Off Color

My walks feel more like an escape from detention. So I find myself paying closer attention to the landscape. The park grounds keeper is clearly still struggling with this delayed upkeep. Wildflowers have taken over.

Often, I would come across a patch of yellow, with a pink one snuggled comfortably in their midst. How nice!

 

off color
in the overgrowth –
wild iris

Pat R

6/27/20

For Frank’s Weekly Haikai Challenge where the prompt is ‘Wild Iris’

 

Garden Snail

Met this fellow in the park yesterday. He practically stood still for his closeup. Citified! I read somewhere that squirrels eat garden snails at times. Must be during times of ‘making do’. I’ve lived through a couple of those myself😊. Even so, what a way to go – inners gone, shell tossed.

 

broken
and empty –
shell of a garden snail

Pat R

6/27/20

Theme Prompt – A Gogyohka

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eyes nudged open

to this new dawn in the strife of life –

as we move through time,

I breathe – you breathe

Pat R

6/23/20

A Gogyohka for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday. A theme prompt in the words of Longfellow:-

“…In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!…”
OR
“…Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time…”
From his poem

A Psalm of Life

Here is a link to the full poem.

Summer Solstice

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on this, the longest day

she flits from flower to flower –

with the butterfly bush,

she takes her time

Pat R

6/23/20

For Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge where the prompt is Summer Solstice

&

For Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Prompt

 

Change – A Tanka

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on the face of it

change sneaks around the corner

taking hold like vines

surging for the summer sun –

securing it’s space in time

Pat R

6/22/20

For Ronovan Writes Haiku where the prompt is Change & Face

&

For Cee’s Flower of the Day

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For Eugi’s Weekly Challenge where the prompt is “Summer”

Meadow

wp-1592258858827.jpga moth’s aflutter
zig zags, a cantankerous
mocking bird in tow
as they head to the meadow
gap closes, this will not end well

Pat R

6/15/20

For Frank Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge..poet’s choice. I used “Meadow”