Posted in Rhyme

Simplicity

Yellow Roses in bloom
My yellow rose in bloom

Neighbor’s helping hand

Good news in the mail

Peace where I stand

Counting my blessings

Makes me feel grand!

Rhyme

Just a simple little rhyme today as I sit counting my blessings.

Sometimes I just stand and look at my roses in bloom and give thanks for their beauty.

Sometimes I see my neighbor’s friendly faces or am the recipient of their helping hands and am so grateful.

Sometimes when I see news reports of all the chaos, sadness and destruction going on all around the world I give thanks it is not happening in my little corner of the world.

And as I count my blessings, I pray for those who can’t.

I hope you who are reading this today are blessed and enjoying many little things in your life that are bringing you joy and happiness even in the midst of this pandemic.

Posted in Tanka

The Ripple Effect

Backyard Rock Garden

A fallen tree stump

Inspiration takes root

Rock garden springs up

Creativity of one hand

Causes neighbor unity

Tanka

I am so inspired to see the creativity that continues to grow in my neighborhood backyard. It really is a testimony to the ripple effect.

Yesterday my next door neighbor told me to come see what two other nearby neighbors had begun doing in their yards lately, and it was a beautiful creation of plants and flowers that definitely improved the property and visually brightened our total backyard landscape.

These neighbors hold me the other neighbors next to us will be continuing this theme all along the backside of our building which will eventually create a continuous stream of beauty all long the area where once there was just dirt, mud or dead grass and weeds.

It made me so happy to see, and I found tears of joy start glistening in my eyes, because all this began from a storm last year that caused one fallen tree. When it’s debris was hauled away all there was left was a small stump sticking up in the middle of our backyard. Looking at that every morning inspired me to want to beautify that area by sitting a plant on the stump and then to create a rock garden around it.

So I began. I put a plant on the stump, placed a few rocks around it and planted some ground cover. It began to take shape, and it was a great improvement to the yard. I figured it would be a work in progress as I pondered what else could go in there.

A couple of my next door neighbors loved the look and asked if they could help or.add to it and it has now grown into a beautiful centerpiece in our backyard that has spawned an outgrowth of other areas of beauty all around us as the creativity grew.

What a beautiful ripple effect!

Posted in Senryu

The Little Things

Tiny painted rock on a ruler

Just a tiny bit

Can make a big difference

Share love and kindness

Senryu

I found this very tiny painted rock today. It had been painted and placed in my Inspiration Corner Rock Garden I thought it was so unique that I just had to keep it for myself as a reminder that even the smallest act of creativity of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life.

So go out and inspire someone somewhere today! A tiny bit of creativity or kindness is all you need!

Posted in December 2018, Haibun

The Candy Dish

Candy Dish

Bringing a smile and

A little bit of sweetness

Into a stressed day

At home and in many places where I have worked I always have had a Candy Dish.

Filled with Peppermints or other small wrapped candies it offered a nice treat to those stopping by. A refreshing peppermint or piece of chocolate in mid-afternoon always seemed to be a good pick me up at work and at home of course it was the first place the grand-kids headed for when they visited.

Sometimes its just the little things that can make our days better.

Haibun

Posted in May 2018, Triolet

Enjoy

Enjoy the little things

Before they slip away

Life a new day brings

Enjoy the little things

A bird that sings

A sunny day

Enjoy the little things

Before they slip away

Triolet

Posted in Choka, November 2017

Richly Blessed

Stop, look around you.

Blessings come in many sizes,

How many do you see?

And how many are unseen?

Big and small blessings,

That live within your heart?

Treasure them all.

For if you have even one,

You are rich my friend!

Choka