August 11, 2017

Poetry Friday--"In Nature"

Last Friday, Carol Varsalona posted a poem she had written based upon ten words selected from an article on the benefits to children of being out in nature. The article comes from the Center for Parenting Information.

I have also taken up the challenge of writing a poem from the ten words selected from the article:

  • children
  • creative
  • curiosity
  • explore
  • listening
  • nature
  • outdoors
  • relaxation
  • senses
  • stewardship



  • I ended up with a sequence of haiku. I used all the words (or a variant of the words) except for "listening." I used "to hear" in its place, which is arguably different, but close enough.


    © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

    Text:

    In Nature

    walk in the woods
    all senses a-tingle
    ...so ready

    curiosity
    enhanced by exploration
    ...children defined

    outdoors...
    creation of creatures
    from clouds

    noticing stewards:
    chipmunk drops an acorn
    purple finch poops

    late afternoon
    quiet enough to hear
    the quiet

    relaxation...
    how easily anxiety
    capitulates


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    27 comments:

    1. What a great idea for finessing Carol's prompt, Diane! "late afternoon" is my favorite... even the picture, too, though the creatures are fetching, even the snake.

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      1. Yes, even the snake! I love how it is up against green oxalis.

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    2. Thanks for the nature walk through your images and haiku. I haven't written to this challenge yet, but your series inspires me.

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      1. I keep forgetting to take up the challenge. This one seemed like a perfect fit for haiku.

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    3. I especially like "noticing stewards", Diane. You've taken this challenge and made it uniquely yours. Beautiful images.

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      1. Without those hungry little creatures, there'd be no woods!

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    4. I love the sequence, Diane! This could be a wonderful picture book, if expanded! My favorite... late afternoon/quiet enough to hear/ the quiet. LOVELY. xo

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      1. Thanks, Irene! Late afternoon is my favorite, too.

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    5. Very good, D! Jet

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    6. Diane -- That's gorgeous...apart from the snake! Love that challenge Carol threw out and I shall play with it as well. Beautiful! -- Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/

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      1. Please do play! I'm always amazed at how differently each writer approaches the words.

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    7. I love these haiku and images to go with them. They capture so much of the beauty and peace I find outside.

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      1. Most of the photos were taken just a mile or two from home. As a matter of fact, the buttercups and the sky were right outside my door. The beach is a little more distant, but not much.

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    8. "Quiet enough to hear, the quiet..." Such a great phrase!

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    9. Nicely done, Diane. Terrific challenge.

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      1. Thanks Tabatha! With words such as the ones on the list, it is often hard to keep a poem from tipping into didacticism.

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    10. Great weaving of words into poems into images. Loved especially "quiet enough to hear the quiet".

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      1. Thanks, Donna! We live in a beautiful part of the country.

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    11. Laughter in the details, love in the silence. Great job, Diane.

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    12. This is great! Your display of haiku makes me want to try it!

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    13. Wow - I love these, Diane. My favourite:

      late afternoon
      quiet enough to hear
      the quiet

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    14. Diane, I am just getting around to reading more PF pieces when I came to yours. You did a splendid job of creating a photo essay/picture book walk through nature with the prompt I presented last week. I just captured Haiku Sequence to place in my Nature folder. The images and poetry are a wonderful walk through nature.

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    15. Such a beautiful progression through poetry, time and nature. I too like the stewards and the quiet - but also the way that anxiety capitulates.

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    16. Beautiful collection of haikus Diane. They are even richer matched up with the photo images–I especially like the squirrel hanging off the edge, your "purple finch," and "late afternoon" haikus, thanks!

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