The Bells Cut Through the Din

Blue Christmas by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Today’s Wednesday Poetry Prompt from Robert Lee Brewer at Writer’s Digest is to write a cut poem. This prompt instantly brought a lot to mind since already today I cut a new bokeh filter of bells.

Trimming Down

The cuts, so many cuts
dicing the unwanted
and splicing what’s left
into a new continuum
now to erase and replace
memories and beliefs
that would contradict
the revisionist
It must be exhausting work
recreating reality in
delusional contortion
I hear the constant snips
the busy sheers cutting
cutting at the shape
of me

Carol of the Bells by Maria L. Berg 2021
Water Bells by Maria L. Berg 2021

The Changing Focus Blogging Challenge

December’s theme is Rest, Sleep, and Hibernation. Today, inspired by my photo prompt “bells,” I turned some vases into water bells and over the next few days plan to record myself playing them with different levels of water. What I recorded today would not be called “soothing” sounds, but I hope with some reverb, maybe changing the speed, etc. I may make some sounds to add to my collection. Plus, they’re really pretty and change in the light through out the day.

Reflective Water Bells by Maria L. Berg 20221

If you’ve enjoy the photographs I’ve been taking, I’ve added some to my RedBubble store and I’m excited about the new products. The abstract bokeh really lends itself to product design. So fun. When you’re in my store, please click the heart on all the products and images you like. That will help my work get attention and hopefully help people find me. Thank you!

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I Sing of Future Artifacts

Midnight Clear Snow Globe by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Today’s Poetics prompt from Merril at the dVerse Poets Pub is “Passions Stamped on Lifeless Things.” I really like this quote from Percy Shelley’s Ozymandias. The challenge is to write a poem about an historical artifact.

I’m reading The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston right now, so I thought I’d focus on the artifacts found during that excursion in Honduras.

When the Future Comes to Plunder

Why do we carve the stone
to imbue it with our judgement
and put the fault on gods–
a power over life, bringer of death
Why do we, the grave-robbers,
look upon these symbols
and not imagine the artist,
admiring the vulture
and in joy scraping
its likeness into stone
or in awe of the beauty
and the power of the jaguar
pounding that emotion
into symbol? No.
The grave-disturbers see
a representation of a shaman
spiritually transformed
or a half-human deity
and a sudden,
catastrophic
disappearance.
When I am at rest
don’t lay my art beside
For when the future comes to plunder
I can only wonder what beliefs
they would ascribe to me.

Elf Carolers by Maria L. Berg 2021

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The Joy of Caroling by Maria L. Berg 2021
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The Elves Come Out at Night

Elf Dance Party by Maria L. Berg 2021

I had some other plans, but I like how my new filters turned out, so I went with it.

It’s All About the Hat by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Morning Dance

The baseboard heater ticks. It has no rhythm.
The bathroom fan also dances to chaos,
a Mandelbrot of rattles and hums.
Tossing care I lose my pattern
and pass some time grateful for heat,
cold’s defeat in awkward, lurching meter.
This morning is a chaos dance without fans.
The baseboard heater taps its rhythm.

Blue Elf by Maria L. Berg 2021

If you’ve enjoy the photographs I’ve been taking, I’ve added some to my RedBubble store and I’m excited about the new products. The abstract bokeh really lends itself to product design. So fun. When you’re in my store, please click the heart on all the products and images you like. That will help my work get attention and hopefully help people find me. Thank you!

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Cheery Christmas Spirits

Holly Jolly Santa by Maria L. Berg 2021

I knew today’s photo challenge “cheer” was going to be tough. My cold is holding on tight and I spent the night coughing and shivering, but I was determined. So I made no-bake healthy oatmeal cookies to eat like Santa all day, and put on a Christmas record. Just as “Rudolph’s Christmas Party” started to play, I heard sirens. It seemed early, but I looked outside, and it was Santa! The world appeared to agree that I should be filled with Christmas cheer!

Today I found cheer continuing to develop yesterday’s ideas. I brought Christmas to the mirrorworld.

Cheery Frosty by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Poetic Bloomings has an interesting prompt today. Prompt #363 is “Marley Was Dead.” However, it’s not a morbid prompt. That is the opening of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The prompt is to write a spirit of Christmas poem exploring my personal Christmas past, present, and/or future.

Let’s see if I can get in the spirit.

