Colleen Chesebro posted a prompt today to write a syllabic poem using an image of a lily as a starting point.
The photo is by photographer, Terri Webster Schrandt, from secondwindleisure.com.
When I see or hear lily I have several other images in my mind. Here is a haiku sequence:
When my father died
we asked for cause donations
instead of lilies.
I love daylilies
more than waxy white blossoms
reminding of death.
Do not choose lilies
in a home with cats, ever.
Each part is poison.
Cuddly Lily lies
on my chest, face tucked under
my chin, gently purrs.
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The second haiku in the sequence is my favorite.
Thanks, Liz. It is probably the best. Although 3 is my important public service announcement!
You’re welcome, Luanne. You’re right about #3 asan important PSA!
It’s very sad how many people have found out the hard way.
Yes, that would be very upsetting. 🙁
Thanks, Luanne. As you know, I am one of those people that learned the hard way.
I am so sorry, Amy. What a terrifying thing to happen.
Lovely poem and the public service announcement will do no harm. I found out that tulips are a problem too. We all knew about daffodils but I hadn’t known about tulips. Now I just have all those plants (lilies, tulips, and daffodils) in a separate part of the yard where Emma can’t wander on her own.
Oh my. I didn’t realize all these bulb flowers were bad—or bad for dogs! I hope they don’t let pets into the Keukenhof!
I bet they don’t allow pets, but not because they might eat a bulb or some poisonous plant. Can you imagine the damage my sweet cocker spaniel could do, romping through those wonderful flowerbeds?
Oh, think how adorable she would look doing that! What a photo shoot!
I think the gardeners would be tempted to do a critter shoot; not a photo shoot. Couldn’t risk that!
!!!! Maybe they give special permission on some occasions. Like if the Dutch royal family wants a photoshoot with their dogs . . . .
Oh, okay. For royalty and other special people.
Lovey poem, Luanne! I love all these flowers. Fortunately I don’t have pets.
Thank you, Miriam! I really miss peonies that we had in Michigan. And bird of paradise and daylilies from California.
You’re welcome, Luanne. I have to grow different flowers in Portland, have my shipping list, and wait for a warmer day.
I bet! That must be at least two zones away from where you lived in Cali!
It actually is three zones away. Where I am is zone 6 and where I was in CA was zone 9. There’s one type of Daylily that The Home Depot near Beaverton doesn’t carry. When I went back to CA in February to move our things, I went to Home Depot there and bought two packs. I miss my flowers very much.
Three! And still not the zone where I grew up in Michigan which is 5. LOVE that you brought flowers with you!
I wish I could have bought more but our moving truck was full!
At least you brought some!
I hope they grow in zone 6!
Sure hope so!
I’ll find out soon enough!
Lots of associations with lilies. They get around don’t they. So neat your cat is named Lily 🙂
Lily was my son’s cat and came to live with us last year. My DIL named her Lily, but I call her Lily Billy Peaches and Cream ;).
p.s. I think I just figured out why my comments have not been showing up. I have a firewall. I marked your site as “safe” and today’s showed right up 🙂
Oh wow! Yes, I really didn’t get other complaints and of course WP never responded to me, as usual. :/ So glad you figured it out!
A fine varied set
Thank you, Derrick!
Great poems, Luanne! I love that you ended focusing on cuddling and love.
Yvette M Calleiro 🙂
Thank you! I wanted to end positively after some negative ones!
Beautifully penned string of haiku. It’s interesting that your cat is named Lily… what a pose she has given!
Thank you so much! Lily was my son’s cat and named by my DIL. Haha she asked for that pose! 😉
The third is my favorite because of its important message, but all the haikus are lovely 🙂
I so agree about the “message haiku”!
A cautionary poem – that’s a first for me! I did not know that about lilies.
Every Easter I try to warn about lilies. Even their “dust” is deadly to cats. Thank you for reading!
Wow, that’s interesting. I rarely have plants in the house because they make it hard for me to breath.
Oh my. That’s scary. Is it allergies?
Yes. I love to look at them in Farmers’ Markets or in a garden.
So glad you can enjoy them there.
Luanne, these are lovely senryu/haiku. I love them all!
Thank you, Colleen. Yes, you’re right. These probably are more senryu than haiku!