hanalei market


leisurely saturday morning
vacation stop to photograph
picturesque wooden church

park jeep on emerald lawn
off nearby malolo road
white tents reflect sunshine

organic taro fields and
lush mountain peaks serve
as backdrop to lively scene

wander past exotic fruits
and fresh juice samplers
to sounds of ukulele music

admire woven baskets and
printed aloha fish onesies
try on designer canvas hats

taste pineapple shaved ice
sample fresh mango salsa,
buy longan “eyes”, star fruit

sudden clouds darken sky
thank friendly island vendor
sprint laughing in warm rain


youth’s days numbered


Inside a rustic cabin deep in Yukon territory, an old miner seasoned a simmering pot of venison stew.

Stroking his grizzled chin, he thought about the majestic elk herd he’d encountered migrating through a mountain meadow late that afternoon: one dominant young bull calling a large group of cows and calves to follow. After the herd disappeared over a ridge, a straggler came stumbling out of the trees: an old bull, wild-eyed and abandoned. Somehow he’d felt a kindred spirit to the animal…

Later, eerie howls of wolves on their twilight hunt woke him. He stirred the fire’s embers before going outside in the dark to check on his pack mule. Under waning moon, he was fumbling with the cabin latch on his return when far away an interrupted cry of the lone elk was heard as the hungry pack took him down.


An exercise in “prosery” for dVerse where Bjorn challenges us to write flash fiction of 144 words (exactly!) and include the phrase (from Robert Frost) in italics above.


stark silhouette

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Another game of magnetic poetry online describing a dead tree standing in neighbor’s ditch; stripped bare of bark, stark white silhouette…

7 years of blogging


A big THANK YOU to WordPress and all of YOU readers out there!



7th Anniversary blogging with WordPress

not measured in diamonds

A “rich” quadrille shape poem linked to dVerse Poetics…

life rich?
yard mud
sky overcast
farm prices low
spring weather wet
my husband stressed
emotions under pressure
fledglings leaving nest
we look to retirement
son works our farm
cornfields planted
new calves frolic
garden sprouts
life is rich




springs anew

Challenge at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai: Give it a thought and try to ‘photo-shop” it to a “better version of itself” just by “a little change”…


even an old man
has New Year’s eyes…
cherry blossoms

© Issa

cherry buds blossom
with fresh possibilities
even old men dream

© lynn__


purposed reeds

Tan renga challenge at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai…add  two lines to master haiku.


by my new banana plant
the first sign of something I loathe —
a miscanthus bud!

© Basho

hedge of bull elephant grass
overpowers the garden

© lynn__


image – CDHK









another year is gone
a traveler’s shade on my head,
straw sandals at my feet

© Basho

i’ve worn many places on
journey there and back again

© lynn__



image – pixabay

JOY of Light series ~ finale!

Completion of my series for retreat at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai….




light explodes in tomb

hallelujah, Christ arose!

all graves will empty




It’s the beginning of “passion week” for the church.  We will celebrate the death of Jesus for our salvation. Christ, the Lord of life and light, has the final word over death on Resurrection Sunday. He is my JOY!

joy of light series

Continuing series for retreat at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai….




lit aquarium

tropical lemon discus

color of sunshine



photo by lynn

joy of light series

My response to Carpe Diem’s retreat: joy of light




sunlit reflection

birdbath mirrors fat robin

…now ripples appear!




public domain image

joy of light series


bright gleam of flashlight
reflects off resting cows’ eyes
gently chewing cud
night maternity ward check
all quiet under the stars

joy of light series

Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai retreat.


Snow Landscape Fullmoon Night Mountain


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