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"Haiku and Nature Poems ~ 2012-2017"


Chapter 1
haiku - sweet peaches

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #1-287-B-C


sweet peaches ripen
laden orchard branches droop
reach up to pluck one

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 19, 2012
'Haiku & Nature Poems'

Author Notes I love peaches. Peach cobbler, peach pie, just peachy. My first attempt at writing a haiku - originally posted November 18, 2012, reposted November 7, 2016. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: Thank you bing.


Chapter 2
haiku - swirling ice

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #2-287-B-C

swirling ice crystals
wed somber sky with forest
no sun to bring warmth

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ December 14, 2012
'Haiku & Nature Poems'

Author Notes My second attempt at haiku, posted December 14, 2014 and reposted November 10, 2016. Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: 'Wintry Forest, (view from back deck) - Idyllwild, CA -
December 14, 2012' - Marilyn D.F. Boire


Chapter 3
Roses

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #3-287-B-C

Beauty
Color
Glory
Sweetness

Beauty, color, sweetness endure pests
Only if glory trumps buggy guests!


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ February 3, 2013
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Author Notes Any rose gardener can symphathizewith the myriad of insect problems to successfully cultivate them!
Photographer: 'Roses' - February 2013 - Marilyn D.F. Boire
Poem in 2, 2, 2, 2, 9, 9 syllables


Chapter 4
Icicles

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #4-287-B-C

Sparkling icicles cling to eaves,
melting in the sun.
Treacherous beauties,
pierce like daggers when they fall.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ February 25, 2013
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Author Notes Syllable count: 25
Photographer: 'Icicles' by Marilyn D.F. Boire


Chapter 5
Earth's plasma (haiku)

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #5-287-B-C


Earth's plasma
water recycles
existence


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 12, 2013
'Haiku & Nature Poems'

Author Notes Thank you for reading my poetry. Contest on water, 3-5-3.


Chapter 6
mountain stream rushes (haiku)

By BeasPeas

Author Note:Haiku and Nature Poems ~ #6-287-B-C

mountain stream rushes
persistence hones jagged rocks
softens rough edges


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 25, 2013
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Author Notes Original post, July 25, 2013; revision repost, December 16, 2016.
Image: Free public domain - Step Waterfall free stock photo.
Thank you for the use of the beautiful image.


Chapter 7
haiku (cold wind whips)

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #7-287-B-C


cold wind whips
ocean to a roil
waves join fray

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 22, 2014
'Haiku & Nature Poems'


Chapter 8
A Walk on a Summer's Day

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #8-287-B


A secluded country lane
invites a walk on a summer's day.
I start the trek with an eager heart,
my worrisome cares at bay.

Nature's pleasures await,
my tentative steps soon discover.
This is a place where abundance dwells,
a path well trod by others.

Riotous wildflower hues,
mix quiet mauves with raucous yellows,
entangled in a jumble of green,
muting colors to mellow.

A rabbit seeks the clover,
so I stop as it scampers across.
It cozily hides in a thicket,
while my eyes are drawn aloft.

Rustling breezes stir the air,
startling the birds and swaying the pines,
portending a change in the weather
as I observe telltale signs.

Sun fades to darkening clouds,
followed by a drop or two of rain,
interrupting my summer day's walk.
I turn back the way I came.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 8, 2015
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Author Notes This poem reflects musings while walking down a country lane. Thank you for reading my poetry.
Syllables: 7-9

Image: 'Wisconsin Wildflowers' - Marilyn D.F. Boire


Chapter 9
Do It Yourself-African Violet Plant

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #9-287-B

Grow a new African Violet from a leaf.

  • Take a healthy leaf that has broken off a plant OR one a friend has given you.
(I started my new periwinkle blue African Violet from a broken leaf I found on the floor of the garden center.)
  • Square off the bottom of the leaf with scissors.
  • Suspend the leaf in the narrow neck of a bud vase to keep it upright.
  • The bottom of the leaf should touch the water at all times.
  • Place the vase with the leaf in it on your kitchen window sill.
  • Check each day to make sure the base of the leaf is always touching water.  Replenish any evaporated water.
  • In approximately one month, give or take, (be patient) hair-like roots will form at the base of the leaf.
  • About a week later when roots are stronger, plant the leaf in a pot with potting soil.
  • Water upon planting and whenever dirt feels fairly dry to touch.
  • You have just started your new African Violet.
  • In a couple more months, new small leaves will sprout.
  • As the new small leaves grow, the original leaf used to start the plant will wither and die off--that's OK.  It's done its job.  The baby leaves will become the new plant.
  • In six months or so you will have a robust African Violet.
(Exchange a leaf from different colored plants with your friends until you have a variety of colors.  The same instructions apply if you wish to grow a new Christmas/Easter cactus from a leaf, except these plants will root faster than the African Violet.)

