Shrouded Spring

birds shrouded in mist
they chirp knowing spring is
but a cloud away
3-13-15

 

Spring looks like it has already arrived in much of the USA. How does your area look?

swarming birds,flock of black birds,migration,morning,

Day 16 NaHaiWriMo 2017

my path to joy

swallows dipping in the sky

never a straight line

  

Today’s prompt was to write about something in nature. I had the image of swallows in my head and wanted to write about that. What do you think?

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scribbles in a notebook,poetry notebook,writing,blogging,haiku,writer,poet,

Symanntha Renn

dogwood

  Storytelling
the good news
told in the dogwood’s petals
Jesus’ story
about how he bled for us
told over and over each spring

  1-15-17

I first shared this tanka on Twitter as I was inspired to write it by #WrittenRiver prompt 917 “for all eternity.”

thorny crown on a dogwood blossom,rust marks on petals,nail prints on petals,

The legend of the dogwood tree comes from a poem, author unknown, about the relationship between the tree and the cross on which Jesus was crucified:

In Jesus’ time, the dogwood grew
To a stately size and a lovely hue.
‘Twas strong and firm, its branches interwoven.
For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.
Seeing the distress at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
“Never again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so.
Slender and twisted, it shall be
With blossoms like the cross for all to see.
As blood stains the petals marked in brown,
The blossom’s center wears a thorny crown.
All who see it will remember Me
Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.
Cherished and protected, this tree shall be
A reminder to all of My agony.”

The dogwood is a genus of between thirty and sixty plants including shrubs, evergreens, and flowering trees. Dogwoods are most common in China, Japan, and the US, but can also be found in Eurasia, although not naturally. The wood is very hard, but, as the poem suggests, trees large enough to provide lumber for a cross are rare.

To see where I found this information click here.

Haiku in Fives

johnny jump up flowers

five purple petals
on every little flower
OCD in nature

People often think of nature as this wild thing that just sprawls with no direction or planning. I disagree.

Grass Haiku

american welcome,new grass,daffodils,front yard,

mist softens the earth
the earth lets grass spring up
recognizing the season

3-13-15

 

Recognize the season that you’re in, then embrace it.

Bare Poetry

tree in winter,trees with no leaves,diciduous trees,

Bare Trees

Bare trees
broken down with nothing to hide.
They’re not dancing in a mascaraed ball
trying to impress a suitor.
They just are.
With arms lifted they shout
here I am.
They aren’t trying to hide anything.
They are so transparent
you can see houses through them.
They don’t bend their branches
to try to hide their roots.
They stand naked before you
and dare you to judge them
tangled birds’ nests and all.
They are stoic
as winter winds beat against them.
If only people
could be as honest and open
as the trees.

 

I thought you guys might need a break from the mommy poetry so I decided to share this today. I will get back in town tomorrow, but I will not have time to respond to any comments until this weekend.

Bird Feathers

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every morning
the bird decays further
’til he is only feathers

 

I started dating my poems halfway through last year. I wish I had always dated them. I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea to leave the dates off. My attitude towards writing and poetry has changed a little bit in the past decade. I wonder what I will be like, or what style I will use a decade from now?

Day 16 of NaHaiWriMo

photoshopped flower,white flower,white peoni,fully bloomed peoni,

the blue jay squawks
telling the dog something
a zinger I’m sure

If you are unsure of the rules or form of haiku, please go to my What is Haiku? page. You can stop by the Facebook page where most of us poets meet to get a prompt and try crafting a haiku poem yourself. Yesterday’s prompt was “zinger”. I feel like I didn’t do that great, but at least I wrote a poem and got it posted.

Day 13 of NaHaiWriMo

zigzagging through aisles
the rabbit hopping through
my flowers
 
I am going shopping today. However, I will buy what I plan to eat and use, unlike the rabbits in my neighborhood.
 
If you are unsure of the rules/definition/form of haiku then please go to my What is Haiku? page. Feel free to direct any friends there who may be unsure of what is happening in the poetry community this month.
 
Also, tell them to check out the Facebook page where most of us poets meet to get a prompt and share our work. Today’s prompt was “zigzag”.
morning glory hosta plant,shade plants,hostas,close up of hosta leaf,hosta flower,

Day 4 My Poetry NaHaiWriMo

they try to tell me
that the world is grey, no lines
zebra in the wild
  2-4-2016

If you are unsure of the rules/definition/form of haiku then please go to my What is Haiku? page. Feel free to direct any friends there who may be unsure of what is happening in the poetry community this month.
Also tell them to check out the Facebook page where most of us poets meet to get a prompt and share our work. Today’s prompt is “zebra”.

red cannas,blooming cannas,dwarf cannas

I hope you have been able to write your own haiku poem for National Haiku Writing Month. Feel free to share your poem in my comments section below (Share your thoughts)! I know that you may not feel like you have the time. I am now working Full-time doing 2 jobs, while taking my young son to school. I am also in a leadership position at church, as I am the Director of our Women On Mission Group. I am more busy than I have ever been before, but that’s okay. I am making a difference in the world and I am not bored.

Even if you don’t write haiku, or even if it isn’t your favorite type of poetry, please consider sharing your friends and favorite blogger’s work this month. It is getting harder and harder to share on social media as all of the sites like Facebook now hide your posts, in hopes that you will pay to make them appear. So please subscribe to and follow me and any other poets that you like and check the hashtag #NaHaiWriMo on Twitter.

Tanka Tuesday

peppermint hollyhock

I have decided that since I have written so many tanka, it might be fun to do Tanka Tuesday for a while. I will post them in chronological order, skipping the tanka that I have already posted. Leave me some Likes and comments if you like this kind of poetry.

 

Unexpected Death

Have a good day says
the lady at the drive through.
I do not have time
to explain that I cannot.
Unexpected death.

(RIP Alice Mullin)

Orphan Haiku

young hollyhock flower,hollyhocks,hollyhock plant in its 2nd year,

runaway hollyhocks
I water the orphans
growing close to the house

Water what comes near your house, because that’s what you have been entrusted with.