hope not seen

Sharing with dVerse…fits earlier prompts for list poem and sensory play.


hope smells

like fresh petrichor

of welcome spring rain


hope tastes

like first juicy tomato

of sun-ripened summer


hope sounds

like migration call

of swan o’er autumn field


hope feels

like flickering flame

of log in winter hearth


For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

(Romans 8:24-25 ESV)

swan song on frozen pond

Carpe Diem‘s Japanese Poetry in the Lowlands features Ria Giskes


trumpet arrival

first blizzard’s winter whiteout

loud rushing of wings

cygnet-ure snow of season

feathers settle after storm


Swans - Swan Pictures and more on swans

photo credit: CDHK

the feather

Inspired by Ese’s beautiful haiku at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and Hans Christian Anderson’s classic The Ugly Duckling.


left behind

in the frozen pond

white feather

© Ese


winter pond freezing

young duckling missed migration

white swan escapes ice



avian nuptials



Hired loon

soloist tunes

to turtledoves

in Central Park

for Cygnus pair

will wed today

on the island

at the pond.


Lovely bride

a sleek swan

dressed in black

red-lipsticked bill

diamond pierced

with pearl strand

encircling elegant

long curved neck.


Graceful groom

in striking white

fixates dark eyes

trumpeting love

as he glides to

her side while

fine feathered

entourage coos.


Linking up with: http://dversepoets.com/2014/08/05/poetics-telling-a-story-why-not-go-a-bit-fairy-tale-or-fantasy/