Den Konglige Biblioteks Have — Life in Copenhagen (Reblog)

So I’ve shown you The Black Diamond (Den Sorte Diamant) a while back, but not this gem of a garden hidden behind it. I intended to share these photos much earlier, but I honestly there are so many pictures piling up on my computer that I forget about, and I can’t keep track of what […]

Den Konglige Biblioteks Have — Life in Copenhagen

*Denmark is a fascinating country.

Prague City Centre, Czechia 2019

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Astrological Clock, Prague

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Photograph: Two’s Company

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Haibun: The Church of Unanswered Questions

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I walk around in reverence,
just another agnostic 
searching for truth,
an open door leading to the light
in a space devoid of people.

Once a little boy
Many unanswered questions
And he questions still

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Tanka: Acknowledging the Creator

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We have lost so much
Thrown out goodness and the light
Now chaos pervades
Yet light and peace will return:
Acknowledge the creator

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Haiku: Nature

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Nature seems simple
Nature is complexity
Nature is perfect

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Haibun: War is Never Civil

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Some arresting civil war portraits,
they are not easy to share.
Two young men posing awkwardly,
bow ties for battle, their absent smiles
due to the long exposure.
A picture may say a thousand words
but raises profound questions too.
It’s brother versus brother,
one in blue, the other in gray
and no quarter will be given,
courtesy of sponsors miles from the front.
There’s no fear in their eyes,
only the vacancy of open fields.
They will show allegiance to their flag,
let’s hope it protects them.
Both think their causes are just,
but many have come this way
and many more will follow –
in the name of liberty.
Their country may need them
but is it theirs?

These faded pictures
Forgotten names of young men
Sacrificial pose

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*To the uninitiated, a haibun is the combination of a prose poem and a haiku.


Poem: Lavender Days

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Take me back to the lavender days,
those times of relative calm
and red telephone kiosks
littered throughout this land.
Heaven knows it wasn’t perfect
and complaints abounded,
though I’m sure we handled crises
so much better then,
before we got too hung up on the news.
The red booths are still there
and the lavender too,
though the phones are long gone
and the flowers’ rich hue seems lost.

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Haiku: Nature of Reality

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Things put together
Make up a wonderful whole
Nothing works apart

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Haiku: Miracles Taken For Granted

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Nature’s miracle
Right before our very eyes
Stop, watch and listen

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