Saturday, March 31, 2012

Renku Saturday 19

A 2007 photo was used for this haiga and it is a verse link to Emma's 'morning commute' at Australian Haiku March 30th 2012

Its Renku Saturday, i welcome your sharing: COMMENT or email me

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wild Fowl Trust.4

Today ends the 4-part mini series - "Another Book Club Lime, our first stop The Wild Fowl Trust at Point a Pierre" All photos taken Saturday 24th March 2012

flowers and trees
enhancing bird life ~
beauty harnessed

--gillena cox

Next - we went to The San Fernado Hill; then on to
Waterloo: Temple in The Sea, Indian Caribbean Museum, and Dattereya Yoga Centre

a day for wandering
a day for haiku...
spring rain

--Issa, 1825

So that was "Book Club Lime - Saturday 24th March 2012"

photos -- gillena cox

revisit "Book Club Lime - Chacachacare Saturday 2011"

much love

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wild Fowl Trust.3

Pt 3 - continuing; Another Book Club Lime, our first stop The Wild Fowl Trust at Point a Pierre; all photos taken Saturday 24th March 2012
Taking our bottles of water and our cameras, we start out on tour.
Very quickly, before it flies off, we catch a glimpse of a
yellow-headed blackbird

A littler further along, we meet the ibis.

Surprisingly enough, they are born black, females grow up to be white.

The scarlet ibis needs a diet rich in beta carotene to develop their vibrant red colour.

We continue walking the circular path.

Way way out in the pond; are two coromants.

A wattled jaracanda stands alone on a lilypad; the male bird of this specie; we are told is the one who sits on the eggs after the female has layed them and hatches them and nutures the young ones.

Shadows of tilapia at various places spot the pond.

And caymen, we learn, though we see none, love to eat the water hyacinths. No crocs or gators live in either of the two ponds.

a narrating voice
holds rapt attentions ~
lotus blossom

the smoothness of ~
surprises along the trail
'paper bark tree'

*paperbarks - Melaleuca pronounced mləljukə -

peacock center stage -
now observers become
the audience

haiku and photos -- gillena cox

Tomorrow Wild Fowl Trust.4 - final part

Monday, March 26, 2012

Wild Fowl Trust.2

Pt 2 - continuing; Another Book Club Lime, our first stop The Wild Fowl Trust at Point a Pierre; all photos taken Saturday 24th March 2012

among the adults
conversations continue -
water hyacinths

morning breezes -
of bird songs

blossoming poui -
arrival of
a new group

in between snacking -
a recipe
for pholourie

haiku and photos -- gillena cox

Tomorrow Wild Fowl Trust.3

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Wild Fowl Trust.1

sunny day
a popcorn cloudy sky
over head

counting blessings ~
from the bus window
some drifting clouds

Another Book Club Lime our first stop The Wild Fowl Trust at Point a Pierre; all photos taken Saturday 24th March 2012

waiting on our guide
ducks glide

lily pond
contemplation -
Basho's frog

haiku and photos -- gillena cox

Tomorrow Wild Fowl Trust.2

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

World Water Day 2012

i used a 2010 photo taken at Manzanilla Beach for this haiga

HAPPY WORLD WATER DAY and wishes for a more equitable planet earth

World Water Day
all across the planet
drifting clouds

--gillena cox

The United Nations has designated March 22nd World Water Day to focus attention on the importance of fresh, clean water and to advocate for the sustainable management of fresh water resources. This year's theme is "Water and Food Security."

As the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu put it: "In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it."

Not all the news is bad on World Water Day. A report released earlier this month noted that over two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources between 1999 and 2010.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cricket Yesterday

image from Google

...between West Indies and Australia at Arnos Vale on Tuesday ended in a tie after Darren Sammy was run out with the Windies needing just one run from the last three balls to win...

tea and carrot cake -
the commentator's voice
sounds "slips" and "gullies"
--gillena cox

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Savvy 20

image from Google images

Many first dates here in the Caribbean refer back to the movies; and not just any day; but indeed Sunday.
Sunday at the movies is both old school and new school.
Consider the 84th Oscar awards 2012, the movie industry and billions of watching fans, gathered on a Sunday; February 26th, to celebrate this phenomenon of the movies.

