Sunday, March 23, 2008

One Single Impression: Spring


Here are my Spring haikus (and quasi-haikus) for One Single Impression. Once again I couldn't stop with just one or two once I started...

As you can tell I'm not an artist but I like to play with paint shop pro and I feel insecure with just the poems themselves. The flower pictures are stolen from the internet and manipulated until they are hopefully sufficiently different from their source that I'm not taking anything from their creators. The others are my own photographs given equally cruel treatment.


The bleak winter sky
Whets my appetite for Spring
It can't come too soon










Hidden in branches
Spring flowers lurk quietly
Waiting to surprise












They're intangible
Changes seen without our eyes
That whisper: Hope! Spring!












Age makes time move fast

While winter drags frozen feet
Crocuses still rise














Tall Cinderellas
Don magic fairy slippers
And dress for the ball













Every year I watch
Trying to catch the change
The magic surprise













I watch for Spring buds
But find myself always shocked
When blossoms erupt













Daffodilly-do
My eyes drink in your beauty
Ray of earthbound sun


~ Happy Easter ~ Happy Spring ~
Happy Anything that makes you Happy

35 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

It starts with bleak winters and ends with hope of spring. Just like life. I like the pictures...


reverently renewed

Sian said...

Oh, these are just beautiful. I love the images of lurking Spring and flowers erupting

Leatherdykeuk said...

I love the cherry blossom

SandyCarlson said...

I love the spring flowers hiding in branches. It's such a thrill to notice those buds. God bless.
Writing in Faith: Poems

Dianne said...

"changes seen without our eyes"

so lovely Raven

and the artwork is perfect, I especially like the lavendar, pinkish colors - made me smile.

Happy Everything!

Raven said...

gautami tripany - I hope you are right about life. Glad you like the pictures. I had fun making them

sian - thank you

leatherdykeuk - thanks. I was pretty pleased with how my home-made cherry blossoms came out. I just love paint shop pro!

sandycarlson - At 60, I am still awed each Spring. This year (since I don't have much else to do), I'm trying to do a photo study of the branches outside my window. I'm photographing them every day to see if I can capture the progress. It has always fascinated me that even though I'm watching I'm still caught off guard... and now I'm just rambling.

dianne - glad I made you smile... good to return the gift you give so often with your wonderful posts.

SnoopMurph said...

My students in NY (1000+ in the school total!) would all get a daffodil bulb to plant in front of the school. The PTA would take them outside class by class, the kids having a ball planting. I remember each year driving up one day and seeing a yellow blanket, never seeing how they make their magical appearance known. It was one of the best part of the year. You reminded me about it!

I liked the images you played with-I have photoshop elements uninstalled and I am so reluctant to get it up and running for fear I will find a whole new toy to play with! You showed a very nice progression. Haiku were never my strong point, even though I like short and sweet. You have come up with some very beautiful word images, so keep up the good haiku!

Geraldine said...

This was so touching. I loved the references to daffodils (one of my fav.flowers). Your choice of images added so much too.

Glad I stopped in,

Happy Easter Raven!

Geraldine

www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

Raven said...

Hi Linda (snoopmurph) - what a great idea to do with kids - a great thing for everyone... I love the idea of a field of daffodils - or any flower. Ran across many wonderful photos when I was looking for crocuses and daffodils.

I just love paint shop. I'm not very artistic... I think I have a fairly good eye for beauty, but no hand/eye coordination or whatever it is you need to translate from the hand and eye to paper. I have always hungered to have that gift. Paint shop lets me play with pictures in a sort of pretend artist way.

As for haiku, they aren't natural to me either but I'm having fun exploring the idea.... and at least they are short to write.... unlike this response which is very wordy. I hope others will visit your site and read your beautiful poem for Uncle Mike.

Raven said...

Hi Geraldine,

You snuck your comment in while I was responding to snoopmurph. Thank you so much for dropping by. I tried to visit your sit but couldn't get there for some reason. I will try again.

Happy Easter to you too.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your poetry makes me happy. Happy EAster to you too. I hope the Easter bunny brought you some chocolate.

Kim said...

As always, love it!!! And don't sell yourself short...you most certainly are too artistic!!!

Hope your Ink Spot meal was wonderful!

MarianneNielsen said...

My favourite,

Tall Cinderellas
Don magic fairy slippers
And dress for the ball

lovely poems.

lissa said...

I like the last one and the line "Ray of earthbound sun" - sounds like spring to me

spacedlaw said...

The tall cinderella verses are also my favourite.

OneMoreBeliever said...

your photos are beautiful... each ku as spring magic .. if i had to pick a fav ...I watch for Spring buds But find myself always shocked
When blossoms erupt.. that would be it...

Raven said...

lisa at greenbow - what a lovely thing to say. Thank you. That makes ME happy...

Thanks Kim! And the meal was lovely... Excellent meal and dessert too. They didn't stay long but it was nice to have the visit and the special treat.

mariannenielson, spacedlaw - Thanks. I liked that one too... or the idea of it.

lissa - thank you.. daffodils just make me happy... I wish they would show themselves SOOON.

onemorebeliever - thank you so much. I'm glad you liked my "art work." I had fun doing it. I really AM always shocked...

Happy Spring everyone.

the teach said...

Raven, absolutely beautiful haiku for Spring!

Billy said...

These are wonderful! I especially like the second. Very nice as always, Raven :) Happy Spring!

paisley said...

Tall Cinderellas
Don magic fairy slippers
And dress for the ball

all exceptionally lovely... but for me,,, this one took the cake!!!

Andrée said...

I love the surprise with the exploding blossoms: it is so true! You write beautiful poetry.

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Raven said...

the teach, billy - thanks for the kind words.

paisley - glad you liked the cinderella one... I kind of liked the idea...

andree - thank you for your kind words. That particular one so speaks my heart. I watch every year and I'm still always surprised. Maybe elves come in the night...

Nancy Bea Miller said...

Wow, what a feast! My favorite word images...the tall cinderellas and the rays of earthbound light. Beautiful!

Daniel J Santos said...

very beautiful, what a beautiful moment.

Patois said...

Well, thank you for not stopping with just one or two. I do believe I just adore:

Every year I watch
Trying to catch the change
The magic surprise

Raven said...

nancy bea miller - thank you... I was pleased with the cinderella idea...

daniel j. santos - "a beautiful moment" - what a nice thing to say!

patois - thank you so much. I can't stop with one... It's kind of addictive...

Teri C said...

I'm so glad you can't stop at one because each one is so beautiful!

Raven said...

teri c - thanks...

WillThink4Wine said...

These are marvelous. I especially loved the melody of Daffodilly-do. It just rolls of the tongue! What great whimsy!

Raven said...

willthink4wine - thanks... I like the idea of melody... I hadn't thought of it that way consciously, but it is in there. Thanks.

storyteller said...

These are wonderful
images of longing and
Spring remembrances.

Thanks so much for your visit to each of my blogs this week and your thoughtful comments. I wish I knew how to ‘manipulate’ pictures as you do. I was late with last week’s prompt, but it’s here: Circles
Hugs and blessings,

Raven said...

Hi storyteller - thanks... I enjoyed your circles haiku... love the Black Elk quote... As far as manipulating images, just get Paint Shop Pro and click on lots of things... doesn't require any talent, just enthusiasm.

Roswila said...

Every year I watch
Trying to catch the change
The magic surprise

:-) Really enjoyed this one. Captured a moment and my laugh of recognition.

Raven said...

thanks roswilla - I love it if I make someone laugh of smile. You have given me a gift.

qualcosa di bello said...

happy spring to you too! the thought of those blossoms waiting to surprise is so beautiful!