late summer, autumn near

Anise Hyssop, August 19, 2018, 10 am

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late August mornings

the weight of exhausting heat

no longer deters

sleep-ins, strolling out at nine

in soft zephyrs, dewy light

:

In late summer the pressure to get out to the garden before 8 a.m. is easing up. It is still cool enough to harvest and tidy after 9.

A tanka for Haikai Challenge #47, autumn near.

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garden frog

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a small garden—

lifting straw and moving soil

disturbing earth dwellers

frog small as a billiard ball

frowns from where I saw him last

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Carpe Diem #1449 presents ‘river frog’ in its Summer Kigo series. I’ve featured a relative, this garden frog.

mid-June race to summer

There is no question that we are galloping towards summer. Cold nights are coming to an end and lately, days have been hot and dry. It was a tumultuous early spring for my partner and I. We both had health issues that kept us indoors. Meanwhile buds were bursting and grass was growing high. Some areas of the yard needed to be trimmed so we could walk the dogs and navigate around the house and vegetable gardens. When I was finally able to work outside, I had to accept that spring was in the lead.

wading through long grass

on the way to the kale patch

huge dandelion

leaves flaunting wild abundance

thistles nestling in sweet greens

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