Posted in December 2017, Haiku

Winter Visitor

Squirrel eating out of bird feeder

Curiosity

Coupled with a winter hunger

Strange looking bird

Haiku

Posted in November 2017, Tanka

Question for Seekers

Seek and ye shall find.

What is it that you search for?

Are you in the right place?

Acorns aren’t found beneath

The branches of Maple trees

Tanka

I was prompted to write this poem today as I happened to see a little gray squirrel searching for food just outside my window. The little guy was actively checking out every flower pot, tree and place in the yard apparently looking for something to fill up his winter pantry. However, the trees in my backyard are only Maple and Evergreen, so he was coming up empty if he was looking for acorns. This caused me to consider what it was I was looking for in life and to ask myself if I was looking for it in the right places. Something we all should stop and think about occasionally

Posted in December 2016, Tanka

Squirrley Selfie

Squirrel painting
A bigfoot squirrel

Searching in the night

Morning evidence

Reveals his prints in the snow

Watercolor paints his image

Tanka

Painting created by me from actual photo of squirrel’s hind footprint. Squirrel visited my patio in the night and left his tracks in the snow. I took a picture of the tracks to look up what they were. Then I also happened to see “Squirrel Footprint Art” on Pinterest which inspired me to create this painting.😊

Posted in Haibun, July 2016

Just Outside My Door

sights on my daily walk
It seemingly was like just another day. I was making myself go for a walk, which at times can be boring as I am not able to walk far, usually see the same things, and have no walking partner to chat with. Ever since my hip surgery I have had to make myself exercise and walk daily to get my body back in shape. So, armed with my cane and determination, outside I go. 

Just another day…

Making myself take a walk.

Needing exercise.

When I stepped out the door, instantly my eyes fell upon four 

giant white blooms gracefully swaying in the gentle breeze. My neighbor’s rose bush had burst into bloom overnight!

The four Grand Flora Roses, petals tinged in pink as if blushing at my admiring gaze, greeted me with a faint fragrance as I passed by. 

” May I take your photo ladies?” I politely asked. 

The wind helped them curtsy in submission to my request. 

What a delightful start to my walk!

A little farther, just across the way, to my surprise, a usually green little tree was dressed in flaming orange! The sight took my breath away! “I am wearing my Summer gown” the tree seemed to say, as I snapped a photo of her beauty. 

Just then a brown squirrel scurried by, frightening two birds who were hopping about looking for food. As they flew away, Mr. Squirrel ran up a tree. When I asked to photograph him he ran higher and hid. “He’s too shy” the little flaming orange tree seemed to say as she danced with the wind. “Quite unlike you!” I laughed, as I gleefully watched her and the wind swirl and twirl. 

As I looked past her, I saw a charming, cream colored bench just ahead on the path. It seemed to be inviting me to come sit awhile and rest. I gratefully accepted, although I usually don’t walk that far. Once I reached it, I reaped the value of my efforts with the reward of rest as I sat on it enjoying the peace and beauty of the nature around me. 

Once refreshed, I started my walk back home and met a friendly neighbor out for her afternoon walk. We stopped to chat. As she and I said our goodbyes, it was then I noticed the Clematis vine had begun to bloom again! Another surprise in my day! I took time to veer off the path to visit the vine, and was able to snap a photo of the pretty pink clematis. 

Look what I would have missed if I had not taken a walk today I told myself as I got back home! 

Ordinary day?

Certainly not in the least!

Many adventures!

A refreshing walk

Mind filled with memories

Of a day well spent 

Haibun