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”

A Story Untold

A Story Untold Black with a ring of goldThere lies a story untold.A prehistoric gaze in disguise.Of primordial oceans, were you baptized?Among the massive leaves and trees,Did you stalk your prey with ease?With scorching fire spewing from rocks,Did the ground quake where you did walk?Respect, your deafening roar, did demand,Claiming rule over the unsettled land.Continue reading “A Story Untold”

Fragile

This being human is fragile. Into this uncertain world we arrive Nestled in mother’s breast to survive Cradled ’til we can hold our own. Fragile are the flickering lights blown Counting the circles ‘round the sun That we just can’t outrun. This being human is fragile. We yearn to be our own Yet not alone.Continue reading “Fragile”

Seeds Of Kindness – #Seguidilla

Rags yet neat, polite and sweetHis eager flock did stayTall and proud he stood in lineUntil, time to pay… To let them down, no…Before he could turn awaySeeds of kindness were sown I wrote this based off of a beautiful story I read about selfless giving. About a man in line, with his large family,Continue reading “Seeds Of Kindness – #Seguidilla”

Extraordinary ~ #Shadorma

Extraordinary From the dullA spot of purpleHidden lowYet displayedOn this post winter landscapeUntil green takes grip The accentsSubtle lovelinessSurround usUnnoticedBut when found everything looksExtraordinary I took a few pictures on our walk around the lake today. Probably not your usual shots (see bottom of post), but I like trying to capture the subtle things. IContinue reading “Extraordinary ~ #Shadorma”

Untouchable Dreams ~ #Shadorma

This week for #TankaTuesday, Colleen has challenged us to write a syllabic poem using synonyms only for the words hope and eager. This is my attempt at a shadorma using the words dream and zealous. Untouchable Dreams Zealous loveFills the beating heartWith courageTo pursueOnce thought untouchable dreamsNow seen within reach SHADORMA: The Shadorma is a poeticContinue reading “Untouchable Dreams ~ #Shadorma”

Appreciating The Tiny Things – #Haibun

Today the sun is shining. The temperature is a perfect 74°. And our brown world is starting to show signs of green. A section of our yard has succumbed to “weeds” with very tiny flowers. I decided to take a close up of them and was surprised to see there was a splash of pinkContinue reading “Appreciating The Tiny Things – #Haibun”

Swift Current Of Time

Swift Current Of Time Halt! The world Came to move, Crawl like life new Swift current of time Damned, it can never be As minutes move by nimbly The world can do nothing but watch Hours         Days                Months                           Flow on by as we hide Unstoppable is the outpouring ©Heather – Home Study From The GratefulContinue reading “Swift Current Of Time”

A Mother’s Song – Poem

A Mother’s Song I marvel at your tiny toes, Touch my lips to your little nose. With every line, every wrinkle Perfection makes my eyes twinkle. I’ll seek to push bad from your space, But I’m flawed with a shield of lace. My embrace, a song of promise, A shelter bringing forth calmness. A lullaby,Continue reading “A Mother’s Song – Poem”

Why Does The Caged Bird Sing?

Why Does The Caged Bird Sing? Light, Free, high On a breeze In, out, between The glorious trees Joyous the homecoming Songs sung of the days roaming Songs sung of adventures waiting One wonders, why does the caged bird sing? Uprose a storm, like never before Filthy wind slammed every door Contained to our ownContinue reading “Why Does The Caged Bird Sing?”

Magic’s In The Air

This Haiku is just because. While out running errands, I saw signs of spring in the trees. I had to take a moment and capture a few pictures. I hope you enjoy. Life anew appears Darkness fades as days grow long Magic’s in the air © Heather ~ Home Study From The Grateful Heart 2021Continue reading “Magic’s In The Air”

Our Place

Our Place Our place,Straws of laborAside time interlaceFor it’s you my child, we embrace,Ardor ©2021 Heather – Home Study From The Grateful Heart I saw this bird’s nest on the sidewalk during a walk in the fall. I was drawn to the structure of the nest and the leaves around it. It was my inspirationContinue reading “Our Place”

My Grandparents Home – Haibun

It’s summer. We go to enter the back door of my grandparents house. I remember a tree in the middle of the yard with pink impatience circling the trunk. We had to take our shoes off at the door in the kitchen to keep the home tidy. There was a piano in the dining roomContinue reading “My Grandparents Home – Haibun”

Time Slips As Sea And Sand Beseech ~ Decima No. 46

Time Slips As Sea And Sand Beseech Sinking low, reduced to a glow Hues pink, in the eyes come to dance Bridging the heavens, wondrous trance. Harmonious, endless, the flow, Stories untold hidden below. Tower of rocks for the sky reach, A barrier caressing the beach. Golden drops where sun’s heat is caught And lostContinue reading “Time Slips As Sea And Sand Beseech ~ Decima No. 46”

A Hopeful Sigh – Quadrille #122

A Hopeful Sigh Light, white wisps Waiting for a wish Magic to uncover Youthful lips hover A hopeful sigh Soldiers to the sky Dispersed sails Lifted along gales Butterfly’s effect All things connect Set is the heart Faith does its part To return…                 A wish must go © 2021 Heather – Home Study From TheContinue reading “A Hopeful Sigh – Quadrille #122”

An Endless Blue Dream – #TANKA Tuesday No. 214

An Endless Blue Dream Golden rays smile downEagle moves kite-like acrossAn endless blue dreamNo clouds dare enter the sceneHere, there is no room for rain © 2021 Heather – Home Study From The Grateful Heart – All Rights Reserved Photos: by Dottie Ekas Sell Perhaps I should have shown an eagle soaring in the skyContinue reading “An Endless Blue Dream – #TANKA Tuesday No. 214”

A Whisper Sets Dreams Adrift

A Whisper Sets Dreams Adrift “Hush”, the gentle breeze softly sings. Under it’s spell, rich, green boughs sway Rocking, rocking the day away. The last hue, pink, to darkness clings As the birds tuck away their wings. Peppered is the sky with wings swift As the nightfall symphonies lift. The cosmos’ ebony consumes. Moonlit honeysuckleContinue reading “A Whisper Sets Dreams Adrift”

The Color of Kings

Cool and calm like the oceans wide,Fieriness unable to hide,A perfect union to create me!So divine, I spark creativity.The color of kings, am IAll because of a precious dye.Only the wealthy could affordPhoenician wool. I was so adored! I’m found in purple wavesOf lavender fields on summer days.A relaxing aroma, calms your mind.Here inner peaceContinue reading “The Color of Kings”