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lazy easter afternoon – a haibun

today i’m serving up a haibun. it can be seen as a form of lyric prose – so that counts as poetry, doesn’t it?

“because it’s the death of your ego”, he says, and his voice resonates across the dining room, bounces off the long table, right across the bread that’s slowly getting stale, slinks around a glass of wine. “do you want to borrow the book?” another voice, a few notes higher, the voice of a man as well, and then all of a sudden the little throng of people disburses. the focus of attention a little boy now, clink clink clonk playing lego. “no clean up!” more woman voices now, “clean up, kiddo!” and a young voice, sniffling in this allergy season.

easter brunch is long over but crumbs, you can still see them everywhere. that special kind of mess that overlays a busily scrubbed and cleaned house. it won’t take long to vacuum.  the dishes in the kitchen, third round now, are neatly stacked. voices are still spiking up everywhere, “he seems like quite the character actor”, “we could play cash flow next weekend,” like a loosely grouped stand of pine tree in the plains. “have you ever thought of – ?” “uh huh, uh huh.” laughter in different cadences, at different pitches, different lengths.

seven papayas
in a black bowl on the shelf.
a toothpick pokes out.

saying grace

carrotsthere were a number of posts recently about saying grace, for example at maggi dawn’s blog. “why say grace in a world without god?” seemed to be one of the questions. also, “how to say grace without thanking god?”

for today, i will spare you my grumblings about interpretations of who or what god is. i’m just going to give a few gratitudes for the humble carrot i had in my soup today:

  • to the cashier who rung it in
  • to my daughter who carried it up the stairs
  • to the many people who built the fridge where it cooled – or rather, the fridges – three or four at least, i’m sure
  • to the grocery clerk who put it on display
  • to the grocery clerk’s teacher who taught her how to handle food safely
  • to the truck drivers who carted my carrot all over the place
  • to the friendly waitress who kept the truck driver supplied with coffee
  • to the factory worker who made the cellophane bag for the carrot
  • to the mechanic who fixed the carrot farmer’s tractor
  • to the worms who made good earth for the carrot

all good people (and worms) to say thanks to.

image by color line

progressive dinner is served!

ok, here we go! the long awaited progressive dinner blog carnival!appetizer, image by http://flickr.com/people/bucketfullofbuddha/

what’s a progressive dinner? you start out at one house or restaurant to have hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, then move on to a different one for appetizers, and continue moving from place to place all the way through dessert. our good man kilroy figured we might as well do something like this with a blog carnival. today, ladies and gentleman, we are serving six “courses” of delicious blog posts from all around the world, each with a different host.

six hosts, six different ways of presentation.

here at this table, we have three attractions – yes, bloggers and bloggerettes, gentlies and ladies’ men, count ’em: 3 – and they are:

  1. the blog posts themselves, of course, gathered from the blogosphere far and wide – and believe me: this is a carnival! everything from politics to weight loss to poetry to money management, it’s all here, that and more!
  2. each post is coupled with a quote about food. the coupling, my friends, is entirely random, just like in the carnival, you never know who’s going to sit beside you in the food tent.
  3. … and … this evening, at 6pm pacific standard time until 8pm, we will have a dinner conversation here in the comment area! come one, come all, we’ll talk about everything under the sun, we’ll laugh and maybe shed a tear and laugh some more and enjoy each others’ company.

you will see each entry starting with the name of the blog, followed by the title of the article, and then paired (kind of like wine pairings) with a quote.

here, then, is our most delicious spread. have your fill!

one for your success: for your success supports stopping the war in iraq

what garlic is to food, insanity is to art. (augustus saint-gaudens)

your dose of lunacy: ‘your shivering is our way of saying “we care” ‘

food is an important part of a balanced diet. (fran lebowitz quotes)

nancy zimmermann, the canadian money coach:can i spare some change

americans have more food to eat than any other people and more diets to keep them from eating it

myopic broadcast: glamorous

beer is good food

flooring the consumer: 20 year relationships

my body is a temple where junk food goes to worship

jobmob: the daniel scocco approach to setting job search goals

the political and commercial morals of the united states are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet (mark twain)

kilroy’s the gonzo papers: when splatters matter

news is like food: it is the cooking and serving that makes it acceptable, not the material itself (rose mccaulay)

things i’ve found in the blogosphere: stop the war in iraq!

