working 12 hour shifts and I couldn’t remember the rules of the challenge in the beginning. Which is why my ‘B’ entry came way down the line. A special thanks to

Danny D of   http://bemuzin.com/

Evelyne of   http://evelyneholingue.com/

for their continued support and encouragement. I did not get to as many blogs as I would have liked but I do plan to plod on.

Again thanks to all.



A to Z Challenge Acrostic Poem: ZETA



Z is for ZETA

Definition : a small room or closet in a church

Z   Zsazsa looked forward to and planned this very special day since she was a young girl

E   Enrique was her Prince he completed her they had come a long way

T   Today was the day yet here she stood rooted to the spot in this small room Рpetrified

A   Awaiting her was Enrique and a church full of wedding guests



A to Z Challenge Acrostic Poem: YAR



IMG_5633 sail boats

Y is for YAR
Definition.. responding easily; maneuverable


Y   Yachting a full on summer activity on the island small maneuverable crafts abound sail boats in their glory

A   All day basking in the sun tempered by warm breezes billowing sails gliding across reflecting waters

R   Relaxation the art perfected