The homeless man and the red piano

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The City of Edmonton had a terrific idea for a summer project. They placed pianos in public spaces around the city, an open invitation for anyone to sit down and play. Musicians of all ages and talents answered the call…

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Monica Lewinsky reclaims herself

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The comments began even before Monica Lewinsky left the stage of the Forbes Under 30 Summit, where she gave a talk on cyberbullying. Some came to her defense, others repeated the same litany of trash talk that has followed her…

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Medusa Was a Manatee

Armitage Siren

Floating on a sullen sea without a breath of wind A searing sun beating down upon a sailor’s skin And somewhere in the distance he hears the Sirens sing Calling him, calling him, calling him … Luring sailors to the…

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Cloud Woman Leaping

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Cloud Woman Leaping by Deb Maike Head back Puffy arms flung out in joy As she soars Fluffy left leg extended Right knee high and back Over the hurdle, A black band of rain cloud, Rising into the dawn’s blue…

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A Paucity of Nouns

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The dangling particle is stretched to the limit and can be clutched in space by that illusive adverb before the noun mascarading as a verb smothers my few parts of speech left. All that remain are my adjectives. Oh, Al…

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An answer in the lake

Sky-sandwich

Clouds lay heavy over the lake, just at sunset. When I looked at the photograph on my computer, I realized it was like a sky sandwich, gold-tipped clouds framed by hills and sky. I liked that so posted it to…

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The Dancing Leaves

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©2013 Rick Hardman The leaves dance spontaneously. Most are not shy in any way. Through the window, I can faintly hear their laughter. A few are timid though and cling firmly to the ground. The bold ones tumble and fly…

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Fire in the woods

Pioneer Ranch

It takes so long to shake off the newcomer designation in a rural community. And it takes so little to make it stick like glue. We added some glue early in our stay in Cariboo. Pioneer Ranch lies on one…

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Boot for trade

Vetnam Veterans Memorial

Sterling Haynes had a hunch I would appreciate his tanka. (That is a Japanese poem with five lines. The first and third have five syllables. The others have seven.) He was right. I appreciate because I know he spent ten…

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Trapped in a Bubble

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©2013 Rick Hardman I often feel as if I am trapped within a bubble. The wide world is all around me but here I am isolated and separate. It seems impossible to escape into the reality that surrounds me. Nor…

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