Thursday, April 2, 2015

In April It's Always Poetry Friday

         Come visit Amy Ludwig VanDerwater today at The Poem Farm for the first Poetry Friday of April. I know it will be a delightful day. Did you notice that Amy has started singing for us this month? Be sure to check out what she's doing with poetry for April! Thanks for hosting, Amy!

          It's exciting to welcome April. Many Poetry Friday bloggers are beginning challenges for the month, and others offer invitations to write along with them. I may join them sometimes during the month, but am planning to work hard to write haiku and haiku-related poetry this month. After all, spring has arrived, mother nature is waking. It's a good time to observe the small and large parts of life around us. Some of us also are supporting each other, sharing on twitter with the hashtag #DigiPoetry, created by Margaret Simon, of Reflections on The Teche. You're welcome to join us.
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on the brick path
dandelion speaks spring
the gardener sighs
Linda Baie (c)All Rights Reserved

43 comments:

  1. Ha! I love it! Always a sigh at the sight of another dandelion!

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    1. Indeed! But they are so pretty! Thanks, Michelle.

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  2. EVERY time I see or think dandelions I'm reminded of the cow incident....remember? You were the first to comment on it back in 2013! http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-lawn-less-mowed.html
    Anyway, loved your Haiku! Dandelions, maybe soon...first we have to get rid of one more foot of snow in most places!

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    1. I had to return to re-read, but did remember something about you having cows on your lawn. I laughed all over again. What a memory it is. Your neighbor must have fumed and fumed. Hope you do get some 'yellow' soon. It's snowing hard here tonight, but supposed to leave by lunch tomorrow. Do you have snow in the forecast? Thanks Donna! Poetry month is such fun!

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  3. Love it! And also love dandelions, even when they grow where they shouldn't.

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    1. Thanks, I love them too, that brilliant yellow!

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  4. I'll bet you didn't know that people would pull up grass to make room for dandelions back in the 1800s! They have a lot of uses, such as supporting digestion (people have them in tea or bitters, which you can buy online). You can also eat them in recipes: http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-those-dandelions-recipes-from-the-kitchn-188774 But only if they don't have pesticides on them...

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    1. A favorite book is Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, Tabatha, that wonderful taste of summer! I didn't know about the pulling up grass however. Lots to say about the goodness of this plant that to me heralds spring, I agree. Thanks for the link!

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  5. OMG! You have dandelions already? And snow. We have melting snow with patches of brown beneath. What a long strange winter it's been.

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    1. We have quite a mixed bag of spring/winter, Diane. Who knows what will happen next! Best wishes to you for green coming!

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  6. Oh I can hear that sigh from here. :) Thank you, Linda! xo

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    1. You're welcome, Irene. Fun to try some new things.

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  7. I will sigh such a happy sigh to see a dandelion this year. I welcome them all! And we DO eat them - fritters. Yum! Happy Poetry Friday, Linda. Thank you for another lovely reminder of spring. xo, a.

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    1. We did eat them when I was growing up, but living in the city when spraying is prominent makes them rather off limits. I hope your dandelions arrive soon, Amy.

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  8. I agree with Amy. I can't wait to see dandelions and green grass. Great poem.

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  9. Oh yes, that sigh says it all. Here comes Spring!

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    1. So happy to have it, too, Jama. To leave the house without a coat is wonderful! Thank you!

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  10. Dandelions are a bittersweet sign of spring, but a welcomed one in many areas of the country. You say so much in such a small poem, Linda. Brava! =)

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    1. Thanks, Bridget, those dandelions present a taste that everyone welcomes, even gardeners. It means their work in all the garden is on its way!

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  11. I can't help but love dandelions. The flowers are like bright suns shining across my lawn. I might as well enjoy them because I don't think we'll ever be rid of them.

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    1. I think this gardener is welcoming the sight too, Kay, just that welcome of what's coming is a lovely & sunny thing to see. Thanks!

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    1. But it can also be a delighted sigh, beauty to come? Thanks, Mary Lee.

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  13. There is beauty in the wild weeds. Spring always gets me in the mood to write about flowers.

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    1. Yes, I've taken a few pictures too, some things peeking out. It's exciting. Thanks, Margaret.

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  14. I love the shift in the third line. Dandelions are so springy and such a nuisance.

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    1. Thank you, Liz. That third line can be taken either way, I agree. But when I see one, I know spring really is going to be here.

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  15. Your new photograph (sunrise? sunset?) is beautiful. I like how the dandelion in your poem has taken the brick path for its own.

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    1. Thanks Laura. It is a sunrise, to accompany the quote. Both often look the same, though, don't they? Yes, actually, there was just one dandelion at the time I saw it. I was outside journaling with my students last week.

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  16. I haven't looked at what others say, but as a not-very-skilled or strict gardener, my sigh would be one of relief and delight that dandelion had returned! I love the contrast of hard brick and soft speaking sighs. This is a perfect haiku, Linda. Good luck with your project this month!

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    1. Thank you, Heidi. Others seem to think that the gardener was tired already from thinking of the work ahead taking out the dandelions, but I really think he's excited for what the appearance means, spring!

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  17. It is amazing where those little weeds can grow! But my, how children love to pick them!

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    1. And we wouldn't want it any other way. Just think of the poetry that comes from when they go to seed! The beautiful little umbrellas wafting off. Thanks, Leigh Anne.

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  18. Like many others, I will heave a happy sigh when I see a dandelion! Our snow is almost gone, but it's been quite cold until today, so no flowers yet. Thanks for sharing your spring haiku!

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    1. I'm sure it will come, Catherine. You're welcome!

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  19. we are a long way from dandelions here in the Northeast; yet, your words give me such a feeling of hope....

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    1. Soon, soon. You've had quite a winter I know. The dandelions are waking. . . Thanks, Anita.

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  20. Your haiku is beautiful, Linda! So happy that we'll be treated to more of them from you this month. I especially love the brick path in L1 counterbalanced with the sigh in L3.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I'm reading more about them. Trying to write in that way is a challenge for wordy me!

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  21. Linda, I love today's haiku. It is so full of springtime hope-something I need now since the stomach bug has attacked my Easter Weekend. Can you imagine that my daughter and son-in-law traveled north to visit but cannot come for Easter since my entire household is highly contagious? At least they can visit Mike's family in Jersey.
    Back to the dandelions. I use to love the first dandelions when I was a child-such a snappy color that fills a space.

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    1. Thank you, Carol, & so sorry to hear this. Ugh, stomach flu is so awful. Get better quick!

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  22. Such breath of longing for life in this haiku. Beautiful. I am always reminded of Prague when I see dandelions. :) I hope spring brings colour to your doorstep soon.

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