Scarecrow Joins the Circle Dance

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Autumn. I fall into disrepair.  The sky still covers me, but my shadow dissolves into the remains of the golden ocean that heretofore eddied and flowed at my feet.  My skin lies ragged, unfilled.

I was crowned, once, with dark discordant ornaments. They sit on other thrones now, unrepentant pretenders, still calling the sun, the wind–the land itself–to task.

A crow flies over
a graveyard—blackness on stone–
change hangs in the air

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When I saw Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge about scarecrows, I was intrigued.  I can’t think of Scarecrow without  thinking of Robert Okaji’s wise sage.  So whatever I did would be colored by what Robert has written.  I also decided to use the words from Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, synonyms for ghost and hollow, as many of them seemed to fit on Scarecrow too.

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As to Crow–he’s always around here somewhere.

Once again, different light makes the metallic paint change like the weather and the seasons…and this is another artwork inspired by Joan Mitchell being inspired by Van Gogh.  Circles within circles.

Also linked to dVerse Open Link Night.

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56 responses to “Scarecrow Joins the Circle Dance”

  1. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I love your paintings and your haibun is lovely too.

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  2. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    A lovely post, Marta and such awesome paintings and haibun. Too good.

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  3. Frank J. Tassone says :

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #1 (10/19/18): Kerfie Roig of Method Two Madness’ latest #haibun for my current #haikai challenge and #dversepoets!

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  4. Sharon Mann says :

    The honorable scarecrow, you have brought him/her to life. Beautiful art.

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  5. rivrvlogr says :

    I can imagine a conversation between those two scarecrows.

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  6. V.J. Knutson says :

    You are so talented – your words and the images blend and give birth to perfection.

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  7. Evelyn says :

    A superb balance of art and poetry….

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  8. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    Wow amazing words and art

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  9. robert okaji says :

    Reblogged this on O at the Edges and commented:
    Beautiful images. Beautiful writing. Kerfe Roig honors Scarecrow, and knocks it out of the park once again!

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  10. merrildsmith says :

    I thought of Robert’s Scarecrow, too, when I saw the prompt.

    I love the dreaminess of this, and also a sense of waiting, perhaps foreboding. I really like crows, but these lines gave me a little shiver.

    “A crow flies over
    a graveyard—blackness on stone–
    change hangs in the air”

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  11. Colleen Chesebro says :

    I feel your words and descriptions every week. Yes, I have a Crow, too. I love the imagery of the scarecrow: the end of harvest, the harbinger of death in the dying off of summer… Lovely cycle in the circle of life. Frank grabbed me this week with the hungry ghosts of Buddhism, and now you, with the scarecrow. Wow… You guys are so good! ❤

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  12. Frank Hubeny says :

    I liked the haiku about the crow and change.

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  13. Jodi says :


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  14. Cate says :

    Beautiful art, and words to equal! This pensive season…

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  15. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    You have really brought heart and emotions to the faithful scarecrow.

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  16. Shuku says :

    Scarecrow shedding its empty skin. I just love the way you use the image of disrepair to make the scarecrow seem like a king in exile (change of kingdom, change of seasons!)

    Also the artwork is loooooooooovely. CIRCLE. I love, love, love, how the colours go from black to gold like the white space giving birth to a big gleaming moon.

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  17. Grace says :

    Love the images of the autumn season and the crow flying over the graveyard. A wonderful share, thank you.

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  18. sanaarizvi says :

    Those paintings literally took my breath away! Gorgeous! 😍😍

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  19. Lona Gynt says :

    The scarecrow might be named Richard II, his hollow crown appeared to circle a hollow crown, but not when you have him such poignant voice. I feel like I have much of my life simply kept vigilance where I was placed, by choice or circumstance is increasingly irrelevant to me. Your delapidated king has a lot in common with me. 🙂

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  20. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    Wonderful the way you put this all together, Kerfe! Artwork is evocative too, for this time of year.

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  21. Gospel Isosceles says :

    So well done, Kerfe. “Unrepentant pretenders” to describe those “ornaments” really gave those ominous birds another layer of depth. The abstract painting fit the haibun with the discordant gold and almost neon yellow outside the circle.

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  22. stevetanham says :

    Love that… So perfectly captures the season.

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  23. Jill Kuhn says :

    Love your colors and it does give the feeling of autumn and scarecrows! 🎃

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  24. Vashti Q says :

    Your paintings are great. I love the combination of colors. I also think your Haibun is wonderful with lots of great imagery. 😀

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