Friday, April 30, 2010

National Poetry Month: weed seed haiku

dandelion

spent, empty
dandelion seed bed -
itself a flower
...-Andromeda Jazmon

This is what it looks like after a dandelion's seeds have all blown. That far flung emptiness is speaking to me today, at the end of a long month of outpouring poetry, at the end of a semester and a school year that has been both challenging and rewarding.  Spent, depleted, but drenched with blessings... it's enough to have the drops that cling, and to be left open.

Read more about this incredible plant, the common dandelion, here.

Today is the last Friday Poetry of National Poetry Month, so there is sure to be a big part at the roundup at Great Kids Books. Enjoy!

10 comments:

Author Amok said...

beautiful haiku -- especially paired with that picture. I love the idea of an empty bed not being without value/beauty.

all things poetry said...

This helped me see the dandelion in a new way! Thanks!

Give yourself a huge pat on the back for completing 30 poems in 30 days! Congrats!!!

Laura Evans

Mary Lee said...

I'm amused that we both went with seed images for this last day of the month -- you with the blown dandelion and me with the apple seed I found sprouting in my apple!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Yes MaryLee, I was thinking the same thing. Somehow it makes perfect sense to me; after working so hard to compose all those poems in one short month you should end up with seeds!

deowriter said...

Congrats on 20 poems in 30 days and opur graduation. I plan to look back over your month this weekend.

laurasalas said...

Yay, Andi! You made it through all these big commitments!

Lovely haiku. Puts me in mind of the theme of some of Madeleine L'Engle's novels (the Vicky Austin ones, I think) where the emptiness or the empty times are when you empty yourself out and can be the most full of God or nature or whatever spiritual source you feel.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Yes, laura, that's exactly what I was thinking. You said it well!

Margie said...

Lovely, Andi - hope all is well in your world.

Jules at 7-Imp said...

Beautiful. Thought-provoking.

cewanchuk said...

I loved this haiku! I've always thought that people never truly appriciated the beauty of weeds.