Sunday savvy
the cinema queue spills out
into the country road

--gillena cox

Sunday smiles to all

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revisit Sunday Savvy 19

...Once, the sellers had the mind to stand clear of the chuch steps.

after mass
Sunday papers for sale
the roadway


Sunday sleep-in
even crows
can't wake me


Saturday, March 17, 2012


"The Wearing Of The Green" a St Patrick's Day Folk Song

The Saint Patrick's Breastplate Prayer
Christ be with me
Christ before me
Christ behind me
Christ in me
Christ beneath me
Christ above me
Christ on my right
Christ on my left
Christ where I lie
Christ where I sit
Christ where I arise
Christ in the heart of every man
who thinks of me
Christ in the mouth of every man
who speaks of me
Christ in every eye that sees me
Christ in every ear that hears me
Salvation is of the Lord.

An Irish Blessing

Wishing you always...
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire

revisit St Patrick's Day 2011

Friday, March 16, 2012

Beach Trail

the sands too yield
shifting with the surf's ebbing
and flowing
choreography of breath
a performance nonpareil

--gillena cox

Painting is silent poetry -- Plutarch

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I saw this poster at Facebook, liked it and used it as my desktop photo for a while; the authorship remain unknown to me and too any copyright restrictions, but i liked it so much, i've decided to share it here at Lunch Break; i have no claim whatsoever to the image or the text it carries

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
-- Mahatma Gandhi

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
-- Saint Augustine (Ancient Roman Christian Theologian and Bishop of Hippo from 396 to 430.

roosters crowing in
a new day
in another season
of Lent

-- gillena cox

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Savvy 19

Today marks a year since the terrible tsunami which devastated Fukushima in Japan;

how so unlike
the cherry blossoms which fall
much to the delight
of millions of onlookers
conscious of their span

--gillena cox

Japan must rebuild dozens of ravaged coastal communities, shut down the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and decontaminate radiated land so it is inhabitable again..."Our predecessors who bought prosperity to Japan have repeatedly risen up from crises, every time becoming stronger," Noda said at a ceremony at the National Theater attended by the emperor and empress.
click to read more on "Japan marks 1 year since quake, tsunami disaster"

click to read "Snow's March 11th experience"

click to view "Japan's children of the tsunami " 3.11

click to read about Cherry blossoms (sakura)

someone recites
the Lotus Sutra...
spring rain falls

--Issa, 1811

Blessings and Sunday smiles to all

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Thursday, March 08, 2012

International Women's Day

opening haiga by Gheorghe Postelnicu of Romania; thank you Stops for allowing me to share your haiga at Lunch Break

window view
a girl
on her way to school

--gillena cox

Happy Women's Day 2012

click here to revisit International Women's Day 2011

click here to see International Women's Day 2012 live

Saturday, March 03, 2012

One Squash

...Even though most people identify squash with vegetables, from a botanical standpoint, they're considered fruits because they contain the seeds of the plant. Squash along with corn and beans, are believed to have originated in Mexico and Central America where they were eaten 7,500 years ago. American Indians shared many varieties of squash with the European settlers, who took the seeds back to their countries. Today, squash and pumpkins are grown all over the world, and are wildly popular in many Eastern European countries...

...Every part of the squash plant can be eaten, including the leaves and tender shoots, which can be cooked in omelets or made into soup...

click here for a squash blossom recipe

...In a queer little bamboo house in front of a big garden lived a man and his wife all alone. They had always been kind and good to everyone, but still they were not happy, because the child for which they longed had never come to them. Each day for many years they had prayed for a son or a daughter, but their prayers had been unanswered. Now that they were growing old they believed that they must always live alone.In the garden near their house this couple grew fine white squash...
click to read the whole Philippine tale of 'The White Squash'