Seasons come and go
Downpours of rain, then ice and snow
Sunshiney days and a cool evening breeze
Budding flowers and leaves falling from trees
Time passes on while nature puts on a show

– Written for Limerick Challenge Week 39: Seasons. Photo from

Rain & Humidity

The rain was welcome though it did nothing to fight the heat. The thick humid air was suffocating. I stood on the porch and drops of sweat pooled drenching me, while I watched raindrops gather on flower petals.

– Written for Day 10 of Awake August 2016, 31 Days of Mindful Writing in the form of Small Stones (concise daily observations) from Writing Our Way Home.


Little Bells

The warm sea breeze blows –
Campanulas sway, ringing
Across Greek Isles

– Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s Carpe Diem Special #216. Response to two Haiku by Patricia Donegan, “lean into the wind.” Photo from Wikimedia.


Inclement Affair

It would be an expensive investment the man said, but well worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Todd found himself in later years a lonely man with no family or friends, and so he resorted to a mail-order bride website.

Yana didn’t speak English well and didn’t care to learn, so their communication was shoddy at best. She was fairly attractive but quite abrasive.

He was calm and easygoing and found that they didn’t have much in common.

Todd considered himself a reasonable man. He did his very best to provide for his unappeasable wife. He was a florist, and he took great pains to create beautiful bouquets that he would bring home to her because it was the one thing that seemed to put a smile on her face, if only briefly.

She complained a lot about most things and in time, Todd began to feel overwhelmed and uptight, feelings that were not familiar to him.

One night he came home and Yana was especially unhappy about something, he wasn’t sure what, but she was going on in Russian interspersed with the few English words she’d picked up from watching television. She said something about flowers and an iceberg, which made no sense to him.

Todd took an evening stroll to the pub to have a few drinks. He came across a gentleman offering excitement and adventure. Travel the world by iceberg, he said and make friends with sea creatures, while relaxing away from the bustle of city-life.

Under the circumstances, Todd thought this sounded wonderful. It would be an expensive investment the man said, but well worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Without mentioning anything to Yana, he sold his shop, cashed out his account, and left by the end of the month.

He was never heard from again, but giant flower ice sculptures have been seen floating across the Atlantic.

– Written for Microcosms 24 weekly contest. Related to water with prompts Florist/Iceberg/Mystery. WC 296. Photo by Jim Cox.