Tuesday, December 28, 2010

...this very midnight hour...Swept By The Winds


awakened by the winds and the chimes that sing
chilled by the cold this night does bring
snow in mounds yet pure, untouched and white
swept by the winds in swirling flight
winter's call known and heed I it well
each snow crystal to sparkle and beauty to dwell.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Swept By The Winds, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.



Sunday, December 26, 2010

This December Night


Haiku Reflection

winter indigo
winds carry the snow adrift
this December night,

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Snow Drift, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Born Anew


Let us REJOICE,
our song, our devotion in PRAISE,
the LIGHT born anew.


Magi, Oil, 1915, Henry Siddons Mowbray, 1858-1928.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lunar Light ~ Awakened


awakened to the stillness
two hours past the midnight hour
the silence of the yet dark early morning
awakened to the lunar light of the winter solstice
pulsing corona
embracing hues of crystalline gray, blue and violet
drawn I to this orb of luminous lure
awakened to the soft feel of the cold wind upon my face
to the journey of clouds
to the fullness of the shedding light
the towering oak casts a shadow
quiver it does upon the garden walk
and I in shadow cast
awakened
awakened.

Rose Marie Raccioppi



Lunar Light, Photo: CAR, Collectible Clicks, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Monday, December 20, 2010

The Wind and the Willow ~ a gift for giving...



The Wind and the Willow
a book of original poetry

Special Announcement:
THE WIND AND THE WILLOW
Now available directly from Publish America.
Click on title, place title or my name in search bar of Publish America Entry Page.
Thank you for your order.
ENJOY!

Also available with online booksellers.
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A gift to self or another

Anyone who decides to purchase, The Wind and the Willow, I extend this offering:
Select a poem from, "The Wind and the Willow," that you are particularly drawn to,
inform me of such, and I will send on to you a signed copy
of that chosen poem suitable for framing.

Thank You for your Order.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Guest Poet and Artist ~ seven year old Grace presents Blue Jay Angel


Blue Jay Angel

A flower
A bird
An angel of heart
With magical beauty
A creation has its start
Wings of feathers
And touched with love
By all of God’s grace
Here and above.

Grace Page Boyle
7 years of age
December 18, 2010



Image, Blue Jay Angel, Pen and Ink, ©Grace Page Boyle, 2010.

an added word
Grace loves, flowers, birds and angels.
She created Blue Jay Angel to express her love for these beautiful gifts of Creation.

This will be one of her Christmas gifts to her mother.
Thank You Grace for sharing your love.


Blossom Of My Soul


flower of my mind
petal of my heart
blossom of my soul
this flowing grace of spirit
dance I in its caressing love
sing I in its chorus of devotion
silent and resounding be its passion
lilting be its gentle fervor
flower of my mind
petal of my heart
blossom of my soul.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Blossom Of My Soul, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.



Friday, December 17, 2010

Golden Light


this dance of spirit within my soul
resounding waves of light to behold
violet be heart's enchant and embracing tone
alchemic golden light within be known
alluring gestures of the divine
be these blossoms of my mind
in this cresting and flow I proclaim
the splendor of grace in God's name.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Golden Light, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2110.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Celestial Sea


thoughts that probe the depths of existence
waves that crest the longings of the heart
streams that flow with the knowing grace of the soul
perceptions from time eternal
this inner call that echoes from the core of self
ever present passion, quest, a life purpose defined
listen, heed the resounding celestial sea within
the vista of mind, the passions of heart
the soul in its eternal present
echo echo echo be the refrain
"Guide the children, know their call
With God's tender love and wisdom of all. *"

*APOGEE Poet: Wisdom Of All
http://apogeepoet.blogspot.com/2009/11/wisdom-of-all.html


Rose Marie Raccioppi


Celestial Sea, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Night Spirit Of Green


it is cold
the sounding winds heard
a december night serenade
evergreens dance to the chilling winds
joyful night spirit of green.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Night Spirit of Green, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

All That Enfolds


flowing be all that enfolds
this mind, this heart, this soul
softly embracing light and shadow
draped in the caress of beauty
passions lived, a story told
a giving grace ever to behold.

