Pepper Sense

Dad didn’t, but mom sure did
partake in peppers

For years I wouldn’t. My first?  
Jalapeño, like
so many—nachos, salsa,
burgers. Black pepper
didn’t count, but now even
black pepper . . . in its warmth   
prompts complications.

Turns out, dear dad did judge well  

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Inspired by “pepper” prompt at dVerse Poets Pub, sprinkled by Punam at paeansunplugged.

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Memorial Day (Poem)

In thought and therefore mind present   
 In memoriam, with respect   

  Living, gone; more, survived or died 
   Courage of all, each unified

    Joined: hip to wide calamity
     Thick of worldwide humanity

      Beneath universal conflict
       Under protected influence     

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Write, unwind, relax

the work of writing
impresses me not of rest
though I love it so
it uncomplicates therefore
unwinds bound-up perceptions   

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On Writing as Activity to Unwind and Relax

Although my tanka poem entry might seem to differ, I completely agree w/ Sadje‘s points of experience—final result being a kind of relaxation . . . a keen sort of calm, capable of establishing composure or order in thought. Once experienced, to consider it again is the road to dedication [to habit] and greater perspective.

Inspired by David’s W3 #56, “Relaxing with Blogging” and Suzette B‘s prompt to write a haiku or tanka about “a favorite way to relax/unwind”; found, and also inspired by, Sadje’s “Relaxing with Blogging” entry linked previously. Thanks for the prompts, fellow writers/poets/bloggers . . .

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