Monday, July 31, 2006

A Raft of Haiku

This week's challenge from One Deep Breath was "garden." Well, that struck a chord, or two actually! As haiku are addictive, I'm going to indulge in a few today. (Thanks for your patience.)

The Garden: first thought was the wonderful garden-in-progress we visited in Maine, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Worth a visit, formally opens next year. This summer it's lovely in spots, a little raw in others. But I admired the lichens, we saw a leopard frog along a manicured path, and the idea of wild and tame together caught my fancy.

Brand new Maine gardens
Lichens 'mid tame flowers
Making room for wild.

Or, a variant in Fib form--

Frog hides here
amid tame flowers.
The wild waits beyond our dim sight.

I love the shape of Fibs when they're centered!

Home Again Fib and Haiku: The Husband, perhaps overwhelmed by the awesome responsibility of keeping everything alive in my absence, did an impressive job with plants I'd almost killed (with neglect) before I left. This photo from this morning documents some of his success.

look great,
Thanks to one
who waited behind--
I should go away more often.

Welcome morning chores
after weeks of traveling
say I’m home again!

The "morning chores" haiku reflects all the livestock--wild and tame--he had to care for while I was gone. From filling hummingbird feeders (five) to feeding wild birds, cats, dogs, parakeets, and chickens... well, let's just say I think he's glad I'm finally home to help out a bit.


Jennifer S. said...

wow, sounds like you have quite the little zoo there! glad your back. love your haiku :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely garden! I particularly like that first haiku and its Fib variant.

paris parfait said...

I like your variety of haiku - and the garden and plants! Lovely!

Star said...

These are some nice fibs. I loved that week and should revisit it. Great photos to accompany your poems.

Becca said...

I loved your fib - I'd forgotten how much fun they are. And lucky you, to have someone take care of things so well in your absence!

Lovely post!

Tammy Brierly said...

Lots of treats here :) Loved the variety, humor and poems. Kudos to you and hubby :)

Anonymous said...

All great, and the plants look good, too!
Now, where is that garden you visited in Maine?

Love your shapes, very creative.

Kim said...

Love you fibs and haiku! - well done.
Are those two different varieties of sage in your planter? They look beautiful together.