deadly corncockle flashing among stalks of corn a rare magenta wild beauty in the garden spikes bitter bread of harvest Kim M. Russell, 30th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1736 Corncockle (Agrostemma githago) In the last episode of this month of wildflowers, today’s flower is the corncockle or Agrostemma githago, a slender pink […]
Chinese lantern the brightness within a bee soft humming accompanied […]
tiny blue flowers sparkling in the growing light a patch of sky Kim M. Russell, 22nd August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1730 Field of Flowers: Freestyle Today we are free to create a freestyle haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form inspired by this month’s theme, field of flowers, and there’s no need […]
we take wildflowers replant them in love’s garden sometimes they wither with longing for lost freedom but oh, how they can blossom! Kim M. Russell, 21st August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1729 Wildflower variety: Use That Quote Today we have a quote from the Persian poet Rumi to work with: “There are as […]
pretty columbines infused with lions’ courage dove wings dipped in sky Kim M. Russell, 20th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1728 Columbine A new episode brings a different wildflower to add to our bouquet; this time it’s columbine (aquilegia). Apparently, when seen from the base, its petals look like five doves in a […]
Monarch on milkweed haunting mist by the roadside a pillow of floss Kim M. Russell, 19th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1727 Milkweed At the start of a new week of wildflowers, we have milkweed. I was interested to read that, during World War II, milkweed floss was collected in the United States […]
Grandfather’s garden I pick peony petals fading on dry soil Grandfather’s garden haven of childhood summers no clouds in the sky I pick peony petals silky frills of deep cerise my secret friends fading on dry soil distant memories and tears his watering can Kim M. Russell, 16th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem […]
poor man’s weather-glass a memory of childhood rainy days inside tightly closed brick-red petals coaxed open by late sunshine Kim M. Russell, 15th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1725 Scarlet Pimpernel Today, the new addition to our bouquet of wildflowers is the Scarlet Pimpernel.
scrap of fallen sky blown on an autumn-chilled breeze cornflower fades to grey Kim M. Russell, 14th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1724 Cornflower Today’s addition to our field of flowers is the cornflower, also known as bachelor’s button. In folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded […]
bees hum thunder among sweet-scented lightning honeysuckle storm Kim M. Russell, 13th August 2019 My response to Carpe Diem #1723 Honeysuckle This August we are creating a bouquet of wild flowers, and today’s flower is honeysuckle.