Nov

27

By Blossom

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Solace

inspired by the prompt at
Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

shroud of soft grey mist
offers solace and cleansing
rain blurs the tombstones

Spooky mist
photo by pollyalida, found on flickr

Nov

26

By Blossom

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cold within the sound

inspired by the prompt at
Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

cozy by the fire
wind whistles through the chimney
cold within the sound

Nov

25

By Blossom

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Store

Inspired by the prompt at

squirrel plans ahead
as harvest season dwindles
stores laid for winter

Working Squirrel 1
photo by Tomi Tapio K, found on flickr

Nov

24

By Blossom

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Mammal Monday: Red Panda

Red Panda
Ailurus fulgens

Red Panda
Xia at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Nov

23

By Blossom

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Samhain Pretzel Salad

Magickal Menagerie joined back up with our teachers and a few other folks to celebrate Samhain (Halloween) this year. We held a ritual, during which we performed a play symbolizing the Eleusinian Mysteries. In my role as Persephone, I offered each of the attendants pomegranate arils (seeds).
As is so often the case with Pagan gatherings, a potluck feast followed the ritual. I brought a variation of a pretzel salad. Keeping with the theme, it was a strawberry-kiwi jello and pomegranate aril concoction.

Samhain Pretzel Salad 2014
Pomegranate Pretzel Salad

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Nov

20

By Blossom

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Cold, take 2

Inspired by the prompt at

bitter winds outside
not as cold and lonely as
the bed shared with you

Nov

19

By Blossom

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Cold

Inspired by the prompt at

his cold demeanor
plans laid with ruthless logic
hiding fires within

This poem is brought to you by my current addiction with the television show Arrow. Continued…

Nov

17

By Blossom

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Mammal Monday: Masai Giraffe

Masai Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi

Lewis the Masai Giraffe
Lewis at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Nov

14

By Blossom

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Magickal Menagerie Crafts

Over the summer, I took part in a Wicca 101 class. We named ourselves The Magickal Menagerie.
Class involved quite a bit of hands-on activity. Including crafts!

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Nov

13

By Blossom

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Full

Inspired by the prompt at

women gathering
dancing beneath the full moon
shameless in Her light

Nov

5

By Blossom

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Dawn

Inspired by the prompt at

sunrise or sunset
beginnings versus endings
perspective matters

Sunset Gates
photo by Yevgen Pogoryelov, found on flickr

Nov

2

By Blossom

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Diana’s Bow

crescent of Diana’s Bow
pulled taut against starry sky
let the hunt begin

Waxing Crescent Moon
image by Robert S. Donovan, found on flickr

Oct

26

By Blossom

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Hope

Inspired by a recent conversation and the prompt at

helping families
with a gift basket of hope
rabbits and chickens

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Rabbits are easy to care for and can reproduce in a short amount of time. Chickens lay eggs and provide manure for vegetable gardens. Your livestock donation provides hope for struggling farmers looking for a way out of poverty.