Monday, February 25, 2013

full moon of the Serpent Year 4711


 Kitagawa Utamaro, 1754–1806

Tanka for the Full Moon of the Snake Year

Sign of good fortune,
a rainbow snake bites its tail
and rings the full moon.
May it lick our ears in sleep
that we might dream of singing.

------------------------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2013


Tanka para la luna llena del año de la serpiente

Signo de la buena fortuna,
una serpiente arco iris se muerde la cola
y rodea la luna llena.
Que nos lama los oídos en el dormir
para que soñemos en cantar.

-------------------------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2013

 Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎, 1760-1849)


Thursday, February 21, 2013




El par de peces nada
entre cristales de amatistas,
entre peñas de heliotropo —
----la luz de Júpiter les llega
----como un reflejo en estaño;
Neptuno perezosamente los vigila.
Si vadeas en las aguas inconstantes,
los verás a tus pies
nadar como imágenes de sueños,

------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2013


The pair of fish swim
among amethyst crystals,
among boulders of bloodstone —
---the light of Jupiter comes to them
---like reflections on tin;
---Neptune lazily watches.
If you wade in the inconstant water,
you will see them at your feet
swimming like the images of dreams,

---------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2013


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Year of the Serpent 4711

Kono Bairei 幸野 楳嶺, 1844-1895

Tanka for the Year of the Serpent

The serpent, the snake,
sheds its skin, scales bright-shining
hugs close to the earth.
From earth its wisdom, its strength,
healer, teacher, counselor.

------------------------------------------------- © Rafael Jesús González 2013

La serpiente, la culebra
arroja la piel, escamas brillando
se aferra a la tierra.
De la tierra su saber, su fuerza,
curandera, maestra, consejera.

            ------------------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2013

Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎, 1760-1849)


Monday, February 4, 2013

riverbabble 22


Sailin' by Christopher Novak

riverbabble 22

William Doreski:
         Dutch & Flemish Genre Scenes
         After a Day of Open Vowels   

Rafael Jesús González:

Sheryl L. Nelms:
         Crescent Lake, Arizona
         Heat Lightning

Robert Pesich:
          Old Mountain

Alicia Salinas:
          Problema doméstico / Household Problem
          Duda / Unsure

John Oliver Simon:
          Temescal Creek

Anne Whitehouse:
          The Eye That Cries
          Story of a Dress

Jeffrey Bernstein:   Winter Longing
Cassandra Dallett:    Feeding the Mountain
Holly Day:    New Memories
Stuart Dodds:   Love in Winter

Joanne Faries:   Aftermath
Michael Gause:    Winter Passage
Cecele Allen Kraus:    Ice Storm
Len Kuntz:   Space and Time
Kirt Lumpkin:   Blind to The Night
Doug Mathewson:   About the light
Anthony Adrian Pino:   A Lamentation: Sandy Hook School, December 2012
Armando Rendón:   Looking out to the back garden
Hilary Sideris   The Parable of the Lost Coin
Sandy Steinman:   After the Storm
John Swain:   Between Thin Walls
Rimas Uzgiris:   Skiing the Wasatch Range
Sandy Vrooman:   bit on the back side


Cynthia Benson:   Snow Globe

Pamela Brenman:   Unpacking

j.d.daniels:   The Use to be Time

W. F. Lantry:   Circles

Tony Press:   Buried in Plain White

Jon Sindell:   Del

Charles Taylor:   You Never Know Where You're Going

Lenore Weiss:   How I Landed a Job

Flash Fiction & Prose Poetry

Sharon Coleman:   Night Before Her Wedding

Chella Courington:
           Adele and Tom in Scene
           La Nevada

David Spicer:
           Girl in the Fog
           The White Door at the Foot of the Mountain

Luca Penne:
           Dream Lives
           A Little Romance


Christopher Novak: Sailin'  


Want to be sure of his spelling. Proof fever. Martin Cunningham forgot to give us his spellingbee conundrum this morning. It is amusing to view the unpar one ar alleled embarra two ars is it? double ess ment of a harassed pedlar while gauging au the symmetry with a y of a pelled pear under a cemetery wall. Silly, isn't it? Cemetery put in of course on account of the symmetry.

                                                                    JAMES JOYCE, Ulysses, p.100., 17, 165-170.

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