Rose Marie Raccioppi



All That Enfolds, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


From ancient times to the present, folds fluid, drapery upon self, object, castle, or abode, to lend the metaphoric beauty of life's ever present grace and flow.
And so too, I offer this swaddling of spirit known.


Monday, December 13, 2010

I listen and so...Winter's Melody


haiku reflections

indigo night sky
winds to carry crystal light
mounting snows adrift.

chilling be these winds
sounding winter's melody
heed I the calling.

Rose Marie Raccioppi



Winter's Melody, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.



Sunday, December 12, 2010

Folds of Memory


within the folds of memory
passion's touch live I.

Rose Marie Raccioppi



Folds of Memory, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

‎...from... visions and words... Light Streams


haiku reflections

within thoughts conceived
in the vista of my mind
light streams in glory.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Light Streams, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Friday, December 10, 2010

...so the night...Calling Grace


haiku reflections

indigo vespers

infinite violet light
spirit's calling grace.


Rose Marie Raccioppi


Vespertine, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Folds Of Presence


haiku reflections

journey of Being
within the folds of Presence
claim I light divine.

Rose Marie Raccioppi



Folds of Presence, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Spirit's Alchemy


haiku reflections

storm temper and wail
soaring peace and golden truth
divine quest of heart.

golden light of soul
cresting wave of love and grace
spirit's alchemy.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Spirit of Alchemy, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Monday, December 6, 2010

...jewel of the night sky... December Night



indigo sky of this December night
a season of birth in celebration and light
the gift of gold given by a King
for the treasures a new life destined to bring
see I the guiding star and alchemy's grace
flame of golden gifts of Presence, time and place.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Jewel of Night Sky, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


...and so a flurry... First Snow


first snow of season
tones of gray in clouds adrift
strokes of winter's sky.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


When The Sky Is Gray, Watercolor, Rose Marie Raccioppi, Skyscapes, http://www.apogeeart.com/



Sunday, December 5, 2010

...this be the moment...Golden Crest


haiku reflections...

golden crest of heart
the alchemy of soul
passion and Presence.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Golden Crest, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Friday, December 3, 2010

...within this evening hour... Flower Of My Mind

haiku reflections

flower of my mind
from the depth of solitude
rising be the light.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Flower of My Mind, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.

The Wind and the Willow
a book of original poetry

Special Announcement:
THE WIND AND THE WILLOW
Now available directly from Publish America.
Click on title, place title or my name in search bar of Publish America Entry Page.
Thank you for your order.
ENJOY!


A gift to self or another

Anyone who decides to purchase, The Wind and the Willow, I extend this offering:
Select a poem from, "The Wind and the Willow," that you are particularly drawn to,
inform me of such, and I will send on to you a signed copy
of that chosen poem suitable for framing.

Thank You for your Order.


...upon the towering Oak... The Cloak of Light


December winds enfold the bough and branch of the barren tree
Upon ground winter's blanket to welcome the season as it shall be
Heed the silent pulsing cloak of light with the grace of time
This blessed quietude, such be this season of loving light divine.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Winter's Light, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Autumn Light


...colors in perception... haiku in reflection...

firmament of mind
vista of autumn's passion
alchemy of light.

Rose Marie Raccioppi



Autumn Light, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Whispers of the Tree


whispers of the tree
bough and branch now barren be
held within its trunk towering proud and mighty tall
rings of time, seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall
its inner calling plea in resounding whispers heard
be there the known light of the Creator's Word.


In loving memory of

Jeff Drake

August 27, 1957 - December 1, 2010

"...a true music man, teacher, historian, and a beautiful soul..." Judy Reifler


Rose Marie Raccioppi


Whispers of the Tree, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.




Storm Skies and South Winds



...storm skies and high south winds... image and haiku reflections...


wild be these south winds

leaves, twigs, branches in swift flight
autumn's exodus.

rains upon this earth
held within nature's keeping
streams anew flowing.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


http://apogeeart.com/ Skyscapes, Light Behind the Storm, Watercolor, Rose Marie Raccioppi.


