Category: Nature

Wildflowers – A Haibun


The Full Moon of May is known as Flower Moon to signify the flowers that bloom during this month.  It makes me think of Texas wildflowers.  The beautiful gifts of nature that come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

I lived in Dallas, Texas for 14 years and will never forget the miles and miles of brightly colored wildflowers that would grow along the side of the highways and in fields.  It was a sight difficult to describe to anyone who had not seen it for themselves.  It was as if nature had laid down a multi-colored wall to wall carpet stretching for miles.   You would see Indian Blanket, Pink Ladies, Black Eyed Susan, Indian Paintbrush. Mexican Hat, Milkweed, Texas Bluebonnet, Blackfoot Daisy and many more.

The Texas wildflowers was as inspiration of Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon Johnson. Both were nature-loving Texans.  Johnson’s crowning achievement was the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, or “Lady Bird’s Bill,” which not only promoted the planting of wildflowers and other fauna along the growing Interstate Highway System but also limited billboard advertisements and other roadside eyesores such as junkyards.  To this day, Springtime in Texas is a magnificent sight.  The flower fields have become popular settings for family photographs and weddings.

Texas Bluebonnets
Black-eyed Susan and Milkweed
Colorful carpet 
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved
Frank Tassone is hosting Haibun Monday at D'Verse Poets and has prompted us
to write a haibun about The Flower Moon of May.

In Gratitude

In Gratitude

I watch from my window
as the night begins to steal the day
pushing the smashed pumpkin sun
lower and lower into its fiery furnace

The sky glorious in majestic purple
sewn with golden threads 
My heart is full at this sight
Taking my breath with its beauty

It is in these chance moments that I am grateful
for the gifts that come to me each day
I am inspired by the colors of nature’s wheel
Matching my body’s chakras
Grounding and balancing me

I live in gratitude for this day
as the night claims it birthright 

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All Rights Reserved

Word Prompts

Chance - RDP
’Mash’ - Stream of Consciousness
Open Link Weekend - Earthweal

Eagle’s Eye – A Seguidilla

Eagle’s Eye

So I might fly to great heights
I was born with wings
To soar high above the earth
Seeing many things
Hunting here and there
With keen eye sight sharp and clear
My prey unaware

Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Grace is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted
us to write a Seguidilla.
A Seguidilla has seven syllable-counted lines (7,5,7,5:5,7,5),
and rhymes the second and fourth, and the fifth and
seventh lines 

Image by Flash Alexander from Pixabay 

The Break of Day

The Break of Day

Caught by the morning sun
Spanish moss
Is dipped in spun gold
and hanging
from ancient oaks
The gentle flapping
of duck wings
shaking off water
Fleeting shadows
of leaves
carried by the wind
Whispering words
echoing in your mind
as the day begins
Gently and sensuously
with its sights and sounds
Copyright © 2020 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
All Rights Reserved

Sanaa Rizvi from A Dash of Sunny is hosting
Open Link Night at D'Verse Poets tonight.

Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay 

The Exchange – A Nine Line Poem

The Exchange

Summer becomes weary and
is preparing for the handover
Leaving her blooms to dry out
Too exhausted to carry on
Exchanging her sunshine and
its warmth of
gold rays and refreshing breezes 
for the cooler winds of Autumn and
brass colored foliage on trees

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Laura is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and
has prompted us with September and the
changing of seasons. There are two prompts
offered. This one is a 9 Line Poem.

Write NINE-LINE VERSE(S), taking ONE of the
following lines so that each consecutive word
becomes the start of the next line of your poem.
Keep the word order and repeat the pattern for
more verses.
1. Those/ pale /flowers /might /still /have/
time/ to /fruit (Borowicz)
2. Summer/ is /leaving/ too/ exchanging/
 its/ gold/ for brass (Dorothy Lawrenson)
3. West/ mountains/ erased/ with/ azure/ into/ Spring/cool/ nights (Murray)

For example:
Those xx
pale xx
flowers xx
might xxx
etc etc
I chose #2 by Dorothy Lawrenson “September

Season End – A Nonet

Season End

Broken shadows across the cracked ground
Sun slipping lower in the sky
as each day does come and go
Shorter days, longer nights
until equinox
Summer lets go
for Autumn
to be

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Laura is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us with September and
the changing of seasons.  There are two
prompts offered.  This one is a Nonet.

For those who like a syllabic challenge, I invite you to write a NONET – a nine line poem that begins with 9 syllables, descending line by line to 1 syllable.
Select ONE of these 9 syllable lines as your opener (or more if you wish to write several nonets)

1. It seems as though you are still summer (cite Merwin)
2. Broken shadows across the cracked ground (cite Merwin)
3. The earthed lightning of a flock of swans (cite Heaney)
4. One side is wild with foam and glitter (cite Heaney)

I chose #2

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Woodpeckering – Verbing!


Stirring in the
early dawning
while slumbering
and awoken
to the sound of
Tap, tap, tap
A tumulting
of a bird
Eavesdropping in
Looking for the spot
where he will drill
Grubbing and
for his breakfasting
He commences his
in earnest
His day had begun
long before mine
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Bjorn is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight
and he has prompted us to use nouns as verbs.
i.e. "Verbing" Here is my attempt!

Another Day in Paradise

Another Day in Paradise

The flames of sunset
burning what’s left
of the daytime sky
Awash with golden honey,
pinks and dappled greys
Tall Mexican Fan Palms
stand like giant swizzle sticks
waiting to stir an evening cocktail

A moon already on the rise
soon to make its entrance
before the scattering of stardust 
against what will become
the velvety night time expanse
And so it is
The end of another
day in paradise

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Linda from Charmed Chaos is hosting
Open Link Night at D'Verse Poets

Photo - My Own

Ever Changing

Ever Changing

Tricolor hills
clad in glorious 
earthy tones
stand against
a clouded sky

The delinquent sun
yet to appear
A scene uncanny
Deceptive and dramatic
In its dreariness

Blueness peeking
and teasing
Promising more
before the day
is finished

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Sue Vincent’s Weekly Write/Photo

Word Prompts

Tricolor - RDP (Sat)
Delinquent - Word of the Day (Sat)
Deceiving - RDP
Uncanny - Word of the Day
Finish - FOWC

A Room with a View

A Room with a View

A circle of cackling crows
picnic on abandoned fruit
under the mango tree
Five female ducks
On the bank
Sitting pretty in a row
Wood Storks gather
in the shallows
surveying the territory 
As pink spoonbills 
splash land
in the water
Needle-beaked Ibis
waiting anxiously
for lawnmowers
to quiet their noise
so they may feast,
hungry for grubs
Late afternoon sun
captures Sandhill Cranes
In its glowing golden rays
Light reflecting
like dancing diamonds
on the surface of the lake
Full moon rising
Chasing day into night
Sky changing colors
Blues to pinks to greys
As it bids farewell
and darkness comes
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Grace at D'Verse Poets Pub has a special host
tonight, Peter Frankis, an Australian Writer who
has prompted us tonight to write a poem looking
out of a window. 

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