Escaping Hawks – haiku

 

(c) Paul Militau  used by permission from the photographer.  Please do not copy or reproduce w/o permission.

(c) Paul Militau used by permission from the photographer. Please do not copy or reproduce w/o permission from the photographer..

Wooden hawks emerge
From the earth seeking to join
Their blue sky brothers.

 

I follow Paul’s photography blog and am often struck by his creativity. When I saw this, my imagination saw earthbound hawks escaping their prison. I contacted and asked for permission to use this photograph and was very kindly given that permission.  You can find more of Paul’s most excellent work at:  https://photopaulm.files.wordpress.com The direct link to this photograph is:  https://photopaulm.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/roots.jpg
I don’t feel I have done justice to this image, but, I tried!

You can also visit me and  if you wish, follow me at my poetry only blog, Aki no Koe (voice of autumn):  soundsofautumn.wordpress.com  I will also be posting this on that site.

Please, always remember that if you use another person’s creativity without permission and/or acknowledgement, you are stealing which truly is horrible and snarky.

 

 

 

Sunday Serenity

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Wordless Wednesday: Rejoice! Spring is coming…

copyright kanzensakura - flowering quince buds, spring is coming

copyright kanzensakura – flowering quince buds, spring is coming

copyright kanzensakura flowering quince buds - spring is coming

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flowering quince buds – spring is coming

The Walk – Part V – Green Tea

free public domain photo

free public domain photo

She had told him
there were sixty-five cherry trees
in the office park.
He was always amazed at this
jewel of a place set down
in the midst of
strip malls, box stores,
office buildings, gas stations.
Set apart, one road leading in
one road leading out.
It is as if the cherry trees,
the pond, the birds – all were
the purpose of this place
instead of the two tall office buildings.
She had told him
in the spring,
the trees would all burst
into clouds of pink and white –
the pond would reflect the blooms
just as the mirrored sides of the buildings
reflected the sky and cherry blossoms.
She had promised him.
She had pointed out
the different trees as she would
have introduced him to
her friends. It was silent today,
all offices closed.
He was lonely and this place
seemed like home to him.
A few minutes more.
She was working today
in spite of the holiday.
He looked up and there she was,
walking over the crest of the small
hill with a cloth bag in
her hand. Childlike,
he began to wave.
At the upper end of the pond,
under the five small bare cherry trees,
they stood.
Like a magician, she pulled two small
pads from the bag and motioned
for him to sit.
In silence, she spread a
bamboo mat and set out two pottery cups.
A small bowl, a small lacquered caddy,
tiny wooden spoon, bamboo whisk,
a thermos bottle,a small cloth.
In continued silence
she opened the caddy and added
bright green matcha to one
of the cups, poured steaming water into
the cup and softly began to
whisk the matcha and water into
a delicate foam. His breath caught as she placed the
cup in front of him and turned
it so he could see the dragonfly
painted on the cup.
She prepared tea for herself.
In silence they sat and sipped
the tea.
A few flakes of snow
began to fall.
He felt the warmth of the
tea in his body and in his soul.
He looked above him.
In his mind, he saw
the cherry blossoms.

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Twofer Tuesday – Winter Haiku

RGB stock photo

RGB stock photo

鷹 Taka (hawk)
Taka glides over
winter field no mice in sight –
hungry he flies on

kaeri-bana (out of season blossom)
in the falling snow
quince blossoms open to
greet blossoms of snow

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Sunny Sunday Serenity

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Wordless Wednesday – a day late! Joyous Angel

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This was made for me by a friend, from an oyster shell she found at Nags Head, NC. It was a gift of great kindness and joy during a dark bit of time this Christmas. I hope Joyous Angel makes you smile, as she does me. I have her hanging on my kitchen door to bless this house and its inhabitants and all who enter with the true spirit of kindness and giving.

Sunday Sky

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Wordless Wednesday: Winter Morning Sky

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Wordless Wednesday: French Hollyhock – mirror effect

French hollyhock, mirror effect   copyright kanzensakura

French hollyhock, mirror effect copyright kanzensakura

Fish scale clouds: iwashigumo 鰯雲 haiku

Iwashigumo
swim in autumn sky – birth day
almost at an end

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Wordless Wednesday: Floating leaves

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