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Haiku Spring

Updated on April 11, 2010
Beautiful snow-covered Cherry tree in blossom.
Beautiful snow-covered Cherry tree in blossom.
Cherry tree branches caressing the ponds bank.
Cherry tree branches caressing the ponds bank.
A pink wonderland !!
A pink wonderland !!
Boulders strewn with Cherry blossoms.
Boulders strewn with Cherry blossoms.
Nature's fury calmed by these beautiful Cherry trees.
Nature's fury calmed by these beautiful Cherry trees.
Like the caress of a butterflies wing, a moment when time stands still and all is well in your world.
Like the caress of a butterflies wing, a moment when time stands still and all is well in your world.

By Larry L. Conners


Cherry tree in snow...

Soundlessly cries with pink tears...

A Bouquet of Spring !!




Cherry blossoms fall...

Ancient pond accepts their kiss...

Trailing limbs embrace.








A riot of color...

The Earth dressed in pink today...

Coming out party !!









Precious air-borne gifts...

Gray boulders in festive mood...

The Color of Spring.





Waterfall crashes...

Cherry trees soften the sounds...

Beauty and the Beast.





Such perfection reigns...

In silent contemplation...

A Gift for the Soul.






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      Shannon 4 years ago from New York

      Hi Larry! It's been a while! But I see you are still painting those beautiful words! My favorite tree is the cherry tree. This hub just made me appreciate them even more! Just lovely!

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      maven101 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      DDE...Thank you for the kind and much appreciated comments...Go well my friend...Larry

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliantly presented with such lovely photos and well written

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      GNelson...Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments...Spring is about renewal, and also becoming....Life to me is about process, Spring being the genesis of that process...Larry

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      Great haiku!! Spring is a time of renewal. The pictures are also good.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Majadez...The rhythms of nature are indeed lovely and so enduring, unlike some things in our lives...I'm glad this gave you pleasure...Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments...Larry

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      Maja Dezulovic 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Simple yet lovely. Enjoyed reading. ;)

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Genna...Thank you for your appreciated comments...Spring provides so much inspiration for the joy of life...The eternal march of the seasons presents a colorful kaleidoscope of the precious nature we share with this planet...Larry

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Such charming haikus!

      Cherry blossoms fall...

      I especially liked:

      "Ancient pond accepts their kiss...

      Trailing limbs embrace."

      Up and beautiful.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      cat...Thank you so much for the appreciated comments...

      The simplicity of haiku translates the complex into a poetic comprehension that opens up insights hidden within...There is always the challenge to keep the haiku free of anthropomorphic simile...It seems so natural to do so...It's a constant battle which feels counter-intuitive, yet the discipline focuses the mind and I'm always surprised how they seem to write themselves...A fascinating dialogue with yourself...Thanks for stopping by...take care, my friend...Larry

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      A riot of color...

      The Earth dressed in pink today...

      Coming out party !!

      Your haiku beautifully paints for me the pristine and silent beauty of the first harbingers of spring. I see it in my mind w/o your lovely photographs. Well done!

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      toknowinfo...Interesting user name...toknowinfo translates for me as not just taking in information but understanding that information as we receive it...I have found that the more I learn the less I know...Much like haiku in that there are many hidden layers to the obvious if we only take the time to look, without prejudice, without expectation...

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving such nice comments...your enjoyment gives me great pleasure...Larry

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Beautiful. It is wonderful that you share your talents and creativity. Very enjoyable hub.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Nellieanna...my bella...Thank you for the thumbs up...Peace and love to you, dear friend...Larry

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes - I can visualize that. Thumbs up!

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Nellieanna...I am in total agreement with your assessment of this poetic form...I've been tempted to expand the syllabic meter but every time I've done so the haiku felt diluted somehow...Like a Trappist Monk, I'll keep it true to form, without any embellishments, just my cell, straw mat, candle, and book...and dear friends, such as yourself, to ponder life, love, and the mysteries of nature...Larry

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      I can appreciate how that would be so. I so admire it done true to form and still with the poet's touch infused all in it - even without the freedom of actually depicting it in it. That is mind blowing, really. Years ago I read some Zen haiku and was just amazed. I had to get my mind around that utter simplicity and its trimming off all but the essence and formulating it into the haiku mode. Seems much like other rituals of that philosophy - clean, nothing superfluous, and right-on-the-bull's-eye clear. Lovely - simplicity at its most refined.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Nellieanna...Thank you for stopping by and leaving your most appreciated comments...

