Friday, May 26, 2017

#WATWB - Memorial Day Tribute

We Are The World Blogfest:
bringing positive news to light
 
On this Memorial Day week-end, we pay tribute to all those in the military who served, are serving, and especially to those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms. Thousands of lei are strung by volunteers from around O'ahu as a labor of love, and draped on gravesites at Punchbowl National Cemetery.
 
 
 
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Punchbowl


 
Memorial Day
 Sad Reminders Row by Row
Tombs of the Unknown






Honor Guard Prepares
Posting of Fifty State Flags
Tribute to Deceased

 
Tribute from 442nd Division Vets Clubs
"Traditional Hula" Tribute



Lineup for Presentation of Flowers
Presentation of Floral Arrangements





 







Punchbowl Cemetery






View Within Punchbowl
In the Distance, Diamond Head
Memories Abound
 




 
Link to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific site:
http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/nmcp.asp


Memorial Day is a day to remember 
the men and women who died
in the service of
the United States Armed Forces

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All photographs taken by Gail Baugniet during a  
Memorial Day Service 
at Punchbowl Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Z is for ZIG-ZAG of RED #AtoZ #PoetryMonth

April #AtoZChallenge and #PoetryMonth
 
Three goals I had in mind while writing my collection of linked poetry:
1. To celebrate my appreciation of life
2. To experience the process of writing linked poetry, a form of Japanese renshi
3. To give thanks for and better appreciate a life well-lived.
 
The flowers are a colorful bonus for the #AtoZChallenge
 
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Z is for Zig-Zag of Red and Zinnea
 
 
 
A ZIG-ZAG OF RED, STARS

A white-washed canvas,
still life with fireworks,
promises of an exciting display. 

Colors intended only for dreamers
burst before her eyes,
lighting up the blackness left by
a long forgotten sunset. 

A zig-zag of red, stars
too bright to track
spiral down.
She hears the sizzle as
they strike the ocean’s surface
like lava streaming from a cliff
to cool and form new land. 

Thoughts spew forth.
A mind once fallow
now overflows.
A rocket launch
of crackling practicality
explodes to reveal stunning possibilities.
 
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Where do you get your best ideas, while lying in bed ready for sleep or watching the celebration of fireworks on a warm summer's eve? Mine seem to burst forth at the exact time I am without pencil and paper.
 
For your visits to my site in April and your many interesting comments,
Mahalo and Aloha,
Gail
 
 

 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y is for YOUR GOOD LIFE AHEAD #PoetryMonth #AtoZ

April #AtoZChallenge and #PoetryMonth
 
Three goals I had in mind while writing my collection of linked poetry:
1. To celebrate my appreciation of life
2. To experience the process of writing linked poetry, a form of Japanese renshi
3. To give thanks for and better appreciate a life well-lived.
 
The flowers are a colorful bonus for the #AtoZChallenge
 
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Y is for 
Your Good Life Ahead
and
Yellow Flowers:
Hibiscus
 and
Orchid
 


YOUR GOOD LIFE AHEAD
Unpaid leave; hospital stay
then home; empty-handed, again.
Cupboards lacking
Wallet bare. 
Part-time work, nights
at the old folks home.
Salted crackers and loose tea bags
From the commissary cart. 
One day you will be
rich as Midas, with golden
sunshine gracing the lanai and
mangoes ripening on the shelf. 
Every day, another holiday.
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If you never give up, the ups and downs of life begin to form a pattern where soon the gullies and mountains begin to look more like potholes and molehills. . . with 'lots of plateau' in between.
That's a good thing, right?