Carpe Diem Haiku Kai; Combining animals with seasons

Old bamboo thicket
Red-Crowned Crane selects a mate
Blustering wind sighs

Linking this to Chevrefeuille’s prompt to write a haiku combining a season with an animal:

Grandeur on the River

Leaning back in the canoe,
my face turned to the low,
winter sun, I rest my eyes.
The even and
meditative strokes
of the oars gliding
through the mirrored
spring water bring
calm and contentment.
Late morning on the river
is quiet…most birds and
animals having fed are
taking a siesta and are
hidden from our curious eyes.
One lone, stocky
alligator is spotted
on the shaded bank.  He too
is at ease and makes
no move as we paddle past.
My fingers drift lazily
through the cold water
and I lift a few
droplets to refresh
my warmed forehead.
Words have little
value here…a reverence
is kept for the sanctity of
this grandeur.  A chorus
of wind rattles a stand
of bamboo and my
heart flutters with joy
as I merge with nature’s
most tender gift.

Joe Hesch opens the bar for Open Link Night # 91:

Small Stone # 22

Wind picked up
as the temperatures
dipped.  It was
like a mini
swirling around
the house.
Wind chimes
did not sound
melodic, they
were slamming
and banging
and making a racket!

Small Stone # 22 for the Mindful Writing Challenge:

You Are Loved

Holding you close,
we approach the
swaying stand of bamboo.
The wind rises
and falls in gentle,
gusty waves.  Our hair
lifts slightly from
our heads…mine
swirling across
my eyes.
It’s cool beneath the
shaded chapel of
canes and we both
listen with reverence
and peace as the towering
grasses clatter and clank
the notes of nature’s wind chime.
You relax in my arms, relax
into the knowing that all is
well; you are loved.
The next day we sit beside
the Ganga, meditating
on the gentle breezes and
lily pads undulating by
tiny swells while a chorus
hums from a fountain
voices blending of those passed on
a turtle crawls on the bank
and rests at our feet.

I’m finally back online and writing my first post after moving to Sebastian to help watch my first grandchild, Mira, while her Mom and Dad return to work.  We’ve been taking walks daily (she loves to be outside) and visit a large stand of bamboo nearby and love listening to it as it moves with the wind.  I’m so enjoying my new role…and blessing.

Joining with Hedgewitch today who is hostessing for us at dVerse Poets Open Link Night #69:  Thanks, Joy!


Wind rises in gusts
Melody clatters bamboo
Clouds race across moon

My entry for dVerse Poets Open Link Night:

Crystalline Charms

Crystalline charms sway,
suspended by delicate
strands of iciness,
dotting the trees with an
enchanted dusting of
winter’s enveloping purity.

The earth lies frozen, dormant and at rest.
Peacefully it has eased to a slow, even
breath as it embarks on its hibernation,
beginning its much-needed sabbatical
beneath its still, flurry-laden blanket.

The lower light of the days of solstice
catch the glinting snow and the crystal
amulets lain within the tree’s branches,
and multi-colored prisms flicker and flash,
the sun creating sparkling jewels.

All is felt by the wind, gently now
at morning’s first glance.  Its soft brush
moves the tree’s branches disturbing
the fragile creations–some fracture and
fall upon the earth’s mantle that in
this moment begins to melt.

My entry for dVerse Poetics:  Changes

The Poetry Pantry at Poets United:

Far-Off Rumbles


Far-off rumbles

Overcast in the distance

Sky overhead still showers blue

Wind kicks up

A few leaves scatter

Now clouds arrive

Dimming the sky

Clouds intensify

Turn black-green

Wind blows gusting

Trees sway and swing

Storm builds closer

Lightning flashes

Clash of thunder

Shakes the glasses

Sheets of rain

Blur the view

Horizon becomes

A haze of gray

Squalling fury

Micro-burst swirls

Creating miniature

Tornado whirls

Storm moves fast

It’s over soon

Things are slowly

Calming down

Torrent passes

A few muffled booms

The rain falls gently

The outburst spent

My entry for Monday’s Poetry Potluck:   Thunderstorms, Floods and Water Fury

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