Daisy – #Shadorma

Daisy Bursting sunAglow with white maneForetelling Of love’s fateSafe in the ground it remainsFor true love is mine This week at Tanka Tuesday, Kat, from last month’s challenge, has chosen the theme, “Pick a Flower” and using one of the syllabic forms we use, tell us why it is special to you.“ I’m also sharingContinue reading “Daisy – #Shadorma”

Rainbows Of Colors – CMMC Letter E + Bright Squares

Rainbow Of Colors Today Cee has given us the challenge to photograph things that start or end with the letter E. CMMC – April letter E at the beginning or end of a word I am also sharing these photos with Becky for BrightSquares (Please excuse the rectangle at the end of the post. ItContinue reading “Rainbows Of Colors – CMMC Letter E + Bright Squares”

Sweet Gems – #Haibun

Sweet Gems Here I sit on a wooden picnic table, hard yet natural. The afternoon sun is trickling down upon me through the pergola. Still it is providing enough shade that I am comfortable. Behind me, I hear the occasional car driving past. The air is filled with the aroma of warm waffle cones. MyContinue reading “Sweet Gems – #Haibun”

Hope Spilling From The Horizon – #Double Etheree #Ekphrastic #Photo Prompt

Hope Spilling From The Horizon Bare I stood Held captive Going nowhere Fast in the scorched sand Of this desolate land. Nowhere, until I opened My eyes, did I see the first rays Of hope spilling from the horizon Reaching for me. Warming my weak, fruitless Arms. Shedding light over what was once dark. RevealingContinue reading “Hope Spilling From The Horizon – #Double Etheree #Ekphrastic #Photo Prompt”

Where The Ravens Roost

Where The Ravens Roost Together into the woods we hiked, Along the brown, leaf littered path, Beaten down by the many shoes before; Yet beneath our feet laid a fresh floor. At the edge, we became majestic eagle’s Feeling the wind, gazing into the ravine Over treetops fresh with green Down into the river flowingContinue reading “Where The Ravens Roost”

CMMC: Light or Neon Green

There is a lot of neon green to be found in the spring with everything bright and new. However, I have also pulled some pictures from last summer. These are for Cee’s CMMC Light Green or Neon Green Challenge. I hope you enjoyed. Have a wonderful day.With a grateful heart,Heather

Is It Really A Bother

Is It Really A Bother Is it really a bother to…Turn off the lights,Have one meatless night,Walk whenever it’s possible,Use napkins that are washable,Have a water bottle that’s reusable,Compost scraps that are biodegradable.Is it really a bother to TRY?Earth pleads PLEASE. At times it can seem overwhelming. There are so many changes we need toContinue reading “Is It Really A Bother”

Explore – #Swirling Cinquain

Explore ExploreLife’s not a boreWhen adventure is sought -In the couch, you’re no longer caughtExploreOpen that doorTest the wind, mute your phoneTake a step into the unknownExploreWorld’s yours to tourStray from the everydayNear, far, no matter – break awayExplore This week for Tanka Tuesday our challenge was to write using synonyms only. Jude gave usContinue reading “Explore – #Swirling Cinquain”

The Fabric Of Life – CFFC: Textures

The Fabric Of Life The fabric of lifeDawned upon each beingTakes on a different look and feel,Creating a uniqueness that’s freeing. roughsea of barkblooms These spring blooms were my inspiration for Magic’s In The Air. from dried leavesnew life takes root –Unfurling breeze pushes –tiny feet carry onapproaching change limpidtattered wingsendure dead drops a treegivingContinue reading “The Fabric Of Life – CFFC: Textures”

Nature Up Close

I found this American Green Tree Frog in my backyard last year. I followed it around for as long as it would let me. This snail was busily working it’s way around a calla lily leaf. It was inspiration for my poem Swirling. I was very excited to find this grasshopper on my screen lastContinue reading “Nature Up Close”

SunCatcher – Bright Squares #Haiku

SunCatcher streaminggolden lightcaptured These are Eastern Tent Caterpillars. Their tent was acting as a suncatcher this morning. I’m sharing these photos with BrightSquares Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.With a grateful heart,Heather © Heather ~ Home Study From The Grateful Heart All Rights Reserved

Black And White – #Brevette and Photography Collection

Black And White WaterReflectsLife JoyBloomsBeauty NatureWeavesPerfection CourageBridgesImpossibilities SurvivalSpurtsGrowth TriumphsHealScars DreamsBirthGoals This week Cee has challenged us take black and white photos that begin with the letters B and W. I loved this challenge as I love how dramatic and romantic black and white photos appear. They are poetry themselves. However, the poet in me couldn’tContinue reading “Black And White – #Brevette and Photography Collection”

A Meadow Concealed – dVerse Flipping Meaning

dVerse – Poetics – Flipping Meaning Lisa is hosting dVerse and she has given us an interesting challenge. We were asked to pick one of our favorite poems, by another poet, and flip the meaning. We are to include both the original poem as well as our flipped poem. I have chosen The Seed-Shop byContinue reading “A Meadow Concealed – dVerse Flipping Meaning”

Hatching Praying Mantises

A few years ago I ordered a praying mantis egg sac, for my children, as a part of our life cycles science studies. We kept the egg sac in a netted butterfly habitat upon our kitchen counter. While doing their daily chore of putting away dishes, my children happened to catch the egg sac justContinue reading “Hatching Praying Mantises”

