Water in Living Color


Overnight showers

Turn rain to living color

Beauty all around


iPhone Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Linda at d’Verse asked us to write a poem showing the significance of water.  Last night’s rain showers left traces of water droplets on my beautiful volunteer flowers that came up along my front walk. I could not resist taking a few photos.

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Walls Closing In…

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Walls built with stones and mortar of memories
Locking tightly together each painful reality
Stacking // cementing them tightly in place
‘Till the soul is hidden without even a trace
Dungeon of doom condemning the soul
Cold place of solitude where no one can dwell
A roof on top to keep out the light
Beautiful on the outside but dark in the heart
Protected // guarded from any more pain
Windows boarded up to keep out the rain
Though years have gone by the walls still close in
Creating a chasm the soul cannot swim
A castle on the hill of life with walls strong and tall
No windows // no drawbridge // no one comes to call
A lifetime of memories too painful to tell
A soul locked in memories // a real living hell

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Spring Flow


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Summer moss is gone but water continues to flow

Winter rains and excavation changes everything

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Environmental efforts try to preserve the wetlands

April showers turn flow into flood as a result

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Water recedes leaving fresh green growth among the rocks

Natural flow continues to wind its way to the pond

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Nature recovers // flower pods form // wild flowers bloom as usual

Dead leaves compost


iPhone Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Snowing Cherry Blossoms


Surprise Spring snowfall

Snowflakes melt in warm sunshine

Cherry Blossoms fall

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haikai poem that alluded to cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms welcome spring in the United States and in Japan, where festivals are held to celebrate them.  Last week it snowed one day and was in the sixties F. the next day!

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What Remains

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On the back way to town, just across the railroad tracks, is what remains of a great old truck. It must have been sitting in the weeds listening to the trains roll by for many years. Parts have been cannibalized, but the original character remains. The army green on the roof gives clues to its past. It’s rusty patina gives it character. I am sure it has many untold stories that could be shared, if it could talk.

Rugged old truck rusts
surrounded by weeds and brush
Hasn’t run for years


Someone removed a few parts
Just like me // no one sheds tears


Photo: Dwight L. Roth




Frogs of Spring

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Shivering in the grip of winter
Avoiding the cold wind
I sit in my chair and remind myself
That soon this too will end
When the hoarfrost is gone
With the ever rising sun
The earth will thaw
The woods will ring
With a hauntingly familiar hum
A chorus of frogs
Singing their mating calls
Looking for one another
To celebrate the thaw
When I hear that song rising
In the cool clear air
I know spring is near
Flowers will soon be here
As frogs of spring shout out their joyous song
Joy springs in my heart
I know it won’t be long
Till with the frogs of spring
I too will sing along
With that symphony of joy by the woodland’s throng

Impasto Oil Painting: Dwight L. Roth

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Cold Bunny!

Cold BunnyYesterday we had a surprise snowfall. It was very unusual to get snow here in North Carolina on April 2nd. It was beautiful with large wet flakes falling all around. I have already mowed my lawn twice this spring. The little bunny hopped around through the snow seeming a bit confused. Fortunately his cold chill did not last long. It was melted by evening and warmed to a comfortable 70 F today!


Snowflakes fall softly

Little bunny has cold seat

What happened to spring?


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Small Beginnings


Meandering through life we encounter rocks

Stacked in our path  holding us back

Cascading over and around them we roll on


Rocks in our path are a natural occurrence

Nothing holds back the cascading flow

Every river eventually hits a fault line


A major shift in our perceived foundation

Sends us cascading over the edge

Each time forcing a change in flow


Nothing stops the flow…

The cycle continues


Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Amaya at d’Verse asked us to write a poem using the word cascade. In my poem I am using a river as a metaphor for life and relationships.

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Too Close For Comfort

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April Fools Day is no joke for Joe Biden, as he looks at running for President in 2020. What might have been an expression by him of support for a fellow politician, turned into an accusation of invading personal space. Now, five years later, the subject comes up; possibly to keep the “old man” out of the race! Amazing how fast age puts one out of touch in the eyes of the younger generation.

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Born free // now caged with loud words
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Our d’Verse Monday Haibun prompt for today centers around the date April 1st.  April Fools Day is a time when pranks are pulled and a fun time is had by most!  I decided to write about the political news of the day.   Feel free to disagree with my post, but this is how it looks to me!

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