Taxation

Accountants go round in a frenzy of audits and numbers, while the rest
of humanity tries to get tax forms filed in time. A crazy time of year
when the garden needs attention as well, so it’s busy at work or play …

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TAXATION

numbers gyrate
across tidy columns                                        006.3.1.14.blog..

juggle to the next
calculated equation

divide by statistics
multiply sideways

before being maximized
by my absent-minded

confusion of accounts
bent by computation

to this accountant’s
incorrect answer

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Time to Spare

I plan time carefully before appointments, always wanting to
arrive  early. Sometimes things go totally awry. Does this happen
to you? …

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TIME TO SPARE

a ten-minute drive
across town
with forty minutes                                         23445644.maps 6.23.12
to my appointment

but – road closed
and the flagger says
‘go round the other end’

found the other end
… closed too

out with map
make finger tracks
around road works
to find the long cut

… turn left
meander up hill
down around curves

make a wrong turn
backtrack and arrive
at destination
… two minutes
to spare

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Heritage

We pass on to our children and grandchildren parts of who we are, face,
eyebrow, the way we walk. It’s fascinating to me to see who carries
a likeness, and in what way …

HERITAGE

hand-prints like mine                        IMG_8666.2.21.16.blogon the table
on the window
on paper

smaller but
more detailed
smoother
yet familiar

grandson
grand-daughter

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On Getting Stung

Spring in the North, Fall in the South. The Romans called this month Aprilis and it’s believed that the name comes from the verb aperirie “to open” because it’s when flowers begin to open in the Northern Hemisphere. Whatever the name, flowers are out … but there’s lurking danger …

ON GETTING STUNG

I picked wild nettles
with bare hands
felt the sting                         IMG_8644.2.18.16.blog

buried my face
in pricking tears
before the wealth
of green took
me on its tide
of rampant spring
and I could lean
into grass where
dock and dandelion
held healing
for the pain
I grasped in hot
beating fingers

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Following Instructions

Is there anything more infuriating than needing to speak to a human being and getting a list of gabbled and automated instructions, only the first of which can be understood: ‘Press 1 to speak to …’ and then off the recorded voice goes on its happy way to my complete confusion, so …

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FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS

baffled by questions
one    two    or three
brought to bay by the recorded          IMG_8603.2.7.16.blog
sweetly reasonable voice

I press my way through
the maze of instruction
as the guiding angel says
this number that number
too fast for comprehension

to hear yet another voice
that generates further
confusing directives

I stare at drifting clouds
return to redial
only to whirl again
into endless automation

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Easter

Easter is early this year. We’ve the darkness of Good Friday to get through but joy follows. Spring has sprung and we’ve the summer to look forward to … life is a shining delight! …

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EASTER

like a wind-rise of petals
like a shaking of clouds                   IMG_6450 12.4.25.daffodils
like a dance of lambs
like a toss of daffodils
like a cache of chocolate
like a cascade of ticker-tape
like a flight of balloons
like a leap of rabbits
like a rise of laughter
like I’d walked out of the cave

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Homeless senryu

People on the street, homeless, jobless … how do they manage? Living
in tents or shacks, wet, cold, hungry. The homeless are a real concern for me, for municipalities and, at last possibly, national politicians …

loose change
in his hat
no bread                                 IMG_8599.2.6.16
. . . . . . .stormy night
. . . . . . .her galvanized roof
. . . . . . .leaks
a tent-peg
breaks –
homeless

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