昼下がりの散歩から #125

Where do you see yourself
on this road?
I am in the pitch black night
up above, my arms outstretched in flight,
fingertips brushing
the parallel lines of light,
at one with the incadescent glow
that illumines the highway
down below.

Flaneur

目黒, 東京
Meguro, Tokyo

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Hmmm…

Rain, rain, all this morning,
I went for a walk.
Sunshine now, I’m inside.

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Ice Cream

It was only last year, not long ago,
a dinner at the White House
with no queens nor kings.

Donald Trump
had two scoops of ice cream
while everyone else had one,
except for Mike Pence,
who had none.

Said mine own to me,
“Maybe he’s lactose intolerant.
He’s intolerant of so many things.”

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Inspiration

I have been inspired by a local poet
to write one haiku
each day this year,
although my own inclination
would be to write a joke
every day.

Since this inspiration came
well after January first

If I am diligent
in how I pursue
the haiku and the joke

I still have nine more months
to end each day with
no haiku, no joke.

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Artlessness

There is
one art,
no more,
no less:
to do
all things
with art—
lessness.

Piet Hein

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The Essential Ingredient of Story

Oft-published and award-winning author Christina Lay writes about the crux of the matter: the basics and absolutely essential ingredient in turning words, ideas, and images into a story.

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by Christina Lay

Story:

An invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot. – Merriam-Webster

A plot or storyline. Or an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment. – Oxford Dictionary

A narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale. A lie or fabrication. – Dictionary.com

Story is the full sequence of events in a work of fiction as we imagine them to have taken place, in the order in which they would have occurred in life (as opposed to plot). -The Balance

A description of how something happened – Idoceonline.com

What makes a story a story? I’m sure we all have a fairly good idea of what ingredients are needed to…

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Ask Yourself

“Whenever you find yourself in a difficult situation, ask yourself, how would Fred Astaire handle this?”
— Mary, in Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen

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Holiday Indulgence


“Remember, Sparky—no matter what they tell you—you can never have too much sugar.”

— John Travolta as the Archangel Michael in Nora Ephron’s film MICHAEL

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Before and After

“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”


“After enlightenment, carry water, chop wood.”

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Praha, Česká republika #01

Where do these doorways lead? Invent your own answer.

Flaneur

プラハ, チェコ共和国
Praha, Česká republika

6月末に休暇を取って1週間ほどチェコへ行ってきた。
滞在したのはプラハ。一日だけ日帰りでチェスキー・クルムロフへも足を延ばした。

欧州が熱波に見舞われていたせいか、かなり暑かったけど、
湿度は低く、蒸すような不快さはなかった。
天気には恵まれ、泊まったホテルの部屋も中庭に面して静かだったので、
どちらかといえば快適な旅だったと思う。

ところで、一緒に旅をした相方は名所巡りが好きだけど、
私は街歩きをしながら路地裏などの写真を撮るのが好きなので、
旅程の調整はなかなか難しい。

プラハ城やカレル橋など、いわゆる有名どころをしっかり訪れる一方、
私はといえば、ナビゲータをつとめながら、
名所と名所の移動の合間に気になる場所を見つけると、
「ちょっと待って」と言って写真を撮ってきた。

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