Seems we never learn from history, so we are doomed to repeat our mistakes over and over again. The Civil Rights era of the 1960s was a violent time of racial prejudice and hate played out on the streets of the South. Here we are almost forty years later still repeating the prejudice, hate and violence against our fellow men.
Take me back to the sixties
“Blowin’ in the Wind“
“How many ears must one man have
before he can hear people cry?”
Bob Dillon – Blowin in the Wind
Photo: Dwight L. Roth
My preference is Peter, Paul and Mary’s version of the song. Click below to listen…
Today at d’Verse, Frank Tassone offered to us two master poets. One was William Shakespear who was a prolific English poet and play-write. The second was the most revered Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694), who introduced hokku which later became haiku poetry. Both men changed the world with their words. This is the goal of all of us who write. Our hope is that our words will shed light on the truth of the world around us in a way that has both present and lasting affect.
I write poems on my
journey with teacher Bashō
New beans sprouts today
Such different poets
Shakespear and Bashō
Both pushing flowers
Bashō visits Shakespear’s stage
So many words are spoken
“All’s well that ends well”
What more needs to be spoken
Clear as fresh spring air
Lost in endless lines of verse
Shakespear’s never ending voice
Bashō speaks more with
less, like a set c-4 charge
I wrote my Haibun above, then added a few non-conformed haikai ranga verses following that give comparison of the two from Bashō’s perspective.
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Photos from d’Verse…
I had a visit today from an Eastern Blue Grosbeak. He comes to my feeder a few times a year. I am not sure if they are migrating or just tend to stay away. I always like seeing their gorgeous striking colors. This bird was hungry. He hopped right into the cage and ate for five minutes. I thought he would fly away when I got closer to get these photos, but he kept right on eating. It was wonderful to see him again.
Blue grosbeak stopped by
Eating his fill of my seeds
Springtime all around
iPhone Photos: Dwight L. Roth
Since the weather has warmed up I have been out in my garage painting again. The 42 x 42 inch painting above was given to my neighbor. They asked me to paint a large sunflower for their daughter. That is the last painting which I worked on today. I still a have some work to do on the seed part of the sunflower. The middle photos are a painting I did on my old Washburn Guitar. It has had significant damage with a hole patched in the body and a head that got snapped and glued back together. Amazingly, it still holds tuning and plays very well. I am a fan of old steam trains as you can see.
Painting // passing time
Waiting for Summer release
Ready for a hug
Paintings: Dwight L. Roth
I finished the Sunflower today…
Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a Ponderosa Pine stump and can’t get out? Maybe all this staying at home, for who knows how long, will teach us what bears already know; how to hibernate and sleep through the down times! Hopefully we won’t stay as long as Rip Van Winkle. Even so, by the time we come back out the world will be a different place than the one we remember.
Smiling eye peaking
through the knot-hole in our tree
“Come out! It’s springtime!”
The air is fresh // sky is blue
We miss your hugs Grandma
Photo: Lara Z. Condon