Look Up

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Look up. Breathe. Release.
Put down the device and go
Outside. Breathe. Simple.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Inspired by the long weekend, I created what the sky might look like with eyes strained from squinting for too long at a mobile device. I then wrote the haiku. It’s late, and I am really tired. Goodnight and peace be with you. (I doodled using Sketchbook Mobile on my Kindle Fire HD.)

Duck Heart Day

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Fowl stilled from claws meow

Pond  made quackless

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Friday, November 21, 2014. Inspired by a prompt from Writing.com, “A gift is left on the back porch,” The haiku and the image commemorate the day when our cat presented us with a morsel from his prey. It was only the heart from a duck and a few feathers. Since we could find no carcass, we figured he must have devoured his meal elsewhere. Our cat was a good hunter, and he loved us. I created the image using ArtRage 3 and Photo Wizard on my iPad.

Gaze Into My Crystal Ball!

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Simple sphere reflected

Shadows cut around glass eye

Fooled gazes sold

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Thursday, November 20, 2014. Yes, that is my crystal ball pictured here. I do not practice divination. It is simply a prop I used years ago for a magazine cover image. I wrote the haiku “Gaze Into My Crystal Ball!” inspired by a prompt from Writing.com: “As they peered into the crystal ball, the foggy glass cleared and an image shimmered into view…” I created the image using Photo Wizard and ArtRage 3 on my iPad.

Wait, Before You Go

Cup of Life by Steph Abbott
Cup of Life by Steph Abbott

Wait, before you go
Savor friends and sip of stress
Become family

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Saturday, November 15, 2014. I wrote the haiku “Wait, Before You Go” this morning. I followed a writing prompt from Daily Prompt, “Good Tidings”: “Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.” I created the image “Cup of Life” using ArtRage 4 on my laptop. Also, on a related note I found this previous post I made that touched on a similar theme.

Flower Pins to My Heart

Side View of A Bunch of Enameled Flower Pins
A Bunch of Enameled Flower Pins

Prickly posies
Poked bunches painted—Ouch!
To stick my heart

A Bunch of Enameled Flower Pins
A Bunch of Enameled Flower Pins

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Friday, November 14, 2014. I wrote the haiku“Flower Pins to My Heart” just this evening after a crazy-busy week filled with all those crazy-working-mommy tasks. I found myself gazing at this shadow box. Hand-made by a dear friend, it is filled with enameled flower pins (or brooches as some ladies might say).

When I look at this bunch of lacquered metal flowers, I remember the many times that we spent combing sidewalk sales and thrift shops in San Francisco looking for some such funky find.

I followed a writing prompt from Daily Prompt, “By Hand”: “What’s the best present you’ve ever received that was handmade by the giver, not store-bought? Tell us what made it so special.”

Sin City Spends

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Dark money flows in
Crowned, a legend reigns and
A wendigo rends

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014. While watching election results, I wrote the haiku “Sin City Spends” and created the corresponding image on my iPad using OmniSketch.

If influenced by the elections, my creations were actually inspired by the following writing prompt from Writing.com:
Place: Las Vegas, NV
Actor: A werewolf
Object: A king’s crown
Smell: Men’s aftershave

To Prophetic Stars

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©2014 Stephanie Abbott. All rights reserved.

Volleyed across eons
My tethered heart, release me
To prophetic stars

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Monday, November 3, 2014. Inspired by the cosmos and my childhood gift for prophetic dreams, I wrote the haiku, “Prophetic Stars.” While I am not religious or new age spiritual, I often do consider humanity’s tenuous grasp of the material world. As for the image, “Prophetic Stars,” I created it using Art Rage 4 software.

Who What When Where Why

©Steph Abbott 2014
©Steph Abbott 2014

Daylight has been saved
From what we may never know
Who cares, it’s over

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Sunday, November 2, 2014. Inspired by our seeming obsession to schedule our lives, I chose to celebrate the end of Daylight Savings Time. I wrote the haiku, Who What When Where Why before created the image Who When Who using Art Rage 4 software. For the image, I oversimplified the dawn and adjusted the resolution to be lower than my usual settings, because I wanted a crass yet murky visual.