haikai

Hortus Trinitatis

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Lush flora, bathing Eden’s morning air in a delicate aromal song. Dafodils, rhododendrums, a kaleidescope of perennials and annuals: a blissful variety tantalizing sight and smell alike! And yet amidst perfection, an offered temptation to take what is not given. A temptation yielded to, with that all too familiar sense of entitlement, that pride, urging an outstretched hand, “seize!” A shame-filled flight from a primordial garden, lost for all time.

winter frost

the sudden hardness

of the ground

A dry, desolate landscape. The foul stench of burning refuse, sweat and unscented body odor. Raucious taunts and kurt shouts, as a treo of men slowly asfyxiate on Roman-erected crosses. And yet, amidst condemnation, outstretched arms give what cannot be taken. A promise fulfilled, with an all-to-unfamiliar humility, urging those outstretched hands, “give!” A spice-aroma, lovingly wrapped corpse laid in a fresh tomb amidst a new garden, a floral oasis amidst the encroaching, Mediterrenean semi-aridness.

Spring thaw

the returning softness

of the Earth

A fresh garden, with tomatoes, eggplant, romain lettuce; with an abundance of flowers. Soaking in the summer sunlight and frequent rain. Besieged by the opportunistic woodchuck and ever-daring squirrels. How she loves her growing plants; how she rues the rodent incursions! Oh, her heart, open to the give-and-take of life, a survivor of its storms and winters. Ready, as ever, to sow the seeds and nurture the seasonal growth anew.

Summer warmth

the dynamic soil

approaching Fall

dVerse Poets Pub celebrates continues its 10th Anniversary, with co-founder Claudia Schoenfeld hosting Tuesday Poetics today! We’re writing about gardens: The Pub is open! Come join us!

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  1. OH jesus!!!! Have you never spent time in a real garden, of course you haven’t. You have never planted a thing in you dumbed down life. Really? Jesue wants you to shit on beauty? That’s what YOU think? YOU utter fool.

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  2. My message with corrected typos: OH jesus!!!! Have you never spent time in a real garden, of course you haven’t. You have never planted a thing in your dumbed down life. Really? Jesus wants you to shit on beauty? That’s what YOU think? YOU utter fool.

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    • Seems like I hit a nerve with you. Why don’t you read it again, as your interpretation of what I wrote is, to put it mildly, a RADICAL interpretation of the text.

      How do you think that I believe “Jesus wants you to shit on beauty”?

      As for the rest of you ad hominem attacks on my own post: tread cautiously. This isn’t Twitter.

      Understand with whom you interact, before I provide you a suitable education.

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  3. How powerful. I’m especially touched by this:

    “outstretched arms give what cannot be taken. A promise fulfilled, with an all-too-unfamiliar humility,”

    I’m so impressed by your thoughtful, creative, stirring piece.

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  4. Frank, this is so utterly beautiful. I’m often taken away by your writing, especially with such gorgeous imagery.

    “Raucious taunts and kurt shouts, as a treo of men slowly asfyxiate on Roman-erected crosses.”

    This line is such a vivid one, it sticks out in my mind and I think it’s one of my favorites I’ve read. Period. I also love the first haiku in the series here.

    Ignore that commenter above, nothing in their words is germane to your piece.

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  5. I love what your did with this Frank. You have created the Four Seasons of Grace! A beautiful Theological piece carrying us from what is not given to what is freely given! Marvelous work!
    Dwight

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  6. I’m such a sucker for haiku and I love these interspersed throughout your seasons. The middle section is like, *wow* gut punch. Wish I could sit down with you and discuss the poetics of this world.

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  7. i read this last night in the ER but for some reason could not comment…

    here is what i will say of detractors such as the previous comment. take it for what it is. look for the grain of their truth they are struggling with, and move on if there is nothing of value to you. I would not waste time defending or arguing.

    As to the poem, I enjoyed it. I like how you used the seasons, and blending in a bit of the biblical and brought out a story of rebirth. There are several layers nicely woven. All creation sings of the creator.

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    • Thank you, Brian! And thank you for your hard work in co-founding dVerse!

      I appreciate your wisdom regarding that commentor. It was the first negative one I’ve received. Still, readers will construct from writing what they will. My response is more an admonition for such as that one to not personally attack any other person: I often reblog other poets’ work, and I will not accept disparaging comments made about any of those poets personally.

      Thank you, again, for your kind feedback!

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  8. This is exquisitely drawn, Frank! 💝 I especially love; “A fresh garden, with tomatoes, eggplant, romain lettuce; with an abundance of flowers. Soaking in the summer sunlight and frequent rain.” 😀

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