Monthly Archives: January 2012

Senryu Fifty One

Don Quixote wins
Battling the windmill giants 
Sancho smiles wide

© 2012 Michael Yost 1/31

Mag 102  Number 2

Wassily Kandinsky Red Spot II 1921

Just Two?

“Just two Pollux, will that be enough?” “Yes yes Castor, by the time we come back there will be 7 billion lives on this planet.”  “And they’ll all be in our image Castor…  Can you imagine?”  “If you say so; I’ve found a lovely garden they can begin their lives.  What about communicating with them Pollux the time we are away… won’t they be lost?”  “No Castor we’ve left enough imagination in their minds that they’ll find a way to talk to whomever and whenever they desire.”  They both smiled silently.

© 2012 Michael Yost 1/30


You must use the third definition of the word below to craft a piece of writing of no less than 33 words and no more than 333. The chosen word should appear in your writing exactly as it appears below. 

image noun \ˈi-mij\


: a reproduction or imitation of the form of a person or thing;especially : an imitation in solid form : statue


a : the optical counterpart of an object produced by an optical device (as a lens or mirror) or an electronic deviceb : a visual representation of something: as (1) : a likeness of an object produced on a photographic material (2) : a picture produced on an electronic display (as a television or computer screen)


a : exact likeness : semblance <God created man in his own image — Genesis 1:27 (Revised Standard Version)>b : a person strikingly like another person <she is the image of her mother>


a : a tangible or visible representation : incarnation <theimage of filial devotion>b archaic : an illusory form : apparition

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Haiku 16

Koala smiles bright
Abstract visions do delight
Winters nose a sight

© 2012 Michael Yost 1/30



Slippery Slope , Post 500

Balancing between here and there
Dark or darker full of despair
Conspiracies headlong abound
You’re full of tales, which surround

Now in a fog every day
A constant hum, won’t go away
Fatigue and hunger here to stay
Potter won’t even throw the clay

Betwixt or between, choice to make
Feeling the prick, maybe forsake
Emotional climax or void
Either way I’m sure you’ll avoid
© 2012 Michael Yost 1/29
What is Bipolar II?

Bipolar II disorder (pronounced “bipolar two”) is a form of mental illness. Bipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time.

However, in bipolar II disorder, the “up” moods never reach full-on mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania.

A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in life. Most people with bipolar II disorder also suffer from episodes of depression. This is where the term “manic depression” comes from.

In between episodes of hypomania and depression, many people with bipolar II disorder live normal lives.

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Jingle Poetry At The Gooseberry Garden, A Place for Poets To Share and Get Inspired!

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Senryu Fifty

Mountains touch heaven
Valleys hide from the hot sun
In between slides

© 2012 Michael Yost 1/28

What a great way to get our service members to speak out without the stress of talking to someone.

The River - Moved!

“Art is fundamental to health and to humanity.” – Rocco Landsman, NEA chairman

The US Military will begin  a new pilot program this month to better serve their healing soldiers at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Center has joined forces with the National Endowment for the Arts to offer soldiers with “signature wounds” a writing therapy called ‘Operation Homecoming.’

The most complex heath conditions to heal are the traumatic brain injuries and psychological health issues known as the  “signature wounds.” The writing workshop will focus on healing these wounds from ‘traumatic war experiences’ through expressive writing techniques of journaling and poetry. 

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The stoop was starting to feel lonely waiting. We were both called in for supper at the same time. It was her sister’s turn to do the dishes. Did she forget our date?

© 2012 Michael Yost 1/27

The first weekend prompt is as follows: write a love story in 33 words.  You are free to interpret that prompt however you wish, but your response must be 33 words exactly.

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