I HAVE NO MOZARELLA (for DVerse Poets)

Eggplants, parmesan
olive oil, bread crumbs
they are all on hand
also a quart of sauce marinara
I guess I can make eggplant parmigiana
but would provolone work
instead of the required mozarella?
A trip to the store is not an option
No, not this late on a Friday afternoon
I need to make dinner for hungry little mouths
with ingredients I already got
Ah… what’s the worst that could happen
if I change the recipe one bit
provolone, mozarella
they are both from milk
Well, if the picky tummies find it hard to eat
another of their mommy’s experiments
then go to bed they shall
with hunger in their bones
One day they will thank me
my food didn’t make them fat
But if the experiment works
then I learned a new thing
and I do not have to be a slave
to a recipe’s rigid schemes.


Here’s a little tongue-in-cheek response to Tony’s DVerse Meeting the Bar Prompt:  I’ve Got a Little List.   I had no idea what to write until I had to cook for dinner earlier.  Just in case you are wondering, provolone is not a good substitute for mozarella.  The former got a little rubbery as it cooked.  Well, I would not have known that if I did not try, would I? :-)  Now, you know too.   You’re welcome. :-D


Fall Music

I had to cajole my sons to pose for me.  I was thinking of a solemn mood to complement Autumn and the gray days we have.  The idea began with my ruined violin bow.  I think my youngest son got a hold of it and pulled at the horsehair.  I wanted falling leaves to be part of the motif.  I asked his younger brother to toss wet leaves onto him.  The younger one happily obliged.  He tossed and kicked handfuls of leaves much to this son’s chagrin.  They are both good sports and I owe them one. :-)









This is taken using a Nikon DSLR. The rest of the photos were taken with a Fujifilm SX-1.

I had to look up the meaning of the terms and to see how it is different from Reflection before I had any idea about how to respond to this challenge. Then I remember my son’s lesson in refraction – a spoon in a glass of water would appear bent because of light refraction. Perhaps, I could try the glass thing, but first I needed a nice glass item. This candle holder seating idle inside my cabinet appeared good for the test. It is thick, it is crystal, it is well-made. It only needed a little polishing. :-)
Crystal Candleholder
Two summers ago, I used this same glass to see how it would appear when the sun was shining on it. When it caught the sun at the right angle, I saw a ray of rainbow emanate from the glass. I tried to direct that light into a little flowering plant I then had. However, I was not able to have a good capture of the image.

With that previous experiment in mind, I brought the glass outdoors where I thought I could take advantage of the light. The sun, however, did not cooperate. It hid behind the clouds before I could even begin my work.
Refraction Abstract
Since I was having a sort of a me-time anyway, the children were out with their grandparents and I had done the things I needed to do, I took pictures anyway. I thought I would capture autumn through the glass as though it was an extension of the camera lens. Autumn through a Crystal Glass
When I had enough of that exercise, I put fallen leaves and flowers inside the container and took photos of them. It looked like they were swimming in water.
HawkWeed Refraction I found the results quite interesting that I took some more photos. Not all turned out well though. Daisy Refraction1 I had fun finding out how the grooves and cut of the glass affected the images. Daisy Refraction3 It was interesting to see the interplay between the images that were reflected on the glass and those that are inside the glass. Daisy and Pink refraction Thank you for coming by. I hope you enjoyed my experiment as I did. Happy weekend.  :-)  Oh-oh.  Pardon me for being unable to visit or respond to your comments.   I will see you, dear friends, by and by.  Promise. :-)Two Daisies


PLEAIDES (for DVerse Poets)

For DVERSE’s Meeting the Bar, Vandana Sharma  Challenges us to write a poem in Pleiades form.  Essentially, it is a poem with seven lines, each line having 6 syllables.   Kindly visit the Pub for more details and responses. :-)

Here are my Pleiades.



My soul was swept away
music wrapped it in waves
mystical and glorious
melodic scales allowed
me to ascend the heights
many dreamed of and then
meekly kissed me awake.

Music Sheet


Picture me as I am
plain as a sunny day
parrying the shadows
pressing upon my soul.
Pretenses are futile
perfection is distant
Persevere. That I must.


One of my favorite places near our home is the nearby pond. There, I see geese, swans, and gulls playing in the water. During a good year, the place shows all that is great about Fall – brightly colored trees, puffy clouds, noisy birds, all reflected in the water.

Last year was a good time to see them all.
Autumn Pond
I remember being there almost in the middle of the day. I began taking pictures with the sun shining bright above my head. Then, the colors darkened. The clouds rolled in. I went home before the thunderstorms caught me outdoors.
About two weeks ago, I visited the pond. It was a letdown – the water had almost dried up and light green algea covered the surface of the pond. Some geese and gulls played at the far end of the pond, but the swans were not there. I guess, with good reason, too.
Two weeks have passed since that last time. Perhaps, the leaves had turned a brighter color. Perhaps the recent rains filled the pond with fresher water. And maybe, today, the place is as vibrant as I had seen it in previous years.