Thursday, April 28, 2016

Something Has Changed to Crabby Transformation 
Tankas about change 
A smile changes to fear as an alien changes 

A Truth (tanka) 

Once there was a truth
Which people refused to see
It didn’t suit them
But they stored it in closets
Just in case the fashion changed

Something Has Changed (tanka) 

We wake up one day
To find the whole world has changed
The air is sweeter
Everything seems more alive
Maybe we just fell in love

The Familiar Voice (tanka) 

They mourned at the loss
Of someone who had changed their lives
On that cloudy day
But echoing from mirrors
They felt a familiar voice

Three examples of the tanka form of poetry. It is easy to create a tanka. It is just a matter of counting syllables. A normal tanka has 5 lines following this syllable scheme: 5-7-5-7-7. Rhyme schemes are optional, Tankas do not have to rhyme at all. One of the top tanka writers on Blogspot is Rika Inami. Hit this link and be taken to her blog. 

I don't need to tell you that one of the facts of life is change. Some doors close and other doors appear. At my age, I look at my fair city and reflect in how much it has changed. It has gotten so expensive. I grew up on 24th street, in the sunny Noe Valley. We kids used to play in the streets. Kids can't play in the streets there anymore. There were delicatessens everywhere, where one could buy delicacies from around the world. Delicacies that are no longer available. Even the famous San Francisco sour dough French bread has changed. We used to have horse back riding in Golden Gate Park. No more. Dancing in ice cream parlors, familiar policeman walking the streets, your choice of boat on Stow Lake, clothing stores where they knew your name, mom and pop stores on "every corner" and much, much more. Gone. 
Then I think back, how I looked forward to all the new things. How I enjoyed and took advantage of the things that were and made them part of a memory. I think back at all the changes I participated in making and now cry about. At how much I have changed. Yes, I am older, but did I get better? I think back and reflect was it all made for me? Was it, is it all made for us? Change is inevitable. We can cry about the things that are no longer here or we can enrich our memories while they still are. We can lament the things that no longer are or rejoice that we were part of them all and that they are part of us. And when the next door closes there should be no question in our mind, "Did I enjoy?' 

Keeping with the theme: David Bowie "Changes" 

When we think about it, there is an element of magic in change 

Believe in space aliens or not, it has been good for some insurance companies. More than 40,000 Americans have taken out insurance against being abducted by aliens. Meanwhile back on earth, famed magician Michael Carbonaro has some fun with an absolutely great victim. I don't know what's better, Carbonaro's illusions or his guests reaction to them. 
Carbonaro plays a professor and his guest plays an assistant who helps him clean up before... well watch and enjoy the laughs. "The Carbonaro Effect - Crabby Transformation" 

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The first step toward change is awareness. 
The second step is acceptance. 
Nathaniel Branden


  1. Ah waking up to the world changing and it is often ourselves that is changing. Speaking of changes.. I am almost done with Facebook. You have no idea how long it took me to delete every post! I find blogging more enjoyable and often much kinder. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Knowing tat everything s changing, we should make the most of all.
      Follow your dreams.
      Thank you for sharing this small part of them

  2. Beautiful tanka poetry! I especially liked the first one. Change indeed does seem to be a constant...

    1. Thank you so much. Your input has brought about a change. That's how things work.