Red, Orange, and Yellow Flowers

For this installment of Heeding Haiku with Chèvrefeuille, we are writing about colors. I wrote first about the coloring that I like to do, but then I saw the flowers in my family’s garden and found them inspiring. Shared also with the Writers’ Pantry.

Garden 10_10 Autumn

lovely new dresses
this season’s latest fashion
demure blooms display —

how can I be sorrowful,
‘midst this exquisite brightness?


This is a tanka for Chèvrefeuille’s latest haiku challenge, and the theme is changing. When I wrote this, I was thinking of growth — changing from weak to strong.

support for growing
strengthening sapling tree’s trunk
never meant to stay:

you can stand straight on your own,
even when branches’ leaves sway

Photo by Kaboompics .com on


This tanka is inspired by this week’s Heeding Haiku  about raindrops, as well as this morning’s weather. 

Grey skies prophesy,

Honesty in that blank face:

Rain’s going to fall —


Cloudful suspense in the sky

Released above the garden.

see the darkness in the light

A haibun for this week’s first-line Friday, for Heeding Haiku with Chevrefeuille, and for today’s Weekly Scribblings on the theme of “contagion.”


Everyone breathed easier at the first signs of spring. the sun seemed a little bit happier to get up in the morning. People began to shed the extra weightiness of winter coats.

Everyone breathed easier — until they didn’t, thanks to the contagion that oppresses so many, no matter the weather: depression.

Groundhog sees shadow
Six more weeks of winter left
Despite the snowdrops


First Flower

My response to Heeding Haiku this week, first flower

We take for granted
In sunny California,
Color’s abundance

We take for granted
Flowering variety,
Unsure what was first

In sunny California,
No flower is first,
Snow does not live here

Color’s abundance:
Winter seeming close to Spring
Nearly all year round



This is shared with DVerse Open link, and I am also linking it to Heeding Haiku because I wrote this while trying to come up with a haiku about clouds.

Clouds highlight aqua sky :

Cirrus wisps whisper

Strings of gifts across

The broad expanse —

Under which imagination drifts

And daydreams dance.

I suppose I can rewrite this into a haiku!

white clouds and blue sky
Photo by Ithalu Dominguez on

Cirrus wisps whisper

Gifts of daytime reverie:

Clouds highlight wide sky