sunflower power

Joining Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s weekend challenge on sunflower theme.  I wrote the prose, followed by a haiku from our host!


wild sunflower – photo by lynn


The sight of sunflowers warms my heart, although my farmer hubby says they’re a weed. I remember as a child planting a few sunflowers in the backyard on east side of detached garage. The plants grow faster than children and their sunny faces exude happiness bright as summer sun. When autumn comes, their smiles fade, petals dry, and seeds mature. Oh, what a joyous feast for the birds! Sparrows flutter and cling to droopy head to peck tasty seeds. We let them eat the raw seeds as we prefer the roasted, salted variety. Dad would have a bag along to ball games or car races where we’d leave striped shells scattered under the bleachers; shells sucked dry of salt until the tips of our tongues went numb. On vacation, I still thrill at roadside sightings of expansive fields of sunflowers; their golden heads tipped toward the sun. On my walks, spotting more diminutive wild versions in the ditches (NOT our fields) brings a smile to my face.


blooming sunflowers
reaching for the early light of the sun –
birds praise their Creator
© Chèvrefeuille

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. janicead
    Nov 19, 2017 @ 11:33:01

    My farmer mother felt the same about sunflowers. The almost fields of sunflowers we saw in France were stunning. Your haibun is delightful.


  2. Chèvrefeuille
    Nov 14, 2017 @ 13:47:35

    Awesome haibun … sunflowers are our own little suns …


  3. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 19:47:13

    I just love these happy flowers. I remember driving through fields of them in South Dakota. I would like them, just one bouquet, at my funeral.


  4. blogoratti (@iamblogoratti)
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 19:15:29

    What a beautiful thought indeed and so nice of you to share.


  5. wildchild47
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 18:18:16

    I think sunflowers make just about everyone smile – they are so gorgeous, delightful and magical. Lovely thoughts Lynn 🙂


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