      I love this form as it appeals to my sense of discipline and simplicity...The 5-7-5 syllabic progression is challenging, yet it opens up another level of concentration that gives one new insights...Larry

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      How refreshing to see some actual haiku shared. These are especially lovely, maven. The cherry tree in snow - both haiku verse and photo are truly delightful. The captions for the beautiful pictures are even poetic.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Iamalegend...What a great way to start the New Year, reading your well received and appreciated comments...Lets hope for an early spring and a quick end to this snow-filled winter...Hau'oli Makahiki Hou, Larry

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      iamalegend 6 years ago from EARTH

      Amazing,spectacular and beautiful.I like the Haiku Spring.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi Freya...Thank you for stopping by and leaving your well-received comments...Yes, Spring is the start of natures circle of life...We celebrate its joy, color, and optimism...You have given me much pleasure with your first remarkable effort at this poetic form in your Hub " Season of Love "......Thank you, Larry

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      Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Nice, Nice, Nice! Haiku of spring. I can smell the brezee from here. Love it.

      The best thing about Haiku is how close it bring us to the nature, to it's beauty and it's lovely scent which then flowing into something more universal then nature itself. That is why we love it, right?

      Thank you. :)

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi Mickey...What could be more perfect that a wedding in the full bloom of Spring, outdoors, under a flowering Cherry tree...? Perfection does reign, we just have to recognize it when we see it...Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments...Larry

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      This reminds me of a beautiful white flowered plant that showered the ground with a scene perfect for a wedding.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Good morning, acaetnna...Thank you for the much appreciated comments...I look at this poem now from the perspective of another approaching winter, and look forward to the new Spring that always follows...Your sweet smile is always a pleasure to find here...Carpe Diem, Larry

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Simply beautiful. You have such a talent when you can use so few words to paint a picture. Haiku is so difficult to write but you have succeeded beautifully. Simply love the pictures too. I love Spring time.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Jaggedfrost...Thank you so much for the much appreciated comments...

      Nature is in our souls, we are part and parcel of nature...To me, expressing nature is like subjectively expressing ourselves to ourselves...a conversation with fellow travelers on this fantastic world we share...Larry

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      Jaggedfrost 6 years ago

      Not that you need another person giving you a brownie button but Your Haiku is excellent and as you put it well disciplined. If there was more to it then a homage to nature it was initially very hard to tell.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Steele...Interesting name with connotations of strength and integrity...Thank you for visiting and leaving your much appreciated comments...Indeed, I look forward to visiting your Hubs...I was intrigued by your interesting and humorous HubPages profile...Larry

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      susan beck 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa

      I read your comments in the forums and agreed with every point you made (not to mention the fact that I'm a high school English teacher as well.) Anyway, I thought I should stop by and I'm really glad I did. Your haiku is refreshing-- I've read many here on hub pages and yours is well- crafted and beautifully imagistic. I especially liked this one:

      Cherry blossoms fall...

      Ancient pond accepts their kiss...

      Trailing limbs embrace

      Glad I ran into you here. Hope you get a chance to visit me sometime as well.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Kavita...I somehow overlooked your nice comments...Thank you for stopping by...Your poetry is full of love, hope, and passion...I'm proud to be your fan...Larry

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi Tony...You are welcome back anytime, my thoughtful friend...I loved your travel Hub on Venice...What's the saying " See Venice and die "...I've seen Venice twice but decided to stick around for a bit longer...

      Thanks for the comment, Sala Kahle...Larry

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      Loved this one and so decided to come back again. Lovely, Larry

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Kavita Trivedi 6 years ago from London

      Beautiful Haiku and very descriptive

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      g...Very nice phrasing...Larry

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       7 years ago

      Blossoms be constant

      annually returning

      my heart to the spring.

      g.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Rob...Thanks for stopping by...Your laudatory comments are most appreciated...Yes, I saw the fin, and the bobber next to him, sliding down the current...Tight lines, my friend...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Dan...Interesting comment...I think I can understand the comparison between the two...Each is short-lived, soon to die, yet leaving an unforgettable impression on their world...Although, I find no beauty in self-immolation, social suicide, or delusional political constructs...The beauty of a cherry blossom is in its offering a fragile and selfless sacrifice for man's pleasure...

      Thank you for the comments, Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Tony...My big-hearted friend, thank you for stopping by again and leaving your much appreciated comments... Sala Kahle, my friend...Larry

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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Lovely visualisation and guiding verse floating gracefully towards the up button. Well written Larry, Thank You Take Care Sir. Did you notice the fin in the pond??

