Haiku, The parched earth

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Dark clouds gathering

Soil hardened dusty

Cracks visible everywhere

Grassland brown dying

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Dry leaves curled upward

Weeping Willow sad grieving

Once swaying limbs limp

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Beautiful Rose bushes

Hybrid petals unopened

Hiding from the sun

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Dark clouds gathering

Beseeching intervention

Heavenly downpour

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Plant life flourishing

Robins bathing in birdbath

Hummingbirds whizzing

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Rebirth so amazing

Watching as it all takes place

Spectacular view

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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi Ruby! Oh, this is like a big relief! Thank goodness for the rain! Right now, this very moment, my poor weeping Willows and ornamental cherry as well as the Raintree are suffering. Al has to water, almost, daily. The heat and drought are stifling. Your words bring a mental relief, at least. Beautifully stated; the refreshing, life saving gift of rain from above. Oh, I hope my little farm is given such relief soon. Very lovely images! UP Awesome and Beautiful


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Amazing haiku that brings us nature back to where we started in life; free will and with no much worries. You did excel on this inspiration Rubi!


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Matthew Weese 4 years ago from Auburn

With every death, a life follows. great poem.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Such a lovely tribute to Mother Nature always. I worry about the birds and wildlife when there's a drought. Although it doesn't happen here very often. Regards, snakeslane


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Ruby... thanks for this writing. Nature has a way of balancing herself out over time. Drought is hard to see at the best of times. Will be praying for the many who are suffering to the southeast of here...

Hugs from Canada


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Beautiful flow ..... And great vivid picture drawn with words! Awesome.....


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Just had a look at my winter-dry and hibernating garden - looking forward to August - end of our winter - when I can feed it properly and sow colorful flowers to sparkle in the shades of shrubs and trees....

Always, your haikus always evoke vivid images and ideas....


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Absolutely beautiful, while reading t I kept wondering if the pictures were your inspiration or you found the pictures to match later. Either way they go with the Haiku beautifully! :)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

We have been blessed with lots of rain this summer. I feel so badly for people and animals caught in drought conditions. Some children in parts of the world have never seen rain. Isn't that awful? Your poem is lovely and I am glad it ended wet.

PS-I love Michael Bolton


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I love the transition from basically desolation to beauty Ruby. I also prefer longer Haikus to three liners as well. I loved it. Beautiful!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Now that's a hub and haiku worth reading. Six for the price of one! And each one done with exquisite care and beauty! Lovely work Ruby!


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sofs 4 years ago

Beautiful Haikus Ruby! Kind of describe the weather here. I wish for some rain too... the heat is drying up my Dahlias and my mums... the orchids too seem to be finding the blazing heat too much to bear... I only hope there will be some rain before they curl up and die... Your Haikus have made me hopeful. Have a lovely weekend.


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Nature is beautiful and so are your words. Great pics too!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Kathy, I was sitting at my computer when i heard a splattering on my window then a downpour. It was wonderful. It has been so dry here too. After the rain everything came alive. I am an avid bird lover. They all seemed to appear at once. The birdbath was full and the hummingbirds really were whizzing. I didn't use the word hover because they were too excited to hover. Ha I hope you get rain soon my friend..Thank you for gracing my page....


win-winresources 4 years ago from Colorado

Hi Always-

Very nice. I was getting parched just reading it. Lucky the rain came.

The fierce pounding sun

not always such a bad thing

ripens tomatoes

-DW


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Lovely haiku, friend,

The parched earth made me thirsty.

God, his rain did send.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

So wonderful I love your Haiku poem. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Always - what a refreshing piece of writing. The cycle of renewal so well penned. Your choice of photographs is perfect.


angela lett 4 years ago

Sounds like NC. We have been experiencing a heat wave, but it rained and rained and rained yesterday. It was such a relief for me as well as all the vegetation. I like you hub. It was very vivid and descriptive of life without the restorative qualities of rain and the benefits that follow after a good downpour. Great job.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That is powerful,Ruby. I voted up for sure. I am glad that you keep writing. WHOO!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

The sets of haiku accompanied by beautiful pictures are wonderful.

Wonderful thing to read in this gloomy morning, here in Kathmandu.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

beautiful Ruby.

You narrated the whole scenario of how mother earth rejuvenates when water is poured.

many votes and sharing it across


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lord, It was an amazing site to see. I didn't realize how much the birds enjoyed the rain until i watched the activity, Thank you for inspiring words....


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mathew Weese, Happy to meet you. Your comment is thought provoking. Thank you..I agree.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Dear Ruby, We got rain in St. Louis, too! Tonight the temperature is in the 70's!!! It is a magnificent reprieve from the triple-digits. There is a 300-year old tree nearby that survived a lightning strike, a close encounter with a helicopter, but is dying from the drought. It is scheduled by the city for removal in the fall. So sad...

