dVerse Poets Pub: OLN

Today for OLN at dVerse Poets Pub….http://dversepoets.com/2016/10/06/open-link-night-181/

The Last Crape Myrtle Bloom
Second week of October –
Last week was cool.
this week it is hot again.
the trees and grass are still green.
The crape myrtle has dropped all its leaves
one bloom holds on –
persistent under a lowering sky.
Matthew is scouring the east coast
ripping away homes and lives
two hours inland it is ghostly still and quiet
hot humid grey – perfect hurricane weather
The last crape myrtle bloom of summer
Holds on persistent under a lowering sky

copyright kanzensakura

copyright kanzensakura

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 07, 2016 @ 16:11:07

    That lonely bloom… so exotic and beautiful… love it.

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  2. ladynyo
    Oct 07, 2016 @ 16:14:20

    Acke! The weather is about the same here in Atlanta, yet none of the Crepe Myrtles have lost any leaves….the blossoms are long gone though. I was expecting this to be the luscious top of a haibun! LOL! It could easily be…but I love it, anyway. Hope you are safe from Matthew. I have all husband’s family in florida, Miami and upwards the coast. My 96 year old mother is in Savannah, evacuating the storm with sibling. Last time, she was 16 hours on I16 with two neighbors. 16 hours with my mother in the back seat. When they got home, the gentleman driver dropped dead. Figures.

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    • kanzensakura
      Oct 07, 2016 @ 16:35:59

      So sorry to hear this. My mom is safe in TN but will soon be with my husbband and I. So now during ice storms ehen we lose power, instead of just worrying about my husband, zI will be worrying about keeping my mother warm. Yay.

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      • ladynyo
        Oct 07, 2016 @ 20:51:38

        Yep. I suggest lots of sweaters and quilts. We heat with one wood burner for the whole house, but the house my husband has rebuilt so the upstairs is open to the downstairs by a large balcony. That is the only reason we can keep warm…plus lots of sweaters and when it’s really cold….lined jeans. LOL!

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        • kanzensakura
          Oct 07, 2016 @ 21:06:25

          We just live in a plan brick rancher, solidly built in the early 60’s. We have a nice kerosene stove that if we shut off half the house, it can stay nice and toasty warm. I keep a 5 gal container of it on hand plus we cook with gas so cooking is no problem. Just after a few days, things start thawing in the freezer. Bit i have plenty of home canned fruits, veggies, and some meat on hand. So it will be okay.

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  3. Grace
    Oct 07, 2016 @ 18:19:19

    This week has been relatively warm during the day but our leaves are still holding on, green still. I admire those leaves holding on, a good metaphor ~ Take care Toni ~

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  4. Mish
    Oct 07, 2016 @ 18:45:24

    There is always that one bloom, defiant of autumn. Bless it’s heart.The quietude is almost eerie as only hours away, the storm ravages the coastline. You really captured the contrast in your poem.

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  5. sree
    Oct 08, 2016 @ 13:00:33

    The different situations and climate….we had rain till yesterday……sometimes heavy rain…and today it’s hot……hope for the good….for all….beautiful lines…

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  6. Susan Anderson
    Oct 08, 2016 @ 13:30:57

    What a great image, and your poem did it justice.

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  7. Victoria C. Slotto
    Oct 08, 2016 @ 15:32:25

    Ours is still in full bloom, but every year we come hope from the desert thinking it has not survived the cruel winter winds it is exposed to–then it surprises us: a little cluster of leaves here, then another, and finally, at the end of the season these glorious blooms. But it can’t seem to grow bigger than about 3-4 feet high.

    This is a love poem/tribute to a beautiful gift of nature.

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    • kanzensakura
      Oct 08, 2016 @ 15:46:11

      Thank you Victoria. It seems to be the “style” around these parts to keep the trees small and single trunked. I like to let them go wild, so to speak. Ours are well over 10ft in height. At the first of Octobet, most of its leaves dropped leaving the few blooms and leaves. They begin blooming here the first of july and keep up clusters of heavy blooms. I attached a pic of the bottom portion of the tree along with a pic of my boy SamCat. It was a year ago today I had to have him put to sleep. I miss him.

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  8. Sanaa Rizvi
    Oct 09, 2016 @ 08:14:58

    Oh this is soo beautiful ❤️ love the image of “The crape myrtle has dropped all its leaves one bloom holds on” sigh…so very poignant. Stay safe, Toni ❤️

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  9. scotthastiepoet
    Oct 10, 2016 @ 03:35:36

    Beautifully done…

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  10. Bryan Ens
    Oct 10, 2016 @ 10:26:59

    Oh that hanging on in the face of the impending storm. Works well both literally and metaphorically.

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  11. kim881
    Oct 10, 2016 @ 14:26:21

    Thank you for introducing me to the crape myrtle, Toni. I’d never heard of it and we don’t have many in the UK – possibly at Kew Gardens – so I was glad to see the photo. I love the thought o f one bloom holding on – despite the hurricane!

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    • kanzensakura
      Oct 10, 2016 @ 15:51:36

      Thank you. They are beautiful trees ranging from deel burgundy all the way to purest white. They bllom fromjuly to october.

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  12. Sean Michael
    Oct 21, 2016 @ 16:27:26

    The weather in the west isn’t nearly as extreme as it is in the east, but it’s been fluctuating between hot and cold as if unable to decide. 🙂 Nice poem.

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