Take Time To Smell The Roses – A Haibun

Take Time To Smell The Roses

When I was growing up, the expressions “Slow down” and “Take time to smell the roses”, were often heard.  Too impatient for most things to materialize and hungry for life to happen, I had little interest doing either of those things.

Now, much later in life, as I sit watching the sun slip down in the late afternoon sky, I see its cache of shimmering diamonds spilling onto the water’s surface. I am entranced by moments that I never want to end.  At this time of year I know I have at least another couple of hours to watch this kaleidoscope of color turning slowly with the passing minutes.   The color palette is different each day and I let it touch every sense.  The Gardenia bushes are flush with fragrant white blossoms and woodpeckers are drilling the side of a palm tree. The warmth of the sun is relaxing aching shoulders as a Mockingbird atop the chimney stack begins his late afternoon serenade.

I happily soak in every present moment.

Memories in tact
Reveling in the present
The future can wait
 
 
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All Rights Reserved

Frank Tassone is hosting Monday Haibun at D'Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us with "Living in the present"


Image by Mylene2401 from Pixabay 

  27 comments for “Take Time To Smell The Roses – A Haibun

  1. April 26, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    A fine write, perfectly nailed by the outstanding closer haiku! Well done.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2021 at 11:20 pm

      Aww thank you my friend! I appreciate it Ron ☺️

  2. April 27, 2021 at 1:00 am

    It’s good to take time and observe the nature do it’s thing.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Yes it can certainly slow you down ☺️

      • April 27, 2021 at 9:31 am

        Indeed.

      • Christine Bolton
        April 27, 2021 at 12:09 pm

        🥰

      • April 27, 2021 at 1:59 pm

        I think the pandemic has taught many of us to slow down and enjoy the precious moments. I smiled at the woodpecker. There is one here drilling holes in all the trees. It is amazing how loud it sounds. I spotted him one day and tried to get a photo but, he was too quick darting from tree to tree. A wonderful write, I was in the moment.

      • Christine Bolton
        April 27, 2021 at 5:27 pm

        Thank you so much Truedessa. They are a joy to watch and listen too (😳) I love all the sights and sounds of nature and yes, last year has made us realize how precious it is 💕🌺

  3. April 27, 2021 at 3:12 am

    Did you find my site

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2021 at 9:29 am

      Yes it is all travel related. I do not see any poetry.

      • April 28, 2021 at 12:46 am

        Site-Happyhappylife3. WordPress. Com
        Name- dreamer

  4. April 27, 2021 at 3:21 am

    where do you live christine? Somewhere nice, by the sounds of things! I am glad you enjoyed the sun, birds, happy tuesday!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2021 at 9:30 am

      Thank you Carol ann. I do but nature’s beauty can be found everywhere ☺️💕 I hope you are doing well my friend 🥰

      • April 27, 2021 at 11:59 am

        Doing wonderfully Christine, thank you 💐😉

      • Christine Bolton
        April 27, 2021 at 5:28 pm

        Happy to hear that Carol ann 🥰🌺

  5. April 27, 2021 at 4:08 am

    this kaleidoscope of color turning slowly with the passing minutes. The color palette is different each day and I let it touch every sense.

    This line is like a painting, and your haibun is lovely from start to finish, Christine.

    <3
    David

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2021 at 9:31 am

      Thank you David. I’m so happy you enjoyed it! As you know I love writing about Nature ☺️💕

  6. April 27, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Gardenias, waterside … be still my heart. I loved your haibun.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      Dear Helen, thank you! Yes, we need to slow down and smell the gardenias 🥰

  7. Beverly Crawford
    April 27, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    A moment to enjoy the nature around us is a moment well spent! Beautifully drawn moment.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2021 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks Bev ☺️💕🌺

  8. April 27, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    I too enjoy savouring those precious moments nowadays – ‘happily soak’ is right!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2021 at 5:28 pm

      It is wonderful Ingrid. You are right – happily soak! ☺️🌺

  9. drvinniekikata
    April 28, 2021 at 5:57 am

    Wonderful article
    If only I knew what it meant

  10. May 3, 2021 at 11:51 am

    The imagery in your haibun is so relaxing. You brought me there. Nicely done.

    Pat

    • Christine Bolton
      May 3, 2021 at 9:20 pm

      Hello Pat. Thank you so much. I really do love nature so I’m happy I gave you an image ☺️💕

      • May 4, 2021 at 7:31 am

        🙂

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