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      Daniel J. Neumann 7 years ago from Harrisburg, Pa

      Your haiku reminds me of Japanese poetry during World War Two. I recall one poem comparing kamikaze pilots to cherry blossoms, and so maybe that's why that feeling screams out to me. You have a beautiful way of praising nature's glory.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Larry, my friend - your words are so beautiful. And the pix complement them beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

      Thought I had commented on this one some time ago - certainly remember reading it! Anyway it was a good experience to come back to.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Asp...Thank you for the kind comments...The rhythm of which you speak is an ancient one requiring a syllabic meter of 5 to 7 to 5...very demanding yet producing a distilled comment on nature without embellishment...Thanks for stopping by...Larry

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      Asp52 7 years ago from England

      Really impressed with this one, i have wrote lyrics for songs but i have never tried this format. you are an inspiration with this, i will have to give it a go. love the words rythmn

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      couponalbum...Thank you for the well-received comments...and thank you for joining my fan club...I look forward to visiting your Hubs...Larry

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      couponalbum 7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      Beautiful poem along with nice pics, but they were little blurred. Overall, a nice experience. Read your other hubs too. They were also interesting. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi James...Thank you for taking the time from your busy life to read my Hub...Your pleasure is my pleasure, my friend...Larry

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      A right lovely Hub, mate. I enjoyed your poetry and the pics are nice, too. Thank you for this pleasure.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      bayareagreatthing...Thank you for stopping by and leaving the nice comment...I hope there will always be more beauty in life than ugly...I guess if you look for ugly first you will find it in abundance...I hope that I will always search for beauty first, the ugly is only background noise to the celebration of beauty we are so fortunate to have on this tumbling rock we call Earth...Larry

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      bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California

      So beautiful. In a world where too many celebrate the ugly side of life it is refreshing to glimpse the beauty.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Thank you Wayne...No cherry trees around here, but the desert has its own beauty...some of the cactus flowers are astonishingly vibrant and colorful right now...Thanks for stopping by...Larry

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      A very nice write to celebrate the beauty of spring...those cherry trees really bring it home. Nice work, Larry!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi Chris...Yes, the colors of Spring...a splash of vibrant color over the grayness of winter...a renewal for the eye and soul...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Donna...Thank you for the nice comment...I'm glad you enjoyed the them...Isn't Spring wonderful...so full of promise and new beginnings...Larry

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      Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The pics are so beautiful and peaceful, the colours from the blossoms gorgeous.

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      donna bamford 7 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful Maven. You seem really to have mastered the form. And the photos are beautiful too!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      prasetio...Hello, my friend...Thank you for taking the time to comment...I feel honored to have touched your generous heart with these simple words...Your sensitive comments are always welcome ...Larry

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is really beautiful and touching my heart. great poem and wonderful picture also. thumbs up for you.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is really beautiful and touching my heart. great poem and wonderful picture also. thumbs up for you.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Deborah...Thank you for stopping by and commenting...I really appreciate your kind remarks...Haiku is about painting word pictures with a small brush and a large imagination...Carpe Diem, Larry

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      You have captured the essence of haiku, simplicity and beauty. Thanks.

      Namaste.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      aware...Thank you for the clever rhyme and alliteration...Your comments are appreciated...Larry

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      aware 7 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      Very Very cherry cool Haiku. You wield words well.

      Ray

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      debugs...When writing poetry its not the subject or even the content that matters...It's the emotive effect the poem has on the consumer...yes, consumer...readers eat whole books, devour poetic passages at one setting, and either burp with satisfaction, or regurgitate what doesn't...Your fresh-faced little ditties put a smile on my face, hope in my heart, and appreciation that I have you as a fellow Hubber to enjoy and enrich my life...

      Thank you for the nice comments, my friend...Carpe Diem, Larry

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      debugs 7 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

      I can never get to write lovely Haiku verses like yours... I usually am spontaneous and weird -- instead, I do matches, coffee cups and stuff on my desk. I think something may be terribly wrong with me! (lol!)

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Jess...You are welcome, my friend...Standing still also implies standing apart as observer, rather than participant of life...amazing what you notice, what has been right there, all this time, but never perceived until we " stopped " and looked around...Carpe Diem...Larry

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      Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      I could use a stand-still moment. Thank you, Larry

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      glad you are doing fine now. be well. =)

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Bingskee...So nice to see you again...I'm glad you found enjoyment in these haiku...To answer your question, I am doing well, just coming out of the doldrums of a long and cold winter...Looking forward to what the new year brings...Love and peace to you dear...Larry

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      lovely, lovely haikus! how are you, larry?

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Sunshyne...Oh, lucky you !!...Spring doesn't arrive in the desert until our mesquite trees tell us...They are the very last to leaf out...I saw a couple of green buds this morning, so maybe the long and cold winter is finally over here in Northern Arizona...I envy your wonderful landscape...This is the time of year when trees really show off their stuff...Carpe Diem, Larry

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      Sunshyne1975 7 years ago from California, US

      Such beautiful words. I really enjoyed this. Our trees and flowers are in full bloom right now. With over 40 fruit and citrus trees we have quite a colorful display right now. I try to absorb life's beauty every day. I stop for a moment or two each day and just look around at all of the miracles of life.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi habee...No, I haven't stopped writing...I just don't publish everything...So much of my poetry is personal, and directed more towards family and friends...Poems I publish on HubPages are efforts that I'm experimenting with in different styles and disciplines...I do write a haiku every morning in my journal and encourage other Hubbers in their work with critical comments on their Hubs...

