Summer Fun

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joy in the journey

Sea turtle rests in soft sand

High Tide is coming

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Waves breach sandy wall

Sea sculpture in jeopardy

Turtle loses head 

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High tide claims its own

Turtle disappears in surf

Memories forever

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Photos; Dwight L. Roth

Purple Heart

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Today I talked with my neighbor who has been having ongoing relationship problems in his marriage. He decided it was time form him to leave the relationship and move out. It is very sad to see this taking place. It happens so often it seems. If you are in a situation like this, make the effort to go to a good family counselor for help before calling it quits. It may take some time, but it can save your relationship, if both of you are willing to work on resolution. I know this from experience.

Purple Heart

Seems all we do is argue and fuss

Can’t seem to find common ground

Not a way to raise a son…

Listening to all our ranting and raving

Perhaps time away from each other

Will help refocus our relationship

But then again, maybe not

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Why is it so hard to listen

When our self-worth is on the line

Defense seems the only choice

Love has flown south for the winter

Raging words burn like California forest fires

When the battles are said and done

No one comes out a winner

I leave this relationship with a purple heart

Wounded in battle and scarred for life.

Painting: Dwight L Roth

The Cry of Haiti

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With all the disasters that keep happening around the world, the human spirit in its resilience keeps rising again and again. This is a tribute to that human spirit! 

The Cry of Haiti

1)Though the earth may shake us

and walls come tumbling down

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

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Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

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2)Though death surrounds us

and tears flow from our eyes

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

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Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

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3) Though our stomachs are empty

and sky over our heads

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

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Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

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4)With children dying

broken in the streets

Our hearts cry out in agony

Our hearts cry out in agony

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We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

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Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

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5Where are you God

in all this tragedy

How will you heal my broken soul

How will you heal my broken soul

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We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

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Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

Painting: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Ingrid asked us to consider the oral poetry, the poetry of the spoken word passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth. She asked us to write a poem with that feel by speaking the verses and then writing them down. The more I thought about it, the more I kept coming back to a song I wrote in this manner, after the first devastating earthquake that hit Port O Prince a few years ago. And then again, this year, another one hit in Haiti, causing death and destruction. And now, we just had Hurricane Ida come roaring from the gulf and bringing devastation to Louisiana this week. This is a tribute to the human spirit!

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Children’s Poetry – (haiku)

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A few weeks ago, I share my Haiku for Kids book with some little friends from my church. I also gave them a few of my story books as well. The oldest girl Anna is only eight years old, but very smart. The little brother Isaiah is around five or six. Their mother works with them in home school, so she was able to use them in her teaching time. They were very excited to get my books, and this morning they brought me these treasures. She worked on writing a Haiku and her little brother made up a poem as well. They colored the pictures for me, and included a beautiful thank you note at the end. This really made my day!

Lion King Aslan

Perched tall on a mountain

Majestic, Strong and Fast

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Brave

The brave Reepiche

Strong is he

Pointing his sword

Fighting for Narnia

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It is great that I got to join C.S. Lewis in inspiring these young minds

Inspired by C.S. Lewis – The Lion , the Witch, and the Wardrobe – from the Chronicles of Narnia

For a free pdf copy of my book Haiku for Kids, just email me at dwru27@aol.com

You can check it out here: https://rothpoetry.wordpress.com/2021/07/30/haiku-for-kids-book/

The Kill

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I was watching a beautiful National Geographic show on the animals of Yellowstone. At one point two grizzly bears were fighting over the carcass of a dead elk at the edge of the river. As they pushed and shoved, the crows sitting on the limb nearby took advantage of the situation.

While the grizzlies fight

over who owns the carcass…

Crows will eat their fill

This is one of my early paintings, when I was just beginning to learn to paint several years ago.

Parting the Waves

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A few years ago I watched a PBS art show about painting waves. I wanted to try it but did not have a big canvas at that time, so I took, four 11 x 14 canvases and attached them together with a board. I painted the picture and then took the board off the back. The individual canvases can be separated a few inches and hung on the wall. It was a different way of painting that tried a few different time. I like the effect very much. I sold it to my neighbors, down the street, who liked it very much as well.

Rolling waves churning

immense power lies beneath

Parting waves calms storm

Painting of Waves: Dwight L. Roth

Dog Days of Summer

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Dog Days of Summer

Now we know why Punxsutawney Phil does not predict the end of summer. It is too hot for him to crawl up out of his hole. Mid summer was a beast this year, with temperatures above 90 F most days. Wildfires blazed all over the Northwest, sending smoke our way as weather fronts drug it across the country.

August has slipped in already with the promise of cooler days this week. When this month ends, Fall brings on Nature’s fashion show and  I am ready. Seems like each season ends just in time for us to look forward to the next one.

Tap-dancing on sand

August brings cooler promise

Farmers harvest corn

For our d’Verse prompt today, Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haibun reflecting on the month of August. When August comes we know summer is on its down hill slide into fall!

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Don’t Marry a Drip

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A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping 

of a leaky roof in a rainstorm”

It is not about the making up

Rather, about making a wise choice

Irritations wears thin rather quickly

So choose compatibility

when picking a wife

Today at d’Verse, Merril asked us to choose a proverb and write a poem that includes it.   I chose Proverbs 27:15 NIV Bible.

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Painting: Dwight L. Roth

  • note: disclaimer- This post is not talking about my personal relationship with my wife! Rather, it is a general observation based on this proverb.