A typical winter’s evening
Sun sinking to the horizon
Blasts out one last burst of light
Golden leaves irradiated as a backdrop
Highlight the reddest of red Poinsettia
Christmas Rose mid-winter bloom
Splendid splash of scarlet
In the coldest months
Alleviates the dull green hues
Of a Cape Town garden
post script: To achieve the best effect on the photo, turn the brightness up on your device.
Rainfall in a drought-stricken land.
Whispers in the night
Dying leaves now susurrate
How I have missed the soothing sound of rain falling, especially in the middle of the night.
My trusty Canon captured Nature’s special effects: Raindrops frozen in spacetime.
In the background you can just make out the pink blobs that are new blooms on my camellia bush.
post script: I just love the word susurrate: meaning, of leaves or wind, making a whispering, rustling sound. Definitions and origins can be found here: susurrate – susurration.
Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Though these diamonds
Magically fell in the night
Tiny sparkling raindrops
Are more precious than any jewel
Forged in the depths of the earth
And more appreciated by this ‘girl’
Miss Pretty Pink Begonia
As life-giving refreshment
Energy freely given
While we might be short of water, and other things, here in the Western Cape, one thing we are not short of is – sunlight!
post script: Sunlight always makes me think of this beautiful song written by John Denver in 1971 and performed by Andy Williams; so let me share with you “Sunshine on my shoulders”.
Red Devil 1
You blend into the background
Red Devil 2
Drawn close around you
Red Devil 3
Protecting deep in your heart
A pearl of wisdom
post script: This is my Red Devil Leucadendron.
My poem is a play on the 5-7-5 scan of a haiku.
What are you doing?
Don’t you know that winter’s just
Around the corner?
post script: For those of you who are a little confused, I live in Cape Town, South Africa; the Other Down Under; and now we are in autumn.
Autumn in the Cape
In the blink of an eye
Leaves turn to gold
Though it is hotter than July (in Europe!)
Certainly not cold
Autumn takes you by surprise
While most are evergreen
Grapevines alert your eyes
To the changing scene
Sunlight filters through
Leaves kissed with gold
Ever reminding you
Of seasons tales untold