A New Day Dawns

Crocus blooms today

Spring reminds us Love rises

Beauty shines brightly

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Above the fray of discord

A New President walks home

Stray flowers in the sunshine pushing spring!

Photos taken today along my walk: Dwight L. Roth

Mars

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You may have heard the idiom, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” We live on the most beautiful planet in the Solar System. Mars on the other hand is covered with orange iron oxide and powerful windstorms that sometimes cover the whole planet. This leads me to wonder why we are attempting to send astronauts to Mars sometime in the future.

Mars // the Red Planet
A desolate chunk of iron
No spring flowers there

Frank Tassone hosts d’Verse Poets Pub today, and has asked us to use Mars as our prompt for our Monday Haibun.
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Photo: Wikipedia

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

A Taste of Spring

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While the North thaws out from the minus fifty+ wind chills of a week ago, The South East enjoyed the warm air flowing up from the Gulf Of Mexico. My daffodils had heads on them for the past two weeks. The burst of warm air caused many of them to bloom. It is a wonderful taste of spring in the middle of winter! Today the cold weather is back and the daffodils will feel the chill!

Daffodils blooming

Can’t resist the warm sunshine

Our first taste of Spring

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Winter’s not over // today

blossoms shivered in the chill

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

This Haibun is for Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge to write a poem about “first spring gust”. We were gone the beginning of the week and when we came home on Wednesday, we were greeted by smiling daffodils blooming. Spring is just around the corner!

#Haikai Challenge #72 (2/9/19): first spring gust (haru ichiban) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

 

Reminder of Spring (a Sonnet-3)

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Winter is the time of the year when many people find it difficult to cope. Depression is common during these dark days. Today I saw my daffodils pushing through the mulch in my flower bed. Although it is the middle of winter, it is a reminder for all of us that winter is always follow by spring. I wrote the following Sonnet to say that this can be true on a personal level as well.

There in the sunshine pushing through cold ground;
Shoots of green daffodils, reaching for light;
Hidden strength revealed // energetic might;
The middle of winter // they can’t stay down!

Cold weather will come; chilling snow will fall.
Flowers still grow in the darkest of days;
As the light returns to shine through the haze;
Green shoots arising standing proud and tall.

It’s important to recall // in darkest night;
When life turns cruel and depression rises;
Deep inside us // we reach up for the light.

Springtime always follow winter’s dark night.
We will rise // and push through with all our might;
Renewing our strength we bask in the light!

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

I have gone back and revised this Sonnet to add to Jilly’s d’verse challenge to use enjambment in our poems. The use of punctuation increased readability and allows the reader to be able to know what the writer intended.

Come join us at: https://dversepoets.com

Spring/Fall Flowers

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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

 

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iPhone photos unedited: Dwight L. Roth

Flowers for Mother

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Mother

Faith hope and love all in one

Love that never ends

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Spring is coming alive in the Shenandoah Valley. While visiting in Virginia over the weekend I did a walking tour of the neighborhood and took these photos of the gorgeous spring flowers. I thought they would be a fitting expression of Mothers everywhere.

 

 

Daffodils

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Daffodils are blooming in North Carolina. I heard the peepers singing their spring song today and it lifted my spirit to know Spring is just around the corner. The flowers this year are more beautiful than ever.

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Daffodils bring spring

The daffodils don’t worry about gray clouds.

Their strength of the flower is in the bulb

They simply push from within

Up through the cold landscape of winter

Through rain and snow and ice

Rising, thriving, blooming

Pushing away the dark clouds of winter

Bringing smiling spring sunshine to all

Rain or shine

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Nature’s Resilience

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In my flower bed I saw that daffodils were pushing up through the ground, in spite of the fact that we had snow five days ago that shut everything down for three days. When I stooped down to take a close-up photo, I discovered that there was a hidden crocus blooming among them.  How amazing to see nature’s resilience.

Nature’s Resilience

Winter showed herself with snow and ice

Closed down schools as airports de-iced

We were cautious // afraid to come out

For fear we might fall or get stuck while in route

We stayed all cozy and warm in our house

Crocuses and daffodils hid quiet as a mouse

The sun came out with snow on the ground

Kissed shoots and warmed leaves in beds all around

Excited and thrilled flowers opened their petals

Showing hope of spring in those cold shadows

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Nature has cycles that each year never miss

Flowers bloom early with the bright sun’s kiss

No matter the cold or ice or snow

Nature is resilient // as spring will soon show

 

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Photos taken today with my iPhone!  Dwight L. Roth