Picking a (Pair of) Pisces

pisces

Peter Piper picked
a peck of pickled Pisces –
no…should be herring.

Wait! That’s still not right!
Pisces, you’re the picky one,
a tough catch to make.

fluid like water,
evolving from its great depths;
ruler of the seas?

flow like a river
carry me in your current
unpredictable…

though ne’er to oneself

all life washes over you

oft’ pulled by the tides

smooth or turbulent
Omega to my Alpha
the surge never ends

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© 2013 jody love

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Oh, what to say of the final zodiac sign, the one who brings life full-circle (as I stated, the omega to my Aries’ alpha)? I will say that he’s the first love I ever depicted in my writing because of the soothing thirst he quenches while bringing a wealth of excitement to the table with his liquid gold offerings.

(Don’t miss there are 2 fish, not one – something about this is a little fishy in being reminiscent of the Gemini twins and their wishy-washiness!)

In At the Water’s Edge, Wil is the water-bound Pisces hero in ever sense of the word, from the story’s alpha to omega. His interactive transitions shift from crystal-clear refreshment to murky, turbulent moodiness; but the water themed surge he brings is always consistent throughout.

Danielle can see these changes through his eyes and takes an opportunity to point them out to him (once she’s feeling bolder in his presence): “They remind me of when I went sight-seeing in Dublin, and how the different parts of the Irish Sea all had their own hues of blue, like they were changing constantly with their varying Celtic moods. I think that’s how your eyes work too.”

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During the first half of April, Carpe Diem’s haiku prompts have focused on The Zodiac. The April 1st prompt was simply on The Zodiac, in general. Since then, we’ve traveled full-circle through the 360 degrees of the zodiacal circumference. Today’s prompt moves us to the 12th & final sign – Pisces (the fishes).

As I say farewell to you on this subject, in zodiacal terms, I merely need to say – until we pass one another’s way again! For now, here are all the representations as I’ve chosen to cover them in haiku, for your review:

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Aging of Aquarius

My Aquarius
little love looked up at me
first babe at my breast

showering your gifts
my world made a better shift
all for knowing you

Your new age has come
quite revolutionary
you give in great sum

turn
water to
wine
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Aquarians have an unpredictable pattern (as do the near-rhymes in my haiku trio above) if you don’t understand their rhythm. They are inspiring visionaries and generous humanitarians. They make their own social constructs to get their goals accomplished, but do it in the spirit of teamwork towards bringing all together. Follow their lead and all will go well – for all. (Best not to find out what happens to those who don’t want to be team players with these strong-willed trendsetters!)  Having an Aquarius as first-born simply makes good sense. 😉

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During the first half of April, Carpe Diem’s haiku prompts have focused on The Zodiac. The April 1st prompt was simply on The Zodiac, in general. Since then, we’ve traveled almost full-circle through the 360 degrees of the zodiacal circumference. Today’s prompt moves us to the 11th sign – Aquarius (water bearer).

With only one sign left to go, here’s a list of where we’ve been:

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Carpe Diem: Sagittarius (the centaur/archer)

Sagittarius
you are the right syllabic
sum for haiku form

though no surprise as
your arrows hit tried and true
for meeting all marks

swift, mighty seeker
half-human, half striking beast
wholly genuine

precious love you give
the soul’s balm of Gilead
most gracious of friends

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© 2013 jody love

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The Centaur is a fiercely independent being. It’s my understanding that few ever receive the privilege of getting close enough to ride upon one. (Not sure how to break this tragic news to those who pine after this passionately beautiful beast.) 😉 However, they are loyal friends to have, particularly in battle, being both intelligent and athletic. Just like with their arrows, their minds don’t miss a thing – so don’t think you’ll get something past a Sagittarius. The good news is, when you’re forthright, they’re gracious and forgiving friends.

My heart has a tendency to be drawn to Sagittarians, apparently, as some of my most genuinely favorite people fall within this birth time realm, their birthdays also resting near our Thanksgiving celebration dates. And, let me say, I am greatly thankful for these adventuresome people in my life. (I have a feeling I’d love them no matter the day they’d been born though!) 😉

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During the first half of April, Carpe Diem’s haiku prompts focus on The Zodiac. The April 1st prompt was simply on The Zodiac, in general. Since then, we’ve moved around the 360 degrees of the zodiacal circumference almost daily. Today’s prompt moves us much closer towards the end of the zodiac to – Sagittarius, the half-human, half-equine (half-fascinating, half-frightening) archer.

