A haiku is like a gem

July 11, 2014

Old Pond Comics

by Jessica Tremblay

A haiku is like a gem: you can find one in the dirt – if you’re lucky – but if you call it “Preeeecious!” people will look at you weird.

Most haiku are “diamonds in the rough” that need a lot of work to become jewels.

If you’re not sure what they’re worth, you can have them evaluated: the bad ones don’t sparkle in the light and, sometimes, the good ones are fake copies.

One thing is sure, once they’re out there, they lose their value: you can’t reuse them or pass them to someone else.

But isn’t that the whole point anyway, to find one that’s unique? So it’s no surprise that both haiku and gems can be used to ask someone to marry you.

 the candy gone

she keeps the ring –

puppy love

(This article was written in response to the NaHaiWriMo prompt

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Reminds me of the Story Tikki Tikki Tembo

July 8, 2014


This photo was also taken at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA.

Cee’s Oddball Challenge

July 8, 2014

Sculpture at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA

In the Dark

July 2, 2014







listen dear
do you hear that noise?
not exactly a bee’s bumbling
more a benign bear’s growl
a bassoon out of tune
followed by a hiss
a hoot owl’s croupy cough
is it the greedy grunt of a ravenous pig?
the snorts of a wild boar’s nose
pressed to fecund forest floor?
whatever it is
that eruption at the door
please turn on the light
i can’t take it anymore
oh my god!
it’s granny’s snore

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Straight Lines | HHC Blog

June 30, 2014

Here are my pictures:


Hermit Crab

June 16, 2014

Hermit Crab

hermit crab peeks out
thinking he is camouflaged
my camera clicks

I Died Last Night

June 5, 2014

I closed my eyes and died last night
while whispering my prayers
and slipped into the painless void
the dark of nothing there
but then I heard a singing bird
and the odd croak of a crow
“Shut up!  Shut up!”
he was certainly annoyed
I wondered why so?
my eyes then opened in surprise
amazed to be again alive
another day to live and learn
to shine the light that burns within
one more day to breathe and be
before I die again

June 3, 2014


Summer Song

first make the lemonade
lemonade for sale!
paint a picture on the paper
a yellow cup of lemonade
“lemonade” it says  “25 cents”
tape it to the big box
set on the sidewalk
get the pitcher, paper cups
and a chair for you and me
then we both wave and yell
“Ice cold lemonade
lemonade for sale!”

Bliss Beidisia

May 27, 2014

i recline upon a cotton piqué cloud
adrift on the edge of this cool infinity pool
the wide arc of my view
spans the Bay of Banderas
a blend of palms, pelicans
sea and sky
brushed into nineteen hues
of green and blue
all shades intensify with the melting sun
as dusk blushes with a pale promise
of the rising moon
a dreamy day
disappears too soon

Sunset By The Sea

moths caught in the light…a concrete poem or….Triangles Tango

April 25, 2014

sky                                       why

angle                                   those

fly angel                          shy souls

jingle jangle             thrum tunes

my jambalaya        yummy banjos

might we tango ?  hear the music

you light a fire         in our kitchen

we’ll tangle               triple step it

triangles                            attracted

you/me                               caught

try                                               hi!