St. Martin’s Lantern Parade – Carpe Diem #844 Hiroshima Lantern festival

silent remembrance
lanterns float towards the horizon
prayers rise

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Children hold lanterns during a St. Martin's Day procession at Winterfeld Square in Berlin, Germany, 11 November 2013. St. Martin's Day celebrates St. Martin of Tours. Photo: OLE SPATA /dpa

Children hold lanterns during a St. Martin’s Day procession at Winterfeld Square in Berlin, Germany, 11 November 2013. St. Martin’s Day celebrates St. Martin of Tours. Photo: OLE SPATA /dpa

before the parade
children made their own lanterns
the eleventh hour

St. Martin’s parade
eleventh day and month
time to celebrate

St. Martin’s goose
served on the evening
people share the meal

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NoEnd House Part 2 – Writing Prompt #117, Prompt 57 – Wordplay #9 and Whirligig 16

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “American Summer” by Edward Hirsch: purple, white, canvas, hoisting, park, running, suburbs, walking, open, headlights, fist, gloves

Yves

Yves

Mirror, mirror in my hand
What reflection can I see?
I’m in the kitchen making tea
I see corn field behind our house
Pretty as a canvas in the suburbs
Which reminds me, I need cornflour
For my dish tonight, chicken delight!
In the open park, children running
Dogs barking, people walking to work
A white car just parked there, waiting
Still with headlights on, she’s running late
A purple flag being hoisted in the school
As well as the blue, red and green flags
Children on their bikes, with their gloves
Lots of things observed just being in the kitchen

wordplay9

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Our Tribute – Sunday Photo Fiction and Whirligig 17

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Under Stars” by Tess Gallagher: flag, coatless, slices, stars, games, walk, touch, thinking, kitchen, envelope, roadside, say

Statue of Air Force pilot at Battle of Britain memorial in Capel le Ferne in the UK

Statue of Air Force pilot at Battle of Britain memorial in Capel le Ferne in the UK

In fighter pilot’s thinking, they were always pushing the outside of the envelope, i.e. testing out how far they could manage with their manoeuvres and tactics. It wasn’t easy for the wives or mothers, worrying in their kitchens whether their husbands or sons would come back alive. That was a game they all played, who would walk home and fly the flag. And if their time was up, someone on the roadside, a friend or somebody dignified and official would ring the bell and convey the inevitable to the wife, partner or mother. In the funeral, they would all say how brave he was and honour him with stars. It was very touching. Such was the life of Air Force pilots, so with this stone statue, we pay homage to all of them.
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For: Sunday Photo Fiction and Whirligig 17

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