Dancing Echoes

Beats Stumbling Around in Silence




Widow dressed in black
Guardian of her cosmos
Gossamer egg case

Red hourglass tracking time
Cobweb cradling future

Note: She is in fact a Brown Widow. Her venom is just as deadly as a Black Widow but her potential delivery is not. I went with the word “black” above because most people are more familiar with her cousin species and well, poetic license. Photo taken in a storm drain.

In response to Patrick Jennings A Pic and a Word Challenge #51: Guardians and
CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem #1032 pieces of heaven and
The Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame




Sunrise or sunset
Perception a state of mind
Endless cycle

In response to Patrick Jennings Pic and a Word Challenge #50: Perception and
CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem #1028 sadness



Sandview Sunset CJD

Knowing our true selves
Obscured by physical flesh
Souls softly whisper

Look beyond the reflection
Universal beating heart

In response to CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem Theme Week (6) 7 Jane’s last haiku (Jisei)
and Patrick Jennings A Pic and a Word Challenge #49: Obscured




Thirty-one morae
Reflection of life well lived
Forming poetry

Heartfelt words touch others
Beauty in another dawn

In honor of Jane Reichhold’s poem and life:

leaving home
morning sky pink
with promises
to return to this place
the sun rises higher

From Jane Reichholds’s A Gift of Tanka

In response to CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem Theme Week (6) 2 Utabukuro Jane Reichhold




Pink raft set adrift
What adventures you will have
Off on wild seas

In response to CARPE DIEM HAILU KAI: Carpe Diem #1012 Sunshine

Inspired by the quote by Hans Christian Andersen:

[…] “Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” […] Hans Christian Andersen


It’s Amazing Out There

OK, I despise shameless self-promotion. I have absolutely no problem when other people do it, as a matter of fact, I admire it. But this “It’s Amazing Out There” photo contest is important to me so I am going to suck it up and post this. Part of this contest includes a “fan favorites” part. If you are interested in giving me your vote please go to the following link on the main page and search for cjdraper. I submitted more than one photo but the one labeled “Coming Storm” is my personal favorite (see below). At any rate, there are a lot of talented photographers with stunning photos posted so please give someone your love, even if it isn’t me. You are allowed to vote for one photo per day. The open voting ends August 26th. Thanks!

Dancing Echoes