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

nature’s adoration

Tan renga is a haiku poem by one poet answered with 2 lines by another…see CDHK

 

in the light of dawn
sunflowers reach to the blue sky
praising their Creator

© Chèvrefeuille

upturned faces in worship
joyfully follow the light

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image from pixabay

European tour: Italy

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

tuscany sunflowers

 

smile at sunflowers

travel road through Tuscany

breathe artistic sky

 

(Photo credit: CDHK)

sunflower children

 

golden chorus of

summer school girls

in vibrant green dresses,

flowing blond tresses, giggle;

bowing in unison to their

ancient director in due

respect; warm with

anticipation of an

“ode to joy” opus.

 

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sunflowers photo from http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.se