Enjoy!

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ September 10, 2015
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Author Notes These are the instructions to grow a new African Violet from a leaf--for my gardening friends. I started my plant in April and it's flourishing. Thank you for reading.

Image: 'African Violets' - Marilyn D.F. Boire


Chapter 10
First Bloom

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #10-287-B


From one little shoot,
a dropped leaf that fell,
in water took root,
now potted you dwell.

First burgundy bloom,
vivacious and new.
No need for perfume,
blossom and be you.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ October 30, 2015
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Author Notes Suspend a healthy dropped leaf of African Violet in a bud vase filled with water to the leaf base. Place it in a sunny kitchen window for a month or until roots grow. When planted in a pot and nurtured, it will produce a beautiful new African Violet plant. This robust plan was started from a dropped leaf in May, showing off its first burgundy blossom.
Please refer to - "Do It Yourself African Violet," posted in September 2015 if you want to try growing one from "scratch." Thank you for reading my poetry.

Syllables - 5

Image: 'First Bloom' by Marilyn D.F. Boire


Chapter 11
Seasons

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #11-287-B-C

Cold
lasts long
when you're old.
It's winter's song.
Then in springtime, bold,
warming sun comes along.
Blossoms bloom in red and gold.
We blossom, too, joyful and strong.
Soft breezes and starlit nights unfold,
bringing love to revel in summer's song.
~*~
But calm sunny times are soon forgotten.
Seasons cycle to what went before.
Wind chills the air as days shorten.
Warmth wanes, yet we wish for more.
Leaves of autumn deepen,
tempests beat our door,
shadows lengthen,
and storms roar,
threaten
cold.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ January 12, 2016
'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ Placed 2nd in contest

 

Author Notes This is a double Etheree poem. Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: 'Seasons' by Marilyn D.F. Boire - oil on canvas, 8x12.


Chapter 12
Wisconsin Woods

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #12-287-B

Wisconsin woods in somber blue,
shelters solitude deep within.
There, a babbling brook courses through,
spring thaw is nigh and ice wears thin.

My footfalls crunch the crusty snow.
A squirrel watches silently.
As if deciding where to go,
he turns and scampers up a tree.

I share this moment with that scamp,
two strangers crossing paths today.
We've ventured into wooded damp,
soon I'll move on, but he will stay.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 26, 2016
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Author Notes Syllables: 8. Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: 'Wisconsin Blue Woods' - Marilyn D.F. Boire (oil - 11 x 14). This is one of my oil paintings exhibited in Waupaca Art Expo, a group show, April 2016.


Chapter 13
haiku (glance toward the sky)

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #13-287-B-C

glance toward the sky
we see God and poetry
aloft in the stars


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ June 30, 2016
'Haiku & Nature Poems'


 

Author Notes Now that contest is over, I have changed my haiku back to the original form. It was altered for the contest due to "fun" requirement, but I'm not that funny. I also added an image to the presentation. Thank you bing for the glorious sky. Thank you for reading my poetry.


Chapter 14
haiku (edible flowers)

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #14-287-B-C


edible flowers
satisfy palate and soul
dinner guests' delight


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 3, 2016
'Haiku & Nature Poems'


 

Author Notes My friends and I had lunch at a cafe that served edible flowers. One of the nicest lunches ever. Thank you for reading my poetry.


Chapter 15
The Grand Old Maple

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #15-287-B-C

The grand old maple stands on a vacant lot.
Can't judge its height, but higher than high.
How long it's been there, I don't know.
I admire it when I pass by...
     swaying majestically,
     a sight to see,
     a witness to what time has wrought.

I doubt that it was planted.
More likely nature's serendipity birthed that tree.
My imagination plots its growth,
     a spinner, sown by the wind
     a seedling, tender and vulnerable
     a sapling, pushing up to greet the sun
     a young tree, exuberant in youth.

Several human generations have passed,
twenty plus twenty, plus, plus...
and the maple towers above everything.
Mature thick limbs stretch out,
gracefully claiming leafy space,
the arboreal home of birds and squirrels.

What changes has the maple seen?
Where is the house; the kids who played?
Farm hands who were grateful for its shade?
Now gone...
      torn down, grown up.

By leaps and bounds, the town encroaches,
'tres sheiky' shops; traffic sounds.
Half a mile down a bulldozer sits,
hungry to chew dirt and spew out mini-malls.
Developers plot all around.

