Reflections – #Haiku


“The way we experience the world
around us is a direct reflection of
the world within us.”

Gabrielle Bernstein

Here I find myself reflecting on the reflected. How cleansing and invigorating a walk through nature can be. It renews the soul and sets the spirit free.

Silent statuesque
Beacon of serenity
Amidst evolving world
Glass lake
Reflects time
Swept by
Still cool gray

Free kindred

Watchful eyes

Plunge head first
Heavy eyes 
Rest from summers heat

Entwined with trees
I found my youth staring back –
Fall leaves drift away

Β© Heather ~ Home Study From The Grateful Heart All Rights

Colleen at #Tank Tuesday taught us how to improve our haiku. She informed us that the current, most preferable, form is a 2/3/2 syllable count. Another current form is the 3/5/3 syllable count. Therefore, I gave both of these a try as well as including the traditional 5/7/5 syllable count.

Lisa at Our Eyes Open, hosts #Bird Weekly has prompted bird reflections for #Week 41. Above I included, the blue heron, cormorants on a fish feeder, and mallard ducks sunning on logs.

Cormorants are such interesting birds. Unlike other water fowl, their feathers are not waterproof. This is so their soaked, diving bodies will be heavier to drop faster after their catch. They must then sun themselves to dry off. Another interesting fact, it is an ancient Chinese tradition to use cormorants for fishing.

I am also sharing my post with Marsha at Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge

This week Eugi’s Weekly Prompt is reflections, so I’m going to share my post there as well.

Photos – I took these during various walks and hikes within the past year. I hope you enjoy them.

Thank you for reading! Have a happy and blessed Easter!
With a grateful heart,

Published by Home Study from the Grateful Heart

Welcome new friends. I'm Heather, a homeschooling mama raising three children alongside my husband. I love to walk our two dogs, photograph nature, and write poetry. As a family, we love reading together, creating art, sports and all things nature. We also enjoy sharing our learning experiences with friends and creating co-op opportunities. I enjoy writing about our homeschool adventures, as well as nature and sharing recipes. My heart is grateful for my family, our homeschool, our friends and homeschool community, as well as the nature around us. In addition to following my blog, you can find me on Facebook at Home Study from the Grateful Heart.

17 thoughts on “Reflections – #Haiku

  1. Wonderful reflection photos this week and I love your birds. I just posted an Anhinga for A-Z Challenge today and talked about the non waterproof of their wings. They are so similar to the Cormorants. πŸ™‚

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  2. Heather, you have done a fabulous job with both poems and photos. Your photos are stunning. I love the reflections. I think you must love writing poetry. Your poems are very beautiful and meaningful. Thanks for participating in this week’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays. You made my week! πŸ™‚

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      1. I’m so glad. You put a lot of thought and effort into it. Kuddos for reaching out and including so many challenges, too. That’s difficult to do. πŸ™‚

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