Frog, Alone

Frog was completely alone! Toad was worried: was Frog sad? Frog answered: “I am happy. I am very happy. This morning when I woke up, I felt good because the sun was shining. I felt good because I was a frog. And I felt good because I have you for a friend. I wanted to be alone. I wanted to think about how fine everything is.”
Arnold Lobel, from Days with Frog and Toad, Alone

Frog in Charles River, algea

Today the sun was shining,
Breeze and sense of ease, entwining.
The frogs were swimming,
All the world was grinning.
Dragonfly fairies danced,
The scent of lilies entranced.

Three Yellow Lilies

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Waterfall on a Dry Day

Rain-dappled Purple Clematis

suburban waterfalls
dry blossoms dappled with damp,
clematis stars

Note: This haiku is in honor of Chèvrefeuille, who is now running haiku prompts on WordPress, yeah!! I had such trouble finding him on blogspot. This week’s prompt is Waterfall. If you’ve seen the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, here’s your chance to join the party.

Walden Ponders

We can never have enough of nature.

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Walden Pond

Turquoise-tailed baby bluegills tickle our toes.
The scent of pine and wildflowers wafts to my nose.
Purple loosestrife and asters dot the green wayside.
Children splash, fishermen cast, not even fish can hide.
Green-dappled water buoys and refreshes tired mums,
Dragonflies eat mosquitoes, and ants carry off crumbs.
Thoreau wrote of being alone, but that was far in the past,
Instead lots of people hike, fish, swim, play and eat a repast.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Note: We visited Walden Pond today, and had a great time! I hope you had a great day, too. :-)

Reference: Thoreau Quotes from Walden

Statue of Henry David Thoreau

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

Male Red-Veined Darter, Nomad, Dragonfly

A wandering dragonfly pauses to mock:
“Catch me if you can,” he seems to say.
“I’m a loner, the cardinal of dragonflies,
“You won’t spot me again, if I have my way!”

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: This dragonfly was spotted in the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, California. Best I can tell, he is a mature male Flame Skimmer dragonfly. He looks a lot like the European Red-Veined Darter or Nomad dragonfly. I have a Scarlet Cardinal living in my yard, and his black eyes often find me in my garden. This dragonfly reminded me of him, even when I was 3,000 miles from home.


Clematis flower with beetles

Pretty moonflower,
Tattered and chewed,
Still you glow sweetly,
Each night renewed.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: I called this flower a moonflower, not because it’s the moonflower morning glory, but because it’s a flower I found glowing at twilight, under the moon. It’s a clematis. I hope my poetic license is up to date. :-)

Silvery Sea Foam

Silver Sea Foam

Wet sand between my toes,
My feet sink lower with each wave.
Toes wiggling, soon I’m ankle deep,
Losing my balance and entranced by
Silvery sea foam, cresting the waves and
Soaking my rolled up jeans.
I laugh with each cold shock.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Pixilation Sensation

Brenda Davis Harsham:

Lavender Moon Girl is back with a delightful poem that takes us to a wildflower meadow, spins us in dizzy circles and plays us faery fanfares. What fun on a Sunday! Have a great week upcoming! Brenda

Originally posted on Lavender Moon Girl's Blog:

Pixilation Sensation

Pixilation sensation!
Elixir elation.
Bopping daisies,
Faery fanfares,
Dainty cornflowers
Jauntily courting.
Butterflies cavorting!

Back to normal this week after the excitement of my son’s wedding. I’m still downloading the photographs and promise I will delight you with pictures of the joyful occasion soon! This morning,walking near the village of Sandridge near St.Albans,we came accross this amazing field blazing with summer colour. It was such a feast, too much to resist! Enjoy!

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