Dreams of Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms - Cedric

In our travels last weekend, we once again saw many family members we had not seen since before Covid. My nephew has a cute young girl who is full of life and lots of imagination. She told her parents she wanted to go to Japan to see the Cherry Blossoms. But instead of making that trip they came up with a compromise and drove to Washington, DC the next day where they saw these beautiful Cherry Blossoms in full bloom.

Cherry blossoms bloom

Lighting trees both near and far

Making young girls smile

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Photo: Cedric Roth

Haibun Monday at d’Verse, with Frank Tassone giving us a Cherry Blossom prompt for spring.

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From There to Here

How swiftly time flies from there to here

Ten lifetimes rolled into one sweet moment

Today I’ll sit, in cool warming sunshine

Watch hawks soaring overhead

Listen to wrens and cardinals sing

And watch my drying little creek

Slowly turn into curdled algae yogurt

Today at d’Verse we are to write a Quadrille of exactly 44 words, using the word swift or a form of the word. I was immediately drawn to how fast time has passed in my lifetime. These are my reflections.

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Seduction

Tomato in my garden (2)

Springtime smiling green
Tomatoes heavy on the vine
Shining in the sun
Swollen flesh pumped full
Rainwater fills every space
Face tanned by the sun
Chameleon turns
Green to blushing red cheeks
Smiling in the sun
Seduction draws me
Sinking my teeth in your flesh
Juice drips off my chin

My tomato photo taken this morning: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Frank Tassone discussed the Imaginism style of writing poetry, where the subject is described with detailed imagery.  He asked us to write in Free Verse or a series of Haiku. I love writing Haiku so I chose that format.

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Wild Flowers Blooming

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A year ago, they put a large gas line through the right of way behind my house. Big track hoes came in and cleared a hundred foot pathway, taking down trees and stripping everything bare. The pipe was buried six to eight foot deep! They were very careful not to disturb the little creek that runs across just behind me. When they were done they seeded the main areas with grass and clover. The wet area below me was covered with a large fiber mat that must have had wild flower seeds in it. They grew and bloomed last summer and this year they are back blooming everywhere. These are some photos I took this morning.

Orbs of sunshine fill

reclaimed excavation scars

Brings me lots of joy

 

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iPhone Photos: Dwight L. Roth

 

 

 

 

I See You in There!

 

Laras knot hole eye

Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a Ponderosa Pine stump and can’t get out? Maybe all this staying at home, for who knows how long, will teach us what bears already know; how to hibernate and sleep through the down times! Hopefully we won’t stay as long as Rip Van Winkle. Even so, by the time we come back out the world will be a different place than the one we remember.

Smiling eye peaking

through the knot-hole in our tree

“Come out! It’s springtime!”

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The air is fresh // sky is blue

We miss your hugs Grandma

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Photo: Lara Z. Condon

Fuzzy Duckies

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A few years ago we visited my wife’s parents in Edmonton, Alberta. At the condo where they lived was a beautiful pond surrounded by a green grassy lawn. It was home to ducks and a Jack Rabbit who loved the fresh green grass. It was wonderful to see a mother duck with her nine little ducklings swimming in the pond.

Spring ducklings swimming

Follow mama round the pond

Jack Rabbit nibbles

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth