Sunday, April 2, 2017

Endless Waves to Girl Genius Revealed 
The wonders in some tankas 
The wonders of a little girl 


Ways (tanka) 

Once there was a light
Flowing across ways it knew
Then it disappeared
Leaving others to wonder
What ways did it have in view


Endless Waves (tanka) 

Endless are the waves
Sparkling promise on bright sand
Under hope filled skies
Thrilling the wonders of life
On this paradise of you



Fields Of Time (tanka) 

In the fields of time
Some people enjoy their view
Lavishing in life
Wondering what waits ahead
While others weep their goodbyes


Wonders are explored in these tankas. Tanka (短歌 "short poem"?) is a genre of classical Japanese poetry and one of the major genres of Japanese literature. They are believed to have originated in the seventh century. The  classical  tanka is comprised of 31 syllables spread out in five lines, broken down thus: 5/7/5/7/7. Modern tanka writers challenge the classical tanka form. (A tanka being a "short poem".) 

As I went on with my charitable activities they got to be more than I could handle. Let's take my activity with Toys For Tots. Toys For Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The Masons were big supporters of the program until 1965. I was assigned to rejuvenate it in my Lodge in 2003. By 2006 the Masonic family of the San Francisco Bay Area bought into the program. This was done by taking people, who thought that they were less than they were and giving them an opportunity to shine. The Masonic Toys For Tots program was taken to some of the business committees. One of the volunteers started up an amateur football league. Through the new Toys For Tots program some of the Masonic Lodges became supporters and meeting facilities of their communities. Other volunteers were brought in by individuals who learned how to let people shine. Masonry teaches that no one lasts forever. Hence, it was important to pass on my insights of running a successful Toys For Tots program to my successor. I passed over the reins in 2010.  

There is wonder in everyone. At least that has been my experience. It is easy for some people to take an idea and run with it. There is a world of individuals. who for one reason or another, can't or don't get started. I believe everyone wants to be more. This belief has helped many. Inside everyone is a foundation. of some sort. Maybe that foundation is a need, a desire, a belief or whatever gets that person out of bed. Build on that foundation and it gets better, stronger. The best way to build is success or confidence. So what does all this mumbo-jumbo mean? Believe that everyone wants to be better. If we are a leader or someone working with others, find/see that something that is important, of value in that other person(s). How does it match into the goal at hand? It is okay to get that person's help. Once found (and it will be found), formulate a series of steps toward achieving a goal. Each step should be success oriented. If we are working on ourselves or to make ourselves better, the idea is the same. It is important that each step is easily attainable. It is the power of success, confidence that lead us to achieve that wonder that we are. We are all wonders. There is a shining star in everyone. Believe, know, see and Enjoy.


How about a song to celebrate the magic that is us: Limahl "The Never Ending Story" 

There is nothing quite like the magic in a young girl's eyes 


The most famous member of the Magic Circle,  a British organisation dedicated to promoting and advancing the art of magic. is Prince Charles. He joined the club in 1975 after performing the famous Cups and Balls trick for members. Not quite Prince Charles, Michael Carbonaro, a magician by trade but a prankster at heart, can still wow us. More importantly, he can wow a little girl and her mother. 
Want to be amazed.  Keep your eyes on that big Rubic's cube on the table, "The Carbonaro Effect - Girl Genius Revealed" 


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Everyone is special in their own ways. 
Caleb


36 comments:

  1. This sort of poem is new to me but none the less I enjoyed it.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Try your hand at it. I'm sure will be good at it.
      Thank you and have fun.

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  2. Great tanka offerings Martin! The cabonaro effect is amazing. The mother just could not believe her little girl seemed smarter than her!

    Hank

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post. You write great offerings too.
      Thank you for everything.

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  3. Hello, I enjoyed the short poems. Everyone must believe they are special. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Helping someone see that they are special makes us special.
      Thank you. May sunshine light your path.

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  4. Pushing on step by step can sure be the way, one just has to believe it at their bay.

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    1. You chose a rhyme to say, a path and a way.
      Thank you. Goru

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  5. I liked these short poems. And you said some great things to think about.
    Happy Sunday!
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you. So happy you that this spared an interest.

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  6. NOT being negative is sometimes all the empowerment people need.

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    1. I (and many) agree. It is mind boggling that more don't yet see it.
      Thank you. Here's to the future.

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  7. What wonderful tankas! I enjoyed them very much. I am glad you could do so much to improve upon the world. I like the idea that everyone has a star in them.

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    1. If we follow the concept, there is greatness in us all.
      Thank you, now go out there and shine.

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  8. Oh that we each take time to enjoy the view while we see it....and not weep good-byes until it truly IS the end of our time!

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    1. In truth, I was too busy. Now that it isover, I have the greatness of it all.
      Thank you for all you do.

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  9. I loved the tankas, and even more the philosophy. Having managed an office, I was able to practice a bit of helping people find their "shine". It was immensely gratifying. It is amazing to see when people look beyond themselves to help someone else somehow they find their shine. I think you parlayed it into a fine art!

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    1. Thank you for the wonderful thoughts. By your works, you must have been a marvelous manager.
      Thank you for sharing your insights.

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  10. Martin, I LOVE "there is a shining star in everyone", and I believe it to be true. I enjoyed your wonderful tankas, but I always enjoy the notes you write at the end the most....I love hearing stories from your life. I admire the volunteer work you did for so many worthy causes. Thank you for this uplifting and inspiring share.

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    1. You are quite welcome. I appreciate your compliments.
      If you hear me, be confident that many hear you.
      Thank you for all of your inspiration.

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  11. Lovely Tankas Martin, I don't think I've seen you write these before?

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    1. I write them every once and again.
      Thank you for the visit

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  12. Like your Tanka verse.The short forms express a lot in little.

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed.
      Thank you for dropping by.

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  13. OOh, I love those short poems, they are good.

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  14. I enjoyed this post. Tanka is one of my favorite forms and these are lovely and beautifully crafted.

    Much to me surprise, I have yet to come across a tanka journal that has a problem with altering the syllable count in a tanka – in fact, some tanka journals state that it is preferred and frees the tanka writer from becoming overly preoccupied with syllables (though I have yet to try going over 31 – lol). Also there is a certain amount of translation - especially Japanese to English and vice versa - and it becomes impossible.

    I don’t know if you submit to tanka journals but, if you are interested, you might want to try Skylark – if you haven’t already – (http://skylarktanka.weebly.com). There is no cost, ten-or-so tanka can be sent by email and their tanka journals are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment.
      I appreciate all of the information you shared. It was very nice of you.

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  15. i used to write short poems in my native land years ago and i always loved to read them ,there is world enclosed in few lines.

    Great writing ! it is wonderful to know that you used to be a part of such incredible program which distributed joys with toys to innocents souls.

    Of course our creator has blessed each of us some of his greatness .It is environment and opportunities along with wisdom that bring it out of us .

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    1. Maybe you will bless us with some of your poetry.
      Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to your next post.

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  16. I had never heard of a tanka before. Really enjoyed this!

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    1. Glad that I could introduce you to tankas.
      Thank you for the visit.

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  17. Goodness, I haven't written a tanka in such a long time. I really like the first one.

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    1. Glad that you liked. Were you inspired?
      Thank you for dropping in

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