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Winter: 3 haiku

January 6, 2016 4 comments

 

 

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Here are a set of haiku written in response to the emotional challenges RT has been facing over the last few months. To wit: RT’s mom has recently moved into a nursing home, where she is doing better. And not to worry: he is carrying on with a reasonable degree of calm. Sometimes it can help to share the more difficult moments …

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walking home—

panic’s steady undertow

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love her! love her!

sirens in the driveway.

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garbage bags on her bed

photos spill from a rip

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copyright, 2016, The Rag Tree

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Photo: Winter. GerFes. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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Gilgamesh–the Prologue on YouTube

January 1, 2016 Leave a comment

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2015 was full of distractions and challenges for RT, which has kept him from opining in these pages for some time. Major life changes confront him, but this is how things happen. At heart, though, he remains a writer and feels the call of his several projects, not least of which is The Rag Tree. His mother’s memoir, A Daughter’s Song and Dance, is finished, but RT can only say that its publication is as imminent as anything else in his life right now.

The memoir is not the only project that RT has completed but been unable to share with the public. At the end of 2014, he finished a video that features an audio file of him reading his prologue to Gilgamesh, accompanied by various illustrations from the internet. He uploaded the video onto YouTube, hoping to attract more attention to his translation. Then things got complicated.

Things are now somewhat less complicated, and RT is posting a link to the video below. Eventually, he would like to put all of the translation up on YouTube. In the meantime, he hopes that the current offering will propitiate the god of complications and entertain his readers.

Happy New Year, and here’s to a wonderful 2016!   RT

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Image: Grabado de Nimrod. WikiCmns. Public Domain.

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