Natural Resilience


When I looked at this collapsing building, I thought, how interesting it was that the oak tree, which is probably close to the same age, is still growing and strong. We pride ourselves in being able to create things that last, but nature’s resilience often outshines us with little or not effort.

Manmade building creaks

Winter winds may bring it down

Old oak tree lives on


Nature’s resilience stands

Stronger with each passing year


Photo: Dwight L. Roth


Vacation on a Limb


Two lovebirds resting

Spring nest building pauses

Resting from their work

Homebuilding can be tiring

Vacationing together


This tanka was written for Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge. We are to use the word Vacation/Holiday in our poem.  I finished this Photo painting of these birds today. I am stretching the prompt a little to give them a much needed vacation on a limb!

This Photo was shot out my back window with a 200mm zoom lens. I got lucky on this shot. Only one chance for the photo and it turned out great. Printed on canvas then painted with acrylics.

Red Bellied Woodpecker painting: Dwight L. Roth

#Haikai Challenge #45 (8/4/2018): Vacation/Holiday #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


Painting Poetry


I watched these two Red Bellied Woodpeckers carve out their nest in a rotten maple tree at the edge of my yard. They worked together for almost a month to make a hole big enough to go inside and have a nest. I took a lot of photos with my 200mm lens and had a couple of them printed on canvas. After printing, I noticed that the birds were not as sharp as I would have liked. Since I like to paint with acrylics, I decided to paint over the photo using the same colors to make the colors more vivid. I finished this one today.

Working together

As spring buds open around

Carving out a home

Eggs laid will hatch into chicks

Raising their young together


Poetry in motion



Melide Stone Bridge


I finished my painting today, of the stone bridge in Melide, Spain. I saw a photo in one my niece’s  blog posts. She walked the way of St. Francis, the Camino de Santiago, in northern Spain. I loved the perspective of the photo and decided to paint the bridge.  This post is dedicated to Jennifer Townsend who walked the way for justice for girls caught up in human trafficking. She raised over $27,000 for International Justice Missions of Canada.

Pilgrims walk stone bridge

Aching feet soon will find rest

Albergue just in sight

Relief from hot sun welcomed

A pilgrim’s meal brings new strength


Painting of the stone bridge in Melide, Spain: Dwight L. Roth

If you are interested in seeing the original photo, click on Jen’s sight and scroll through.

Shared Responsibilities


We could learn a lot from Red Bellied Woodpeckers. Both male and female work together to create a home for their young. From the carving of the hole into the old rotten maple to keeping the eggs warm in the nest, they share responsibilities. When the eggs hatch the both help find food to feed the young ones. Think how much better society would be if we humans would work together in this way.

Redbellies share work

A carved home in rotten tree

Always together

Trading places  // warming eggs

Waiting for fledglings to hatch


No Competition

Shared responsibilities

One with nature’s plan


Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Fly Away


Independence Day (a Tanka)

Today I attended the funeral of a friend’s wife who died after an extended struggle with cancer. It was a heartfelt service with words and music well suited for the occasion. The celebration of her life and her love for her family, her church family, and God was evident through out the service. Sometimes freedom is the release from all that weighs us down in this life

Independence Day

Comes in different ways for some

Cancer gone // Soul free

No more pain or suffering

Spirit leaving body behind


Photo: Dwight L.Roth

Frank Tassone Haikai challenge for this Saturday is to look at what Independence Day means. Some think of it only in relation to our country and the 4th of July. But independence day for others might include relief from abuse, as Martina McBride sang about. For others death is independence day. Those suffering from cancer or Alzheimer’s or other debilitating diseases find death as a release from physical constraints.  Freedom and Independence has many meanings.  Come join us:







My mother had a large bed of peonies in our back yard when I was growing up. I remember the many blooms and sweet smell they produced. Now when I see peonies, it reminds me of that bed and of my Mom. Frank Tassone gave us peonies as our prompt for Haikai Saturday. This is my Tanka.


Long stemmed pregnant buds

Purple petals bursting forth

Spring peonies shine

One of Mom’s favorite blooms

Always reminds me of her


Photo: Bing image

Written for Frank Tassone’s  Haikia Saturday. This is a tanka about my mother’s flowers.

#Haikai Challenge #36 (6/2/18): Peony (botan) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga