The Meaning of Lily: #TankaTuesday

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

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.

Lily and her books


Filed under #amwriting, #TankaTuesday, Cats and Other Animals, Our Wolves, Poetry, Writing, Writing prompt

46 responses to “The Meaning of Lily: #TankaTuesday

  1. The second haiku in the sequence is my favorite.

  2. 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.

  3. Lovey poem, Luanne! I love all these flowers. Fortunately I don’t have pets.

  4. Lots of associations with lilies. They get around don’t they. So neat your cat is named Lily 🙂

  5. 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 🙂

  6. A fine varied set

  7. Great poems, Luanne! I love that you ended focusing on cuddling and love.

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

  8. Beautifully penned string of haiku. It’s interesting that your cat is named Lily… what a pose she has given!

  9. The third is my favorite because of its important message, but all the haikus are lovely 🙂

  10. A cautionary poem – that’s a first for me! I did not know that about lilies.

  11. Luanne, these are lovely senryu/haiku. I love them all!

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