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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 …

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Missing Summer

Umbrella in the rain watercolor by Leona J. Atkinson

News dampens spirits,

Is the weather mimicking?

Summer has vanished

Haiku

It’s July 2nd and in my area of the Pacific Northwest we are experiencing what I feel is a late start to good ol’ summertime.

The weather has been very changeable, quite like the daily news reports.

We’ve had a few warm days but not many and it seems more like Spring to me instead of Summer, as each day I awaken to gloomy cloudy skies, chilly temps and occasional rain sprinkling, this can put a damper on one’s spirit quite like the morning news reports often do lately.

Sigh. Oh where, oh where has my beloved Summer gone? Has she vanished with all our other normalcy?

I hope not. I hope she returns soon. I miss her sunny smile and gentle hugs of warmth.

How’s the weather where you reside? Are you experiencing the same, or does Summer alive and active in your area?

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Blazing Banner

Blazing summer sunset in Oregon-June 2020
Sunset June 2020

Across the heavens

Stretches a banner of fire

Blazing summer sun

Haiku

All day I enjoyed the presence and the heat of the Summer Sun that has once again visited my area in the Pacific Northwest. I love summer and sunshine!

Last night that summer sun left us in a blaze of fiery red, orange and yellow glory, stretching across the western horizon like a banner. It was amazing to see the beauty of it!

I was able to capture it with my cell phone camera but the picture just doesn’t show the full depth of its intense color.

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Not A Secret Garden

Each day is a delight

My garden is my happy place

Visitors welcomed

Haiku

As my grand-daughter and I sat out on my patio chatting and drinking our coffee this past Sunday afternoon a Raven stopped by for a visit. He must have been very thirsty because he wasn’t at all shy or fearful. He just flew right in so very close to us and proceeded to drink from the birdbath which was less than 12” from where we were sitting! Such a fun experience and visit! Glad we had our cell phone cameras to capture the moment. 😊

Bird sitting on birdbath

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In Perigee

“Flower Moon-May 2020 Supermoon-original photo taken in Oregon, USA by VNM at 8:18pm PST
“Flower Moon-May 2020 Supermoon-original photo taken in Oregon, USA by VNM at 8:18pm PST

May’s big “Flower Moon”

Blooming in the eastern sky

Year’s last Supermoon

Haiku

“A super moon is the result of the full moon coinciding with the moon’s closest point of orbit in relation to the Earth, which is known as perigee. The result is that the moon is not only full, but looks closer to us and brighter than usual. On average, a super moon is seven percent bigger and 15 percent brighter than a full moon.

The May Super Flower Moon is the last super moon this year.”

(Quoted from People Magazine at: https://people.com/home/theres-a-super-flower-moon-coming-tonight-heres-how-to-see-it/

“Flower Moon”-May 2020 Supermoon-original photo taken in Oregon, USA by LJA at 9:41pm PST
“Flower Moon”-May 2020 Supermoon-original photo taken in Oregon, USA by LJA at 9:41pm PST
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Like a Lamb

Three crosses on a hill

Legions of angels

Stood aimed, battle ready

To strike at command

As the Son of God

Stood in the dark garden and

Faced His accusers

His disciples ran

His betrayer kissed His cheek

Yet He was silent

Triple Haiku

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,

Yet He opened not His mouth;

He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,

And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,

So He opened not His mouth.

Isaiah 53:7

Lamb of God, Christian flag symbol

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Sounds

Songbird, Western Meadowlark singing, original art created by Leona J Atkinson 2020
“Oregon’s Songbird” Western Meadowlark, Oregon’s state bird, art created by Leona J. Atkinson 2020

Some sounds delight

Some sounds are soothing

Birdsong awakens

Haiku

I was thinking about sounds this evening and how they affect our lives. Some annoy, interrupt, cause alarm or tears.

Others sooth, delight, cheer or bring laughter.

I wonder how many of us are conscious of the sounds we emit each day and how they might affect others around us.

Something to think about…