Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Something Old Something New

'Jumbie beads' used by our local artisans in T&T making hand crafted jewellery image is from...

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year in Roman Catholic tradition; more about Advent here...

season of Advent
crafting new beginnings
from old traditions
--gillena cox

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day

today too
i am
--gillena cox

zeni kara-kara tsutsushinde môsu n-me no hana
coins clattering
he thanks them politely...
plum blossoms
more from Issa here...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Morning Impressions

per syllable count the verse in the image is not a haiku as its exceeds seventeen beats

here's another presentation which can be accepted as a tanka

this early morning
it laves even
the silent intervals
of a bird's song
--gilena cox

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Invitation To Haiku

empty spaces
clouds merge
empty spaces
--gillena cox

a heart-beat
another beat
--Devika Jyothi

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


image is from...

Where it not for my christian catholic ethic; i feel certain that i when i die, i would morph instantly into a superheroine; glamorous shapley and such a powerhouse of rage against the bad guys; swooping down without mercy, tearing them limb by limb, and binding them into chains of never ending release; without thoughts of societal ills, and poverty, and abuse and whatever else excuses are rendered for crime in today's world

Instead here i am, in the mind set of, the very difficult task of forgiveness and the hope of; peace on earth; and eternal life, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc...

what is causing this mini rant you might ask; yesterday right in front of my house a young man snatched my purse and ran off; leaving me fallen, and bruised; a stranger took me in his car to the police station; all this time i'm screaming my head off tears streaming down my face i get to the station and i'm out of breath and in having an anxiety attack; took a while before i could even give a report to the police

stony hard paved street --
void of frustration between
the salt of my tears
--gillena cox

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ti Marie

in T&T the sensitive plant (mimosa pudica) is commonly referred to as ti marie; a remarkable weed, will spring up even in the cracks of walls and pavements, at the slightiest touch the pinnate leaves fold in

Monday, November 15, 2010


internet image from wordpress.com

pruning outdoor shrubs
the trail of a jet plane
in the vast blue
--gillena cox

Monday, November 08, 2010


Maxfield Parrish art is from...
more about Maxfield...

dawn birds
i've lost
my joy
--gillena cox

the angels guard
your next giant leap
with wings of praise
--Reason A Poteet, US IN

joyful birds of Jesus
fly to my friend
gentle her with your peace
Michelle Rose, US

Silenced birdsong
In the dark overcast
Muffled church hymns
--Michael Baribeau, US

in daybreak's
quotidian bird songs
a resurrection
--gillena cox, TT

'Daybreak' - a spontaneous renku Nov 7-Nov 8, 2010

Thursday, November 04, 2010


had my mango tree of (so many years) cut down to a bear minima; so i thought i should sing its ode here
Before i had that tree planted there were guava trees in that spot; guavas, another delicious and versatile caribbean fruit
So any which ways, i'm now taller than my mango tree, and i wont be eating mangos from my tree for a long while, it will take some time to regenerate. Some believe that a mango tree can grant wishes... maybe so maybe not, one thing i can attest to is the friendship coordination of this delicious fruit. When i was growing up, sharing food was a gesture of friendship, compassion and love. One of the first foods we shared as children was not the store bought snack of today's world, but rather, a mango chow, having rummaged through our mother's kitchen for whatever herbs we could salvage to toss in.
The green or near ripe mango, rough chopped after being peeled, was tossed in a bowl, with salt, lime juice, garlic and pepper; then what ever else we can put our hand on, we tossed in, and then had a good ole time dipping into the bowl and eating our chow; back then the equation was, mango chow equalled strong strong friendship.
Tomorrow in many homes this delicious fruit will be culinarized in all of its facets within the celebration of the Festival of Lights

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010