Raindrop Rubies

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Have you ever seen a raindrop ruby shining in the afternoon light? Today was a little warmer, so I decided to catch up on my Fall yard work. When I finished, I sat down in my Adirondack Chair under the trees to cool off. I checked my cell phone for a while. At one point a few sprinkles fell. Two very tiny droplets landed on middle of my phone glass. As I looked at them I they looked like minute rubies and emeralds, depending on which way I turned the phone in the light.
I wondered how many people would have wiped the phone and missed the rubies. Very similar to life. If we take time to look around us, we might just find some sparkling rubies and emeralds in people we would usually pass over.

Raindrops on the glass
Refracted rubies sparkle
Fall rainbow compressed
Into tiny water drops
Look closely before they’re gone

Photo: Dwight L. Roth


Last Rose of Summer


We enjoyed a warm Fall, but now the cold air is moving in and what had escaped the earlier cool nights is now getting frosted. I went out today to see what had survived and found the last rose of summer still bright red for one last day. Some of the others around it were wilting from the frost we had last night.

Frosty air arrives

Last rose of summer still smiles

Tomorrow she’ll die

Leaves shiver // aged overnight

Winter’s knocking on the door


Photos: Dwight L. Roth


Sleeping Fireball


Spring Forward… Fall Backwards

It happens every year as regular as clockwork

Playing with light // playing with time

Daylight Savings Time // Eastern Standard Time

Shifting daylight // stealing from dusk

Watching in desperation as the sun goes to sleep

Snoring through December as light dissolves into darkness

Like a bear in winter chasing dreams through the galaxy

Sleet and snow keep us slip sliding away

Wishing for lengthening days and summer sunshine

When once again that sleepy fireball lights up the sky


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Open link night at d’verse and Kim reminded us that time changes this weekend. So here is my poem about Falling Backwards.

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Spring/Fall Flowers


With all the rain and warm Fall weather, the azaleas are blooming today. I saw several bushes with blooms all over them.  Other flowers seem confused as well. This week I saw flowering pear trees blooming! Perhaps someone needs to inform them it is not spring!!

Spring blooms in the Fall

Azaleas opening

Put them back to sleep





iPhone photos unedited: Dwight L. Roth

Sawing Logs


I enjoy trying different things like painting old rusty saws. Painting gives them a new and useful life. Painting a saw is sort of like writing a Haiku. You have to condense a lot into a very small space. Most saws I have seen were painted horizontally. I tried painting this one vertically. It really condensed the space available.

Summer’s gone // school starts

Beach memories fading fast

Fire warms // I saw logs


Saw Painting: Dwight L. Roth



Pumpkin Pickin’ Time


Pumpkins lined in rows

Fall harvest yields a great bounty

Corn maze draws big crowds

Kids love pumpkin pickin’ patch

Picking their own Great Pumpkin




Photos of the Oregon Dairy in Lancaster County, PA: Dwight L. Roth

Written for Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge today which is to write a Haikai Poem related to the harvest, now that Fall has officially arrived today.

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The Last Taste of Summer


The Last Taste of Summer

Cool air creeps in on the back of shortening days

The sun’s still warm but nights are cold

Nips of fall manifest themselves in the garden

The grape vines are almost bare

Garden tomatoes still hang on to the very end

No statement of an early demise signed here

Fallen Zinnias and Cosmos feed the last of the Monarchs

Honey bees still collect pollen in the early morning sunshine

To my surprise I see a remaining orange jewel

Hanging on the aging vines

The last ripe tomato just waiting for me

I picked it today and had it for lunch

Last but not least it still had the flavor

Of earlier brothers and sisters already eaten

What a wonderful way to bring closure

That one last taste of summer makes it all worthwhile

All the work and toil ending in one last jewel of flavor

As fall closes in with colors of every hue

I enjoy this one last offering

Thankful for the simple blessings of life


Photo: Dwight L. Roth


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Fall in Lancaster County



When we were in Pennsylvania a few weeks ago for a funeral, I snapped photos from the car as we drove down the back country roads of Lancaster County. The farmers were cutting corn and filling silos for the winter. It was a beautiful site to ride through the rural country side and enjoy the views as we traveled.  Poetry in motion….No words needed!













Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Photo #1 Ruth A. Roth