My Poetic Path

my journey…shared in poems, prose and photos


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Three Haiku Poems on the Cusp of Summer

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bike haiku


shell photo sandy carlson

Summer has certainly been “in the air” here in BC, in the past couple of weeks.

We reached 34C, one day last week and more warm weather is apparently on the way, very soon.

Right now we are having a bit of a cool spell, with rain and that’s welcome too. :-) Takes care of all the dust!

Hope you enjoy these three summer haiku/haiga from the archives, celebrating all things to come. It’s going to be a good summer, I just know it! ;-)

Have a Wonderful Week! 


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Sunshine, Daisies and Smiles! :-)

happy sunny weekend

Daisies always make me smile. :-) How about you?

They seem like such happy flowers, with their bright, yellow “faces”! ;-)

I hope this photo brings a smile to your day/weekend. 

And I hope the sun is shining bright where you are too. Looks like a nice weekend coming up, here in BC.

Have a Safe and Happy weekend!  


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The Homecoming ( a short story, encore post)

Hot, stifling air. A far-reaching, almost eerie silence. The sky: brilliantly blue, generously dotted with billowy “mashed potato” clouds.Replicas and visions from younger, happier days.

All of these had remained, helping to sustain him through the long, lost days. He had known only to well, the many faces of hunger and thirst. The nights, hardest of all to bear.

He stood slightly stooped; his back to the sun. Sweat clinging the coarse denim shirt against his gaunt, slender frame. In spite of the relentless heat he felt a chill, deep inside. Cold to the bone. No clothing or blanket would warm that space; his needy soul and tattered heart.

The long, gold and maroon train, once again picking up speed. He watched its departure with mixed emotions. Waving a farewell to no one in particular. Passengers peering out of the now dusty windows; grateful to be moving again. Leaving behind the flat, unforgiving Prairies as the Transcontinental continued on its regular run, due West.

Faded brown-striped grip in one hand, the heirloom 12 string in the other. The latter, his only treasured possession. Handmade so many years ago. Lovingly polished and preserved. Miraculously unscathed in spite of life’s bumps along the way.

Too many miles; too many alone. Late nights and bar fights. Cheap booze, poker games and words gone awry. County jails and letters,never mailed.

Familiarity: once shunned, often despised, now craved. The old room. The same old stories. How they would make for a welcome, much-overdue change.

He trudged the last five, long miles along the well-worn path. Almost as worn as his one pair of shoes.

There would be shade trees so high and cool clear water, back on the farm. The now “old” dog announcing his arrival, long before he would tap on the frame of the carved screen door.  A warm welcome; wan smile? Her older but still beautiful face to greet him and hold him close? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Only to rest awhile. Not to look over his shoulder or “watch his back”. To slowly unclench his rough calloused hands. To sleep as if a young boy again, under the sun-dried handmade quilt, laid upon his single bed.

The green grass and greener pastures still to be found. But not now. Not for a while.

Coming home….

His bronze face relaxed. Looking up, he breathed deeply. The rays of sun reflecting a smile.

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“The Homecoming” © 2008 Geraldine Helen Hartman. Revised 2015. 

PS: I wrote and first posted this story back in 2008.It came to mind the other night, when I was watching a movie about another homecoming. As I have many new readers here at My Poetic Path, I thought it was worthy of an encore. ;-) I hope you enjoy it.

Link to original post with readers’ comments

Photo courtesy of Flickr

 (Note: use of this photo was allowed when I downloaded it in 2008, but has since been disabled.  My thanks to the photographer for an excellent image that I think complemented this story so well. 


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Spring Lilacs and an Inspiring Quote :-)

lilacs and quote

The lilacs are in full bloom here in BC; one of my all-time favorite flowers.

Don’t you just love that amazing scent? :-)

I’ve added a quote to this photo that I hope you find inspiring too.

When we “step up to the plate” and make an important decision in life, we should be glad that we could and that we did.

It isn’t always the easy route to make changes, decisions… but it IS always something to celebrate. 

Have a wonderful (and here in Canada, long) ;-) weekend! 


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Another Movie Night Suggestion! :-)

Geraldine:

If you are in need of some big-time laughs, check out my latest movie review.

Nuns on the Run, is a VERY funny, British comedy classic.

Have a fun and productive week! :-)

Originally posted on VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS:

Nuns on the Run

A few months ago, I posted about one of my fav movies (Matinee) and a brand of organic popcorn I like, you can read that post here.

Thought it would be fun to share another comedy fav movie with you today, this one starring a couple of very talented Brits, Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle.

Nuns on the Run:

is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen and it’s one that I’ve watched many, many times too. It’s that kind of movie. And for me, it’s been just as funny on the re-viewing as it was the first time, even though I already know what’s going to happen next. ;-)

Brian (Eric Idle) and Charlie (Robbie Coltrane) are small-time criminals who are fed up with their lives of crime and are now on the run from not only their gangster boss but also the police and the…

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An Inspiring Quote for the Weekend…

seize the day

I wrote this quote in a journal I have, many years ago and happened to read it again this morning.

It was a timely reminder for me, I hope you enjoy it too.

We really DO need to take time not only to “seize” each day, but also to celebrate the high points, victories, wins..each and every night. It can put a whole new perspective on the days to come too. 

Have a wonderful and creative weekend, G :-)


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Sensible

Geraldine:

Some very wise words to start my day today, thanks to “ME and the Boss”.

I hope you find them helpful too.

Have a great week. :-)

Originally posted on ME and the Boss:

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“Every day we should

hear at least one little song,

read one good poem,

see one exquisite picture,

and, if possible,

speak a few sensible words.”

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~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Always headlong into

must do this for the family,

must do that for the boss,

don’t wait until you retire,

today, do something for yourself.

There is always time, a second or two,

that you can squeeze into your day to do

something nice for yourself,

if you just take the time.

Happiness is a few sensible words.

Happiness is helping someone help themselves.

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ME and the Boss

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