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 Haiku

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?

Posted in Choka

I Can and Can’t

Dandelions

As I walk through this life

I can change many things

But I can’t change you

I can change my habits

But I can’t change yours

I can control my actions

But can’t control yours

I can do so many things

But only God can change you

Choka

Posted in Senryu

Daisy Day

Group of white daises blooming in the sunshine

Sitting there alone

I spy a group of cheery faces

Peeking up at me

Senryu

Just can’t be sad when there’s a bunch of cheerful daisies surrounding you. 😊

Posted in Tanka

Judge Not

Fig tree with fruits

Edwin Rolfe said,

“You can’t judge a book by its cover”

Jesus once said,

“You will know them by their fruits”

Don’t judge, examine fruit.

Tanka

Posted in Haiku

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.

Posted in Choka

Welcome Summertime!

Welcome Summertime yard windmill

Twenty Two days since

June arrived to bring us

Summertime again

How long we have waited

Anticipating

The sunshine to greet us

Each morning we woke

And now in the midst of it

We treasure each moment

Choka

Posted in Senryu

Celebrating

Hello Summer graphic

Summer’s finally here!

The time I wait for all year!

Its been a long day

Senryu

First day of Summer is the longest day of the year and at noon on this day your shadow is at its shortest.

Long day- Short shadow- Summer’s something to celebrate I think! 😃