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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

The Fam

Blog Posted:10/11/2012 11:47:00 AM

I think everyone needs a back or foot rub---how about it---it is amazing the amount of passion that steams within this soup family, however it’s not surprising considering that the creative mind is most easily fired. That, after all, is what separates us from the rest of the herd----that spark—that inspirational NOOO, or YESSSS BUT!!  But the but must be since we are in many ways in our own universe (there is no one in my kindred spirit world except for you guys that gives a crap about my poems) so there is only, with rare exception YOU!  Yet we quarrel amongst each other like a grammar school kick ball game.  We must be careful because outside of our silly family here, where are we and who gives a damn.  I must say this, I love every damn one of you from PD to Deb and Chris and Cyndi and EVERYONE!!!-----Because you are as dysfunctional  as my regular family but without that who and what are we damn it!!!! I don’t like the structured tanka but I will try because I’m a sucker for, and I was brought up to try anything on my plate at least once.  I must say this, in conclusion,  please believe me, although some may have reason to distrust, my word is my bond, I’m an old fashion yankee whose handshake or verbal equivalent is worth everything!! Love Ya!!

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  1. Date: 10/15/2012 1:33:00 AM
    Hey Craig...great blog post. I don't know you that well or many of the soupers, but I will say that your point about the family is a point well made. P.S. every family is dysfunctional at some level these days - that's why it feels so normal LOL...... Shaz

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  1. Date: 10/13/2012 10:03:00 PM
    i meant to add this to my other comment and got bogged down and forgot. 5,7,5,7,7 are line maximums for tanka. it isn't any more wrong to shorten the tanka than it is to shorten gendai haiku (modern haiku). I personally advocate shortening the poem, but I do have a penchant for balancing the lines in the same proportion as 57577. Like 46466. Not that it will make the poem any more correct but I personally like a well balanced, smooth sounding poem. The poem doesn't sit well to have one line much shorter than normal or much longer than normal. So, just read it over with that in mind and if you like the sound of the way you wrote it, then go with it.

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  1. Date: 10/13/2012 11:08:00 AM
    Good that we are considered family..Sara

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 8:55:00 AM
    We cling together in groups and as a group... All wanting some one else to like our poetry... All and all it's a good life here.

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 1:04:00 AM
    I love to tanka, because it is not an extended "high cow".... Good morning :-)

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 10/12/2012 8:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 10/12/2012 5:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You don't want to tango with me though, I'm not that good a dancer lol
  1. Date: 10/11/2012 11:37:00 PM
    hmmm, I guess I missed some stuff if a blog was deleted? Anyway, this is a cute commentary on the Soup family!! TANKA you, craig.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 10/12/2012 5:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No, Tanka You!
  1. Date: 10/11/2012 3:47:00 PM
    Dysfunctional? What me! I love the tight restricted rules, the constraint, the pain of fitting in a syllable count, no rules just leads to anarchy, if a sponser wants a poem in green lettering then that's exactly what they will get from me, Dysfunctional! you bet....great blog Craig...David

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 3:11:00 PM
    Nothing like a good ole brouhaha to get your blood going in the morning! Light & Love always [have you set the boob tube to record?]

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 10/11/2012 6:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    naw I need to fast forward through the BS
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 10/11/2012 3:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Of course I say that, then fall asleep in the chair----who--what--what time is it--oh crap!!
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 10/11/2012 3:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hell no Deb--I'll watch live--wouldn't it be fun to watch a good ole soup fight live on TV!! You know it babe! Besides, do you go to bed that early? LOL I know---almost my bedtime too!!
  1. Date: 10/11/2012 3:02:00 PM
    My own family was so dysfunctional, you guys look normal.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 10/11/2012 4:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    WWwww aaaa hahhahahha! Same here!
  1. Date: 10/11/2012 2:15:00 PM
    :) Only have a moment. Like your blog, you old poop (on Golden Pond) Hey, though I kick at gates, I also like traditional forms and write them as well. I dig exploration. The family quibbles but I GUARANTEE that we EACH would pull together if any one of us was in REAL trouble---illness, loss, despair, tragedy. Even those who have recently snarled would be there for each other. Okay, now don't dump your tea in the harbour, but do you know for the longest time I thought you were a Brit? Pictured you in some small town, riding a bike to pick up your parcels. My weird imagination. HUGS!

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 10/11/2012 3:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    close to that he's UP YONDER in God's country, where their motto is LIVE FREE OR DIE
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 10/11/2012 2:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Funny you should say Cyndi (two ways) My great-great grandparents came over from close to Plymouth England and, as irony would have it, I live about an hour from Squam Lake NH where On Golden Pond was filmed, so "You pretty old dame" (even though you're younger) that's the rest of the story.
  1. Date: 10/11/2012 2:01:00 PM
    I have to add that, being self effacing, I know that I too contribute toward the dysfunction!! lol

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 10/11/2012 3:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

  1. Date: 10/11/2012 1:29:00 PM
    Yeah, I don't get this whole Tanka craze.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 10/11/2012 1:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Graig. Goodnight all. Michael: It was a drive by some soup members to "flood" PS with tanka.....
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 10/11/2012 1:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey, I agree with both Charles and you Suzette, If I post a contest for an English sonnet it better be in iambic pentameter and with the correct rhyme scheme----and I honor your rules for your tanka contest the same--without reservation!!!
  1. Date: 10/11/2012 1:12:00 PM
    I beg to differ about structure, but this says it much better than I. You can have any rule you want to FOR YOUR OWN CONTEST but for general comments we should strive to be correct or open to correction. Tanka poems are short, lyrical poetry structured in 31 syllables arranged in groups of 5, 7, 5, 7 and 7, syllables, in a two-part form with the first part in 5, 7, 5, and the second part in 7 and 7. "the Japanese poetry grows out of people's feelings to become leaves of words for everything in the world." Its main feature is that, in expressing the gamut of feelings in a simple form, it must contain--and this is an indispensable feature--a suggestiveness felt beyond the words.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 10/11/2012 1:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Charles we can't argue because I agree with you---structure rules except for an unstructured poem---and that's ok as well---ie. gotta love Cyndi with her modern sonnets and stepping out of the box on occasion (or always) gives us wings!
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 10/11/2012 1:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hence the PS to my comment below (re the wife). Now I will go and make myself a cup of coco and go to bed. Granny is tired ;-)
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 10/11/2012 1:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I had to draw the competition line somewhere.... Leveling the playing field by setting rules for the competition. BTW I was trying to lighten the mood, hence me "giving instructions" to Craig here.... no harm done. _/\_ Namaste, Charles
  1. Date: 10/11/2012 12:58:00 PM
    Yep... we're crazy and cool! That's us!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 10/11/2012 1:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I will try---my word is good--my poem might not be however!!
  1. Date: 10/11/2012 12:07:00 PM
    First of all: Why you deleted your last blog? I was having a great time. (Tanka, Haiku, Senryu...without "s"-pluralization)Second: "you are as dysfunctional as my regular family" !! Hilarious! Third (and last for now): You said that you dont like the structured Tanka... THAT's a Tanka! ...the rest is just 31 Syllables. : ) I'll be back...

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 10/11/2012 4:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hasta la vista, Baby! : )
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 10/11/2012 3:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 10/11/2012 1:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ruben--You're the best!
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 10/11/2012 12:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


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