dawn’s burst of sunbeams
blue flax flowers bask in warmth
never seeing night
the brevity of their lives
is outweighed by their joy
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the heel-and-toe line dances
measured polka steps
potluck meals and visiting
neighbors sharing cares and joys
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no signs or symbols
some questions have no answers
what begins will end
sunrise comes to greet each day
bright clouds or looming darkness
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young to old
flow and ebb of life
the push and pull of moonlight
eternal ocean lullabies
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Obscuring the Moon
a screech-owl’s call
distant echoes in the dark…
a scratch at the door
rising winds rustle the leaves
as clouds erase the moon
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a gull floats
above golden waves
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jazz notes in the dark
send me back to memories—
when our world was new
one more kiss…one last caress
’til eternity with you
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The image at the top of the page is by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
create a web of shadows
weaving dark with light
scattered clouds and glowing stars
mirrored in a breathless lake
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morning’s flower fly
who lands on tender petals
promises new blooms
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chirping cricket choir
winds sing pine-tree lullabies
nestlings … fast asleep
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dusty desert winds
yacht race on a dry lake bed
the drag of the sail
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weeping willows sigh
as nature’s wind and raindrops
hammer at the roof
in the home hearth, embers glow
with memories of your love
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through the damp and misty air
searching out pathways…
sights that you don’t want to see
tracks down which you should not go
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mix of dark and light
lines lend themselves to nature’s
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plunged into darkness
rapid strikes of bolt lightning…
thunder may be late
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clouds and bitter winds
high above those well marked paths
refresh the spirit
there’s no need to go further
it’s a long, cold journey home
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yellow clings to hopeLizl Bennefeld, 2021–05-03
white tulips ask forgiveness
red vows endless love
wrap yourself in quiet
put sadness aside
look past pain to joy
deep rivers carve their way through stone
falling tears both heal and burn
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cloud banks form a cloak
of somber mourning
rain drops fall as tears
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lightning branches out
its particles swift to find
short paths to the ground
as bolts inflame the treetops
the earth trembles at the sound
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chittering of squirrels
as they settle into sleep
twilight turns to night
as mockingbirds sing their songs
to stars scattered on the sky
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soft on the inside
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The makings for s’more campfire treats: milk chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows.
nodding flower heads
warm beneath the summer sun
dream of autumn days
crickets laze about and chirp
silly songs in cool, dark shade
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the ease of leaving
everything behind for now
sorrow at the loss
forget-me-nots remind me
of your true and faithful love
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creation holds its breath
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(nahaiwrimo 2021, Day 22)
gold water ripples
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NaHaiWriMo (Day 15)
Photography credits on photo attachment pages (click photo to access).
the biting winds sculpt
icy teeth on bare branches
freeze my hands and face
early spring’s sudden ice storms
coat the trees and city streets
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NaHaiWriMo (Day 8)
full cold moon
bare branch silhouettes
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Context: “The decade is ending with a full cold moon kiss”, The Lonely Planet (December 2019).
NaHaiWriMo (Day 2)
the glint of sunbeams
through a frosted window pane
winter’s quiet breath
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release from darkness
simple joy in springtime’s breeze
relax into peace
whispering of butterflies
morning songs of cheerful birds
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children run, laughing
among the growing flowers rabbits hide beneath
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swaying in crosswinds
bound up by indecision…
time to walk away?
some problems have no fixes
or require a new approach
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comfort of silence
clouds in the distance
all’s at peace
new pathways appear
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the calm in the lee
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my dog falls asleep
his head resting on his paws
curled up in my lap
he naps while I drink coffee
then we walk around the block
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graceful in the pond
koi slip under lily pads
sheltered from the sun
they gossip together and
lunch on tiny water bugs
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life’s tides are certain
rhythmic changes shape our years
flow and ebb…and cease
entwined hearts drawn in the sand
now buried but eternal
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late autumn dusk
quiet settles on the woods
pop of burning logs
cold snows brush the windows
an almost-winter lullaby
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the blooms have faded
autumn rains have turned to snow
petals cased in ice
seeds fall into winter’s arms
to wake up with spring’s sunlight
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winds of near winter
leach moisture from the garden
turning dirt to dust
seeds now dream of spring’s warm rain
safe beneath the leaves and weeds
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beauty among weeds
wildflower seeds and moisture
raindrops in the dust
the sky adorned with rain clouds
nature’s glory is renewed
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evening’s gentle lullaby
a reveille at morning
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scorching fury of
midday sun and cloudless skies…
the broad cliff’s shade
the song of laughing water
as it bubbles from the spring
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the calm and quiet
at the center of the storm…
there are flowers still
autumn leaves, the scent of rain
after winter comes the spring
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the fury of pups
as they wrestle in the mud
eager nails and teeth
the sweetness of their slow breaths
as they settle down to sleep
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standing in the wings
taking notes on a clip-board
for opening night
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sip the morning dew
caught in nature’s perfumed cup
sweetened by sunlight
each new day is made for joy
revealed or in the making
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promising fall rains
late summer winds surge stronger…
chill of morrow’s dew
waking birds sing in sunlight
geese above rehearse goodbyes
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