Golden Ray of Alchemy



winds blowing wildly in Tappan, New York and so...
haiku reflection

known be this questing
golden ray of alchemy
time, change and Presence.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Golden Ray of Alchemy, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.



Tuesday, November 30, 2010

...from trees... Amber



in haiku reflection

the glow of amber
a gift of transformation
golden exodus.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Amber, Image: ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.



~
The Wind and the Willow

a book of original poetry

Special Announcement:
THE WIND AND THE WILLOW
Now available directly from Publish America.
Click on title, place title or my name in search bar of Publish America Entry Page.
Thank you for your order.
ENJOY!


A gift to self or another

Anyone who decides to purchase, The Wind and the Willow, I extend this offering:
Select a poem from, "The Wind and the Willow," that you are particularly drawn to,
inform me of such, and I will send on to you a signed copy
of that chosen poem suitable for framing.

Thank You for your Order.



Monday, November 29, 2010

Destiny


impassioned moment
destiny in soul's splendor
wondrous rising grace.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


click on image for larger view
Destiny, Image: Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.



Sunday, November 28, 2010

From Ashes


transformation...haiku

rise as the phoenix
from ashes to life anew
known be the soul's quest.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Phoenix Rising, Image: Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.

November Sunrise...Day's Awakening


day's awakening
eternal sunrise of soul
rejoice in glory.

Rose Marie Raccioppi



November Sunrise, photo, Flandrum Hill, Wordpress.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

In Wind's Flight


russet hues of fall
season's color in wind's flight
winter light calling.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


In Wind's Flight, image: Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Haiku Interlude


quietude prevails
a deep breath of reflection
this an interlude.

Rose Marie Raccioppi



Interlude, Image: Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Through the Ages...


The History of Thanksgiving
and its Celebrations

"Throughout history mankind has celebrated the bountiful harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies. Before the establishment of formal religions many ancient farmers believed that their crops contained spirits which caused the crops to grow and die. Many believed that these spirits would be released when the crops were harvested and they had to be destroyed or they would take revenge on the farmers who harvested them. Some of the harvest festivals celebrated the defeat of these spirits.

Harvest festivals and thanksgiving celebrations were held by the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Hebrews, the Chinese, and the Egyptians.

The Greeks

The ancient Greeks worshiped many gods and goddesses. Their goddess of grains was Demeter who was honored at the festival of Thesmosphoria held each autumn.

On the first day of the festival married women (possibility connecting childbearing and the raising of crops) would build leafy shelters and furnish them with couches made with plants. On the second day they fasted. On the third day a feast was held and offerings to the goddess Demeter were made - gifts of seed corn, cakes, fruit, and pigs. It was hoped that Demeter's gratitude would grant them a good harvest.

The Romans

The Romans also celebrated a harvest festival called Cerelia, which honored Ceres their goddess of grains (from which the word cereal comes). The festival was held each year on October 4th and offerings of the first fruits of the harvest and pigs were offered to Ceres. Their celebration included music, parades, games and sports and a thanksgiving feast.

The Chinese

The ancient Chinese celebrated their harvest festival, Chung Ch'ui, with the full moon that fell on the 15th day of the 8th month. This day was considered the birthday of the moon and special "moon cakes", round and yellow like the moon, would be baked. Each cake was stamped with the picture of a rabbit - as it was a rabbit, not a man, which the Chinese saw on the face of the moon.

The families ate a thanksgiving meal and feasted on roasted pig, harvested fruits and the "moon cakes". It was believed that during the 3 day festival flowers would fall from the moon and those who saw them would be rewarded with good fortune.

According to legend Chung Ch'ui also gave thanks for another special occasion. China had been conquered by enemy armies who took control of the Chinese homes and food. The Chinese found themselves homeless and with no food. Many staved. In order to free themselves they decided to attack the invaders.

