And The Hills Bleed Paint

The rainfall grew, starting softly to moisten the dried dirt and clay, then growing to create rivulets of water, streaming down the hills. But it was not a simple muddy brown runoff; yellows over there, maroons there, ochers, reds, oranges, greys, shades of brown from light tan to dark brown ran and collected. It was as if a giant Jackson Pollock had one too many drinks, and in his drunken stumble kicked over all the cans of paint in his studio.

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Spring Break

Winter.

Here in the good old USA, numerous folk are “enjoying” the style of winter that is often considered the exclusive domain of International Falls, Minnesota and their robust Canadian friends further north.  Temperatures are brutally cold, well south of freezing, accompanied by ye olde insidious wind chill and ample amounts of that white stuff that wanted to be rain before Mr. Freeze squeezed its little liquid heart. While the Canucks and Minnesotans may shrug it off, for those less accustomed to this winter thuggery I offer a Spring Break – a reminder of things to come.

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Haiku in Shades of Gray

Afternoon Visit
In A Japanese Garden
Feeling Shades Of Gray

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Following A Path
Entry To Serenity
Nature’s Softer Side

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Branches Twist And Turn
Tendrils of a tree’s soul
Gives Calming Patterns

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A Mossy Clearing
Pagoda Climbs To Heaven
The Maple Watches

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A Glyph Guards The Frame
Of Quiet Tea Ceremonies
House With Autumn Moon

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A Solid Presence
Ancient Anchor To The World
Crafted Wall Of Rocks

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A Gentle Dripping
Calming Sounds Refresh The Air
Stress Draining With Water

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An Old Tree Provides
Patterns Of Bark And Needles
Beauty Of Aging

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Sandy Sacrifice
The Buddha Faces Tigers
Garden Of Stone

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Lake Of Raked Gravel
Geometric Distances
The Islands Ripple

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Winding Stairs Climb
A Rocky Hill Surrenders
The Spirit Ascends

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Miniature Vignettes
For Pondering Natures Soul
Garden Says Goodbye