Friday, December 29, 2017

Poetry Friday - Leaving the Year

         Thanks to Heidi Mordhorst at A Juicy Little Universe for hosting this final Poetry Friday of 2017, sharing her love of trees. 

          I've been writing all the month to Mary Lee Hahn's challenge of a haiku a day, #haikuforhealing, begun last year after the election. It is a good thing to greet the day, to write words that reflect a small part of this December. I looked through these days, and before even reading Heidi's post, chose a favorite, also connected to trees. I'm lucky to live in an older neighborhood with mature trees, and I look and admire and sometimes imagine them looking like people. And they are the people that always give hugs. 

Here are two: an earlier haiga I wrote this month, and I used a picture taken earlier to write the one for today. 
eavesdropping
the trees' conversation,
better than the news



lesson learned,
when looking long,
trees reveal more


       Wishing you and yours a wonderful new year's beginning. From Rilke, my favorite quote: "And now let us welcome the new year—full of things that have never been." 

27 comments:

  1. That second photo, how wonderful. Is it any wonder people think of gnomes? Great haiku. Wishing you joy in the New Year!

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    1. Yes, it certainly looks like a gnome, doesn't it? I was very excited to discover that tree! Thanks, Brenda.

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  2. I've enjoyed your haiku all month, & these two hit the spot as well. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn, the haiku have made special moments in my days. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  3. I've enjoyed reading all the haiku this month. It has offered hope and healing--as do those lovely trees.

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    1. I just read yours, Kay. Mary Lee's challenge has created a special spot in my life. Thanks!

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  4. Nice, Linda! I'll always choose the trees' conversation over the news!

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  5. Linda, your welcome to the New Year approaching puts me in a wistful mood as I bake for my New Year's Eve gathering of friends. Here's to hoping life can be "full of things that have never been"

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    1. I hope that every year, Carol. Enjoy your gathering, and eat a 'sweet' for me! Happy New Year!

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  6. How much I love that your post and Heidi's post both celebrate trees! These have a quiet wisdom, just as trees do. They are wonderful. Haiku is healing. And your photographs bring a new depth too. Thank you, Linda. Happy New Year! May yours be full of new poems...and new trees. xx

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    1. Thanks, Amy. I appreciate your wishes, am always noticing the trees around me. Happy New Year to you, too!

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  7. Both are just perfect. And that tree! Such character! Happy New Year. -- Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/

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  8. These tree haiku are wonderful, Linda! I especially like the first one--with conversation better than the news. This weekend is a bad one for trees. Just down the road an ice storm has wrecked many and some of my friends on the prairies are posting pix of old beauties, split down the middle due to ice build-up.

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  9. I love all your tree (and sky) haikus!

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  10. These are lovely, Linda. I especially love the advice to look long. We learn so much when we do! Happy New Year!

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  11. Thank you Christie, Violet, Mary Lee & Catherine. It's been a wonderful thing to write every day within the busy-ness of December. Sorry to hear about that storm, Violet. We've had them too, not yet this year! Happy New Year to you all!

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  12. I love both of these haikus, especially your second one Linda. I see a face in that beautiful old tree, and perhaps you are referring to people too, if we look longer perhaps we will find more–in some individuals.

    And "the trees' conversation," is always
    "better than the news"

    Thanks for all your words, thoughts, and poems this last year Linda–I've enjoyed them all.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks for the kind reply, makes me smile, Michelle. Yes, I think we can discover much wonder in 'looking long' at trees and people, too. Patient listening to both helps a lot, too. Happy New Year to you also!

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  13. I love your first haiku in particular, Linda. It hits the spot. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha. Best wishes for a Happy New Year to you, too!

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  14. Both are wonderful, Linda, and they do seem to talk to each other, if we eavesdrop with attention. Nice coincidence about the trees, right?

    Wishing you a happy new year, with all best wishes for 2018!

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    1. Thanks, Heidi, yes, a nice 'tree' connection, lovely serendipity! Happiest of New Year's celebration to you, too.

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  15. Linda, I've so enjoyed reading your haiku this month. Your first one especially resonates with me. I'm always happy to listen to the trees. In face, in my world, listening to the trees offers an essential antidote to listening to the news. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Molly, and wishing you a very Happy New Year, too!

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  16. Blessings for all that is yet to come, Linda! These poem offerings are a delightful way to begin the year. Yes, the trees offer the best kind of hugs! Happy New Year!!!

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    1. Thanks, Kiesha, and I do think those trees give me lots of hugs! Happy New Year!

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Having a conversation is a good thing!