Category Archives: Poetry

Monday Blues

Lavender

Haiku 112

If your Monday’s blue

May a hint of lavender

Lighten up your mood

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The new lavender bush I bought to replace the dead one is thriving nicely.

 

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Milky Way Galaxy

Milky Way Galaxy Clouds 1

Haiku 111

A myriad stars

Spilt across the sky like milk

Our own Galaxy

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I saw this weird cloud array the other day.

It looks like the Milky Way Galaxy, up there in the daytime sky.

Milky Way Galaxy Clouds 2

Wistful clouds for wistful thoughts.

I love sky-watching; day or night.

I have witnessed numerous lunar and solar eclipses. I have stood outside on my stoep at 4 am and watched Halley’s Comet pass by. It’s unlikely I’ll see it again, in 2061!

But I particularly love gazing into the deep space of a starry night sky, when the air is cool and the bustling daytime sounds quieten down.

And I wonder what is really out there?

I always have.

 

post script: Here’s some info on the Milky Way Galaxy. And this is a cool scientific animation Travelling from Earth out to the Milky Way and beyond to the edges of the Universe.

post post script: For my American readers; spilt is your spilled. I know you don’t use spilt, because auto-correct keeps highlighting it in red in my text!

 

All That Glitters

Raindrops 1

Haiku 110

Nature’s reminder

All that glitters is not gold

Sometimes it’s better!

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Raindrops 2

We had a little rain recently. My plants rejoiced.

Raindrops 3

Cape Town still has harsh water restrictions, even though the dams are 46% full, which is a huge improvement on last year’s 20%.

However, it has hardly rained so far this year. This is our rainy season and will be over in a few more months.

Raindrops 4

Let’s hope we get some good downpours of this precious substance, which in the photo above looks like quicksilver.

 

Bemused Visitor

Racing Pigeon 1

Haiku 109

Looking for water

A pit-stop in my garden

Somebody’s fancy

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I don’t know who was more surprised when I opened my front door the other day; me or the pigeon.

Clearly a cut above the laughing doves I usually see in my garden, the tag on this racing pigeon’s leg proclaimed his ownership.

Mr Fancy Pants was a fine muscular fellow, but looked rather bemused to see me.

Racing Pigeon 2

I have been visited before by a tagged racing pigeon, which also hung around in the front garden. When it was still there the next day I was worried a cat would get it, so I drove it all the way to the World of Birds sanctuary.

I didn’t want to have to do that again, so very slowly, I closed the front door and crept away.

Luckily for me, when I checked later, the racing pigeon had flown on his way.

 

post script: Yes, I know the water in the bowl looks disgusting, but this bowl is the preferred bird bath used by pigeons in my garden. The ‘dirt’ is all brought there by them. In the back garden there is a perfectly decent proper bird bath, that the Cape Bulbuls prefer, and many bowls on the stoep, that the Olive Thrushes prefer.

Still, once Mr Fancy Pants had left I did fill up the bowl with fresh water again.

 

Friday Flower

Rose

Haiku 108

Rose of palest pink

Fade into the grey background

Quietly exist

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My husband was given this rose at the shops the other day. Apparently it, and others like it, were deemed not to be fresh enough to belong in the bunches of flowers for sale.

I am enjoying its simplicity and delicate colour.

And it is lasting the longest time!

 

Sea Mountains

Sea Mountains, Kommetjie Beach

 

Haiku 107

Nature’s own artwork

Strata of sand, sea, rock, sky

Calm after the storm

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It had just rained that morning, clearing the air.

Once the clouds started to dissipate, the sun peeped out and the day brightened up. There wasn’t much wind either.

A perfect day for a walk on the beach with a mountain view.

 

This is Kommetjie Beach, Cape Town. 

 

Big Foot!

Hadeda 1

Haiku 106

Stomping round my stoep

Checking out my flower pots

Sticking your beak in!

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Hadeda 2

I am used to seeing hadeda looking for insects on my lawn. However, I was surprised to see these two hop up onto the stoep and proceed to search all my flower pots for a tasty morsel.

Hadeda 3

Starting with the pansies, they were certainly having a good root around in each pot.

Hadeda 4

Despite their size, they do no damage to my garden; unlike the destructive Guinea Fowl. Rather the hadeda eat harmful bugs in the lawn.

Hadeda 5

One then moved on to the Asparagus Fern pot.

Hadeda 6

While the second crossed the stoep to see what he could find on the other side.

Hadeda 7

Finishing up on the lavender pot, he then hopped off to join his friend on the lawn.

I like that you can see some of the colours on his wings here. From a distance he appears a dull sort of grey, but when the sun catches his feathers just right, you can see the iridescence.

Hadeda 8

Their tour of my stoep finished, they went back to poking around in my lawn.

 

post script: A hadeda is an ibis, Bostrychia hagedash. And Big Foot should need no introduction!