A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words, or Several Haiku

I saw this picture a few nights ago on a friend’s Instagram account, and then dreamed about it.  In my dream, I wrote various very simple haiku to accompany the photo.  It is so lovely, and almost begs its viewer to create a story around the female figure walking away from the camera.

What do you think when you look at the photo?

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Photo credits to AnaLisa G.

Perhaps she is simply on a stroll, daydreaming.

she strolls peacefully
framed by the oak canopy 
dreaming her future

Or is she walking away from something?

having decided,
she slowly left her old life
never looking back

Maybe she is walking toward something, or someone.

joyful beats her heart
this journey just beginning
there will be no end

What do you think? I will reveal the real story and the location in a day or two.

 

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story of my flight in 8 haiku

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I love to use the empty seat for my newspapers, and the tray table for my drinks, leaving a tiny bit of personal lounging space at my own seat – flight nirvana!

 

empty seat beside me
an unexpecsted pleasure
a “no chitchat flight”

scary turbulence
no matter how much I fly
hate loathe despise it

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gripping the armrests
sending up prayer after prayer
imagining crash

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grumpy skies bumpy
frightened, I wish it would stop
clenched hands aren’t helping

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think positive thoughts
channeling turbulence fears
I write some haiku

gotta get a grip
today’s not my day to die
plane WILL land safely

wafting gently now
the skies are friendly again
I’m fine ’til next time

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on the ground now
calm and confident I am
I love air travel!

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My text to the Grill-Meister upon landing: “On the ground and not dead!”

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Haiku: Old Ford Truck at Colorado’s Tarryall Reservoir

Tarryall Reservoir, its waterfall and creek are magnets for us when we are in Colorado at Little House in the Rockies, in every season.  On this trip, we saw a proud old Ford truck parked near the waterfall, which inspired a haiku.

Solid old Ford says
“Sure, I’m a little retro,
but I’m still ready!”

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Sometimes I feel that way myself:  a little retro, perhaps, but still ready.  Bring it on, world!

 

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What’s In a Name? Seeking Your Input

db1d01dca5fad07dd24838da79f66cf3Did you ever start out to do a thing, and then it evolved into a different thing?  A second thing that resembled, honored and took strength and identify from the first thing, but in the end, became its own new thing?

That’s what has happened to the Glover Gardens Cookbook.  I set out to capture recipes for my family (see About, if you’re really interested).  But then, I realized that the stories around the recipes were equally important and should be shared, too, as in Sweet Potato Biscuits: Family History, Love on a Plate.  And since I have this platform, why not share my amateur poetry and the almost daily haiku that pops into my head like random mice in a field? And travel stories, and the seemingly almost daily musical compositions that pop into my son’s head like lilies in a field? And speaking of lilies, how could I not share the amazingness of nature and the world that surrounds me, here at Glover Gardens, northwest at Little House in the Rockies, and everywhere I travel?

I talked about some of this in my blog’s second anniversary post earlier this month, with the wonderful quote from Emile Zola: “I am here to live out loud!” And now, it’s time to take action.  I think.  Maybe.  Because I’m not sure that the content of the Glover Gardens Cookbook matches its name, although I remain very committed to capturing and sharing recipes, and still plan to publish that cookbook one day.  But the blog is now more like a collection of stuff you’d find in the Life section of a publication than a cookbook.

6e000ec02c7c93eef58146bcb1c63682So I’m curious to know what you think:  Does the Glover Gardens Cookbook need a new name?

All ye who have encouraged me, the post-likers and blog followers and casual lurkers and friends, I’d love to hear from you in the poll below, in which I’ve collected a few possible new names. I’m hoping to get some new ideas from you, as well, either in the post comments or the Other choice in the poll.

Thank you!

Copyright 2017, Glover Gardens Cookbook.  Featured image photo credits to stephrobbins.com.