Monday, February 28, 2011

Swing Supreme Tenor Sax Jazz Improvisation

and here we go - music-image-haiku - all that jazz

brass smooth and moody
that sentimental feeling
golden sounds of jazz.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Jazz Brass, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.


haiku ...vespers...

palette of this night
shadows cast in grace.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Vespers, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Maksim Mrvica - Child in Paradise

pulsing pulsing pulsing passion
resounding breath breath of life
the music the music
calls to this heart
knows this quest of soul
this BEING of sound
enfolded I in its rapture.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Maksim - Exodus - I listen and I hear...

I listen and I hear...

the spirit, the fire
the will of the people
to know the righteous path
and the destiny of TRUTH
to hold the vision of liberation
to walk with quest in heart
be this soaring soul known.

I listen and I hear.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Friday, February 25, 2011

...this window...This Window of My Mind

this window of my mind
by what light do I see
by what impressions am I moved
by what perceptions am I led
this window of my mind
by what shadows am I reflected
by what doubts am I haunted
by what fears am I consumed
this window of my mind
by what grace am I blessed
by what wisdom am I guided
by what love am I known
this window of my mind
by what destiny am I called
by what purpose am I defined
by what faith am I strengthened
this window of my mind
be there the love of God
be there the gift of children
be there the bounty of nature
this window of my mind
be there gratitude for this gift of life
be there a tomorrow of grace
be there ever the light of PRESENCE.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Young Peasant Woman with Three Children at the Window, 1840, Oil on canvas,
Neue Pinakothek, Munich, WALDMÜLLER, Fedinand Georg, Austrian, 1793 1865.

This Bond

this pain of heart be it borne no more
free be my soul from the bondage of illusion
free be these shackles upon mind upon spirit
free be these binding chains of judgment
this bond upon self be it borne no more

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Le génie du mal, St. Paul's Cathedral, Liège, white marble, 1848, Guillaume Geefs. 1805-1883.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Scent of woman - Tango

Tango's Lure

...the music... the rhythmic calling...

held in tango's lure
this desire dance rapture
passion's alchemy.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Tango's Lure, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Silent Night Rhythm

Loss and the beauty of what was
The winds carry the haunting call of past and present
The heart beats the memory, the lament
The soul knows it is the dark and the light
The morning and the noonday gone to the journey of night
The journey of night ever in pursuit of the awakening dawn
To this our life and love belong.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Silent Night Rhythm, Watercolor, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011,

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Blessed Golden Hues

alchemic waves of thought
fill this ocean of mind
blessed golden hues
treasured moment of solace
flowing faith anew
hushed is the doubt
now in the river's path
deep be the peace
silent is the din.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Alchemic Waves, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sounding Waves

sounding waves cresting in my mind
thunderous be these waters and moving tides
winds echo the whispers of each yesterday
beckon they to this restless heart
call they to this questing soul
flow, crest, bathe these wounds of time past
within this breath of ebb and flow be it shown
the flow of life and spirit eternal known.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

a haiku reflection

winds winds winds of change
in bondage to mill and sail
toil and spirit's call.

Regatta Beating to Windward, oil on canvas, 1828, Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775-1851.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Night Festival ~ here in Tappan, New York

strong gusting winds and sounding sounding chimes
a calling night song
the full moon casts its majestic light
branch and bough in surrender sway
shadows dance upon the shimmering mounds of snow
a night festival dressed in winter's array.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Moon, Photos, CAR, Collectible Clicks,©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

An added word:

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. Since hunting is difficult, this moon has also been known by some tribes as the Full Hunger Moon.

Friday, February 18, 2011


chilling calling winds resound
illume be this winter night
brilliant be this moon on high
majestic indigo corona
drifting raven clouds
and I in the seize of its lure.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Shadows Cast Gold

...behold... in haiku reflection...

these shadows cast gold
alchemy of morning new
rising be the light.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Shadows Cast Gold, Watercolor, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi,, 2011.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Branches Yet Bare

...this noon hour in Tappan, New York...

running waters from the melting mounds of snow
ice cycles surrendering to the sun's gentle warmth
the scamper of squirrels upon ground and towering Oak
sun's light behind the drifting clouds on high
song and flight of birds upon branches yet bare
the sigh of winter the beckoning of spring
light and change, this each passing day to bring.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


Dreamer's Alchemy

surrender I to the lure of darkness
and in the depths of slumber I be
upon a rising golden wave
this this dreamer's alchemy
the embracing hold of night
the vistas traveled afar
visions of time yet to come
awakened to the light of sun star.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Dreamer's Alchemy, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pen In Hand

and here this pen in poet's hand
what thought, what yearning
wherein is heart's command
this earth with bounty blessed
this morning of rising light
the loving touch of grace behold
heed the whimper of the child
heed the call for knowing wise
calling calling be heart's command
and here this pen in poet's hand
a smile, a gesture, the warming sun
a creed, a mission, a task now done
'tis not what I alone to answer nor unfold
the pleas of need be too your story told
all awakens for the vision yet held
purpose and right intention in glory meld
with word and reach and Faith in command
and here this pen in poet's hand.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

photo credit:

