T is for Tempest and Tantrum…

noun \ˈtem-pəst\

Definition of TEMPEST

1: a violent storm


noun \ˈtan-trəm\

Definition of TANTRUM

: a fit of bad temper


It’s late and I’m nearly a day behind … sorta. Let’s all hear it for Alaska Time! That means that right now while I’m typing this, it’s TOMORROW, April 24th, on the East Coast, but it’s blissfully only 9:23pm on April 23rd where I am. I have 2 1/2 hours left to write a “T” post (which isn’t really a t-post, but a post about the letter “T”) before I’m SERIOUSLY a day off.


The words came in last night, but, with so much going on, I managed the “S” post and not much else.


Tempest. That would be fitting for today (April 23rd), since that’s the title of a Shakespeare play and today’s the day Shakespeare was born! And .. um … died. Boy, that would suck to die on your birthday, wouldn’t it? I mean, was he the victim of a surprise party or something? A surfeit of something? He was young, too.  I mean, REALLY young. Look at those dates for the Bard — born in 1564 and died in 1616. That’s 52 years. I was born in 1964. If I lived as long as Shakespeare, I’d die three years from now, and that’s 2 years before my youngest will graduate from high school (which, by the LAW OF OUR FAMILY means my husband gets to cremate me and scatter my ashes somewhere patently UNPLEASANT … same goes for him. NOBODY gets out EASY if you check out before the kids are out of the house…). Besides blowing around some God-forsaken place for, well, probably not eternity, but for a long time (I begged him to go out somewhere and bury me vertically with no coffin or anything so the poor schlep who always gets stuck excavating post-holes on archaeological sites FINALLY gets to find SOMETHING cool … can you imagine? Oh! UNHOLY HELL! What the $#%&*($(*%&$*(& is THAT?? Hmmm… must be “ceremonial.”), the thought of checking out in a measly three years is not a thought I wish to think much, whether I help a budding archaeologist or not. Still, I’d take those three years if it means we survive what portends to be the “Adventure of the Summer.” Here’s hoping there ARE no tempests to speak of as we bring Albatross, our sailboat, around from Thorne Bay to Craig. THAT will be a series of blog posts that I truly hope will bore you to tears, but, somehow, I doubt that…. Even with calm seas, it’ll be interesting….


The other word is tantrum. It’s been awhile. And by that, I mean, it’s been awhile since I had one. I wonder what point it is in life where it’s no longer a “tantrum” but a “hissy fit?” Is that like an unspoken right of passage from childhood to adulthood? We rarely hear of adults having tantrums. That’s a word reserved for toddlers and recalcitrant preschoolers; and my kids up to the age of 8. The Witching Hour was the worst with both of them. Every day, like clockwork, the hours of 4-6 were a NIGHTMARE for both my kids when they were little. Psychologists will tell you that it’s because the stress of the day has built up in the little brains and it all begs a release. Luckily, that coincides with The Dinner Hour, which sometimes made for more fun than we could bear. Really.


Poetry Form: Than Bauk


In view of the Haikus popularity in the West, and the rising interest in Asian poetry, it’s surprising that the Than Bauk is not more popular. The Than Bauk consists of three lines of four syllables that should be witty. The nickname for this form of poetry, could be “Stairway”, because of the rhyme steps through the poem. Here is the basic rhyme scheme:

O.   O. O. a.
O. O. a. O.
O. a. O. b.
O. O. b. O.
O. b. O. c.
O. O. c.   O.
O. c. O. etc.

You can see from this that it forms a descending step, and at this point it can be terminated. You have twelve syllables to work with, and it could be very hard work. It seems be much easier if a longer poem were made (From http://www.thepoetsgarret.com and Tir na nOg)



Teapot Tempest Tantrum


Tempest runs wild

In a child loud

He’s riled, and mad

Such a lad, who

Is glad, at times.

The clock chimes four

And crimes abound

So much sound shrieks

Protests profound.