Posted in August 2018, Haibun

Solitary Sight

Purple Petunia blooming

A flower’s purpose

Is to seek to grow and bloom

Wherever planted.

On my walk today, when I saw this little purple petunia in bloom, looking so pretty and strong though growing all alone in an obscure place, I had to stop to admire it.

It wasn’t in a big beautiful garden. It didn’t have ideal soil and light, but it still grew and bloomed.

And whether anyone else noticed it there in its little corner of the world, didn’t really matter, because it did what it was supposed to do. It fulfilled its purpose. And in doing so, it inspired me.

This made me think about my life, my purpose, my growth, and it was good food for thought as my tummy made hungry sounds causing my feet to make their way towards home as the sun begun to set on another Summer day.

Grow-Bloom-Inspire

Knowing your purpose

Seeking to ways to fulfill

Leads to accomplishment

Haibun

Posted in August 2018, Cinquain

Presidental Proverb

Teddy Roosevelt pic and quote

“Speak softly”

Said Roosevelt

“And carry a big stick”

Passive-Agressive acumen

Old adage

Cinquain

On my walk today I met a gentleman who, in actuality, was walking with a big stick.

As we passed by one another and nodded a greeting, I spoke the quote to him and he smiled. “ Teddy Roosevelt” he said.

“ Oh, I thought it was Snoopy!” I said laughing.

When I got home a Google search proved the stick walker was right!

Guess I got my history lesson for the day!

Plus, a poem inspiration. 😊

https://historynewsnetwork.org/blog/122544

Posted in Haiku, March 2018

Brightness by the Brook

Yellow Flowers

Curious encounter

Of yellow bursts of color

Blooming near the creek

Haiku

I recently came upon these big yellow blooms as I was walking near a small creek. They were just scattered about on the creek’s bank. I am not sure what they are, probably some kind of a lily. They sure brightened up my morning walk!

(If any of you know what they are please let me know in the comment section. Thanks)

Posted in Choka, May 2017

Today’s Choice

Crossroads, FAITH, FEAR
I am at crossroads

Today I have to make a choice

Which road shall I take

One marked Fear or Faith

Mind reels toward Fear

Heart wants to step out on Faith

Truth tells me to trust

And boldly take the step

To walk on Faith’s road today

Choka

Posted in April 2017, Bop, NaPoWriMo 2017

Pondering

River, path, trees
Lazy day, on a river walk, slowly walking and pondering…

Why do some trees grow tall and straight,

Yet others are twisted, bent, and broken?

The soil is the same for all.

The rain shows no favorites.

The sun shines on both equally.

I ponder all this, yet the river, like time, keeps moving.

Perhaps it’s what is within,

That causes one to stand tall,

And one to bend and bow with the wind?

From where does each root seek its nourishment?

Does one go deep to find the key to growth?

While another looks upon the surface inhaling whatever passes its way?

Perhaps one works too hard and becomes old and weary,

It’s efforts leaving it empty and weak?

I ponder all this, yet, the river, like time, keeps moving.

I conclude that it’s a matter of choice.

All are given the breath of life and freedom to live.

It’s not mine to question each ones outcome,

But to ponder only on my own choices.

Yet, to offer true nourishment to those who come seeking,

And the fragrance of compassion to those in need.

I ponder all this, yet, the river, like time, keeps moving.

Bop Poem

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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