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Carpe Diem: Love’s Sting of Alchemy (Scorpio in Haiku)

generates passion
then desires a gentle tale
feels the bitter sting

feels the bitter sting
if one cannot stay ahead
fierce competitor

fierce competitor
sets aside domination
love-stung…alchemy

love-stung alchemist
searches the heavens for signs
transmuting cosmos

transmuting cosmos
scorpio phoenix rises
dust still turns to dust

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© 2013 jody love

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During the first part of the month of April, Carpe Diem’s haiku prompts focus on The Zodiac. The April 1st prompt was simply on The Zodiac, in general. April 10th’s prompt moves us closer towards the end of the zodiac to – Scorpio, fully equipped with love’s sting.

It’s also time this week again for the Trifecta challenge.

ALCHEMY (noun)

: a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life

: a power or process of transforming something common into something special

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The passionate sign of Scorpio is often paired not only with the scorpion, but also the eagle or the phoenix, due to  interpretations of mutating star patterns throughout the ages. Some astrologers will say the phoenix is the ultimate goal of a Scorpio,  being a sign of renewal and transformation. I used this symbol for my play on Trifecta’s alchemy term this week – also ending in a play of how our transformation on this earth may be no more successful than have been the alchemists’ attempts to turn common objects into precious metals throughout time. Only the heavens possess the recipe for that, it seems.

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Carpe Diem: Tipping Libra’s Scales

reaching for top shelf
teetering to hold balance
rules reigned o’er my head

 

tipped justice scales crashed
librarian caught my eye
oh, if looks could kill

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© 2013 jody love

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During the first part of the month of April, Carpe Diem’s haiku prompts focus on The Zodiac. The April 1st prompt was simply on The Zodiac, in general. April 9th’s prompt takes us past the half-way mark to – Libra (the scales).

The only advice I can give about Libras is – if you want to keep the peace, don’t disrupt their balance!

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Carpe Diem Haiku: Virgo (the maiden)

virtuosity
not oft’ highly regarded
in a world of pain

she gathers the sheaves
busy in labors of love
harvesting wisdom

bitterness redeemed
her innocence regifted
of great worth is she

Image of Ruth located at URL: http://www.keyway.ca/gif/ruth.gif

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© 2013 jody love

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During the first part of the month of April, Carpe Diem’s haiku prompts focus on The Zodiac. The April 1st prompt was simply on The Zodiac, in general. April 8th’s prompt takes us half-way through to – Virgo (the maiden).

The sign of Virgo is, of course, the virgin. Within her hands, she holds sheaves of wisdom.

I immediately thought of Ruth in the Bible for my depiction of this sign. Though a widow, not a virgin, she finely represents many characteristics of Virgo, using her virtuosity and wisdom in a most clever means, being loyal, patient and obedient to her mother-in-law’s instruction, thus gaining much in her new virginal beginning from Moabitess to Israelite, from widow to bride, from desolate outsider to a woman of value and means. She honors the mother of her deceased husband by following her into a strange land and caring for her. Boaz, her future husband, refers to Ruth as a woman of noble character. Others must have agreed, since she is a woman (one of the few actually listed) in both the lineage of King David and Jesus of Nazareth.

Virgos are assuredly not Ruth-less people! 😉

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Cervus lacessitus Leo

kingly beauty, beast
bold guardian, tried and true
lion of Judah

mane flows like sun’s rays
heralded roars create fright
kitten’s purr at heart

ferocious and brave
comes valor, strength, loyalty
rampant, he stands tall

sheridan_familycrest

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© 2013 jody love

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During the first part of the month of April, Carpe Diem’s haiku prompts focus on The Zodiac. The April 1st prompt was simply on The Zodiac, in general. April 7th’s prompt brings us to – Leo (the lion).

With Easter just passing us, I immediately thought of how the ultimate battle was won in my religion’s greatest season at the tomb – as the Lamb of God became the Lion of Judah, defeating death and making his way to victory!

This made me think of a motto I know well from a family crest with which I’ve become quite familiar – that of my grandmother’s descendants. (She was a Sheridan, which was once O’Sheridan or O’Sirideain.) I’ve come to know this crest well because, in honor of my Granny Mary (a.k.a. Mary Sheridan Love), I gave her a (fictional) key supporting role in my novel, At the Water’s Edge.

Note the Rampant Lion (standing ready to attack) in the middle of the shield. What you will not as easily notice are the stag horns protruding from the armor above it. (Some versions have a stag on top.) The motto is this:

Cervus lacessitus Leo.

The stag at bay becomes a lion.

“At bay,” in this sense, means “forced to turn and face one’s attackers.” My story’s protagonist, Danielle Sheridan Love, otherwise an innocent doe of her own accord (or much like a lamb unknowingly being led to slaughter) has to decide whether she can accomplish this very feat. It’s her imperative transitional point – the one that will ultimately determine her final fate, as well as the fate of the story’s other characters.

I have a feeling that many of us find ourselves facing this type of decision (whether figuratively or literally) at one point or another in our lives. When you are, may you face your adversaries well.

Peace, -jody

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