Christmas Past is Present

I select the blue snow-covered trees
open the fold and up pops Santa’s workshop
like a setting for figurines and play things
I think I’ll make some elves
perhaps a polar bear
and a talking snowman
to act out the song-stories
among the reindeer

I start the record
and I am transported
dancing in the living room
by the light of the tree
before playing with the decorations
clipping and unclipping the painted wood birds
as they fly about to visit the other ornaments

Soon the room would host a cardboard sleigh
and reindeer, arriving Christmas morning
with blow-up conical Santa at the reins
somehow getting smaller every year
his crumbling, slanting sleigh
less full of presents

I hear sirens
Can it already be?
I fling open the door
camera ready and
there is Santa in his sleigh
The firemen bring him by
to wave “hi”
a bit early this year.

Christmas Spirit by Maria L. Berg 2021

If you’ve enjoy the photographs I’ve been taking, I’ve added some to my RedBubble store and I’m excited about the new products. The abstract bokeh really lends itself to product design. So fun. When you’re in my store, please click the heart on all the products and images you like. That will help my work get attention and hopefully help people find me. Thank you!

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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 27: Burn to Memory

Burn to Memory by Maria L. Berg 2021

I have been wanting to play with candles in my mirror world, so inspired by today’s prompt “burn,” I thought I would give it a try.

Burning Bright by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a remix poem. It’ll be a fun day of looking back over the poems I’ve written this month and finding connections.

Burn Blue by Maria L. Berg 2021
Burn Brighter by Maria L. Berg 2021

Burn to Memory

Memories are malleable
innocently altered
but upon condition
I could finagle
to enable a feeling of wild abandon:

as wild as a huckleberry
after the first frost
a crisp, tart-sweet burst
as wild and fresh as raindrops
collected in the yellow petals
of a buttercup among ferns
as wild and fresh and vibrant as light
breaking through the thick gray.
You won’t be as pleased
as I am with my display

It’s not that you were unexpected
or unwelcome, or unwanted
we found a balance
exceedingly vague
Did you notice
the gravity pulling
you into orbit while it was there,
or only after it was gone?

Memories are malleable
innocently altered
when recalled
you’ll be at a loss
for a cause.

Memories are malleable
innocently altered
they sit in corners
lost in dark shadows
because they are haunted
by my touch.

Burn Hot by Maria L. Berg 2021
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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 23: Unplugging and Finding My New Palette

A Galactic Find by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today I thought I would find a new palette for my new filters in the mirror world, so I strung some new lights and moved the mirrors, but by a happy accident, I found that I really enjoyed the effects I found with no filter at all.

Warm Web by Maria L. Berg 2021
Cool Web by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s two for Tuesday is:

  • Write an unplug poem, and/or…
  • Write a plug in poem.

Today’s Detachment

You never know what you’ll find
when you unplug:
today I found my neighbor
who I haven’t seen in what
seems like forever
at the grocery store.
Unplugged I found
she’s been dealing
with pain and change
in diet and places
and patterns, practices
and expectations
as if life mostly
happens unseen.
When I got home
I plugged in
to share a recipe
and tell her
it was so nice
to see her
when I was
unplugged

.

A New Palette by Maria L. Berg 2021
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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 20 & #SoCS: Overlapping Gray Areas

Family Clusters by Maria L. Berg 2021

After yesterday’s fun discovery, I created a family of new filters to try.

Every Family Has One by Maria L. Berg 2021

Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Today’s #SoCS prompt,”black, gray, and white,” inspired me to take some rich black and white photos with my new filters. It changed how I perceived the shapes. I was more attracted to juxtaposing different shades of brightness and searching for depth.

Layers of Connection by Maria L. Berg

Shooting these filters in the mirror world was a very different experience. I’m glad this prompt inspired me to try it.

The Nuclear Family by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to title a poem “(blank) You.”

After You

have taken the first bite
(not to be polite)
and have not been poisoned

have crossed the threshold
and found safe haven

have stepped into the unknown
and not been devoured

have leapt and fallen
and not been broken

have immersed yourself
but not drowned

have put your hand in the fire
and not been burned

have put your head in the lions jaw
and not been bitten

have experimented and proven your hypothesis
that you are rubber and all others are glue

have left decency behind
and faced no consequence

we can follow without fear
the world demonstrated
and made plain

All in the Family by Maria L. Berg 2021

NaNoWriMo

I have to admit I’m glad I decided to start completely from scratch on this novel. Last night during a write-in with my regional ML, I finally reached a scene from the original draft that I liked. However, even though I liked it, I still only kept a couple lines of dialogue. Turns out what I liked about the scene was the secondary character. She never even got a name the first time around, but I want her to have more scenes, maybe turn into a confidant or side-kick. She has a straight-faced dry wit, so she can add comic relief and she is full of inside information that can be useful for my MC.

