• POETS SALON

      10/28/20

      Hosted by Kath Abela Wilson

      Overwhelming. How much time dreaming, how many waking hours, how can I measure? How long will this go on? Once, while my former husband was dying, I went out and swept the stoop. Small circles, I watched them form, and disappear. This I can do, I said. And ever since it has worked this way, I have worked this way…watching the tasks accumulate, in abundance, in small circles that disappear.

      the ease of it
      make more than you need
      and give some away

      ~ Kath Abela

      pink and blue flowers

      Abundant Blessings, alcohol ink painting by Christine L. Villa

      Christine L. Villa

      My pandemic days often start with an abundance of circles. Every morning, when I open my eyes, I see my dog’s button eyes staring back at me. The clock on the wall says it’s time to take her outside. In the backyard, dapples of sunlight dance around the pots of pansies and succulents as she winds around the trees and bushes. After her morning playtime, we go straight to the kitchen. While my sunny-side-up eggs are sizzling on the pan, she slurps some water from her bowl. We begin our afternoon activities. She naps on her favorite couch or sits right behind my back until it is time for our evening walk. I, on the other hand, do my work on the computer or drop splashes of colors on my craft paper. Like the circles on my art pieces, I feel safe and protected in my own little world.

      millions of dots
      in the dark sky

      from within

      in limitless possibilities
      my mind and heart
      expand

      Ο Ο Ο

      painting of a bird on orange flowers

      Abundant luck. Digital painting by Christina Chin

      Christina Chin

      Some Days are More Special

      The grocery store shelves were empty and while the world was running down, I did the best with what I have, the bare necessities. I continued writing, painting, crafting mail art and everything in between chores believing “This too shall pass” so I kept breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise.

      birdsongs
      outside my window
      morning dewdrops

      all day long
      circling blossoms
      crimson sunbirds

      afternoon rain
      around the saguaro
      garden blooms

      another day
      its just another but
      today is special

      zoom dinner date
      cakes topped with meringues
      my mother’s birthday

      fattened hens
      and ducks in the pens
      mid-autumn

      In August 2020, I started making cranes for the Memorial Crane Project, Honoring Matter. A crane for each of the COVID-19 victims. To date, there are 25,000 cranes collected, we are still making and sending. Currently, there are 1900 names and stories received.

      Ο

      colorful Japanese paper mache

      Cranes are flying (Photo – Christina Chin

      Abundance: Quotes and Credits

      Christine “Chrissi” L. Villa is an all-around creative explorer residing in North Highlands, CA. She’s a children’s book author, haiku and tanka poet, publisher, speaker, photographer, visual artist, and a crafter. Her books, poems, photos, and artwork have won awards and recognition. Her collection of Japanese short-form poetry is entitled The Bluebird’s Cry. Chrissi is the founding editor of Frameless Sky and of Velvet Dusk Publishing. She is also the editor of Ribbons, the journal of Tanka Society of America. She can be reached at her website.

      Christina Chin, Kuching, Malaysia, is always excited and inspired by nature, enjoys quietude, writing short poems and painting. She’s the 1st place winner in the 34th Annual Cherry Blossom Sakura Festival 2020 Haiku Contest. 1st prize award winner in the 8th Setouchi Matsuyama International Contest in 2019. Recently, she won two of City Soka Saitama’s 2020 prizes, and earned five merits in the World Haiku Review 2020. She’s published in the multilingual Haiku Anthology (Volumes 3-6) and the International Spring and Summer Saijiki issues. Christina is published in Haikukai(俳句界) one of Japan’s biggest monthly haiku magazines. Her poems appear in Akita International Haiku Network, African Haiku Network, AHS Frogpond Journal, the Red Moon Anthology, Akitsu Quarterly Journal, The Asahi Shimbun, ESUJ-Haiku, Presence, Chrysanthemum, The Cicada’s Cry, The Zen Space, Wales Haiku Journal, Prune Juice, Failed Haiku and Cattails (UHTS) and many more awards and accolades to her name. She also maintains an ongoing scheduled blog of featured and published haiku.

      shades of red colored circles

      A Ring of Roses. Alcohol ink painting by Christine L. Villa

      Send short poems, haiku, senryu, tanka, cherita haibun, tanka prose, short prose poems, etc., or your own unique approach, to Kath Abela by Facebook message or click here to email her directly. We can feature your work again after five months. Multiple Submissions can be saved to appear later:

      1. Send a short bio, comments on the theme.
      2. Send photos or artwork by you, if possible.
      3. No attachments except photos.
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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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      1. Corine Timmer says:

        Wonderful!

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