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Saturday, April 26, 2008

HAIKU: Response to One Single Impression Prompt of 4-27-08

star-shaped succulents
reach from the fish’s mouth
wind blown shadows

The prompt this week at ONE SINGLE IMPRESSION is "flowering." (You can visit One Single Impression to read the full prompt and enjoy others' responses to it.)

The scene of this haiku is one of the first things I savor each time I walk out of my building into the courtyard. Sometimes it's in bright sunlight, sometimes in shadow, but it always catches my appreciative eye. The delightful woman who has the studio next to mine tends this particular beautiful garden of the many gorgeous gardens on the grounds. After many years of careful planting and tending, she can no longer do the work herself as she's too physically frail, but she does supervise the work lovingly.

May 4, 2008: At the request of Storyteller (see comments) I'm posting a photo that is somewhat similar to the succulent plant referenced in my above haiku. Though the one in the garden here is more star- than roseatte-like, and has longer "stems."

I could probably have found an image of the succulent in the garden planter here, but I don't know the exact name, so had to search gazillions of google results for "succulents" to find even this similar one. :-)

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”)****My other blogs ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL and ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT, and Yahoo DREAMJIN: Group for Dreamku – Haiku-Like Dream Poems.

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At 3:10 AM , Blogger SandyCarlson said...

This is a dream! Thanks for the poem and the image behind it.
Writing in Faith: Poems

At 3:57 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I would love to see such a garden.

At 5:18 AM , Anonymous Pam said...

This haiku is lovely; I have always loved succulents for their almost alien qualities.

Thanks for sharing the backstory for this haiku.

At 6:14 AM , Blogger Sian said...

windblown shadows is a beautiful image

At 6:17 AM , Anonymous Sisterdear3 said...

Your words like her garden are unique! I like the line, "star-shaped succulents" Nice hiaku.

At 8:02 AM , Blogger qualcosa di bello said...

i can only imagine the beauty of where you are living now! 'wind blown shadows' is such a dreamy line

At 9:04 AM , Blogger the teach said...

Roswila, a lovely haiku! Mine is here

At 11:43 AM , Blogger Teri C said...

Very visual words!!

At 12:26 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hi Pam,

Funny you should use the word "alien." I also posted this to the scifaiku (haiku-like form with scifi/fantasy themes) group I participate in because I realized it could also be read as an alien creature/fish. :-)

At 12:29 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hi spacedlaw,

If you liked the little image I share of this garden, you'd flip out over the rose garden just a few yards away, around a corner. Here's a haiku I wrote in the middle of the night last night when I couldn't sleep:

memories forsaken
the golden yellow
of this one rose

At 3:11 PM , Blogger Raven said...

What a lovely picture you paint. I love the phrase "windblown shadows." I also love - sort of off topic - you Ganesh prayer - on the side bar. Beautiful.

At 3:12 PM , Blogger Raven said...

just noticed the poem you put into your response to spacedlaw. Beautiful.

At 4:48 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hi Raven,

Thanks for your comments on my OSI post, the rose haiku, and my Ganesh prayer. Does my heart good on a stressful day (I'm "doing" a persistant headache, after that night of little sleep).

At 5:02 PM , Blogger WillThink4Wine said...

I'd love to see this garden! Thanks to Raven, I read your Ganesh prayer... teach me how to dance lightly through life, how to spill over with love."... I just love the gaiety of this.

At 6:18 PM , Anonymous andrée said...

Hi Roswila: There are so many fascinating images for me in your poem. I don't garden, so my imagination is free to think of so many things here. I fine it lovely.

At 6:24 PM , Blogger LN- Nickers and Ink said...

Lovely Haiku and sweet background story!



At 1:16 AM , Blogger Beloved Dreamer said...

Ah, you are a master at painting with words, Lovely.


At 9:12 AM , Blogger tumblewords said...

What a lovely picture! Nice work!!

At 1:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lovely dream.

At 3:30 PM , Anonymous OneMoreBeliever said...

there is nothing so lovely as a garden... enjoyed yr comment as well.. as a gardener at the end of the day when im ache all over i cannot help but to wonder how long shall i tend my garden.. my hope is forever...

At 3:54 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hi onemorebeliever,

Yes, the gardens here feed my soul so deeply.

This afternoon, after sitting and alternating between reading a book about poetry and looking at the rose garden, I walked past the garden I mention in this post. The women who tends it was watering it as well as she could, even though it was quite an effort for her. She had a hose with a very strong, long spray and fortunately excellent aim! She turned at one point and sprayed on one plant many yards away to indicate the one she particularly wanted me to enjoy the new flowers on. What a lady! What a garden! What good fortune I had in moving here!

At 9:53 PM , Blogger Patois said...

I love the original poem and post as much as I love your comments interspersed throughout this section.

At 3:06 AM , Blogger Greyscale Territory said...

I have just been roaming through your blog. I am totally fascinated with the idea of a dream haiku.

Enjoyed walking with your thoughts.


At 7:49 AM , Blogger storyteller said...

I apologize for visiting so late … but I’m focused on catching up on OSI today before I do anything else. I hate to ‘rush’ when reading One Single Impression posts because they’re all so wonderful. The images conveyed through your words in this haiku make me think of ‘cactus’ in a different manner than I usually do and I wish there was a photo accompanying it for comparison’s sake ;--)

Thanks for your lovely comment about ‘my contribution to creativity’ on my 200th post at Small Reflections. What a wonderful gift to discover!

Hugs and blessings,

At 10:00 AM , Blogger Roswila said...

Hi Greyscale Territory,

If you want to, try a dreamku sometime. I.e, just write a haiku on a dream, for starters and see how it goes. :-D

Or join us in my Yahoo group, DREAMJIN (link above in the paragraphs under DAILY DREAMKU). In DREAMJIN we are also writing about our dreams in tanka and haibun, and having intriguing discussions.

At 10:41 AM , Blogger Roswila said...

Ah, Storyteller, in this case the adage is very true: better late than never. :-)

I've added a photo of a similar succulent to the bottom of this post, so you can at least get an idea of what I see every day coming out of the terra cotta fish-shaped planter mouth.

At 5:59 PM , Blogger storyteller said...

This IS lovely ... and I don't know that I've ever seen a succulent just like this before. Thank you ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

At 7:00 PM , Blogger Roswila said...

Oh, yes, Storyteller, the garden this lady tends is amazing. The endless variety is breathtaking. Glad you enjoyed the picture. :-)


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