here’s to the days
when you looked a person in the eyes,
unblinking till they revealed themselves

when your nose was yours to pick
without shame or explanation

when you wore the cutest dress
with a diaper underneath without  consternation
here’s to those days!

Pat R


Tan Renga: Two Bubbles

Colors (2) lily

Photo: Taken on the pond at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens years ago


the moment two bubbles
are united, they both vanish,
a lotus blooms
© Murakami Kijo

in a flash a lifespan done
the pink lotus flower mourns

Pat R


For Carpe Diem Haiku