A Visit From Yeti

The Giant Footprint in the Yard by Maria L. Berg 2021

Yeti Appears by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

At the Motel Pool

She sits on a stool in a blue pool
with the water over her head
I expect her to bloom
like the strange flowers
in my clear glass tea pot
but she straddles that stool
and competes with the water
for bluest
My shins in the shallows shimmer
flesh under fresh pressure
a slippery contradictory mystery
now I’m swimming; it’s thrilling
and she’s grinning and filming
When did she leave her stool and the pool?
Stop! I implore her, but she’s already bored
and towel-wrapped headed for a door
Strange how blinding light can tilt
and wilt to chill; I shiver
and my trembling lips fight the water
for bluest

Eats a Candy Cane by Maria L. Berg 2021 Bokeh on GAMAGO Yeti Journal
Puts on a Santa Hat by Maria L. Berg 2021 Bokeh on GAMAGO Yeti journal
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The Joys of Gingerbread

The Gingerbread Man Got Caught by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today’s photography prompt was inspiring. I refilled my glass gingerbread man with syrup and I made some healthy gingerbread with freshly grated ginger and toasted hazelnut flour (instead of almond). I’m so glad I tried it, because Gingerbread People are delicious.

Yummy Gingerbread Person and Cookie with Dried Plum by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Sweet Gingerbread Love by Maria L. Berg 2021

Disquieting Signs

Lift it up
Hold it up to
a light source
a reflection of changes
my broken parts
may slide
when the waters arrive
to challenge
the edges of this
lift the corner
see our wild beasts
absorbed in fascination
to elucidate
reject the sameness of life
takes on a different meaning
find a beautiful haven
some way for mutuality
and interaction
like a string of horses
splashing ahead
in terms of connection
I have so much ground
to cover, cook longer,
and then check again

Spreading Christmas Cheer by Maria L. Berg 2021
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And for the Change of Focus Challenge theme Rest, Sleep, and Hibernation, here’s a picture of the gingerbread person at rest:

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#2021 Picture of the Week: Surprise Otter!

Inspired by Of Maria Antonia’s Weekly Photo Challenge “All is Calm” and the fact it isn’t raining, I went out to take some pictures of reflections on the lake. When I turned to take a picture of the mountain, surprise otter!

Otter by Maria L. Berg 2021

This guy was scratching some itches on the neighbor’s semi-submerged floating dock.

Standing Otter by Maria L. Berg 2021

I love his little face. He looks like a jolly old man.

Dock Otter by Maria L. Berg 2021

The problem with a surprise otter is after he leaves, all you ever want to see is an otter. Thank you Maria Antonia for inspiring me to head outside at just the right time.

And here’s the mountain and reflection on the lake:

All is Calm by Maria L. Berg 2021

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Jingle Bells by Maria L. Berg 2021

A few days ago I realized that Bells managed to get on my prompt calendar twice. I thought about replacing it, but then I concluded that I hadn’t done much with the bells filter I created the first time around. I had some fun detailing my bells with pieces of label stickers.

Ringing in Christmas by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

The prompt at Poetic Bloomings today is Prompt #365 – Do You See What I See? which challenges us to write from the perspective of an item associated with Christmas.

I Worry She’s Forgotten Me

I stand in this dark corner
by the closet in the hall.
She moved me here
to clear a path for the couch,
but never put me back by the door.
She left a windbreaker
and a floppy summer hat
as if to define me,
define my purpose,
or a purpose I once had.
This change of station
has me worrying
that she won’t use me this year.
But I was filled with anticipation
as the festivities started early.
She pulled out decorations
and new lights arrived
and then more came.
But something’s wrong:
she moves the lights
from room to room
hanging them in colorful defiance
of the encroaching dark,
but she takes them down again.
A week ago, she set up Santa’s village
and fixed the toy shop’s roof,
but now it’s put away.
It’s as if she’s taunting me
every single day.
The first year, I felt strange,
out of place, over-dressed
and embarrassed when she
hung lights and decorations
where coats and hats
were meant to be.
But as the gifts lay at my base
and I saw the smiles
in my lights
on her face
I began to enjoy
my stand-in role
she created.
Every year she has added
to my Christmas costume.
Last year colorful ostrich feathers
bedecked me as a modernist palm.
And yet I stand bare
my basic shape of function showing.
Will she or won’t she?
It’s torture,
this waiting,
not knowing.