I especially love your emotive descriptive words about the weeping willow. Very beautiful, visually exceptional Haiku art, Ruby.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow Ruby, amazing haikus.. beautiful rose bushes hiding from the sun..wonderful words.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing thee with us


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful haiku's, perfect descriptions and pictures.

Loved this, thank you and voted up


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Snakeslane, We hadn't had any rain for so long, everything was so dry. I watered about everyday, but it's not the same as rain. It was amazing how everything came alive after the rain came. You're lucky to live where there is no drought. Thank you..Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rolly, Good to see you. Yes, it is wonderful how nature replenishes the earth. Thank you for visiting my page.

Hugs from America..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello La Thing, Awesome comment, happy you enjoyed. Thank you..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie, I know you will be happy to see spring arrive. I love the fall but winter,NO..Glad you found inspiration from my haiku. I love to write in this fashion. Thank you Dear one..Hugs**


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Qudsia, The activity of the birds inspited me first, then i found the pictures. Happy you enjoyed..Thank you...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Hyphen, You were blessed to have lots of rain. Even the corn in the fields are twisted here. I do feel for the children in the world who never see the rain, sad...BTW, I love michael Bolton too..Hee..Thank's for coming by..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Cardisa, Happy to see you. I never can stop with just three lines. I'm thrilled you enjoyed..Thank you..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill and thank you for a beautiful comment..Happy you enjoyed..


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Wonderful Spy! Such beautiy in the earth, especially when those skies finally opened up pouring down much needed nourishment.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sophie, I guess the whole world is needing rain in certain places, then flooding in some areas. Orchids, lucky you...Thank you...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello truthfornow, Thank you. I'm happy you liked my haiku..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DW, You're correct about the sun and tomatoes. I grow my own and i love them, i've had to water them a lot..Thank's for the visit..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello drbj.

I knew i'd get a poem from you

And yes, God came through.

Cheers my friend..


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

An awesome job my dear friend. The earth is very beautiful. I always enjoy riding across America. I travel to Arizona and back to West Virginia. I love seeing each state and its beauty. So fun. Loved it Ruby, best wishes my dear. Up and awesome!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Hi - Still wonderful although I did not mean to address you as Spy! LOL


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Joyce. I always look forward to your visit..Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike and thank you. I am always pleased when you like my work. Your encouragement keeps me trying to excel. See 'ya at your little cafe. My place of refuge where i meet the best people on earth.. Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Angela, Nice to meet you. Thank you for a wonderful comment..Cheers.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Integrity, You are always so kind with your comments. Thank you my friend..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vinaya, I am sorry that it is gloomy where you are at. Hopefully the sun will shine brightly for you my friend. Thank you for coming my friend..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ruchira, It's a wonderful happening when God replenishes the earth with much needed rain. Thank you for sharing. Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Amy, My your accolades are so appreciated. Sad about the tree, maybe someone will plant a tree in remembrance. I am glad you got the rain as we did. Thank you for coming by..Cheers..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Spy, Thank you..Glad you enjoyed..Cheers..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mhatter, I was happy to share thee with you my poetic friend..Thank you for gracing my page..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Leslie, Happy you enjoyed.. thank you..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shining, I agree. It was a beautiful scene that inspired me to write. Thank you for coming..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ricky, Thank you my friend. I agree. Each state has it's beauty. Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shining, I know. We read so many, we tend to get mixed up. Don't feel bad, I have done the same..Thank you for coming back..Cheers my friend


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I love the way your pictures perfectly accompanied your beautiful Haiku. This was beautifully done.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Pam, Thank you so much..Happy you enjoyed..Thank you..


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

A spectacular view indeed! this was so true and lovely too, what would we do without rain? great stuff Ruby!


ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

Beautiful photos with your haiku, great descriptions of drought, then relief!


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

We finally got some rain in NY state and the grass is turning green now. But many places this summer are still parched. Great poem, very descriptive of how dry it is in the U.S. this year.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell, I knew you got lots of rain. I watched Wembledon and the rain delays. Thank you..Happy you enjoyed..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Exotic, Nice to see you. Thank you for dropping by..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bobbi, I can't remember a time when it was this dry. What a relief to see the rain..Glad you got a rain too. Thank you..Cheers.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Parched earth and rain. Despair and hope. Loss and rebirth. Your Haiku brings them all home in beautifully constructed Haikus. Vivid, vivacious and very very good. Thank you Ruby. Voted up/beautiful.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Ruby,

I feel tearful with joy for you reading this. I may be over analyzing but I see so much hope and renewal in the rain after a long drought. The pictures are a fabulous choice as always and the song, inspiring indeed.

I am happy for you. This is simply beautiful. Hugs, Maria


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Ruby, I came back for a second read. Your haiku are beautiful.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Beautiful collection of haiku Ruby. The transformation is amazing as soon as the rain comes. Everything comes to life again.

