clouds fly past the moon on the way to somewhere else making fall leaves quake
recent rain water lets grass pretend there’s still time to put off autumn
The first release of these haiku happen on my Fediverse (Mastodon) account @firstname.lastname@example.org where a group of posts use the hashtag #SmallPoems. Sometimes those who work with poetry bounce their work back and forth to one another. This week, between the two haiku above, another person, @dogtrax, added a response to my first haiku of the day.
Trees, and broken leaves; kindred spirits inside a gentle heart, changing
That lead me to my second haiku of the day.
I want to thank those who follow this blog for their kindness in doing so.
Please consider joining a fediverse community (there are many). Mastodon.art is more than just for those practicing the visual arts. Writing.exchange is also a potential good fit. You “could” join Mastodon.social, but that defeats the “federated” purpose of spreading people around to smaller, independent servers. Independent community servers allow those who can do so to directly support the administrators and moderation team of their chosen community. It is important to recognize that moderation by humans is one of the features of the fediverse. Abusive language and bad behavior are not tolerated. Repeated bad behavior is swiftly addressed. Offenders’ accounts may be canceled. As a result, it is possible to have a comfortable online experience.
In case you do not feel that you know enough to pre-select a server/community to join, head to https://joinmastodon.org/ where you’ll find solid information about finding your best place to start…and it is very easy to migrate later. The fediverse is a flexible social media experience. Take advantage of it.
If you decide to give it a try, please reach out and say hello.
It is a shame That we seek fame As our main aim, Or maybe just as often, Avoiding all the blame.
Common-tarry (wait for it…)
[I do not refer to being covered with tar, though that is spelled the same way. To tarry is to wait/abide.]
This commentary (the pun’s reveal) is about why these posts happen.
My rhymes are made public here in addition to appearing as posts using Mastodon, a part of the federated tools of the “Fediverse”.
I am very grateful to all who stop by here. It is fun to get the recognition of a “like” from some people, too. It is nice to know that I’m not tooting out into a void.
The category which seems to catch the eye of others is “poetry”. Now, lets be clear about it, I don’t really feel poetic when I compose these rhymes. They are part of my brain’s pattern of playing with language as sound.
As noted above, my wordplay also involves puns. That combination of rhyme an pun may not be poetry, but it’s the category which seems to fit.
Servers in the background, Humming electronic things We out in the user world Don’t notice their powerful wings.
Until the site we’re using Crashes, goes offline, goodbye That is, then, the exact moment When we all begin to cry.
When the RAID drive dies The bases of our data Cannot be read out Stilled wings, Tears brings.
Quick techs, things back to specs Backups soon restored Way too much stress for admins But another tech win scored!
Late yesterday, Mastodon.art, my social media “home”, went offline. It turned out to be a RAID drive failure in the data center, one under contract to masto.host, the service provider behind the scenes for the mastodon.art community. After a stressful tech/admin period of time, the faulty drive was replaced, databases restored.
There are thousands of anonymous tech support people at work in the Internet’s data centers. I will never know any of you personally, I suspect. Nonetheless, I rely on you to do your tech wizardry on my behalf. Thank you.
Pronunciation /əˈblɪɡət(ə)ri/ adjective 1 Required by a legal, moral, or other rule; compulsory. 1.1 (of a ruling) having binding force. 1.2 humorous So customary or fashionable as to be expected of everyone or on every occasion.
Origin Late Middle English from late Latin obligatorius, from Latin obligat- ‘obliged’, from the verb obligare (see oblige).