Fat Tanka

honey bee,bees,purple sage flowers,missouri flowers,

Spirit Animal

symbols of change
butterfly and dragonfly
are popular ones
I defied the odds like the
fat little bumblebee

June 30, 2016


Did you know that the bumblebee should be incapable of flying? Scientists don’t know how they do it.

I have gained weight in the last two years, and I have not lost it. But I have had good changes in my life too. I am surviving. It may not be pretty, but I am surviving in this world. 

Day 28 NaHaiWriMo 2017

we say the flowers

are budding out too early

mother nature sighs


Today’s prompt was “nature” again. So I tried to write a haiku that was a comment on how climate change is making spring come sooner. What we call “too early” may be the new normal because of global warming.
Anyhow, this is my last poem for National Haiku Writing Month 2017. Be sure to check out the others and leave me a comment on your favorite haiku.

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

Symanntha Renn

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Planted Haiku


planted flowers
phlox grow across the bed
isolation orders ignored



Haiku Spills Over


moss spills over
the edge of the container
not really contained

I wrote this for a #HaikuChallenge on twitter. I have not been able to participate in the challenges in a long time. I do miss that. One of these days life will calm down and I’ll get a rhythm going and I’ll try the challenges again. It won’t be this week. This week is going to be terrible.

Just As Annoying


the native grasses
just as annoying as
an invasive weed

I have heard a lot of people whine about invasive species, but some of the local species as just as hard to contend with. Especially when you’re stressed, and pressed for time, and barely have time to weed your beds.

Blue Bird Haiku


two blue birds
sing from the green bushes
my hand empty


I like it when I can take a proverb or well-known story and write about it in a different way. I am doing better with staying positive, but it is still an attitude/mindset that is hard to master.

Strong Winter Tea

winter is here,snow on the deck,snowfall,
brewed with lemons
no sugar nor milk
strong winter tea

To see how winter factors into my haiku as a kigo go here. Kigo means a body of recognized season words developed in Japan that became a standard part of the haiku form. Although the term “kigo” was coined as late as 1908, representation of and reference to the seasons has long been important in Japanese culture and poetry. To see what other haiku words mean go to my What is Haiku? page and scroll to the bottom.

White Cloud Haiku

moon during the day,full moon in daytime,
in the side yard
a very round white cloud
that was just the moon
Have you had a moment lately where you had to look twice?

Ivy Haiku

he needed her
to stop choking him
ivy on front gate

I think I wrote this for a prompt, but I have forgotten which one. I am going back through what I’ve written and trying to post all of the old poems I have for you guys, before I forget to share them.

Image from Graphics Fairy

Frayed | A Poem

birds nest, swallow nest, nest made out of mud
ropes get frayed when you
don’t keep them out of the weather
dry rot makes them fray
if the sunshine is too bright
you have broken me down

Schrodinger’s Tree

Schrodinger’s tree
alive or dead can’t tell
Spring opens the hand

All of my trees have survived the winter and started putting on blooms and leaves. I am so happy! What are you happy about this spring?
leaves sprouting on tree,new leaves,tree leaves,tree in the spring,

What we don’t know on Day 29 of #NaPoWriMo

flower bud,bud of lily,closeup of flower,

Man knows
how to feed the
flowers, how to ask them
to grow, but he doesn’t know how
they grow.

Today’s challenge for National Poetry Writing Month was to write a what nobody knows poem. Since I have been wanting to do cinquain poetry this month, this is what I did. What do you think? Leave me a comment and share this if you like it.