It has rained here for 11 days non stop here now, we are just about to start building an ark. :)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Docmo, Thank you so much. You inspire with your words,,Thank you..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar, You are not analyzing, I do feel a rebirth of joy. You are wise to look deeper my friend. Thank you..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vinaya, You make me feel so proud. Thank you for coming back. Bless you my faithful friend...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

OMG Rosemary, ten days, I can't imagine. If you do build an ark, please make room for me.HaHa..Thank you my friend...


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Oh Ruby! This is so vividly beautiful, I swear I can feel and breathe all the changes! It's amazing!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Max, I'm thrilled, your comment brightens my day..Thank you, so glad you liked it..


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Ruby, Rebirth is so Amazing...What a Beautiful and Thought provoking Read. You are quite the Haiku Poet, Girlfriend!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Lovely. I particularly enjoyed the ending. It was like the dawn of something beautiful. Thanks. :-)


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molometer 4 years ago

Wow what a turn around. Bring on the rain. I do know what it is like to wait for rain and the relief when it comes. I miss the hummingbirds.

Great haiku the parched earth. Voted all the way.

PS but Michael Bolton? Please I had to listen to him for years. lol

Michael


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

It rained over night here and darn I missed it :) My grass has never looked so dead.

Wonderful haiku's and hopefully this drought won't go on much longer.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello b., I agree, rebirth is beautiful. Everything is greening up again. The earth was in dire need of rain. Thank you for comin' Girlgriend..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Elena, Thank you. Happy you enjoyed. I like that, "The dawn of something beautiful" Cheers my friend..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Michael, HaHa, You don't like Michael, HaHa..I don't know what happened to him, he looks so much older. Happy you came by. I hope you see Hummingbirds soon. I love feeding them. One came close to my hand but didn't land. Cheers across the miles..


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan, We got another good rain last night, a little too late for the farmers. I'm glad you got a rain. Thank's for dropping by. Cheers my friend..


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States

Your poem captures some of the drama and beauty of both the trial drought and relief from it. Thank you.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Tom, Thank you. I'm happy that you envisioned the joy of rebirth after a drougth. Thank you..Cheers..


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

This is raining here and i can very well co relate your beautiful creation with the weather, an awesome share, thanks Ruby.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello girishpuri, Thank you so much. I hope you are needing the rain in India..Cheers my friend..


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CBM1987 4 years ago

I'm from arizona, rain is something we look forward to i remember sitting outside underneath the porch with my grandad, just watching the rain. Taking in that sweet scent it gives off here in arizona. As i traveled, I realized rain's distinct smell varies from place to place. Though so far I've only found arizona / california's rain to be as sweet as nectar. I could only imagine what a tropical forest rain scent would be, but it alone sooths me down to the soul.

Loved the haiku,

those i've never been good with. I think partially because im incapable of fallowing the rules... something english teachers, both loved / hated about my writing style.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello CBM, The rain sure was sweet here, it had been dry for so long. I get the same soothing feeling listening to the rain. Have you ever tried a Rictameter? I think with your style, you would rock. Thank you for supporting my work..Cheers


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CBM1987 4 years ago

Ah I will definitely have to try that ! It actually looks like my style quite a bit, I'll do some for fun just to see how it goes !


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello Always. I stopped by here tonight and read your beautiful Haiku poem. This was absolutely lovely. I can only repeat what has been said in these great comments above about the depth of the life cycle so naturally captured in your few brief words and images. Wonderful to read, refreshing and captivating.

We must be living where this poem takes place because the downpour we got a couple of days ago refreshed the earth in just hours after months of the parching heat and sun of the drought.

"Rebirth so amazing".


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Peg, Isn't it wonderful to see the rain when the earth is so dry? I am glad you got a good rain too. Thank you for a beautiful comment..Cheers


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

Awesome - This is beautiful. I just published my first Haiku poem today entitled Haiku - At the Beach. Voting yours up, all the bells and whistles, and sharing!


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

How perfect!! The transition from the parched earth waiting for the heavenly rains, to the growth of life and greenery around could be felt in your Haiku collection. Once again, terrific job!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Cathleen Beams, Happy to meet you. I want to read your Haiku. Thank you..Cheers


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Senoritaa, Good to see you again. Happy you enjoyed..Thank you my friend..


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Such a wonderful poem and here's to so many more to come.

Eddy.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Eddy..Happy you enjoyed..


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raciniwa 3 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

beautiful haiku Ruby...love the pictures...


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Susan Recipes 3 years ago from India

Wonderful poem with some great pics. Thanks for sharing.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello raciniwa, I missed your comment, i'm so sorry. Thank you..I miss you writing on Hubpages.........


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan, Happy you enjoyed..Thank you for reading my old hubs....

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.



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