Sarah Potter Writes

Pursued by the Muses of prose and poetry

Archive for the category “Nature”

#Tanka 39 — Peonies

Such extraversion,
peonies glow neon pink:
unmissable shout.
That girl with a crazy hat
brandishes her June paintbrush.

Monday Morning #Haiku 195 — Caterpillar

Moth caterpillar…
Wiggle, munch, all legs and hair:
wings, its destiny.

#

[Image: courtesy of my son, Joshua Munns]

#Meditation for the Day (02): Components of the Whole

Where is your main focus?
the tree tops, or the sky beyond;
the songs of individual birds, or the bird orchestra;
the breeze on your skin, or the rustling of leaves in the trees;
the aroma of last year’s detritus, or of this year’s verdancy;
the path’s jagged flints, or its earthen firmness.

Or do you focus on the whole?
as a backcloth for your thoughts, or an escape from your thoughts;
as a place of solitude, or a place to share;
as a place to raise your pulse, or a place to lower your pulse;
as a place to seek creative inspiration, or simply a place to be,
as a place from which to zone in, or to zone out.

Who cares to analyse it?
There’s you, there’s me, there’s the woodland,
and it’s one big miracle that we’re all still here,
considering…

Monday Morning #Haiku 194 — Tulips (03)

Multicoloured splurge
That declaration of Spring
~In love with tulips~

 

#Tanka 38 — War & Peace

Spring happens, despite.
Unable to change whole world,
ponder one flower.
Beyond the thump of war drums,
doves of peace sing their hearts out.

Monday Morning #Haiku 193 — Night Dog

Snow-dusted garden
Luminous eyes pinprick night
Explorer dog lamps

Monday Morning #Haiku 192 — Bird Truce

Jackdaws and magpies
Annual Branch Meeting starts
Armistice short-lived

#Tanka 37 — Frogs & Toads

Oodles of water
chucked from grey into gulleys,
it rains frogs and toads.
The homeless warty man croaks,
if only it would rain coins.

Photos:

  • (Top) The Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
  • (Bottom) The Common Toad (Bufo bufo) 

Addendum 1

Identifying Frogs and Toads

  • Both types of amphibians belong to the order Anura.
  • Generally, frogs have long legs and smooth skin covered in mucus, while toads have short thick legs and rough thick skin, often covered in warts. However, there are a few frogs with warts, and toads with smooth, moist, slimy-looking skin.
  • The hind legs of frogs are more powerful than those of toads. Frogs take long high jumps, while toads run or take short hops.
  • Frogs have narrower bodies than toads.
  • Frogs have higher, rounder, more bulging eyes than toads.
  • Frogs lay their eggs in clusters and toads lay their eggs in long strands.
  • Frogs need to live near water to survive but toads do not.
  • Frogs have loads of predators but toads have few predators due to their bitter taste and smell.
  • Frog and toad tadpoles are equally vulnerable to predators.
  • Neither frogs nor toads will give you warts, despite the old wives’ tale to the contrary.

Addendum 2

Facts about Homelessness (according to the UK charity Shelter)

  • 300,000 (1 in 20) people in the UK are officially recorded as homeless or in inadequate accommodation.
  • 281,000 people are in temporary accommodation.
  • 21,000 people are in single homeless hostels and social services accommodation.
  • 4,500 people are sleeping rough.

Monday Morning #Haiku 190 — Daphne

February walk
A winter treat breaks the grey
Daphne clothed in pink

Monday Morning Haiku #189 — Full Moon

Three after midnight,
light emitting diode moon
dazzles sleepyhead!

Post Navigation

%d bloggers like this: