Just Outside My Door

sights on my daily walk
It seemingly was like just another day. I was making myself go for a walk, which at times can be boring as I am not able to walk far, usually see the same things, and have no walking partner to chat with. Ever since my hip surgery I have had to make myself exercise and walk daily to get my body back in shape. So, armed with my cane and determination, outside I go. 

Just another day…

Making myself take a walk.

Needing exercise.

When I stepped out the door, instantly my eyes fell upon four 

giant white blooms gracefully swaying in the gentle breeze. My neighbor’s rose bush had burst into bloom overnight!

The four Grand Flora Roses, petals tinged in pink as if blushing at my admiring gaze, greeted me with a faint fragrance as I passed by. 

” May I take your photo ladies?” I politely asked. 

The wind helped them curtsy in submission to my request. 

What a delightful start to my walk!

A little farther, just across the way, to my surprise, a usually green little tree was dressed in flaming orange! The sight took my breath away! “I am wearing my Summer gown” the tree seemed to say, as I snapped a photo of her beauty. 

Just then a brown squirrel scurried by, frightening two birds who were hopping about looking for food. As they flew away, Mr. Squirrel ran up a tree. When I asked to photograph him he ran higher and hid. “He’s too shy” the little flaming orange tree seemed to say as she danced with the wind. “Quite unlike you!” I laughed, as I gleefully watched her and the wind swirl and twirl. 

As I looked past her, I saw a charming, cream colored bench just ahead on the path. It seemed to be inviting me to come sit awhile and rest. I gratefully accepted, although I usually don’t walk that far. Once I reached it, I reaped the value of my efforts with the reward of rest as I sat on it enjoying the peace and beauty of the nature around me. 

Once refreshed, I started my walk back home and met a friendly neighbor out for her afternoon walk. We stopped to chat. As she and I said our goodbyes, it was then I noticed the Clematis vine had begun to bloom again! Another surprise in my day! I took time to veer off the path to visit the vine, and was able to snap a photo of the pretty pink clematis. 

Look what I would have missed if I had not taken a walk today I told myself as I got back home! 

Ordinary day?

Certainly not in the least!

Many adventures!

A refreshing walk

Mind filled with memories

Of a day well spent 

Haibun 

 

Doubts

staircase
To win

Don’t dwell with doubts

Doubts are just traitors

They promote fear, cause loss

In life

They keep attempts from happening

Quench good and create losers

Do not listen

To them

Butterfly Cinquain

(Inspired by Shakespeare)

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” 

-William Shakespeare