Surfside Monarch   Leave a comment

Osprey soars slowly

Whispering wonderous waves

A sage sand scripture

Nipper gathers silver net

Nordic colored beach houses


Posted November 27, 2020 by Balvah in Uncategorized

Serendipity   1 comment

Outer Banks weekend

Chances provide rich results

Godsend rewards faith

Insightful lyrics define

Trip on a jelly fish sting

Posted November 15, 2020 by Balvah in Rokman Writes

Deforestation   Leave a comment

Chop cut saw hack clear

Earth runs away by gulley

Homes sprout like mushrooms

Grandpa’s wisdom disappears

Trickling towards rising coast

Posted November 15, 2020 by Balvah in Uncategorized

Elementary   Leave a comment

The hill to Ravensworth

Button down shirts neatly tucked

Explore Ackotink

Annandale boys club soccer

Crawfish ettouf’ee cuss words

Posted November 15, 2020 by Balvah in Uncategorized

Pennsylvania   Leave a comment

Explore lush forests

Piano room dust motes dance

Hot huckleberry buckle

Lake Shehawken strawberries

Violets potted on sill

Posted November 15, 2020 by Balvah in Uncategorized

Rokman   2 comments

Wants to write some thing

The challenge is on, go on

The exercise rules?

Stay focused, five seven five

Seven then seven, that’s write

Posted November 15, 2020 by Balvah in Uncategorized

Berlin Brats BASH at the Beach   Leave a comment

I’m trying to get a feel for who is interested in a mini meet Myrtle Beach.  I’ve scouted a couple of places in the local area and I’d like to get an idea of what weekend would be good and what ya’ll are interested in.

The first location is a chain with some excellent award winning craft biers Gordon Biersch . The menu looks to be tasty bar food.  We have the ability to reserve some room if we can get enough visitors.

The second choice is a more traditional Old World Restaurant that has recently opened in a new location. Cafe Old Vienna has all the old classics and boasts of a cozy bier-garden.

Those headed to the bigger reunion in April might not have the time for a visit to the Grand Strand, however my weekends are clear. Please take a gander and let me know in the comments which restaurant you prefer and which of the following dates is the best:

March 11th, March 18th, March 25th or April 1st



Posted March 4, 2017 by Balvah in Uncategorized

My Blog is Like My Garden   6 comments

Dear BJ,

I have been thinking about this blog a lot lately.  That’s it, just thinking no writing.  Today I came to the conclusion that my blog reflects my life quite well.

I find that it’s like the garden I want to grow every year.  In the Spring I get excited and want to plant some seeds and make something grow.   Then the  anticipation as you wait for the seeds to sprout. Finally, the magic of a seedling emerging and starting to grow.


Garden/Allotment (Photo credit: tricky (rick harrison))

That all happened this past spring.  I got a pack of old postcards and the idea for a blog sprouted.  It grew slowly and thrived as long as I paid attention and nurtured it.  Then one day I stopped paying attention to my blog.

There are a hundred excuses,  It got hot, the pool was open, wanted to take the Granddaughters to the park…you get the picture.  My garden withered and in the meantime I succumbed to a known time killer.  It was like spraying the garden with round up.

I started leveling a character in World of Warcraft.  I know, 55 years old and playing video games.  What am I thinking.   Just like the garden and my blog though, my character has grown and is almost at the top level and I am losing interest.

"World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade&q...

“World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade” cover art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The conclusions are obvious.  I enjoy starting things but my interest wanes when it comes time to nurture them.  This is an issue that I will have  to work pretty soon.  Once I finish reading some more blogs, burning my CD’s to my computer and what ever else pops up before my next post.

Same as always,


Posted October 13, 2013 by Balvah in Notes, Uncategorized

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Iwo Jima   13 comments

Dear BJ,

Joe Rosenthal’s iconic image of United States Marines raising America’s standard above Mount Suribachi came to me as inspiration for this weeks Trifextra: Week Eighty  Four writing challenge.  This weekend we’re asking for 30 of your own words plus the three following words for a total of 33 words  (Tether, Loft, Crown.)

As the debate for action reverberates through our country and the around world I think often of those called to duty.  Please remember their sacrifice as we decide on how to respond.

Yours Sincerely,


P.S.  Headrer photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

P.P.S.  Trifecta

Heroism illustrated indelibly

by an artist’s sage eye

captured  superlatively

 in a moment’s beam of light

Old Glory furled loft on short tether

make shift pole thrust proudly into volcano’s crown

Semper fidelis

Iwo Jima flag

Iwo Jima flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted September 7, 2013 by Balvah in Postcards, Trifecta

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What, Another Move   20 comments

Dear BJ,

If I count right I attended 7 different schools.  My brothers and sisters experienced the same amount or more.  Thank goodness there were enough of us to band together and survive.  You come to mind because we got to visit during the move. My first Haiku for Trifextra: Week Eighty Three.

This weekend we’re asking you to harken back to your grade school days and write a haiku.  No word restrictions, just stick to the structure as defined below.

HAIKU (noun) : an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively


End of Summer – move

Try to fit in with the crowd

Adapt assimilate

Students from Hand in Hand's Galilee School

Students from Hand in Hand’s Galilee School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted August 31, 2013 by Balvah in Trifecta

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