Friday, April 8, 2016

#atozchallenge: G is for Guantanamo #InkRipples Poetry

#InkRipples is a themed meme hosted by Mary Waibel, Katie L. Carroll, and Kai Strand

Bonus G: This is my small Garden pond. I have a big one, but this is where I sit on hot days and think about stories. I'm a "terse" writer I've been told and when it comes to poetry terse is absolutely better for me. Here's my poetry in April.

My small pond.
     A frog jumps in—
     the sound of water.

Here's to a great AtoZ!

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This year I traveled to Cuba. You know, it's that little island that's spitting distance from Florida and should not be visited without special dispensation. I wanted to see it before MacDonald's arrived. I'm so glad I did. I learned a lot and I met some wonderful people. It seems they like us. Now there's a change!

I'll add a short T/F quiz to each post the same as I did last year about Burma, and I'll post the answers to the questions the following day. 

No Answers today. No quiz for F:


Guantánamo 45 square miles of land on Guantánamo Bay. Each year the U.S. sends the Cuban government at check for $4,000. That's the payment for the lease of that land. The Cuban government sends it back. Seems they don't want us there. Some of their objection is probably because none of the labor or the food is provided by Cuba. Everything comes from the U.S. A little resentment? Cubans need jobs and GITMO could provide many. 

It does provide access for Cubans wanting to immigrate to the the U.S. Remember my letter D, Dry Foot Policy? One Cuban I spoke with told me about her cousin who trained for over a year to swim long distances in open water. She made it to GITMO and was granted immigrant status. 

Your T/F Quiz for G

1. Guantánamo is the oldest U.S. military base outside U.S. territory.

2. Guantánamo was established by Theodore Roosevelt during the Spanish-           American War.

Answers tomorrow


  1. And it was the setting in A Few Good Men.

  2. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience!
    Damyanti, AZ cohost 2016

  3. Love your post. Wonder what the government has been doing with the $4,000 check each year?

  4. I had no idea. Love learning new facts! I'm guessing true to both.

  5. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    How has the first week of the challenge been for you so far? Are you meeting your goals of posting and hopping to other blogs?
    My blog still has a giveaway with bonus a to z challenges to encourage people to visit more stops. Thanks for your visit.
    I'll go 1 T and 2 F.
    That's neat that you were able to go. I have a friend from Canada that's been there because... well, Canadians can go. LOL.

  6. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I missed F. I'm going with True for both questions.

  7. $4000? Damn, that's cheap. Maybe they want more so send it back haha probably not. True for #2.

  8. I think they may be closing it down...I thought I just heard that but could be wrong....and often am. I feel like saying false to the first and true to the 2nd.....

  9. Poetry is good for people, who do not use too many words. @suesconsideredt from Sue’s Trifles
    and Sue’s words and pictures

  10. You have a nice garden. I can't think of an older US base off US soil, but they may be one as back then we needed coaling bases for ships. I don't think TR established the base--he was a commander of a small group there but not the overall commander (but he publicized himself enough to become VP and then President)

  11. Wow, is it ever beautiful! It's too bad the Cubans don't benefit from it.

    Your garden is insanely gorgeous. How long did it take you to have it set up the way you wanted it?

  12. Wow, that's interesting about the person who trained to swim long distances to make it to GITMO. Thanks for sharing!

  13. $4000 dollars? That is next to nothing... :D

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  14. I'm guessing that Guantánamo is the oldest U.S. military base outside U.S. territory. I love your pond and I love haiku. Lucky you to have some place to contemplate and not be bothered by children. All the best!

  15. I think they're both true today. Pretty pond. I know they take care.
    Susan Says

  16. What an experience you had judging by your wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I love haiku...and other poetry forms.
    Actually, poetry is my first love but has since been ousted by flash fiction...

    $4000 isn't a lot in your money. However, if I convert to my money...that's another story...

  18. That is a beautiful garden! What a beautiful spot to sit and do some writing.

    Modern Gypsy

  19. If I am not mistaken number 1 is false and 2 is true. I was surprised to find out that the USA pays only $4000,00 to lease that part of land. I think that is way too cheap.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

  20. I like your garden spot. I can see you there. Until we move I have view of lake out of my bedroom window. I love that.

    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

  21. Embarrassingly, I had no idea Gitmo was actually on Cuban soil. I assumed it was an island off the coast. I hope it gets shut down. It's not in line with modern humanitarian views; it barely even seems legal. Both your t/f seem true to me. Have a lovely weekend! :)

  22. Beautiful little pond!
    Interesting stuff about Guantánamo. I had no idea.

  23. Oh, my gosh. Can you imagine training for such an important reason. If you make it, you have freedom. If not, you're dead. And, it is also taking a risk that they will help you. I thought they were going to close GITMO? What an amazing trip you had.
    Mary at Play off the Page

  24. I think I've gotten all of your trivia answers wrong. And Cuba is so close to us. Its time to invest in Cuba and help it become a developed country. So many things wrong there that should not be.

  25. Your pond looks so refreshing and inspiring. What a great spot to sit and dream up new stories. When I hear what some people have to go through to come to America it makes me appreciate what I take for granted every day. Have a nice weekend.

  26. Lovely pond! Looks relaxing. Gitmo should be closed, period. This feud is well past it's reasoning. I'm glad to see things changing!

  27. I have no idea, and no brain power to even guess.

    Interestingly enough, my mother just got back from Cuba day before yesterday!

    I too love your pretty pond!

    @dSavannahCreate from
    #AtoZChallenge2016 theme: dSavannah Defects

  28. Wow, imagine training to swim for that.
    Love your pond, BTW.

    Yvonne V

  29. Love your little pond/garden. So pretty.

  30. LOVE the pond. I've always been wildly curious about Cuba. I'm glad you got to go. Gorgeous pic.

  31. Really like your pond!! We have room for one. Gives me ideas.

  32. That is a most odd set-up - I suppose all countries have eccentric relationships with some of their neighbours. :)
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  33. I didn't know much about Guantanamo until reading this. I like your pond.

  34. The terse poetry really works for me. I love your garden and the poem about it! Definitely some interesting facts about Guantanamo.

  35. Photographs awesome. Enjoyed all of them. Really like your pond. And your comment about being a terse writer ... so am I, and was sometimes criticized for this in my memoir. Poetry is good for terse writers. Your haiku is excellent.


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