Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Learning About the Haiku

Today I decided, after the fact, to learn a little more about the Haiku. After reading Robert D. Wilson's Defining Haiku at Simply Haiku, I feel I understand it a bit better; although, for me it is not easy. According to their homepage, Simply Haiku, from its inception, has been an English language Japanese short form poetry journal.

Leaves disappear there,     (5)
Underneath the wire chain fence.    (7)
Large, brown brittle mulch for buds.    (7)

Leaves hide,  (2)
Neath wire chain fencing . . .   (5)
For buds. (2)

The first rendering has too many words and too many syllables for a proper English Haiku. The second leaves more room for the reader's interpretation.

January 15, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Light of Heart

- Haiku and Acrostic

Heavy my thoughts,
Leading down darkened byways . . .
Now light of heart.

Light of heart
Is the tone of the day, they say.
Grey clouds that hovered early
Have scattered off in play.
Take my heart’s pain away!

Ofttimes the worry
Forces my eyes to brim.

Heavy heart still beating
Even with the pain.
Around the turn of evening
Rush good thoughts again.
Taking me to abode of the light of heart.

January 13, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rest In Peace ~ J. D. Richards

J. D. Richards
Born December 28, 1924 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas
Died January 11, 2013 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas

Nine years younger than his oldest sibling, Iwanda, and fifteen years older than the youngest, Richard Edwin, J. D. was one of eleven children born to my grandparents, John Robert Richards and Willie Laura Homsley.

I remember when I was younger (much younger), I would hear or see a plane overhead and cry out, “there’s Uncle J. D.!” I had no idea whether or not he was a pilot, a navigator, or infantry, but in my childish mind he was flying directly overhead in his sharp uniform.

He told me later that he had been wounded along with others while in the Pacific. I will research his military service and place it here for you soon.

J. D. suffered from Alzheimer's disease and his children and all of his nieces and nephews missed his quick wit and family stories. His daughter, Cathy, told us that he “got his angel wings” about 8:15 P.M. on Friday evening, January 11, 2013. He was the last of his brothers and sisters to go home for his heavenly reward. We will all miss you, Uncle J. D.

Please feel free to leave your memories and comments here on this post to be shared with his family.

Richards, J. D., original belonged to Johnny and Betty Richards, digital format by Judith Richards Shubert.

Read: Remembering Richards Men on Memorial Day

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Old Memories

Tears slide down her pale wrinkled cheeks
Tears that seem hot like tender embers.
The memories overwhelm her as her trembling fingers
Touch the crimson, indigo, lemon and emerald of the fabrics.
Folding and refolding the scraps of her life.
Breaking, cracking, shattering the veil of time that began an eon ago.

January 8, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hot and Cold

Cold white tile greets my shivering body
Stepping over the discarded towel
In the Lilliputian square bath.

The whirring red hot heat of the ceiling fixture
Smooths the chill bumps from my skin.
As I finish with my bath, and warm myself
Under the flare of the burning element
I feel comforted, clean, and free of muscle aches.

The switch is flipped, and the silence and absence
Of heat immediately permeates my senses.

Mindful Writing Challenge
January 6, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

Saint Francis

Acrostic: Saint Francis 
Serene country setting
Aside the still lake,
Inspiring beauty.
Narcissus nodding in
Fawn and doe
Run side by side
Around the water’s edge.
Now the morning
Crocus lift their yellow bonnets
Inside the yards of
Saint Francis Village.

January 4, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013


 Acrostic: Boxes

Bug-proof them before you tape. 
Oddities from the past dropped inside. 
Xtra linens fill the heavy cardboard one. 
Expensive china plates carefully wrapped before 
Sending the lot of them on their way.
 Day One, Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ed & Tommie Puckett Riedel

Ed & Lorado Missouri "Tommie" Puckett Riedel
Sister of Edna Puckett Gailey

Riedel, Ed and Tommie, digital format, original in Edna Puckett Gailey's scrapbook, owned by Judith Richards Shubert.

Digital Scrapbook Graphics:
Raspberry Road Designs, "Hemingway"<http://raspberryroaddesigns.blogspot.com/>  accessed 1 January 2013.

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas
Copyright (c) 2015 by Judith Richards Shubert