Christmas Bells Are Ringing by Maria L. Berg 2021

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Let the Heavens Ring by Maria L. Berg 2021
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#SoCS: Nostalgia for Opposites or the Opposite of Nostalgia

Picking the Happy Memories by Maria L. Berg 2021

Last night I made a candle filter. I thought I would try it with the fisheye lens technique to create flickers of nostalgia.

A Flicker of Nostalgia by Maria L. Berg 2021

Stream of Consciousness

It’s stream of consciousness Saturday. The prompt for today is “opposites.” In my experience opposites attract, but today I am more interested in nostalgia and its opposites. Living in the moment is the opposite of nostalgia, but aren’t my perceptive filters and emotional experiences in the now driven by those memories I would dwell in if nostalgic? Isn’t it healthy to face, visit, perhaps dwell in them a while, looking toward the future? Is it futurism that is the opposite of nostalgia? Or are they both a form of fantasy? I pick and choose which memories create a warm glow in the same way, as a futurist, I pick and choose which signals and drivers to extrapolate into possible futures. Nostalgia itself triggers cycles of fashion and entertainment, wanting to bring the best memories into the present only starts their cycle into the future, so where is the opposite?

Wired for Nostalgia by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

For today’s new poem prompt I repeated what I did last week and browsed my WordPress Reader and found:

Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC). Today’s word is Bite.

Paeansunplugged’s Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday is Variegated Skies.

Quickly’s prompt is Pretending.

Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #240 is Pavonine: of or resembling a peacock. This challenge includes a word limit of exactly 81 words.

A Peacock-Feather Fan

This roaring wind and rain
bite through the heavy gray
Yearning for the day’s opposite,
I imagine variegated, pavonine skies
hues of blue and green
water and sky in conversation
Waves crash as if ocean-side
If only this nose tickle
was from salt and sand
As I fill another tissue,
I pretend a peacock-feather fan
in hand, wispy tendrils tickling
As I create a delicate
breeze to dry my perspiration
on a lovely opposite day
of peaceful relaxation far from now

The Sounds of Nostalgia by Maria L. Berg 2021

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Lighting My World

Candlelight of the Mirrorworld by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today I put a couple festive candles in the Mirrorworld.

New Poem

A prompt from In the Palm of Your Hand by Steve Kowit is to use a Dream Metaphor. I haven’t had a really vivid dream recently, so today I’m going to close my eyes with a metal spoon in my hand hovering over a metal bowl and write down any dream imagery I see before dropping the spoon wakes me up. I’ve heard that many visionaries used this technique, but I’ve never tried it before.

Flicker by Maria L. Berg 2021

The Red Candle

It starts with a red candle.
The flame flickers and the shine
of the melting wax at the rim
turns into a scarf that wraps
and flies out behind me.
It is tugged and the candle turns
its profile now a face aflame.
I worry the scarf will burn.

The scarf has wrapped around
a man in a thick, fringed gray cape
with a wide-brimmed aged and wrinkled
hat pulled down over his face.
He pulls on the scarf as he hurries
toward me, grabs my camera,
and flings it to the street,
smashing it into specks.
He reaches past me and pinches
the wick, extinguishing the candle’s flame.

We are on a set. Fake eyelashes knock over
the scaffolding which topples into Christmas
trees. The family scurries onto the couches
for the formal photo. The red scarf, now tied in a bow, is tossed over the nearest tree. Everyone races into the rows of fake trees, but the gray man doubles back, shrinking to slide under the couches then growing to join the other elves on the hand-cranked, vertical sled with side wheels and gears.
Once they ride out, the door slams shut.

I have a chance to breathe and contemplate
the rush. How each action sped to the next,
and then it was over, like the lick of a candle’s flame catching the curtains, but nothing else.
A holiday gathering can exhaust
with lack of oxygen.

