Posted in Nonet

Looking on in Sadness

Pale Purple Lily plant in bloom

Lily dressed in pale purple

Stands regal by the garden gate

Watching the growing parade

Slowly passing her by

Focused on anger

Without a care

They destroy

What once

Was

Nonet

Written after seeing the destructive aftermath 50 days of rioting, protests, and marches has caused in Portland, Oregon USA 2020

Posted in Tanka

Memorial Day

Field of Flags—represent Oregon’s fallen soldiers
Field of Flags—represent Oregon’s fallen soldiers

In memory of your

Faces we no longer see,

Who fought to keep us free,

Souls so brave and true, now gone,

For our freedom we thank you.

Tanka

Posted in Haiku

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
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 Haiku, November 2019

Full Beaver Moon

Full Beaver Moon in Oregon  11-13-19
Original photo of The Full Beaver Moon in Oregon 11-13-19

In the dark stillness

November’s moon reigns on high

Stars hide from view

Haiku

I was fortunate tonight to be able to walk outside about 6:30 pm and see the moon in its giant fullness. The sky was in total darkness except for this gigantic moon. The photo I took with my cellphone doesn’t really show its beauty and size. It truly was a sight to see.

Amy Nieskens of the Old Farmer’s Almanac guide said: “Centuries ago Native Americans kept track of the changing seasons by giving a distinct name to each Full Moon – names we still use today.

“November’s Full Moon was known as the Geese-going Moon, the Frost Moon and perhaps the most well known, the Full Beaver Moon.

“Traditionally this is the time of year that beavers are preparing for winter and also the time to set traps before the swamps froze, to ensure supplies of warm winter furs.”

Posted in Haibun, October 2019

Majestic Mount Hood

Mount Hood in Oregon
Mount Hood image from Wikipedia

Snow capped giant

Rises before me, I gaze

In awestruck wonder

Once more, Mount Hood, the sight of you has taken my breath away. Though miles away from me you loom in front of me like a blockade. Clouds hover above your snow capped peak. I gasp. You are intimidating, yet so beautiful.

I remember when I visited you and stood at your base, smelled your mountain air, and trembled at your majesty.

None other I have seen strike me with awe like you do giant rock.

Haibun

OctPoWriMo 2019

For info on Mount Hood visit this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Hood

Posted in Cinquain, May 2019

Oregon’s Six Thousand

We went

We lost our lives

We won freedom for you

We ask only that you not forget

Our deeds

Cinquain

Our local Christian church school that has a big grassy area next to their building implemented the idea of having their school children put up 6000 little flags to honor and pay tribute to the 6000 Oregon soldiers who lost their lives in all the wars.

I visited the display today and was deeply touched by how beautiful it was. Seeing all those little flags blowing in the soft breeze made me so thankful for the freedom we enjoy in our country and for those who paid the price to achieve it.