Posted in Tanka

Contentment

Rose in bloom

Without any care,

No matter world circumstances,

The rose still blooms

Oh that I should be as trusting

To do the same as it does

Tanka

Posted in Haiku

Comfort and Joy

HOPE brick, tiny yellow flower
HOPE brick at https://www.instagram.com/macinspcrnr

A bit of comfort

Springing up in time of need

Tiny flower of hope

Haiku

Hope springs eternal in the human breast;

Man never Is, but always To be blest.

The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home,

Rests and expatiates in a life to come.

—Alexander Pope, “An Essay on Man”

Today as I went out to visit my “Inspiration Rock Corner” to place a few new rocks I had painted, I happened to notice a tiny yellow flower blooming right next to the HOPE brick I had painted.

It seemed to match the little yellow flowers I had painted on the brick and I thought it not to be a co-incidence that the tiny flower had chosen that exact spot of all others in the yard to appear in bloom.

Plant seeds of hope in your heart. Give them plenty of love and attention. Then watch as your beautiful dreams bloom” – Amy Atherton …

Posted in Cascade, Haiku, NaPoWriMo 2020

Oregon’s Evergreens – Arbor Day 2020

Oregon Evergreens

Stately they stand

Strong branches holding new life

Sheltered from storms

As wind and rain beat

Steadily upon their mossy boughs

Stately they stand

Green giants waving

Strong branches holding new life

All across our land

Some are chosen

As lumber to keep people

Sheltered from storms

Triple Haiku Cascade

To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees.” — President Theodore Roosevelt.

“Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.”

#ArborDay2020 https://www.almanac.com/content/arbor-day-history-facts-date

#ArborDayAtHome #ArborDayFoundation

Posted in August 2019, Choka

Are You?

Dandelion growing in cracked dry ground

Falling through life’s cracks?

Or are you a ground breaker?

Growing in the hard places,

Blooming where you’re planted,

In spite of dry times,

Letting nothing hold you back,

From reaching your goal?

Modeling tenacity,

Like teeming dandelions?

Choka

Posted in May 2014, Tanka

Resolute Rose

Peach Rose--Tanka poetry
Original Photograph and Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson©2014

I saw this beautiful Peach Rose today growing in a somewhat abandoned area of old factories and thought it so odd that such a thing of beauty should be growing so voraciously even though obviously unattended to, but apparently someone, at sometime, had planted it there.
Well, I just had to pull over, climb through the weeds and photograph it and while doing so I was reminded of the quote
“Bloom Where You are Planted”.  🙂