Halloween Tricks

The only callers to our door On Halloween this year Were dropping temps and rain and wind That howled all through the night Though the tempest knocked with fury We offered her no treats So a Halloween trick she played on us Making skeletons of our maples Top photo of my backyard maple trees was … More Halloween Tricks

Autumn’s Portent

Colors, spirited in autumn array roar out to us acknowledgement that winter soon will be whooshing in with callow shadows and chill But don’t despair, dear one, autumn is a lucid whisper that all of life is mortal that all of nature turns Beauty is enhanced when we accept its ephemeral nature let us treasure … More Autumn’s Portent

Why Leaves Turn Brown in Autumn: A Taradiddle*

A great green dragon flies over trees Exhales its fiery breath scorching all the leaves * taradiddle (noun) – pretentious nonsense The true origin of taradiddle is unknown, but that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter a lot of balderdash about its history. Some folks try to connect it to the verb diddle (meaning “to cheat”), … More Why Leaves Turn Brown in Autumn: A Taradiddle*

Life as a Poem

I awoke to a windy flood of dawn, fall’s October beginning; I opened the shades, found that last night’s rain fall made flood puddle tunnels throughout the gardens. Before I let the cat out, I checked the tiny tunnel beneath the chipmunk rock, none were playing there this crisp morning. I read a dharma about … More Life as a Poem

Blue Slate Special

The day served up a blue slate special Greens mixed with reds and yellows Against a sapphire sky Topped with a dollop of clouds   Photo was taken at Independence Oaks Park, MI

Possibilities [haibun]

Life serves up disappointment when expectations of pleasure is its focus. Each moment is pregnant with joy but also pregnant with displeasure. Expect neither! Let each moment unveil itself with all its possibilities. Each moment is a complex mixture of what can be controlled by noticing, by being aware and the happenstance that occurs like an … More Possibilities [haibun]