Haiku: Fall Foraging

The soft spikes of Salvia leucantha lure bees to its pollen filled pockets.

The purple spikes of Salvia leucantha announce the arrival of Fall in So. California.
The purple spikes of Salvia leucantha announce the arrival of Fall in So. California. | Source




Clumsy bumblebees

hover as the sun sinks low-

too drunk to fly home.

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Plump sparrows quibble.

the seed bag is empty now.

Fall feeding frenzy!

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In search of rose hips

a squirrel clings and teeters.

My comic relief.

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With bold announcement

a jay seeks peanuts only.

Backyard connoisseur!

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© 2012 Catherine Tally

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lovebuglena 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

Nice haikus. Thanks for sharing. Really enjoyed them! Was actually left craving for more...


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello lovebuglena,

I'm delighted that you stopped by to read my latest haiku. Thank you so much for the kind comments! Please let me know what you think of my other collections. :)


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I felt like we had coffee in your backyard. Thank you


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

Fall feeding frenzy, delicious line! More please. Russ


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Good morning cat! Poetry waits where ever we dare to awaken. Your back yard is this mornings evidence. Beautiful!


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Mhatter,

Now that would be my pleasure! Thank you for dropping by to comment. :)


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello Russ,

Good to see you! I am always delighted to read the comments of a favorite fellow haiku fan! I love this time of year when all of critters stock up for winter. Glad you liked these!

I appreciate your lovely compliment- thank you. My best to you.

cat:)


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Good morning Arb! How true and beautiful your statement that "poetry waits where ever we dare to awaken." We are blessed to be surrounded by nature's loveliness and to have the sesnses to enjoy it and draw inspiration from it. Thank you for your thoughtful comments which I always appreciate. Take care:)

-cat


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great well written and beautiful Haiku , well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Kashmir:) I appreciate your kind comments. Thank you! I think of you back in Massachusetts with all things so colorful and dressed for the season. I hope you are enjoyin autumn. My best, as always, Cat :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

So delightful. Could just picture those birds and squirrels searching for the last bits of food. Since my cat Sid has already moved in for the autumn - he was out all summer enjoying garden living - the birds and small creatures about can take their pick of what is left in our garden.


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Nice to see you, Rasma :) Summer is always so brutally hot , and the garden struggles with heat stress while being under attack from leaf chewers. Fall is such a welcomed relief which we all, my cat inclded, love to enjoy. This is why I like native plants that produce seed heads and berries. Late summer lizard hatches have brought so many babies who will feed on the grasshopper instars next Spring. Of course, my cat is in a state of bliss! Thank you for your thoughtful comments. My best to you, as always.- cat :)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Again, just beautiful writing---I know that often runs short of the impact that a piece might have upon reading--but your work really is beautiful!


Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

These are so delightful and well written.


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello Audrey,

I am delighted that you like these expressive observations from my backyard. I love to sit w/ my husband at dusk with a glass of wine and soak in the beauty there. The birds and squirrels are quite active then! I always enjoy critiques from you, one of my favorite poets here on HP. Best wishes for a lovely Spring and thank you! :)


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello Joanne. Thank you for the sweet comment. I am glad that you enjoyed these! From one bird and nature to another, best wishes for a lovely Spring.

Cat :)


Lee Cloak 20 months ago

Wonderful words, a really beautiful read, thanks, Lee


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cat on a soapbox 20 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello Lee. Thank you for the kind comments. I'm happy that you dropped by and enjoyed these!

All the best, Cat:)


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AudreyHowitt 20 months ago from California

One of my favorites sets from you Cat! Happy Poetry Month!


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vocalcoach 20 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm so glad that Audrey Howitt shared this. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring way to welcome spring. "Clumsy bumblebees....to drunk to fly home." Brilliant, Cat! Big votes and sharing.


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cat on a soapbox 20 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Audrey! I appreciate your supportive comments and shares so much.

Wishing you a happy Easter and beautiful Spring,

Cat:)


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cat on a soapbox 20 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Audrey! I am so glad you enjoyed these, especially the drunken bumblebees. I appreciate your kind comments and thoughtful votes and shares.

Happy Spring,

Cat:)


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Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

Cat rereading this and I still find it amazing.. bless you


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cat on a soapbox 15 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Frank- I appreciate your comments! My best to you:)

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