Haiku: Magpie’s Blue Period

In almost six years, we never saw a magpie at Little House in the Rockies.

And then on the Fall Colors 2018 Trek in late September, there they were at Tarryall Reservoir. With the blue on their wings, they are mag(pie)nificent!


And over Thanksgiving, they finally came right up to our front porch to feed on the suet. Despite their chatty reputation, our maggies were a little shy, so I wasn’t able to get many photos of their tuxedo coloring with bright blue wingtips. However, the one below, which is accidentally dark, made me happy enough to haiku. Intensifying the blue made me even happier. So I give you, Magpie’s Blue Period:

blue-winged forager 
stopping at the suet bar
gorgeous in profile


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Haiku: Thank You to Veterans


saluting soldiers
~ not just on Veteran’s Day ~
thank you, every day


I always love to see the huge flag at DCA / Reagan National Airport. It seemed especially fitting to share it on Veteran’s Day.

Thank you to all veterans, past and present, for your service.

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Poems from People-Watching at the DMV

Forced waiting in public is a perfect people-watching opportunity that can turn into poetry or prose. Here’s what arose from my recent visit to the DMV to get my driver’s license renewed, when I waited over an hour for my number to be called. These ditties aren’t going to win any awards, but I entertained myself mightily!


People-Watching at the DMV


a slice of americana

at the DMV


young dad

with a toddler girl

napping on his lap

her Hello Kitty backpack

resting at his feet


college student

with chipped purple toenails 

reading a textbook

chewing her lip 


middle-aged man

in a camouflage hat

legs outstretched

almost asleep


50-something guy

in a Sig’s Lagoon t-shirt

chatting with a teen 

nervously tapping his toes


quiet elderly couple 

holding hands

wearing matching jackets

(Pittsburgh Steelers)


young married couple

playing with a baby

whose thick black hair

sported a Mohawk 


bored-looking mom

with an adolescent boy

in a surgical boot

playing with her phone


uptight man

in a business suit

and shiny leather shoes

complaining bitterly

about the wait


people-watching at the DMV:

a slice of americana

Shoes I Saw at the DMV


shiny black loafers

leather athletic shoes

strappy leather sandals

blue canvas surgical boot

two-toned brown wingtips

black suede platform sandals

faux leather ankle boots

black patent flats with a bow at the toes

pink Velcro tennis shoes

hiking boots with caked-on mud

black jackboots

red checkered Vans

Photo from Anthony F. on Foursquare

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Haiku – Oops! Love me as I am.



I made a mistake yesterday by believing WordPress that my hastily-written post Homeward Bound, published from seat 8A on a small Embraer 175 aircraft, failed to upload. So I pushed the “Publish” button once more, as the plane revved up on the runway at Reagan National Airport.

Then I happily changed the iPad to airplane mode and settled in to finish a murder mystery set in Paris (Cara Black’s Murder at the Lanterne Rouge, for my fellow mystery lovers and Francophiles).
This morning, I noticed that there are two identical Homeward Bound posts at the top of the Glover Gardens blog – oops! For some reason, this makes me smile. An “oops” haiku instantly springs to mind:

i’m amused by my
obvious imperfection
love me as I am

I’m going to keep both versions on the blog as a reminder to myself that I’m flawed, but still lovable. As are you – would you agree?

Oops haiku

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Flying in the Rain – Haiku

flying in the rain

hoping throughout the journey

to land in the sun

Update (a couple of hours later)

I posted this super-quickly because the plane was about to take off. I didn’t have time to muse that this simple haiku is a metaphor for life.

Also, my wish was granted. It’s a gorgeous day in Washington. Apologies for the unedited photos – the camera today is my iPad!

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