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A January week

I have returned to an old habit—following the Capture Your 365 daily photo prompt challenge (#CY365), and pairing the photos with a few lines. I’m finding it’s really quite doable if I keep up with it.

So, without ado, here are some of this week’s captures:

Last Saturday’s prompt was WITH WORDS. Here is the photo and poem I cobbled together from the week’s words in my 2018 Word-A-Day calendar.

01-06-17 With words
(Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)

On New Year’s Day the BENTHOS froze
under our polar bared toes.
Our Christmas treats we now CONTEMN
against our hopes of getting slim
(though with bold APPETANCE they still beckon
our calories we’ve resolved to reckon). 
PROCRUSTEAN as resolutions are
without them we won’t go as far
their value is at least HEURISTIC
and though our methods are simplistic
to fight holiday excess PIACULAR
our hopes still burn for the spectacular. 

Sunday, January 7th the prompt was WHITE.
We met our newest grand-dog on Sunday. His name is Henry.

01-07-18 White
Henry (Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)

Tuxedo Henry— 
natty polka-dotted socks
fashion forward tail

Monday, January 8th’s prompt was SPLOTCHES (OF WHITE). This photo doesn’t really answer the prompt, but it had to be taken. (The next three photos are of my grandchildren.)

01-08-18 Splotches (of white)
(Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)

Little Santa girl
delivers the best gift—

On Tuesday, the prompt was ODD ONE OUT.
Two moments made my photo day, and inspired a tiny poem:

01-09-18 Odd one out
(Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)
01-09-18 Odd one out
(Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)

in the act
of play

On Wednesday the word was MINIMAL.

01-10-18 Minimal
Hooded Merganser (Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)

Study in white, black, 
brown, with amber eye
Hooded Merganser

And finally yesterday, Thursday, the challenge was to photograph EXQUISITE. Oh boy… it was a very unexquisite day here but I did escape the dull and dreary indoors for an even more dull, dreary, and damp out. And I found something exquisite!

01-11-18 Exquisite
Nandina also known as “Heavenly Bamboo” (Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)

Leaves of flame, embers
of berry warm this soggy
January day

(I just had a great suggestion from Joy in the comments below about making the verse above more comfortable in its skin…. changing it to a rhyming couplet or a quatrain. I’m opting for the quatrain. Thanks, Joy!)

Here’s version 2:

Leaves of flame
embers of berry
warm this soggy

(All poems above © 2018 by Violet Nesdoly – All rights reserved)

poetryfridayThis post is linked to Poetry Friday. Our hostess today is Jan, who directs the poetry traffic at the Book Seed Studio (what a fabulous name for a blog!). Thanks Jan!


30 thoughts on “A January week”

  1. This is such a cool project. Loved seeing your images (especially the grandkids) and your accompanying poems. Such dedication to the daily writing. I’m writing a poem a day in my notebook, but only one was worthy of sharing this week.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! It’s such a treat when the grandkids visit … I try not to be obnoxious with grandma pix so am glad you enjoyed them. Actually, the habits of taking a photo and writing daily deliver their own feelings of security and well-being.


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  2. Violet,
    Sorry your verse isn’t a haiku–it is a rhyming quatrain, or a couplet.
    Leaves of flame,
    embers of berry
    warm this soggy

    Leaves of flame, embers of berry
    warm this soggy January.

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    1. Thanks, Joy – I like that last suggestion as in changing this to a couplet or quatrain! I noticed the rhyme of “berry” and “January” so either of those forms would just acknowledge it straight out. These are definitely works in progress, so ideas for change are much appreciated.


  3. Wow! You have taken quite a challenge. I love how you “keep up with it” as a practice. I think that your creativity muscle is very strong. That last poem with the flames and embers and berries was wonderful for a gray january day. You inspire me, Violet!


  4. Love the challenges and your accomplished response, Violet. Your grands are wonderful, including Henry, and the merganser picture, wow! It’s a superb ending, and what a nice surprise, that flaming bamboo. There’s much joy in your post today.Thank you!


    1. Thanks, Heidi. My niece, who is quite the gardener and fills me in on plant names I don’t know made sure I was aware that this isn’t real bamboo plant… but heavenly nonetheless.


  5. Reading your post on this early frigid Monday morning was just what I needed to warm me up! I love Tuxedo Henry and the word “natty” is fabulous (as are others you put to good work today). Grandchildren photos are always welcome and your word choice in that final poem is wonderful–especially embers of berry. I admire your dedication to daily writing and look forward to reading more.


  6. Each poem is such a treat! The grandkids are ADORABLE! I loved the Hooded Merganser most, until the rewrite of the nandina poem, which sounds like something Hermione from Harry Potter would say as she cast a spell to dry their socks. 🙂


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