The women baked special moon cakes which were distributed to every family. In each cake was a secret message which contained the time for the attack. When the time came the invaders were surprised and easily defeated. Every year moon cakes are eaten in memory of this victory.

The Hebrews

Jewish families also celebrate a harvest festival called Sukkoth. Taking place each autumn, Sukkoth has been celebrated for over 3000 years.

Sukkoth is know by 2 names - Hag ha Succot - the Feast of the Tabernacles and Hag ha Asif - the Feast of In Gathering. Sukkoth begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, 5 days after Yom Kippur the most solemn day of the Jewish year.

Sukkoth is named for the huts (succots) that Moses and the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert for 40 years before they reached the Promised Land. These huts were made of branches and were easy to assemble, take apart, and carry as the Israelites wandered through the desert.

When celebrating Sukkoth, which lasts for 8 days, the Jewish people build small huts of branches which recall the tabernacles of their ancestors. These huts are constructed as temporary shelters, as the branches are not driven into the ground and the roof is covered with foliage which is spaced to let the light in. Inside the huts are hung fruits and vegetables, including apples, grapes, corn, and pomegranates. On the first 2 nights of Sukkoth the families eat their meals in the huts under the evening sky.

The Egyptians

The ancient Egyptians celebrated their harvest festival in honor of Min, their god of vegetation and fertility. The festival was held in the springtime, the Egyptian's harvest season.

The festival of Min featured a parade in which the Pharaoh took part. After the parade a great feast was held. Music, dancing, and sports were also part of the celebration.

When the Egyptian farmers harvested their corn, they wept and pretended to be grief-stricken. This was to deceive the spirit which they believed lived in the corn. They feared the spirit would become angry when the farmers cut down the corn where it lived.

The United States

In 1621, after a hard and devastating first year in the New World the Pilgrim's fall harvest was very successful and plentiful. There was corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. They found they had enough food to put away for the winter.

The Pilgrims had beaten the odds. They built homes in the wilderness, they raised enough crops to keep them alive during the long coming winter, and they were at peace with their Indian neighbors. Their Governor, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that was to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native American Indians.

The custom of an annually celebrated thanksgiving, held after the harvest, continued through the years. During the American Revolution (late 1770's) a day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress.

In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. By the middle of the 19th century many other states also celebrated a Thanksgiving Day. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a national day of thanksgiving. Since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, usually designating the fourth Thursday of each November as the holiday.

Canada

Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Observance of the day began in 1879."



Information Source: http://www.holidays.net/thanksgiving/story.htm


Nymphs Filling The Horn of Plenty, oil on canvas, circa 1617, Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1577-1640.


To All Who Visit Here

It is a thanks giving that we each share in many special ways. Thoughts, words, visions, artistry, perspectives, experiences, love and care, are put to print, sent over cyberspace and there we are in the embrace of another, in another space of time. We thank one another and offer responses. We are validated, appreciated and valued for who we are and what we choose to bring to one another. And so my blog friends you are each in Thanksgiving Celebration, your shared abundance honored with joy.

Happy Thanksgiving
2010


Rose Marie Raccioppi


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

PRESENCE ...‎...Autumn Sky... strokes of color...words of haiku...


closing of day's light
sunset's breath of reverie
luminous glory.

hues of golden light
the grandeur of piety
praise be Creation.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Autumn Glory, image: Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving ~ Blessed We Are


Blessed we are
For the passion and allurement of love
For the delicate innocence of each new born
For the wonder of each child’s way
For the meaning we live this day

Blessed we are
For the understanding we seek
For the compassion we feel
For each sunrise we behold
For each story told

Blessed we are
For the striving and the path
For the strength to meet opposition
For the knowing within the Word
For the listening beyond all heard

Blessed we are
For the bounty
For the harvest we gather
For the restful reflection
For nature's perfection.

Blessed we are
For the tender touch that comforts
For the embrace that secures
For the determination to be
This moment blessed and free.

A Most Happy Thanksgiving to All


Rose Marie Raccioppi



Rest at Harvest, Oil on canvas, 1865, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1825-1905.


