am·a·teur
\ˈa-mə-(ˌ)tər, -ˌtu̇r, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌchu̇r, -chər\ n. often attrib

[F, from L amator lover, fr. amare to love]

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Weekly Wikems. Sun.

Hi, everyone.

Another Thursday. Time for another wikem. (The 'wikem rules' are here.)

Spring is coming. The days are getting longer. And the rays of one hot star sure feel nice.


Let's honor the Sun today:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun

Go explore. Find your quote. Write your poem.



Here's my wiki limerick ('wikimerick'? :-):

"The Sun is roughly middle age and has not changed dramatically for four billion years, and will remain fairly stable for four billion more."


When it comes to our years, there's no quota.

When we're down, at the Sun we look oughta -

Middle-aged in the blink

Of an eye...but (wink-wink)

With each billion it only gets hotter!



And one more sunny wikem:



cut her some slack please –
– she is in the midst of confusion...
the fusion burning her core, what more can she give?
forgive her, she’s finished, gone, shone far too long, o’er the hill…
still, look for her in the morn – reborn, a dazzling surprise, she’ll rise.





Thank you for reading :-)
Looking forward to your poems!


Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer ("Happy")

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekly Wikems. Rules.


Hi, 
I thought I'd write a separate "wikem rules" post, so here you go.

Wikems = Wikipedia poems

  • Each Thursday (I try hard to stick to it) usually around 8a.m. Eastern (again, I try) I post a link to a Wikipedia article, a quote from it and my wikem inspired by that quote.
  • I invite you to explore the article, searching for a quote that clicks with you. (You are free to use "my" Wiki quote if it happens to be the one.)  
  • Once you've found your quote, use it as an epigraph, write your wikem and post a link to it in the comments.  (You are welcome to post your wikem directly in the comments if you prefer.)
  • Have fun!

Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer ("Happy")

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Just playing with blog themes..

don't be alarmed :-)

Feel like changing the blog look..not sure what I'm going to do yet.

Have a wonderful Sunday,

"Happy"

Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekly Wikems. Doubleheader. Progress. Pi.


Hi.
It's Thursday again. Time for your weekly wikems.

Wikems = Wikipedia poems

  • Each Thursday (usually around 8a.m. Eastern) I post a link to a Wikipedia article, a quote from it and my wikem inspired by that quote.
  • I invite you to explore the article, searching for a quote that clicks with you. (You are free to use "my" Wiki quote if it happens to be the one.)  
  • Once you've found your quote, use it as an epigraph, write your wikem and post a link to it in the comments below.  (You are welcome to post your wikem directly in the comments if you prefer.)

 Let's play!

Somehow Math dominated my mind last week.

First we had a psychological discussion with Janet J on the vices and virtues of technology: here and here.

Then of course we had pi day.

This time I give you two wiki links. You may choose either of them or use both like I did.

Interestingly, Wikipedia has not figured out yet how to define “progress” in general terms.  It talks about different aspects of progress instead, devoting a separate article to each of them.

So, in fact you’ll be getting way more than two links.  You do the Math J

Here you go:




Explore. Search. Find. Write.



Here's my wikem:

 APPLE π HOPES

"...an irrational number, π...never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern. The digits appear to be randomly distributed..." 

"Alternative conceptions exist, such as the cyclic theory of eternal return..."



We long to see our life as pi –
Irrational, it can deny
All rules and patterns, can extend
In randomness without an end.

But secretly we also yearn
For that old theory of return,
The cyclic pattern that’s to blame
For all the change that stays the same.

Caught contradictions in between
We bake sweet lies on March 14.



Thank you for reading my wikem. 
Look forward to yours.


Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer (a.k.a. "Happy")

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Weekly Wikems. Storytelling.



Hi.
Thursday. Make it wikems time.

Wikems = Wikipedia poems

  • Each Thursday (usually around 8a.m. Eastern) I post a link to a Wikipedia article, a quote from it and my wikem inspired by that quote.
  • I invite you to explore the article, searching for a quote that clicks with you. (You are free to use "my" Wiki quote if it happens to be the one.)  
  • Once you've found your quote, use it as an epigraph, write your wikem and post a link to it in the comments below.  (You are welcome to post your wikem directly in the comments if you prefer.)

 Let's play!

A very talented young woman Maria Popova and her essay on the importance of storytelling in the age of information and (lack of) wisdom led me to today's wiki prompt
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storytelling

Explore. Search. Find. Write.

Here's my wikem.
“People have used the carved trunks of living trees and ephemeral media (such as sand and leaves) to record stories in pictures or with writing.”


we draw our stories
on the ephemeral sand
ebony of space

we record ourselves
on the carved trunks of birch trees
ivory of clouds

we imprint our song
on the world filled with echoes
parchment of all time 




Thank you for reading. Look forward to your wikems.

Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer (a.k.a. "Happy")







Thursday, March 5, 2015

Weekly Wikems. Flame.

Margo and I happened to have the same prompt idea this week. 
You "fell into a burning ring of fireon Tuesday and the flames are still high today. :-)




Hi.
Thursday. Make it wikems time.

Wikems = Wikipedia poems

  • Each Thursday (usually around 8a.m. Eastern, but I slept in today :-) I post a link to a Wikipedia article, a quote from it and my wikem inspired by that quote.
  • I invite you to explore the article, searching for a quote that clicks with you. (You are free to use "my" Wiki quote if it happens to be the one.)  
  • Once you've found your quote, use it as an epigraph, write your wikem and post a link to it in the comments below.  (You are welcome to post your wikem directly in the comments if you prefer.)

 Let's play!

My dog Ralphie (see above) loves watching the fire. Flames mesmerize him. We think he's a dog poet. And he gave me an idea for today's
wiki link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flame 
Go Explore. Search. Find. Write.



COOL FLAME
“…it can initiate without any external ignition source.”

No one saw
beyond the cold facade
her manner that seemed aloof
yet cried out
lonely

No one read
the markings on her face
invisible to the heart
that knows not
burning

No one felt
the flame she stored within
ignited without a spark
pale blue as
her soul  




Thank you for reading. 

Look forward to your wikems.


Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer (a.k.a. "Happy")

 



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Weekly Wikems. Gravity.



Hello everyone, it's Thursday. Make it 'wikems time'.

Wikems = Wikipedia poems

  • Each Thursday I post a link to a Wikipedia article, a quote from it and my wikem inspired by that quote.
  • I invite you to explore the article, searching for a quote that clicks with you. (You are free to use "my" Wiki quote if it happens to be the one.)  
  • Once you've found your quote, use it as an epigraph, write your wikem and post a link to it in the comments below.  (You are welcome to post your wikem directly in the comments if you prefer.)

 Let's play!

Last week's 'black' had a lot of outer space vibe to it...back to Earth this week...maybe.
Also, saw this post by Kristin Nelson. Check it out, writers.

And the wiki link is... 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity
Go explore. Search. Find. Write.




GRAVITY 
"gravity...cannot be...shielded against"

She used to be a bird once
before she found gravity
cannot be transformed
or shielded against
before she fell
and touched
the sky





Thank you for reading my wikem. 
Cannot wait to read yours.

Live for the Love of it,
Sasha A. Palmer (a.k.a. "Happy")