Today, I’ll take her through my character creation spreadsheet, then brainstorm where she fits into the plot. I also have a new character who is a private investigator. I wrote his first scene last night as well, so I’ll take him through character creation and plan out his scenes as well.

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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 19: A Shadowy Future

Bursting by Maria L. Berg 2021

I thought my idea for shadow wasn’t working. I created a paper shade for a lamp, thinking it would make cool patterns on the ceiling, but the paper was too thin. But then I used it over my lens hood and took it into my mirror world and got some really neat effects.

Ripples of Future Shadows by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a future poem.

Glimpses

Future shadows shimmer
through the darkest nights
They tempt and trick
with the pretense of knowledge
But it is useless knowing
pictures that can’t be
changed once seen
For a shadow is but a shape
of blocked light

A Reflection of Future Shadows by Maria L. Berg 2021

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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 18: This Unknown Thursday

Into the Unknown by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a Thursday poem.

Over at dVerse Poets Pub, Grace introduced the poetry form the Wayra. A short, syllabic, non-rhyming form that is new to me. She also challenged us to use onomatopoeia which fit well with my notes of the sounds of this Thursday morning.

This Unknown Thursday

Lap–these weaving waves
filled with golden light–slap rocks
after the skier passes
four heavy words travel
here “making the right decisions.”

Diving Into the Unknown by Maria L. Berg 2021

NaNoWriMo

Yesterday I had my first free day to write and . . . Nothing. However, today I have ten scenes planned, so it’s not that I don’t know where I want the story to go. My internet is being spotty, so I copied “The Gang Does a Word Crawl (It’s Always Sunny) into a text document and I am going to have fun and write my novel! How’s everyone else doing?

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#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 2: Startled! I Wasn’t Ready.

Screams in the Night by Maria L. Berg 2021

This morning’s photoshoot was fun and successful. For “startle” I thought about the way the body jerks when we’re startled, and played with camera motion with some bokeh of my neighbors’ lights across the lake. I love the color palette created by the security lights in the dark

Shudder by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today is two for Tuesday. The prompts are: Write a ready poem and/or a not ready poem. Not ready fits well with my photo prompt “Startle.”

I’m Not Ready–Wait!

It’s not that you were unexpected
or unwelcome, or unwanted
It’s that I had a few more things to do

It’s not that those things can’t get done later
or tomorrow morning, or never
It’s that I had a plan, I had seen a picture of an order of events

It’s not that the picture of events can’t be altered
painted over, gesso-ed back to blank canvas
It’s that I wanted–needed more time

But, here you are as planned
interaction already began
the shifted space from one to two
What are we waiting for?

I also took a look at week 9 of ModPo this morning and was challenged to try my hand at a Mesostic Poem. Mesostic poems are a type of acrostic structure used by John Cage with the spine word (the name of the dedicatee) down the center. He would identify words from a source text then use chance operations based on the I Ching to select which words to use and the amount of text to use on either side of the spine word. Since I’m reading Criminal Investigations for my NaNoWriMo novel, I thought the chapter I’m reading, “The Crime Scene and Its Associated Procedures” would make a fun source text. I typed some of it into the Mesostic Poem Generator program, using my character’s name.

Writing Through Criminal Investigation
~after John Cage

    
                                        evideNce
                                     individuAl confesses to
                                           wrOng the contributions
                                       are diMinished
                                           prImarily by
                                  unwillingneSs or
                                        suspeCted of
                                             Having committed
                                improper concLusions from
                                             Its analysis also
                               evidence cannoT speak for
                                            iTself
                                         propEr value
                                     can alteRed incomplete
                              eyewitness or tHe innocent
                                          locAtion at 
                                      the seaRch
                                          of The crime

Disembodied by Maria L. Berg 2021

NaNoWriMo

How was your first day? I hope you had fun with your opening scene. I was not at the top of my game (bad tummy, distracted), but I still wrote 2,000 words. I think I’ll dive back into the scene today and add all that description and sensory information I said I was going to write, but didn’t. I want to create a visceral wrongness given off my this abandoned property, the moment my character gets there, from the moment she sees the turn onto the driveway. I think I’ll really dive into that this morning. I kind of skipped over it yesterday as I attempted to create a new journalist character and bring the assistant coroner into the opening scene as well. There’s a lot to set up in this opening scene. I did manage to get the deputy sheriff to state the theme (or something close, I haven’t quite worded it the way I want to yet) which felt good when it happened organically.

November Daily Prompts by Maria L. Berg 2021

Happy Reading and Writing!