*blowin’ in the wind


earth’s richest

black prairie sod

iowa: “beautiful land”

created by God

claimed by man

wrested from dakota hand

busted, homesteaded,

settled, plowed and

tightly fenced now

as livestock farmers

raise calves from cows

how long sustainable?

dust bowl-like shroud

wind so untamable

we’re losing ground!


*Title from a favorite Bob Dylan song…he recently received a Nobel Peace Prize.  (One good thing about a wet fall this year is less dirt in the air.)

wet lump of humanity yields


clay in Potter’s hands

chosen, held firm, gently shaped

fired, purified, filled

vessel to pour out His love

beautiful, useful purpose








Linking to Carpe Diem prompt: clay



National conference downtown allows brief time for exploring familiar noisy streets. Walking with a friend to art museum through civic park reveals underbelly of city. A few paces on hot concrete in summer sun induces sweat. Try not to notice drug deal under shade of fountain colonnade or homeless lounging against marbled wall near bronzed statue. Pigeons investigate remnants of fast food, old newspapers and cigarette butts. Step across colorful chalk-lettered sidewalk declaring “Black Lives Matter” while handful of protestors camp under tree. Police car cruises by, another has stopped a car of rowdy boys. Keep focused on destination while avoiding curbside drunks.  Hastily cross boulevard ahead of traffic bearing down. The beautiful main entrance of memories is under construction and visitors are directed past dirt piles to alley door. Once inside, relax in climate-controlled air and stroll past paintings and exhibits, admiring the polished side of human culture.

pillowed hotel room

sirens howl in the night

dazed lights of city


Linking with dVerse Poets where Bjorn hosts modified haibun Monday.

life mimics art


photo by lynn



lotus opens wide

in ageless petaled beauty

God’s world inspires he(art)

purple passion awakens

adorned with peacock feathers






Joining CDHK and Kala Ramesh for “lotus viewing”

blues on a window(pain)

Linking “cloud” quadrille (44 word poem) with dVerse Poets…(photo by lynn)



monday mood

in layers of grey

lowering, glowering

clouds are shrouds

for secret fears

and private tears

as each soul

only knows of

its own sorrows;

cannot fathom another’s

though true sisters/brothers

might try to sigh

with kindred spirit’s cry

in overcast


all is sacred

now i lay me down

A “gentle scent of lavender” at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today…

pillowed prayers’ peace

gentle scent of lavender

perfumes silent dreams

purple fields in evening praise

raise reverent cloistered blooms


japanese painting

Kristjaan’s prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai  is “paint”


delicate brushstrokes

translucent koi swim in sync

watercolor wash



art-ful acrobat

It’s Carpe Diem‘s 4th anniversary month with special guest, Kala Ramesh.  Also sharing with dVerse Poetics (see Lillian’s prompt) because this sunbird “razzle dazzles” me!


feathered malachite

iridescence shimmers in

delicate balance

sunbird stretches to blossom

sip of nectar’s sweet reward



sanctuary stones


cleft in ancient wall

rock dove coos benediction

peace rest upon us



Byzantine ruins at Avdat – photo by lynn


Carpe Diem celebrates 4th anniversary this month.

magnetic poet


Magnetic Poetry Saturday Challeng by the Elusive Trope  :)


leafless not lifeless

CDHK prompt from Jane Reichhold’s “Dictionary of Haiku”:  leafless trees


photo by lynn



ghostly silhouettes

naked exposure to wind

squirrels find hollow

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