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Birdsong makes us happy. Why?

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Riddle 2

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What form an upper and lower mountain range?

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Riddle

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 10 Apr 2015, 23:23

What can carry a house up a mountain?

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Stream Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 10 Apr 2015, 01:08

Stop! Go back

Listen again to the running stream.

Aren't you glad to hear it?

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The Medium is the Message

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 9 Apr 2015, 01:22

A camera is like a human eye.

The basic plan

light from world --> focus --> image falls on sensors

But photography can work without any focusing. If we put refractors -- glass, resin, minerals and so on -- directly on film and expose it briefly to light, something will be recorded. In that case refractors have replaced the lens and it's them we are photographing.

So, literally, the medium is the message.

This can produce striking results. Visit the website of Alan Jaras for example.

This reminds me of an experiment I tried many years ago. Photographic plates preceded the film which came before digital cameras.

If you are not familiar with plates, they are just like film but on glass not plastic. Plates were the staple of photography until films came along and spoiled it.

Just as (and rightly) some still prefer film to digital, back then plates were still around, because some people preferred them.

What was the experiment? We put a couple of plates up on the roof, in a a plastic bag, and left them there a couple of months. Later, when we remembered, we fetched them down and developed them. In hope of what?

Cosmic rays. Some energetic particle that may have set off from a supernova billions of light years away and billions of years ago, could have arrived on our roof and created a record on our plates.

And one had.

No lens needed. The universe is on your rooftop.

 

 

 

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Roman Frister

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 12 Apr 2015, 02:54

Roman Frister died recently.

He was a concentration camp survivor (then aged 15), later journalist, book author, and founder of a university school of journalism.

Frister's frank and harrowing tale of being in the camp describes a horrible moral dilemma.

Camp inmates had to wear the regulation cap for morning roll call. Anyone bareheaded was instantly shot. One night Frister's cap was stolen.

In the dark of the hut he found a cap that belonged to someone else. Next day he heard that person shot.

Frister lived with this and a half-century on wrote a memoir, whose title The Cap was taken from the incident.

I read the book, some years ago now, but it still haunts me.

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Fishing

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015, 02:01

From its rock a cormorant

Watched the fishermen.

Thieves, thieves.

 

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Dinosaur poets TM

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what is/are Poets

Can they die and emerge again

like Dinosaurians

?

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Bullet marks

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So have you seen

Bullet marks on a wall?

And did it make you flinch?

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A memory

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Do you remember in Greece,

we had that wobbly table,

and the waiter brought a melon rind?

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No brainer

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Not a poem, or even a riddle.

What came first, the brain or the senses?

 

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New rain Haiku

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The smell of new rain.

A time for reflection.

And no umbrellas please.

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Raindrops in the stream

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Raindrops in the stream.

I'm with my father again

Trying to see a fish.

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What's a poem

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Hands clasped behind me

I thought: a poem

Is a kind of snapshot.

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Haiku in a gale

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In this gale!

Who's that crawling across the road?

A plastic bag.

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a question of owls

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015, 00:58

I walked home

Surrounded by the clamour of owls.

Always the same question.

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Butterfly

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It's warm in my house.

A butterfly woke up.

How to save it?

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Good News Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 3 May 2015, 01:00

Mr Lion, good news.

You got 99% of the popular vote. What more do you want?

The species of the others.

 

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Morning

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 28 Mar 2015, 01:53

The rooster doesn't want

To wake you. He's just singing

With the other birds.

 

 

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Night Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 27 Mar 2015, 01:28

Getting up in the night. 

That loose floorboard. 

Groans like a ghost.

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Sunup haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 26 Mar 2015, 00:46

What a daily grind!

Getting the sun out of bed.

All together birds.

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First Spring HaIku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015, 00:27

A frosty night in spring.

The rabbits don't seem cold.

Like me they hope.

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Herb haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 23 Mar 2015, 00:30

The herbs

Form a miniature garden.

I feel honored.

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International Poetry Day

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 21 Mar 2015, 02:53

Today 21 March is International Poetry Day.

So here's one of my favorite poems. I often think about it. Its author is Issa and the date it was written is March 1818.

A pheasant calls out

As someone blind

Crawls across the bridge.

Credit

Haiku adapted from Chris Drake's translation.

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Calendar leaves haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 12 Mar 2015, 01:42

A movie cliche.

The wind takes the calendar leaves.

We still cry though.

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