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  • April 30th, 2009 | 11:45 PM
National Poetry Month Haiku #30 Going Native

Today is the last day of National Poetry Month and the last day of my personal promise to write a haiku per day inspired by my native plant garden. I have to admit that I didn't know if I would make it to the end. I'm usually really good at starting and not so much at finishing. But I did it and I surprised myself a time or two. I really enjoyed the process and found myself falling in love with word play once again, always a good thing for a writer.

Like liz_scanlon who also wrote a haiku a day this month, I plan to keep on keeping on. Only a few of mine really hit the mark of what I wanted to say but some of them had lines that I fell in love with and I want to revise the rest of the poem to match up to those great lines. I don't know what or when I will post more. Perhaps on my garden blog which is near ready to launch. But I will keep writing these fun but oh so challenging haiku. Thanks to everyone who supported me through this challenge.

Before we even had the keys to this house I knew what I wanted to do - create a wildlife habitat in the front and back yards. It's a long way from done but it's much closer than it was two years ago.

This is the house as we bought it.

And this is the house on the first of April. I really need to take another picture because everything has exploded in growth and bloom in just the last month.

I was glad to see the lawn go. I'm happy we've redirected the water from the downspouts underground. But what gives me the most pleasure is to go outside in the middle of the day when the neighborhood is quiet and just visit the plants, seeing spiders and predatory wasps and bumble bees and carpenter bees and the occasional hummingbird zoom by.

goodbye lawnmower
you're not welcome anymore
wildlife wanted here

bugs and birds and beasts
move in when no one's looking
happy neighborhood

@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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May 1st, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
It's gorgeous! It makes me smile, too.

I saw on the news yesterday a small segment on "guerilla gardeners," people who go around at night planting flowers and things in neglected spots all over. It was a great story.
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May 2nd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
There are some native plant gardners who will only plant what can be proven to have grown in their zip code 200 years ago. I admire what they are doing but I'm not that much of a purist. I have a lot of plants from the Chanel Islands in my yard because they make me happy.

My one neighbor, evil neighbor, still makes no comment but I avoid her at all costs. On the other side I am told she is getting used to it. We really don't talk much to our neighbors except for the daughter on one side. Everyone else is 30-40 years older than else and nothing in common.
May 2nd, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I love the idea of guerilla gardners. In fact I think "Plant Kid" might be a bit of one in his book. ;)
May 1st, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
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May 1st, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Love your double haiku.
May 2nd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)

Thank you.
May 1st, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
What a fitting finale to the month.

Goodbye lawnmower....
May 2nd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)

I tell you were were so happy to put that lawnmower on craigslist!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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