On The Bright Side Of The Fence

It’s official spring has arrived. I awoke to the serenade of birds. The sky is heavenly blue. The warm sun is laying her soft golden touch on all she can reach. A thin veil of neon yellow has begun to collect upon everything. The butterfly has taken flight, and bumblebees are dancing upon the breeze.Continue reading “On The Bright Side Of The Fence”

Happy Easter – #Shadorma

Today I spotted this dandelion up against my rotting garden wall. The dandelion is a persistent one. She is not picking about where she takes root. She brightly smiles, reflecting the sun. Then spreads her beauty on the breathe of a wish. I think there’s a lesson to be learned here (and perhaps another poemContinue reading “Happy Easter – #Shadorma”

True Recyclers – #CFFC

The theme this week for Cee’s Foto Challenge CFFC is Rusty Or Decayed. I have gone with photos that represent decay. When I think of decay, I think of the wonderful recyclers that break down the decaying to return nutrients to the soil. Yes, I am talking about mushrooms and other fungi. They play suchContinue reading “True Recyclers – #CFFC”

Dogwood – #Haiku

luminouslight pours down, dancing –new life © Heather – Home Study From The Grateful Heart All Rights Reserved 2021 Photos: I took these yesterday while on a long hike. It is wonderful to see the woods coming into bloom.I am sharing my photos with Cee’s FOTD and Becky’s Bright Squares. Thank you for stopping by!Continue reading “Dogwood – #Haiku”

Seasons Of The Canopy

Seasons Of The Canopy Once a patchwork of hues,Arms cradle grays and bluesAs winter’s frosty breezeSets free the last of leaves.Canopy, there is no moreFor it now carpets the floor. A’last the sun grows in strengthWhile the days grow in length.With the canopy still amissThe hidden become opportunists.A brilliant show of pinks and whitesDot theContinue reading “Seasons Of The Canopy”

Reflections – #Haiku

Reflections “The way we experience the worldaround us is a direct reflection ofthe 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 statuesqueBeacon of serenityAmidst evolving world Glass lakeReflects timeSwept byContinue reading “Reflections – #Haiku”

Dancing With A Wave

Dancing With A Wave Today I went to the ocean. Into the waves I whispered, “Parley” Meeting it’s harmonic motion. A minor wave rolled my way Peacefully, I entered to play. Deceived was I, for it was strong. With forceful arms it engulfed me. Like dirty clothes it washed me clean As we danced insideContinue reading “Dancing With A Wave”

Swirling – #Cinquain Swirl

Swirling SwirlingAs she worships The sun moving acrossMighty stands the sunflower tallSwirling The coiled shield Of the attentive snakeUpon the rock, it basks awaySwirling When the sun drops Steadily on the move The imprinted snail looks for foodSwirlingThe flight of daysPeaceful the gentle breezeTurned violent storms of water, windSwirlingDouble helixLife’s fragile code held tightIn theContinue reading “Swirling – #Cinquain Swirl”

Dearest Forest

Dearest Forest, I’ve loved our time together, Shared adventures in all the weather. Being among your trees Listening To the wind rustle the leaves On warm summer days. Watching Bare branches scrap and sway In the clear blue skies on winter days. Witnessing The miracle of buds to leaves Through the misty rains of spring.Continue reading “Dearest Forest”

Photography Of The Letters Ch – #CMMC

I’m participating in Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC).  The challenge is to take photos of things that have the Letters Ch or CK anywhere in the word. All of the subjects of my photos contain the letters ch. Lichen Monarch butterfly Orchid I hope my photos have brought you as much joy as they brought me takingContinue reading “Photography Of The Letters Ch – #CMMC”

Amity Smolders – #Photo Prompt

This week at Word Craft #Tanka Tuesday, Colleen stated: This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). D.L. (Denise) Finn from last month’s challenge provided the photo for this month’s challenge. Interpret this photo through the eyes of a poet. Here is my interpretation: Frigid, distant grows the manAmity SmoldersYearning to mend what’s broken © Heather ~Continue reading “Amity Smolders – #Photo Prompt”

Birds Of All Kind – CFFC

This week’s topic for CFFC is Birds Of All Kind. I’ve gone into my archive to pull out a few of my favorite photos. I hope you enjoy. The Gray Crowned Crane is my featured picture. Such a large, gorgeous bird. This one was at an animal rescue farm; however, I would love to seeContinue reading “Birds Of All Kind – CFFC”

Clear Skies Of Twilight

Brightly shine stars and planets Clear Skies of twilight Silent world wakes with first chirp © Heather ~ Home Study From The Grateful Heart 2021 All Rights Reserved For this haiku, I used the pattern of 7/5/7 syllables in place of the traditional 5/7/5. I wrote it in response to the Haiku Challenge at RonovanContinue reading “Clear Skies Of Twilight”

Wings Of Faith – #Shadorma

Wings Of Faith AngelicWings of faithPurest whiteGod’s good graceFree from the chains of mankindA glorious flightKey of stoneThe last of the firstCore of oakStrong limbs sproutUnravel, will this thick knot? Faith holds tight love’s bond © Heather ~ Home Study From The Grateful Heart 2021 All Rights Reserved Mish at dVerse prompted a 44 wordContinue reading “Wings Of Faith – #Shadorma”

Renewed Hope ~ #Tanka

Renewed Hope Calming alpha waves Tiny beads to bright blooms cling Lifted is bride’s veil Radiance slowly revealed Brilliant arc of renewed hope © Heather – Home Study From The Grateful Heart 2021 All Rights Reserved Recently, we were preparing for bad weather, as the forecast was calling for high winds, heavy rain, with theContinue reading “Renewed Hope ~ #Tanka”