On Ice

Dry Hydrangea on Ice

held in my petals
memories of last summer
slumber here on ice

Copyright 2015 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: This haiku is my contribution to a long-standing meme, Poetry Friday, which is organized by Kidlitosphere Central and hosted by various bloggers, around the web. I am very excited to participate for the first time. This week you can visit A Teaching Life and see links to the poetry.  Some of my friends write kids poetry. If you do, you should check this out. They publish anthologies of the Poetry Friday offerings periodically, and I have it on good authority that they actually PAY for the use of the poem!!! LOL What a concept! (Okay, it’s not going to make me rich, but hey, a dinner out… maybe.)

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80 thoughts on “On Ice

  1. Hi Brenda…thank you so very much for commenting on Penny’s Great-Aunt and Great-Nephew post…Jeremy and I had so much fun participating. More than that, now I’ve discovered your wonderful blog!!!! Love the haiku…I will be back. 🙂


    • I’m so pleased you think I will fit in. I’ve been blogging primarily in WP for two years, toiling quietly in my own patch of world. I can see that I will have to get used to making my way into the other blogging worlds, too. If I leave a comment other than in WP, I have to go see if a response was made, right? In the past I haven’t followed up, and now I wonder how to set up a system to do that. At least PF is all well organized. Blessings, Brenda


  2. So glad you joined the Poetry Friday group, & love that word “slumber”, and the photo is fabulous, too. I have a few dried hydrangeas here in my office, now I’ll think of them as “slumbering memories”!


  3. Welcome to Poetry Friday! The contrast of seasons in your haiku (and in your photo) is very effective.

    Just to clear up a misconception, the Poetry Friday Anthologies were INSPIRED by the idea of sharing poetry every Friday, but are not a collection of the offerings through this meme. You will find many of the poets who participate in Poetry Friday in the blogosphere in the PFAs, but these anthologies are classroom resources, with a poem a week for each grade (K-5 and 6-8 in separate books, plus the PFA for Science) that is accompanied by 5 brief teaching points (and aligned to the CCSS).


    • Hi Mary Lee Hahn, Thanks for clearing up that misconception for me and my readers. Your anthologies sound wonderful. I can’t remember having anything like that as a kid. What is the submission process? Do you call for submissions or do you select what you want from the existing pool? Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your kind comments on my haiku and photo. Warmly, Brenda


    • Sally, I’m so happy to meet you. I love your Poetry Friday poem about being a poet. I get most of my inspiration from being out walking, but this particular picture I got when I darted out of my car, seeing the bloom there on the ice.


    • The heart of a flower. That bush had been hit by a huge half a maple tree, split by a hurricane. It broke off mid-bloom one September, but it has recovered, and the dried blooms blow around my yard in the winter like tumble weeds. I think they are beautiful.


  4. Welcome to Poetry Friday. It’s such a wonderful, giving, and nurturing community. Love those petals holding summer memories. My summer is happening in a blooming amaryllis flower inside. Trying to have warm thoughts.


    • I loved your Bayou poem. I’m so happy to join in. I’ve been writing poetry for kids for a couple of years, completely unaware of Poetry Friday, but now that I’ve found it, I will try to join in most Fridays. Your amaryllis sounds pretty. I have some violets that bloomed recently.


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