I grieve for the tree,
unsuspecting and steady.
A tragedy at the ready...
when progress cuts the maple down.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 18, 2016
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Author Notes Everyday I pass this beautiful maple and wonder about the changes this tree has witnessed. It sits on a vacant lot in a commercial zone, once residential. I'm sure one of these days that maple will be cut down. The other day I took this photo. Thank you for reading my poetry.

spinner - the whirly things from maples that we used to put on our noses as kids
'tres sheiky' - chic shops for female apparel

Image: 'The Grand Old Maple, Plover, Wisconsin' - Marilyn D.F. Boire


Chapter 16
Blue Pond

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #16-287-B-C


Drawn to the pond of dazzling blue,
transfixed by view, I see,
alive with shoots of stark bamboo,
a true amenity.

     Yet nature's way outdoes itself,
     and grants abundant gifts to delve
     if I should seek to find through stealth,
to enjoy wealthily.  

What is this pond of splendid hue,
perhaps askew by chance?
But no!  I think Creator knew
that few allow heart's dance.

     So on day eight He gave it thought.
     He'd add to His begets-begots
     and fashion some forget-me-nots
to please His flock, entrance.

Gifts to excite, built up from clay
in special ways to awe.
Blue Pond aglow, hints of Monet,
light plays till nighttime draws.

     Awash with color, soft but bold,
     pond calls me near, eyes to behold,
     to live the bliss as He foretold.
God's perfect mold, no flaw.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 24, 2016
'Haiku & Nature Poems'

 

Author Notes Claude Monet, French Impressionist painter was famous for his paintings of ponds, gardens, waterlilies and his use of light and shadow. That is why I referenced him in my poem.

This is an image of Blue Pond in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan - Scientists are not exactly sure what causes the vibrant color in Blue Pond. The water itself is not unusual, and appears clear. But at different angles, times of day, and depending on the light and distance, the water of this small pond near Daisetsuzan National Park can look electric blue or turquoise. The current theory centers on the relatively high concentration of aluminum hydroxide in the sediment at the bottom of the pond, which can reflect light in a bright blue color.

Author's note and image: Courtesy of bing. Thank you bing for supplying me with such delight and subject for my first attempt at Awdl Gynt poem form.

Thank you for reading my poetry.


Chapter 17
Violets In A Pot

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku and Nature Poems' ~ 17-287-B


African violets thrive, pretty in a pot.
If one plant is good, much better to have a lot.
Last time I counted, there were fifteen, maybe more.
Vibrant colors like rainbows, blossoming galore.

Someday I'll grow another, showy as can be,
present it to a friend who'll tend it carefully.
But how could I part with a leafy child of mine,
then stare at the bare spot, its absence to remind?


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ December 12, 2016
'Haiku and Nature Poems'


 

Author Notes I love my African violets. These in the photo aren't in bloom, but several others are. I have about 15 plants of various colors. To grow your own plant from a leaf cutting, suspend a leaf in a bud vase with the bottom of the leaf touching water at all times. It will take about a month for the leaf to grow roots. When the root is hardy, plant it in a pot. Any questions about the process--e-mail me and I'd be glad to help.

Syllables: 12
Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: 'African Violets in Pots' by Marilyn D.F. Boire, November 2016


Chapter 18
Woodland Sentinels

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #18-257-B


Springtime faith holds sway,
lifting spirits high,
warmth still far away.

But snow's stormy awe,
breathes its final breath.
Winter's last hurrah.

Ghostly silence mimes
woodland sentinels,
guarding, one more time.

Mute and colorless,
monochromatic,
trees stand motionless.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ February 24, 2017
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Author Notes Living in Wisconsin, I awoke to snow this morning after a week that promised springtime. These are the woodland sentinels in my backyard. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: 'Woodland Sentinels' ~ February 2017 ~ by Marilyn D.F. Boire.


Chapter 19
Vapor

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #19-287-B-C


Eerie wall of white,
a ghostly writhing vapor,
envelops heaven and earth.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 3, 2017
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Author Notes When possible, I like to include my own photography with my work. Tuesday there was dense fog here in Wisconsin which prompted this poem. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: "Fog at Amherst Cemetery" - Marilyn D.F. Boire, February 28, 2017.


Chapter 20
I'm a Perfect Pink Lady

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #20-287-B-C


I'm a perfect pink lady, ripe for your eyes.
Beneath blushing skin lies a scrumptious surprise.

Don't group me with others, I'm truly unique,
but given my space, your interest I'll pique.

I've got pleasing good taste, I'm sweetly sublime.
My luscious appearance you'll crave all the time.

Cool, crimson and ready, I'll tempt and cajole.
When you reach out to touch, I've gotten my goal.

