sunflower power

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


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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

abstract glory

abstract autumn

 

 

bleed red and purple

leaves sizzle across cool sky

autumn’s frenzied dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai; “autumn abstract” image by unknown artist.

leave-ing the party

Chèvre hosts tan renga party at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai .  A tan renga is a haiku by one poet answered in 2 (7 syllable) lines by another poet.


 

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now it reveals its hidden side
and now the other—thus it falls,
an autumn leaf                                 © Ryokan Taigu

do leaves ever feel dizzy—
twirling in their spiral dance?                lynn__

European tour: Poland

Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosts virtual tour of Europe this month.

Indian Summer

autumn’s mirrored feast

wood smoke reveals trees true hues

kielbasa spices

(photo credit: CDHK)

European tour: Denmark

Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosts virtual tour of Europe this month.

 

deep tidal currents

glean golden light of autumn

fjord of our dreams

 
 

fjord

 

 

 

 

 

 

(photo credit: CDHK)

 

remove your sandals

 

carnelian leaves

bow awed in holy presence

burning bush aflame

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foliage re-lit each autumn

reveal Creator’s glory

 

ID 35761236 © Dfikar | Dreamstime.com

 Japanese-style garden, Texas        ID 35761236 © Dfikar | Dreamstime.com

 

autumnal graces

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fall’s fabulous

potpourri of

apple cinnamon

milkweed pods

chill mornings

pumpkin spice

ditches burning

damp leaves

hot choco-latte

indian summer

fermented silage

crisp corn husks

squirrel’s cache

windmill spinning

ripened melons

monarchs’ route

fuzzy cattails

combines’ dust

weaned calves

cold drizzle

mud on road

harvest moon

 

summa cum laude

 

sumac leaves blushing

summer is changing her clothes

summit ash wear gold

Photo credit: Colored Leaves mirrored in a lakemirrored leaves

Linked to: Carpe Diem – Kishu’s A Crow Passes

we all fall down

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Autumn’s glory shines

maples flame and birch blaze

melting into gold

 

Raindrops fall with tears 

windshield wipers ticking time

sorrow’s misty fog

 

Precious Autumn flies

away to heaven’s blest blue

singing with angels

 

Sweet life is brief as 

burning leaves and turning seasons

ashes to ashes.

 

 

(In honor of Autumn Elgersma, age 3, of Orange City who

left this world bereft on October 31, 2013)