watermelon days


watermelon days

juicy summer drips sweetness

spits seeds of promise



photo by lynn

empty comes full circle

At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, Chèvre challenges us to use these 12 words in order (one per line) in a haiku series (like 12 hours in full circle of clock):  1. summer  2. princess  3. willow  4. oasis  5. palmtree(s)  6. camels  7. cruise-ship  8. snow  9. rainbow  10. yellow  11. shrine  12. prayer (or praying)


sultry summer birth
dark-eyed princess baby girl
thin as willow wisp

parents’ oasis
simple hut under palm trees
daughter worth camels

poverty’s cruise-ship
huddle near fire when snow falls
wishing on rainbow

yellow fever strikes
bury princess near old shrine
praying in the rain



solstice artistry

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live smoothly

I want to title this, “pink lemonade” but used word tiles given…

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A poem created with magnetic poem kit  🙂

make hay, as they say


Today, Boncho’s haiku (below) inspired mine. The smell of cut alfalfa is a wonderful aroma! Another season of haying will soon begin with our first cutting here in Iowa. It’s pleasant to drive tractor for baling hay, if not too windy and dusty.


farmer works up sweat

bales hay on summer evening

to feed hungry cows


how cool cut hay smells

when carried through the farm gate

as the sun comes up!




photo by lynn


Nozawa Boncho was a Japanese poet born c.1640. He spent most of his life  working as a doctor in Kyoto. Boncho was one of Matsuo Bashō’s followers and wrote many famous haiku in his day. This is my response to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai: Utabukuro.

summertime dreams

Tan renga challenge and photo taken from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai



taste of nature –
sweet blackberry bushes
sing to child and bees 

© Sara McNulty


pails full, fingers stained purple

take nap in dappled shade

(c) lynn


best dog days

At d’Verse Poets today, Toni invites us to write about the “dog days” of summer…

not gonna miss ‘em

our dog days are over

weather cools to 80’s

summer humidity drops

we can breathe again

heat made us both pant

my sweet silly Lily girl

husky-lab fur face friend

her final breaths labor

humidity of tears drop

105 fevered body cools

my dog’s days are over

oh, how i miss her !


Lily: faithful friend, walking partner, and quite possibly the best dog ever!

sweetly fragrant

I learned about the “rose & strawberry moon” from my blogger friend.  
Read her beautiful post here: Constance Ann Morrison

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haiga by lynn

the longest day

Haiga submitted to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s “Time Glass” challenge.

photo of Stonehenge (CDHK)

photo of Stonehenge (CDHK)

summer camper

Linking with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai….

photo credit: afbini.gov.uk

photo credit: afbini.gov.uk

summer dreams

Tranquil Afternoon by Louis Oscar Griffith
Tranquil Afternoon by Louis Oscar Griffith


sit in shade with me

people-watching in the park

tranquil afternoon


Link to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

in retro-spect

Lost Moments  2012 artwork by Nick Gentry

Lost Moments 2012
artwork by Nick Gentry

it was the hot summer of ’59

the heat dragged on and on;

migrants sweated in the fields,

youth rumbled in parking lots

after cruising’ saturday night.

bobby left me for a prettier girl

but i didn’t care;  i’d have a

smoke, quick slick a rat tail

comb thru my cropped hair

and find me a better boy,

one who really understood

what was inside me, yeah.



Thanks to Nick Gentry, http://www.nickgentry.com

for sharing his artistic inspiration with d’Verse poets today.

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