With a full family tree, blooming so proud,
I'm a pretty pink lady, best in the crowd.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 15, 2017
'Haiku & Nature poems'



 

Author Notes I've been a vegetarian for many years and I love apples. The pink lady apple is my current favorite. Supposedly, the inside of the apple is pink. I've not found one that's pink inside, but I'll continue my quest. When I find one, I'll let you know. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: Thank you pink lady.uk


Chapter 21
Stir of Spring

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #21-287-B


In the garden
     surveying all that winter's wrought,
     with ground still soft and sodden,
     the sky is blue, but trees are bare.
     In fact, it looks like autumn.
  
          And yet there's something in the air
          that allows the stir of spring,
          a tiny sprout that pushes through
          or maybe it's the thought of you.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 20, 2017
'Haiku & Nature Poems'

 

Author Notes Today is the first day of Spring. Here in Wisconsin, there are stirrings of the season, but it's slow in coming. Thank you for reading my poetry.
Image: "Bare Trees, Blue Sky" - Marilyn D.F. Boire 2017


Chapter 22
Desert Wildflowers

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #22-287-B-C


Mountain sheds its clouds,
winter gray gives way to sun.
Springtime blooms below,
desert wildflowers rejoice
clad in riotous color.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ March 27, 2017
'Haiku & Nature Poems'

 

Author Notes Image: "Idyllwild and San Jacinto Mountains with Desert Wildflowers" - Photo taken in LaQuinta, California, Spring 2017.
Thank you to my friend Karen Mathena for supplying the outstanding photograph and thank you for reading my poem.
Idyllwild, where I lived for 10 years before relocating to Wisconsin, is where you see the snow-covered mountains. Each week I drove down the "hill" to Palm Desert and LaQuinta to do my shopping. About an hour's drive each way.


Chapter 23
Garden Hose Loops

By BeasPeas

Author Note:A loop contest entry. 'Haiku & Nature Poems'~#23-287-B-C


Pesky garden hose, loops and tangles.
Tangles, knots, arranges to conspire.
Conspire and trip, it grabs my ankles.
Ankles weaken as sun grows higher.

Higher then lower, back breaks the earth.
Earth soft and fresh clings, dirties my knees.
Knees complain, grow stiff and weak, they creak.
Creak with each move; I'm glad for a breeze.

Breeze refreshes until work is through.
Through for today, I sit in the shade.
Shade soothes, surrounds the deck where I rest.
Rest, sipping a glass of lemonade.

Lemonade gone, planning tomorrow.
Tomorrow I'll plant heirloom roses.
Roses require sunshine and water.
Water supplied by pesky hoses.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ May 3, 2017
'Haikue & Nature Poems'


 

Author Notes Syllables: 9
Nothing is as frustrating as a looped garden hose. The crinkly new hoses don't kink, BUT every one I have bought breaks at the coupling, where the brass fitting meets the crinkle hose. Thank you for reading my poetry.

Image: kaleigh/bing


Chapter 24
My Tulip Garden

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #24-287-B

In the absence of your sweet two lips,
I planted a garden of tulips.
Now I'll never be tu~lip deprived.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ May 4, 2017
'Haiku & Nature Poems'

 

Author Notes Syllables: 9
Image: 'My Tulip Garden ~ May 2017'
Thank you for reading my poetry.


Chapter 25
My Garden

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #25-287-B-C

My garden loves me,
flowers compete to impress.
I love my garden.


Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ July 20, 2017
'Haiku & Nature Poems'

 

Author Notes Image: Lupines and Dianthus by Marilyn D.F. Boire 2017.
Thank you for reading my poetry.


Chapter 26
Eastern Screech Owl

By BeasPeas

Author Note:'Haiku & Nature Poems' ~ #26-287-B

Eastern Screech Owl

Unseen feathered phantom, eyesight keen,
eastern screech owl, unlike plain fowl,
skilled predator of the night,
appears to disappear.
Creature of the dark
amidst tree bark,
remains still,
to kill
prey
~*~
Pray
to slip
talons' grip
if screech is heard,
lest winged fury, blurred,
commands the meadowlands.
Eastern screech owl blends at night,
and doom descends as fate portends
to hapless creatures who dare transgress.

Marilyn D.F. Boire ~ November 9, 2017
'Haiku & Nature Poems'

Author Notes This compelling image of the eastern screech owl was featured last week on bing's homepage. I thought it was fascinating how well it blends into the tree bark. Thank you for reading my poem.
Double Nonet syllables: 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 ~*~ 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9

Wikipedia - The eastern screech owl or eastern screech-owl is a small owl that is relatively common in Eastern North America, from Mexico to Canada. This species is native to most wooded environments of its distribution, and more so than any other owl in its range, has adapted well to man-made development, although it frequently avoids detection due to its strictly nocturnal habits.


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