Liszt Consolation no. 3 performed on Liszt's 1862 Bechstein Piano

In loving gratitude to
Sandro Russo

Known Be This Awakened Heart

The coolness of morning dew upon leaf
The gentle ripple of moving waters
The caress of soft winds
The feel of shimmering veils in sounds I hear
The embrace of each piano key
And known be this awakened heart.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Liszt: Consolation No.3 in D flat major


at this early hour ~ triune haiku reflection

ascension be known
the blush of a rising day
maiden morning sweet.

rising be the light
sweet savor of morning new
this day's offering.

drink from this chalice
the nectar of Creation
blessed light anew.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Ascension, Watercolor,, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Veiled Firmament

gentle enfold of twilight
the embracing moment of day's end
the oneness of light and the impending dark
veiled be this firmament
cloaked in the Presence.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Veiled Firmament, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day ~ Where Love Is Known

Where Love Is Known

Where love is known
And destiny makes its call
Now I want to take you away
Bring you to that place
Where there are no doubts
Where you feel the vastness and closeness
Where an embrace holds and frees you
Where you live the beauty you are
Where love is known
And destiny makes its call.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Cupid and Psyche sculpture, by Antonio Canova, 1787.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Balakirev Islamey performed 'live' by pianist Sandro Russo

Sandro Plays...

one feels
one perceives
one is moved
by the sounding passions
by the lilting hues
by sensibilities awakened
it is Sandro who plays
who defines mood and emotion
the feel of Presence
in full expression
in full artistry
piano piano
a soaring rapture
it is Sandro who plays
BRAVO dear Sandro

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Sandro Russo Pianista
Poetessa N.Y.
Poet Laureate

Sandro Russo » listening room

Pulsing Flow

power off - no electricity
the quietude barren of machines
motors, TV, radio, telephone, computer
the hush of electrical toil and task
in this silence what do I hear
the ambient sounds that echo all that is
the gentle call of the wind
the wind chime melody
the songbird song
the pulsing flow of all
the sounding feel of a breath known
a breath known
a breath known.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Pulsing Flow, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Flies On The Butter - Wynonna Judd (With Naomi Judd)

Sweet Sweet Remembering

Still got one of 'em
'tis grandpa's tickin' pocket watch
and a set of Mason jars
yes, and I runnin' in my under panties
whohoho was it really that long ago
it doesn't seem so
sweet sweet remembering.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thunderous Wave

thunderous wave of Creation
sounding call of light
reaching reaching reaching
awakened be these darkened depths.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Thunderous Wave, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Classical Music Flute Harp Viola ~ Lilting Grace

Lilting Grace

these sounding gestures a lilting grace
hands, lips, with breath and love to place
heard be this music and known be our heart
from which the blessings of sound shall not depart.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Lilting Grace, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

The New York Harp Trio performs the 1st Movement of the Debussy Sonate.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

And the Mask ~ Carnival of Venice

And the Mask

Reveal, I hear this night command
Cloak not the quiver of shadow close at hand
Remove pretense and the mask donned to conceal
The TRUTH, the deep knowing, this while knowing real
Confront and resolve, the petition summons a call
Beyond all consideration, TRUTH to lay bear ALL
To the plea of this petition I to heed
And TRUTH, 'tis ever the rightful creed.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Light's Quest Divine

from shadows light be known
a rising day this moment shown
the quest of light ever present be
in this firmament, this celestial sea
hues and tones of moving grace
within a timeless moment I embrace
eternal majesty be the sky above
blessed I am with this the Creator's love
within this beauty a moment sublime
within this moment light's quest divine.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Rising Day, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fire on the Mountain ~ Mickey Hart Planet Drum

fire on the mountain
flame in the soul
life in full expression
this a plea, a questing goal
feel the pulsing breath and heart
from which life's knowing shall not depart
this ever present flaming light and fire
breath, passion, rapture's desire.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Gold Red Rays, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cosmic Journey

Haiku Reflection

journey of my mind
passage to a cosmic sea
voyage of my soul.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Cosmic Journey, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Red Be This Passion

Haiku Triune

life in its splendor
the fullness of breath and heart
cresting ebb and flow.

red be this passion
lilting waves of pulsing light
chambers and vessels.

alchemy now known
golden hues of creation
mystical rapture.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Red Be This Passion, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Crystal Waters

cold be these winds, warm be the noon sun and glow
winter in all its splendor, light, ice and snow
icicles cloak my garden in shimmering array
crystal waters of brilliant light adorn this very day.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Icicles: photo credit: flickriver/floyddean.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

This Breathing Life

warming sun, waxing moon, stars and tides eternal be
wondrous light, cresting flow, soul's destiny loving and free
embracing arms, a reaching, a holding hand
the touch of love known in heart's command
this heart, this soul, this breathing life mine
blessed be these gifts of eternal love divine.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

This Breathing Life, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sweet Surrender

this body, this mind, a beckoning call
sweet surrender to slumber's lure
waves of light in darkness be
sleep's vista, an enchanted sea.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Sweet Surrender, Image, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Pristine Quietude

fallen snow
a pristine quietude
blanketed in glistening white splendor
jeweled be all crested in ice cycles
branch and bough in blessed surrender
cold be this wind
white white be the sky above
held I be in winter's embrace
this the Creator's love.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Pristine Quietude, Photo: CAR, Collectible Clicks, ©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

...there is it .... and oh so cold... Prelude to the Snow

haiku reflections

this night's winter sky
violet celestial sea
prelude to the snow.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Prelude to Snow, Image,©Rose Marie Raccioppi, 2011.