Monday, November 22, 2010

...midnight hour and into the morning... Shroud Of Night And Moon


Blue Moon and indigo sky to behold
wondrous light to embrace and enfold
shroud of night and moon be spun sublime
a flowing swaddling of soul's rapture divine
hallowed moments of Presence they be
lunar waves cresting the celestial sea.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Shroud of Night and Moon, image: Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

a guest joins me this day... Leaves by Grace Boyle


Leaves I gathered this very day
Seven leaves in the sun did play
And onto the paper they be
There for me to see.

Grace Boyle
seven years of age

and together we did say

Upon the ground so quiet they lay
The winds calmed at this hour of the day
A blanket of rustic charm covers the ground
If not touched there be not a sound
Underfoot I can hear them sing
A refrain of crackle, crackle, they do bring.

Rose Marie and Grace



Leaves, Grace Boyle, image: Grace and Rose Marie, 2010.


...look I to... The Sky Above


a Sunday morning with skies so fair
the barren Dogwood dressed
anew in the light of God's care
the towering Oak leaves yet
in red rustic array
holding the glory of
sun's glow this day
upon the ground
a blanket of leaves
of colors yet bright
they too dressed
in the splendor
of this day's light
and I look to the beauty
of the lambent sky above
feel I the embrace
of God's heavenly love.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Firmament, Watercolor, Skyscapes, Rose Marie Raccioppi, http://www.apogeeart.com


Saturday, November 20, 2010

GYBE! - 01 Storm ~ music... brush strokes...words...


reverie be the mood
sweet passions at play
awaken awaken
this the new day
ever the will and purpose shown
the spirit of SELF in soaring known.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


a tribute of gratitude to
Ben Pagano


Shadows Cast Gold, Watercolor, Rose Marie Raccioppi, http://www.apogeeart.com



..imaginative moments... Autumn Fantasy


autumn fantasy
silken threads of falling leaves
spin a cloak divine.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Autumn Fantasy, image: Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Friday, November 19, 2010

...but a ribbon...Across The Fields


across the fields of time and space
upon a path of light to trace
sky and earth and destiny be
the calling, the calling of Spirit's decree.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Ribbon of Light, image creation, Vistas of the Mind, Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cosmic Joy


it is cosmic joy
lambent light of moon and sun
twinkle light of star.

through all darkness be
wax and wane of silver glow
golden rays afar.

Rose Marie Raccioppi



Cosmic Joy, created image , Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vista Of The Mind


vista of the mind
blissful dance of reverie
lambent be the light.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Musing Light, Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November Morning


November morning
cloaked in golden warmth of sun
Autumn hues of light.

Rose Marie Raccioppi




November Morning, Watercolor, (modified), Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Monday, November 15, 2010

This Night Enfolded


this midnight hour
a silken sapphire cloak
sumptuous and inviting be its folds
beckoned I am to night's chamber
enfolded I be to bear its beauty.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Enfolded, Watercolor (modified), Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.



Sunday, November 14, 2010

This A Sunday Hour


embraced by a loving Presence
clear blue of the sky
reaching warmth of the sun
gentle winds in lilting melody
hues of heart known
this a Sunday hour.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Wind, Sun, Sky, Watercolor (modified), Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


After The Rain


after the rain
the sun
autumn leaves in gleeful flight
streams in mirthful flow
all in triumphant acclaim
all in glory in praise, His name.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


After The Rain, Watercolor, (modified), Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Night and so... Night Mood


music of the night
sounds of blue and violet
feeling the night mood.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Night Mood, Watercolor, (modified), Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Alchemy of Autumn


amber waves of light
the alchemy of autumn
leaves in heaven's hues.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Alchemy Of Autumn, Watercolor, (modified), Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Wellspring ...the Great Mind...


Wellspring of earth and the Great Mind
Creation, abundance, the bequeathed spoils of time
Waters and the light of the heavens above
Flow with life, rapture and divine love.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Wellspring, Watercolor, (modified), Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2010.