Things Undone


The birds sense winter coming this morning.

Sparrows flutter, fight and search the eaves

for hiding places from the next season.

Blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, all anxiously feeding,

reminding me of things still left undone.


Picture: The Great Falls


The Passaic River is


on its journey to the sea by

Little Falls


Great Falls

in Paterson, New Jersey

that inspire poets,

lovers and photographers.

My screen shows

a couple on the bridge

we all pause

a moment –


I allow the water

to move them

ever so slightly,

then take the picture.



Poetry 101

WordPress offers an Intro to Poetry 101 freebie online “course” to inspire you to write 10 poems in 10 days. Really, it is just a very brief one-word prompt and some poetry suggestions.

Day One: Haiku, the Purest of Forms
The sashimi of poetry. Seventeen syllables channeling the essence of sound and meaning. Haiku.
A traditional Japanese form now popular around the world, Haiku come with a preset structure: three lines containing five, seven, and five syllables, respectively (or, in more modern haiku, three lines following the long-short-long pattern)

I don’t normally need much prompting to write, but it is good to get poked into writing once and awhile.  And though this site is devoted to ronka poems, a few haiku and other forms might slip in now.  Poems for this little side project will be tagged #poetry101 here, and you can see poems by others as part of this project at

Here is my day one water haiku.

Rainfall, petals fall
Water returns to sky
Plants back to earth

The Death of Cassini


The 13-year-old spacecraft sends us its final

photographs of the rings and Titan moon,

as it is steered toward Saturn’s surface.

At 76,000 mph, the atmosphere will tear

it apart and vaporize this celestial explorer.


Cassini–Huygens, or more commonly, Cassini, was a Flagship-class unmanned robotic spacecraft which was planned, built, launched, and operated in collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency, and was sent to the planet Saturn. Cassini was the fourth space probe to visit Saturn and the first to enter its orbit. It studied the planet and its many natural satellites from when it entered orbit in 2004[5] to when it began its final, suicide descent in September 2017.

The spacecraft was steered to its death when its fuel had been expended so that it would not crash into one of Saturn’s moons and possibly contaminate it with materials from Earth.

Giovanni Domenico Cassini (8 June 1625 – 14 September 1712) was an Italian mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and engineer who discovered four satellites of the planet Saturn and noted the division of the rings of Saturn.