any healthy man can go without food for two days, but not without poetry (charles baudelaire)

inspirationbit: dos and don’ts: colour

i have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food, which they take for granted – but his or her entertainment value (geoffrey household)

riehl life: village wisdom for the 21st century: 13 longevity and healthy living secrets gleaned from my-92-year-old-pop erwin a. thompson

good talk saves the food

the lives and times: a belated two year blogiversary

dinner at the huntercombes possessed only two dramatic features: the wine was a farce and the food a tragedy (anthony powell)

urban monk: the life that has gone on before: the perils of compassion, part 2

looks are so deceptive that people should be done up like food packages with the ingredients clearly labeled (helen hudson)

are you eating with your anorexic?: adults with eating disorders

the murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums (peter de vries, american comic visionary, editor, novelist, satirist and linguist)

all tips and tricks: online, offline, what difference does it make for the bear?

mosquitoes remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we think (tom wilson)

ali gator: news of the weird: qur’anic ringtones

ever since eve started it all by offering adam the apple, woman’s punishment has been to supply a man with food then suffer the consequences when it disagrees with him (helen rowland, english-american writer)

tales of ladies, goddesses and bitches: my thoughts exactly

i am not a glutton – i am an explorer of food (erma bombeck)

fitbuff.com’s total mind and body fitness: average men – how do you measure up?

a cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle (irish sayings)

religion, politics and the great pumpkin: “immigants! i knew it was them! even when it was the bears, i knew it was them.”

god gives all birds their food but does not drop it into their nests (danish proverb)

mysafepc.net: 5 tips for speeding up your pc

facts are to the mind what food is to the body (edmund burke, british statesman and philosopher)

telling it like it is: how to teach your children about money and money management

part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside (mark twain)

my simple trading system: stock market 2008 – third worst opening day

he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food (raymond chandler, american writer)

the agonist: american parallels

the lion is most handsome when looking for food (jalal ad-din rumi, persian poet and mystic)

hyperhydrosis: hyperhydrosis: what is it?

the disparity between a restaurant’s price and food quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill. (bryan miller)

weight loss dude: five gifts for those losing weight

there is no question that rumanian-jewish food is heavy. one meal is equal in heaviness, i would guess, to eight or nine years of steady mung-bean eating. (calvin trillin, american writer)

the sporadical: birdbeast in flight

a nuclear power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year.

diary of a second life courtesan: communication rules: the trouble with text or what i have learned the hard way

justice requires that everyone should have enough to eat. it also requires that everyone should contribute to the production of food. (elias canetti, bulgarian playwright and novelist)

poetic leanings: poem: silence

maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food (frank a. clark)

enhance life: if you want to be understood….

it was not so very long ago that people thought that semiconductors were part-time orchestra leaders and microchips were very, very small snack foods. (geraldine a. ferraro)

undercover black man: remember kennedy? (wish you didn’t?)

it is not necessary to advertise food to hungry people, fuel to cold people, or houses to the homeless. (john kenneth galbraith)

dr. martin russell: reverse your but

when poets write about food it is usually celebratory. food as the thing-in-itself, but also the thoughtful preparation of meals, the serving of meals, meals communally shared: a sense of the sacred in the profane. (joyce carol oates)

the ominous comma: writing prompts for the not-so-prompt

food is our common ground, a universal experience. (james beard)

balanced success: become a pioneer

a food is not necessarily essential just because your child hates it. (katherine whitehorn)

the simple nickle: what does it mean to be financially secure?

i believe that if ever i had to practice cannibalism, i might manage if there were enough tarragon around. (james beard)

paradigm shifted: just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town

i’m at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. in fact, i’ve just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. (rodney dangerfield, american comedian)

this wasted monologue: mike huckabee monologue

when i gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. when i asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist. (dom helder camara)

a voice crying in the wilderness: how convenient

god comes to the hungry in the form of food. (mahatma gandhi)

blog-blond: memed again!

i hate a man who swallows his food, affecting not to know what he is eating. i suspect his taste in higher matters. (charles lamb)

discover. inspiring. media. : pushing the limits of creativity for personal development and business innovation

to be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility. (eric hoffer)

the digerati life: the brand new world of peer to peer lending

if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. (j. r. r. tolkien)

jon swift: journalism 101

the trouble with eating italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again. (george miller)

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so, my friends, what do you think? ready to move on to the first course at fallen words

and if you liked this carnival idea, here are a few more:

  • you’re invited to the originator of this idea, kilroy at the gonzo papers on february 15th, for the gonzo gratitude! carnival
  • JM is hosting the scribes carnival, on february 4th, at fiction scribe
  • anthony is hosting the surfer’s paradise hullabaloo! carnival at the lives and times… on february 18th
  • anja has two carnivals coming up at anja merret – chatting to my generation: the observations of life carnival on february 17th and on february 23rd, the personal power carnival
  • here at change therapy, i am hosting two carnivals in february. the buddhist carnival runs february 15th and the carnival of eating disorders runs february 28th. at alphablogs, i’m running canada 9-5, a showcase for canadian business blogs, on february 28th.