Xmas Colors in Summer

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The green of Dogwood

Red of Japanese Maple

Coleus on my porch

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The letter X was a secret symbol used to say you were a member of the church. Chi (or x) is the first letter in the Greek word for Christ

I wrote this haiku in the summer of 2021 and used it during the Poetry Postcard Fest.

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Cicadas’ Songs

Rocking on the porch

Cicadas’ songs surround me

Feeling underwhelmed

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last memory

My last memory of you gardening

You sat on the ground weeding

Not enough energy to stoop

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A memory of my late husband. I have a photo of him that day doing the weeding, but I don’t have access to it on my new phone here in the nursing home. However, it is forever in my memory. I wrote this poem during the 2021 Postcard Poetry Fest.

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Branches and Lilies

Everywhere I look

Colorful, summer flowers

I miss bare branches

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Another haiku written for the 2021 postcard poetry Fest. I am in a nursing home this year and don’t see the summer flowers…sad about my loss of many things. So glad a friend visited me in the hospital and brought me a lovely vase of summer flowers. Grateful! The Tiger Lily is a photo I took last year in my front yard. The deer and I loved those Tiger Lilies.

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Poeming

Structure of haiku

Taming this wild mind of mine

Reclaiming poeming

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One of my haikus written for the 2021 postcard poetry Fest. I look forward to this year’s fest.

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Moonflower

The moon shines down

Moonflowers look up

On my patio

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Water Required

At birth water breaks…then a good bath is required

Often baby’s head is baptized

Daily showers or baths thereafter

At death a sponge bath

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Renewal

Sunday, late August

Weekly day of renewal

Napping with the cat

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Their Place

monkey grass blossoms

naturally spread far and wide

not knowing their place

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My haiku written 8-8-21 for the Postcard Poetry Fest.

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Walk Remembered

The joy of warm plums eaten from a bush growing on the ditch of a dirt road.

Walking with my brother who carried his toddler son on his shoulders.

His wife and my husband walking with us.

We were young. Walking country roads like we did as kids…eating wild plums and blackberries.

I can still feel the love felt on that long ago, blessed summer day.

My brother, Dwight, his wife, Inga, and my husband, Doug, have all passed away.

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