It ends with the elves seated on the lip
of the lit candle, warming their hands
by the flame which sheds a warm glow
on a cherub-faced elf with blond curls
who beckons me to join them.
I hesitate, not wanting to burn.

Flame in Reflection by Maria L. Berg 2021

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Calming Winter Cocoa

Steamy Cocoa by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today I made some yummy cocoa and attempted to capture some of the steam, and then some magic. The great part is I also got to drink the cocoa!

Snow Cocoa by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Today’s Poetry Form prompt from dVerse Poets Pub is a bit of a challenge. This is the last dVerse prompt of the year as the pub is shutting down for a couple weeks of holiday. So I’ll be coming up with my own prompts for the next couple weeks. Grace came up with a couple ideas for today: to write a Kwansaba or a response to David Whyte’s Blessings poems. I went with the latter and continued with the Changing Focus Blogging Challenge theme of Rest, Sleep, and Hibernation.

Blessing For Sleep
~ after David Whyte

I thank you
for transporting me
from the worries of the day,
the cold demands and expectations
of order and rationality
and whisking me away
to a colorful world of chaos
while secretly doing your work
in the background, cleansing my mind,
letting the bits of useless
sensory information break down
and slough off into the abyss
and thank you for mending
and repairs, the small scabs
from scratching at itchy skin
magically made whole,
tired sore eyes that wouldn’t
stay open, now perceive all
the values of light
surrounding me in the day
and though I failed you
last night, falling back
to the comfortable habit
of staying at the surface
waking often and not
letting myself let go
I know that tonight
we will try again
and you will come without
judgement or expectations,
but offer surprising combinations
of today’s perceptions
I thank you for breaking
the rules and the barriers
to show me other realities,
fantasies and possibilities
tamed through dream experience
my mind a shiny suspension bridge
my hand the tollgate into this world

Cocoa Magic by Maria L. Berg 2021

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Winter Traditions

Traditional by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today I tried my snowflake filter with some traditional Christmas lights.

Colorful Traditions by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

I finished my soothing sounds for my Changing Focus project. December’s theme is Rest, Sleep, and Hibernation. Now I have to decide if I want to read a poem over it. I really like the collection of sounds how they are. I might just type a poem over the visuals.

Hibernation

Winter has let itself
into the house
It did not knock
or call to tell me
it was coming
It sneaked under the doors
and through the windows
Frost nibbles at my toes
in the kitchen
Shivers crawl over me
on the stairs
I want to Winter
like the cat
grow a thicker coat
and curl up in it
to sleep these days
of darkness away
in happy naps

Modern Traditions by Maria L. Berg 2021
New Traditions by Maria L. Berg 2021

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Each Snowflake is Unique

Snowflakes on the Lake by Maria L. Berg 2021

Yesterday I cut a bunch of intricate snowflakes to try as filters. The effort was a bit wasted since only the very centers show up in the photographs, but they are still interesting.

In the Snow by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Today’s prompt from dVerse Poets Pub is a selection of words from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

One Underlying Hammer

Wasn’t that always the point
why? Why? Did I look back.
All forgiven through your
fluffy perfected disdain, that’s all
I am left behind
craxis overwhelming
the warm stillness

Snowfall by Maria L. Berg 2021

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Stuffing Stockings

Morning Stocking by Maria L. Berg 2021

This morning I made a Christmas stocking filter and started by turning the neighbors’ security lights into stockings.

Stockings Stuffed with Light by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Today’s prompt from dVerse Poets Pub is Quadrille #142. The quadrille is a poem of 44 words and Mish challenges us to put some tinsel in it. The only time I remember decorating with tinsel was the year I lived in Sweden. However, Mish provided other definitions of tinsel which look fun. I’m liking tinsel as a verb.

She Wants to Tinsel Everything

She wants to tinsel the world
put a silvery sheen on it
make it sparkle, but
not like he does
with false promises
denial and delusion
She want to emphasize
what is already there
with a thin, metallic shimmer
wrapped around
the branching minutiae

Hanging Stockings by Maria L. Berg 2021

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