Say the Word

I went out to the garden

looking for spelling bees

there were many beside me—

a bumble bee entered foxglove’s bell

it was not the one I seek

then one buzzed my head

anxious at my presence

to say the word

say the word

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dVerse prompt for a quadrille using the word spell

Say the Word

When the Garden Speaks

Tomato said, “I will speak for the life of the sauce that finds me squashed or diced and sometimes whole.

Fig said, “I will speak for the jam that sweetens my flavor in a delightful spread on biscuit.

Onion said, “I belong in every garden, in every dish and in your tears.

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NaPoWriMo Day 20 prompt to write a poem that anthropomorphizes food.

When the Garden Speaks

Come Into the Garden

Come

into the garden

at dawn

before

dew dries

from the dragonfly

Come

as the sun

filters

through cedars

to glow

on the rippled

waters of pond

Come

with trowel and seed

energy

to last all day

pluck a weed

don’t forget

to feed

hungry peonies

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NaPoWriMo Day 19 prompt to write a command poem. This is my garden commanding me to get to work.

Come Into the Garden

Procrastination

Rain is falling

branches ready to snap

leaves blow everywhere

he waits to go rake

leaves pile higher

at least clear a path so I won’t fall down

little at a time will get the job done

🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁

Rain is falling

look the sun just came out

grab your rake and go

it might not last long

glistening on tree

how can you take a nap at times like this

it could be the last time we see this sun

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dVerse prompt on a pet peeve— like when my husband doesn’t help raking leaves 🍁 and I sit writing this

Procrastination

Many Roses

Set roots in a proper manner

find more fertilizer to pamper

my rosebush

*****

Tallest of all rhododendron

species of rhodie maximum

is rosebay

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First of the garden blooms in spring

small yet delightfully pretty

many primrose

*****

Bringing it into the kitchen

flavors food in many dishes

this rosemary

*****

A bloom that lasts only one day

be quick or you won’t have time to

smell rockrose

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dVerse prompt to write Compound Word Verse

Many Roses

Asking

“What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow out of this stony rubbish?”

(Richard always asked questions. Even when he was giving an answer, he would speak the answer in the form of a question. Sometimes that made life miserable and misunderstood. Other times it brought clarity and enlightenment.)

“Was it rhubarb?”

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dVerse prompt using the line from The Wasteland by T S Eliot

Asking

Solstice in the Garden

I am drawn to the garden, to rake, shovel and hoe until dusk, on the longest daylight of the year. There is so much to do. The blue wheelbarrow is filled with mulch and rolls back and forth delivering its load. Weeds are pulled and branches pruned. The garden blooms in the solstice sun and I must strive to get a year’s work done until another one.

weeds come and go

get the seeds before they grow

temporary fix

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dVerse prompt for solstice haibun

Solstice in the Garden

Spring Song

Shall we go?

One will shovel

One will hoe

Feel the dirt

Between our toes

Work until sunlight goes

Shall we go?

Shall we go?

Turn the soil

Don’t say no

Need to ready

Soil is what we know

Make plants want to grow

Shall we go?

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NaPoWriMo prompt on an inspiration from music. This is a spring song for entering into the ground breaking work of gardening.

Spring Song