following a path

of tear-shaped leaf rosettes

noting aversion

a verdant mat of plantains

strewn wild—not unwanted here


©️2018 Ontheland

Broadleaf plantain is commonly regarded as a weed, an unwanted broadleaf that crowds out grass. Of course any plant can be a weed if unwanted. There is nothing inherently unattractive or noxious about plantain—it is actually ‘friendly’ to humans being both edible and medicinal.

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018 Finding the Way, July 15 to August 14

Ancient warrior ghosts—soliloquy no renga

Ancient warrior ghosts

mists over the foreign highlands

waiting for the full moon



legends of our ancestors

our questions unanswered


wind-spun leaves falling

barren branches touching sky

taste the autumn rain


here is yesterday’s footpath

buried under winter snow


full moon rising

blood surges in beating hearts

silver lights the night


M L King’s sword of courage

host of heroes standing by


©️2018 Ontheland

This short Solo Renga is for Carpe Diem’s Weekend Meditation #41 Soliloquy no Renga “ancient warrior ghosts”. The opening haiku is written by Chèvrefeuille. In a regular Renga people take turns in writing alternating two-line and three-line stanzas. In a solo renga one person writes all that follows the opening haiku.

letting go


small row of onions

selectively harvested

by rodent gourmet

teaching a gardener

the art of letting go


©️2018 Ontheland

For Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018 Finding the Way

The onion patch in the photo is larger than the one referred to in the poem…the poem’s patch is a smaller section where I planted extra seedlings…my generosity will face a greater challenge if I have nibblers in the main garden.