Green Smeared Haiku

boy holding mulch

earth-stained hands
green smeared into swirls
does this make me one with the earth

  5-6-2015

 

 

Day 20 NaHaiWriMo 2017

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Symanntha Renn

ripe strawberries
the tart taste of summer
tall girl child

 

Today’s prompt is “nature” but something unique to your region. I tried and tried to think of something but couldn’t think of anything that was worthy of a haiku. So I wrote about my family picking fresh produce in our own gardens and how many of us are redheads.

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Day 15 NaHaiWriMo 2017

returning to joy

deadheading brings twice the blooms

guiding my flowers

Today’s prompt was “returning to”. I am consciously trying to be joyful and joy-filled this year. I also try to get two blooms out of my flowers when I can.

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A Haiku in the Weeds.

a cluster of weeds
at the edges of spaces
I thought I had cleared
4-9-2015

 

I hope your week is short and awesome. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, in case you don’t hear from me until after. This may be my only post for this week.

Black Haiku

b&w photography,seedlings,sprouts,

my black shoes
covered in black dirt
my black mood gone

 
 
Gardening or pruning my trees always makes me feel better. It also inspires my poetry, and sometimes I hear from God when working with my flowers. What happens to you when you work in the garden or flowerbed?

Tanka Dust

Public

putting my hands
in black wet messy dirt
is better than putting
my heart in the public’s hands
where they can grind it to dust

 
I wrote this for a prompt I saw on Twitter. I think it is pretty self-explanatory. Gardening is therapeutic. I really suggest that everyone try it. You can get a small container and try something easy.
 
dirt in flower pot, sprouts in dirt

Speaking of putting your heart in the public’s hands: I helped a friend get started blogging! She started a blog last week and she has some posts up at Deb’s Bees and Berries. I think that blogging is good for a person’s soul. I think that it is an excellent way to express yourself and examine your life. She is going to write about her adventures in farming strawberries and owning a hive of bees. Please stop by and give her some encouragement, it would mean so much to me.

In Their First Year

establishing hollyhocks,young hollyhock

in their first year

hollyhocks look novel

waiting for this spring

 

So many things look small or insignificant in their first year. Do you have any plants that take a year or more to mature?

Pulling Weeds on Day 20 of #NaPoWriMo

child in flowerbed,kid in flowers,flowerbed in the spring

Once again, today’s challenge was hard for me. I wanted to stick to a theme this year by writing a tanka or a cinquain every day, but I have had to use haiku a few times. Since today we are supposed to start by picking a title, I cannot do a haiku because haiku do not have titles. Tanka and cinquain are supposed to have a one-word title that acts as a 6th line. But today I am not feeling the free verse, so I am going to write a tanka with a long title. What do you think?
 
 
  My flowerbed, the stress reliever.
when problems pop up
jump into the flowerbed
rip up weeds until
the stress of today’s problem
is buried beneath the dirt

Thinning on Day 19 of #NaPoWriMo

purple flame phlox,lucifer flowers,crabapple tree,flowerbed

  Authority

the saplings have to

be pruned, the flowers need to

be weeded and thinned

by the gardener, the only

authority known by them

 
 
Here is my poem for day 19 of the PAD Challenge. It had to be about authority. Did you write for day 19?

As Winter Crept Her Way

boy holding mulch
 

as winter crept her way

she stood firm throwing down mulch

determined to keep her plants safe

 
What are you doing to prepare for the winter season?

Life as seen in Flowers.

Here are some pictures of flowers that I have taken and thought were interesting.

I always think about the circle of life when I see an old dead bloom next to a full bloom, and when I see a bud next to a full bloom.

5 o' clocks,

One leaf is left. One leaf without snow on it.

orange leaf

 

One bud is ahead of the rest.

phlox flower bud

A few blooms left on the moss rose.

moss rose dying back

One tree stands out

because it has changed ahead of time.

leaves starting to change

Not Yet Dead

5 o' clock, johnny jump up flower

Marigolds encased in ice. Time stands still for the seeds inside.

marigold flower

This was the picture that I have been wanting to use for a while, and I haven’t written a poem that really went with it.

There is a little bud next to the full bloom.

peony bud, peony bloom

Planting Senryu

boy water bucket, garden hose

son finds seeds

plants and waters them

my shadow in the garden

 

I was so proud of my son this fall. As I was cutting back my plants and getting them ready for winter, he found some seeds on the porch that were from one of my Lucifer plants, and he decided they needed to be planted. So I let him put the four seeds in a planter that only had one plant in it. I really hope they come up next spring. It is the first seeds he has planted by himself. (The picture is from 2 springs ago – I don’t let him wear shorts when its cold outside!)

Do your kids help you in your beds?