This issue is unique in the fact that the pictures deviate from my traditional ones. Being March in Utah, there is an abundance of white, often through the end of the month. Last month I shared a number of winter shots. Other than two snowy shots, I have tried another approach. I offer a series of close ups. See if you recognize them. I hope you enjoy.
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This Issue: The first poem, Clocks of Time, is a bit lighthearted but also contains a serious message. Reflection takes a look at the seasons with an important message at the end. Under the vignette, we have an excerpt from my novel Zahin and Anoop written under my penname Leon Pashi.
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All below are close ups. (My usual scenic pictures were not available. Thus, I went the opposite direction.)
Clocks of Time
the sands of time
watching it slowly
flow from the hourglass
to the apex
descending to time passed.
of the wooden bird’s cuckoos
mark the hour
even as figures dance
and the cobbler
their chosen choices
as the stroke of midnight calls.
Comment: A bit lighthearted on a serious topic.
the buds of spring
ache to open.
The sounds of insects
welcome the growing warmth.
The window cracked
just enough to hint of rebirth.
The refreshing breeze
passes through the open window,
cooling one on a humid summer day.
The flowers bloom
as a whiffs of lavender
captivate the senses.
Through the glass,
the colors of fall explode.
“Can such beauty exist?”
Frost covers the windows.
The Old Man has arrived.
Even within the house
the dampness and chill
As with the seasons,
one observes a myriad of beauty
through the windows of life.
The clock plays for 53 seconds including the music.
Vaccination Time #2
Vignette: Excerpt from my novel Zahin and Anoop under the pen name Leon Pashi.
. . . To my shock, even a bit of fear, a set of documents formed as if out of nowhere. Beside the awe of this miracle type event, my second initial reaction dealt with their very ancient appearance. . .
Obviously, I was not only in shock but mystified. I began to question if this was an illusion but there on the ground were the parchments Aditya had described. Questions such as “Why me?” “What am I supposed to do?” “Are they safe?” On and on I pondered with few answers provided. Now, having no interest in the temple, I gathered the documents and headed back to the hotel. . .
Those who have read this novel have given it rave reviews. If you like a bit of romance along with a bit of fantasy, you will enjoy this book.
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