As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.  Ps. 103:15, 16


Death does not discriminate but believes in equal opportunity for all.  Flowers and weeds, sinners and saints…each granted a brief cycle of seasons on the earth.  Life begins as a seed, planted in sanctuary of womb. Cells divide, cotyledon splits; embryo develops limbs, groping in darkness.  Birth breaks through to sunlight!  Youthful stem grows, green with life’s energy, curling out curious leaves.  Powered by nutrients through roots and pollinated by buzzing ideals, adolescence buds into flowering adulthood.  A productive life spreads, shades, bears nourishing fruit until the final harvest.  Life’s wisdom fades to delicate lace, leaving precious seed for the generation to follow.  How one lives determines how one dies.  May it be at peace, in the presence of the good and gracious Gardener.


life’s full breath expires

vein beauty in brevity

flower cut from field



Link to dVerse Poets haibun prompt featuring photography of Susan Judd

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mtw
    Apr 30, 2016 @ 04:45:47

    this was such a thoughtful piece. i want to savor your words, reread them and contemplate meaning withing meaning. beautiful.


  2. Bodhirose
    Apr 29, 2016 @ 13:15:52

    No, death does not discriminate…we all will face it. I too loved your last two lines, Lynn, and that the gracious and good Gardener will be overseeing our transition.


  3. Hannah Gosselin
    Apr 28, 2016 @ 19:51:46

    “How one lives determines how one dies. May it be at peace, in the presence of the good and gracious Gardener.”

    This portion captured me…the sense of looking inward on that first portion and that of the comfort in the second part…being taken care of by the Gardener. So powerful in it’s entirety, Lynn.

    Oh…by the way…the link at dVerse for haibun shows up as “page not found”


  4. Victoria C. Slotto
    Apr 27, 2016 @ 18:48:22

    Wonderful how you took this prompt, applied it to nature but elevated it to a “heavenly” metaphoric lesson. The Divine Gardener–has a bit of pruning to do here! :0)


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Apr 27, 2016 @ 03:00:14

    I truly love how you weaved it together with that image of the gardener… wonderful


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