      Thanks for stopping by, your concern and friendship is appreciated...Larry

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Larry, have you stopped writing??

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      dnrk...Thanks for stopping by...I'm glad you enjoyed the haiku...Larry

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      dnrkrishnan25 7 years ago

      great...

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Maita...My prettydarkhorse, thank you for stopping by and leaving your appreciated comments...Has Spring arrived in Texas yet..?...Larry

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      lovely and like a sweet morning spring is here, Maven, I am glad you have another one again, Thank you, Maita

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Gypsy...Thanks so much for the visit and leaving the nice comments...Carpe Diem...Larry

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Beautiful and inspiring Haiku, thank you for sharing.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      cjv...So nice to see you again...You are a wife and mother of warriors...having endured the stress of your husband's deployments, now you are enduring the equally stressful tensions of your son's voluntary service to our country...yet you exude such a positive force, an inner strength revealed by your welcoming smile...in a word, you exude happiness...Its always a pleasure to read your cognizant Hubs and your lively comments...With your husband now at home for keeps, the Springtime awaits...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Sheila...Thank you for stopping by...I'm glad these haiku gave you pleasure....Have a wonderful Springtime...Larry

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      Carol 7 years ago from Michigan

      You're a Jar Head (retired) AND a talented Haiku writer! What a talented man!! And again, thank you for your service to our country. The Haikus and photos were just lovely!

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I agree with all of the compliments. And the photos were just spectacular.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      habee...Nice to see you !...Thank you for the welcomed comments...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      hotspur...What a charming and astute comment !...The brief joys we experience and hold in our hearts forever...That such tiny bundles of color can give so much in their short time on the stage...I'm reminded of Shakespeare's " Out, out brief candle... " line...Sometimes the briefest encounter remain the most memorable...Thanks for stopping by, I really enjoyed your latest poem...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Kaie...You are a wonderful teacher, exposing your students to haiku so early in their lives...I wish I had found the form when I was a youngster...I'm so glad you stopped by and left your nice comments...Larry

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful poem, along with glorious pics!

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      hotspur 7 years ago from England

      Ah the beauty and brevity of life encapsulated in a pink blossom...behind Kawasaki Station there's an avenue of cherry blossom - they bloomed overnight and were blown away in about a day. The limbs embracing with the lake caught my inagination and eye...as did other lovely images. Thanks for these enjoyed!

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      Just in time for Spring!

      Haiku is great......... my students love it..........

      Pictures are beautiful, thank you!

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Springboard...Ah, Spring, the springboard to summer...Just think, you have all Spring to get ready for summer...Thanks for the comment, and enjoy your glorious Spring and all the color it brings...Larry

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very nice, and thank heaven's it's spring. :) I mean, the ONLY problem I can find with spring is that it's not summer...but I'll take it.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi Gary...Your nice comments are deeply appreciated..I, too, am glad you stopped by...I hope your Spring motivates you to write more Hubs...I can feel the dormant passion just below the surface in your two Hubs...Try your hand at poetry...you write very expressively...it can be a great release for that passion...Larry

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      LMY...Nice to hear from you again...How are you.? Yes, Spring is upon us, with all its color and anticipation of things to come, people to meet, and places to go...an exciting time of year...

      We still have to solve the mystery of Paper Moon's murder...:)...Thanks for the visit...Larry

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      GaryLeeVilleneuve 7 years ago from Cheyenne

      You definitely have a gift when it comes to language. Thank you for sharing it with us. Glad I stopped by.

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      love my yorkies 7 years ago from way out west

      what a beautiful poem. just in time for spring. have always liked the cherry blossoms of springtime. great pictures also, makes me wish i was there. :)

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Dohn...Always nice to hear from you...I'm really pleased you enjoyed the haiku and pics...Such beauty we have on our unique planet..tumbling along in the great black void, our island of stunning colors and breath-taking vistas...

      Shelly has written : " Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar." This is what I want to achieve with my haiku...Thank you, Dohn, for the visit and kind comments...Larry

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      Iðunn 7 years ago

      you too. it's nice that someone else cares about the underbirdz and we are all underbirdz now, my friend. I pray for the disenfranchised all over anyways and sadly now that includes many americans.

      dorothy day said in her time that what her generation needed was 'a revolution of the heart'. we still need that today, more than ever.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Russ...I am honored by your presence on my Hub...the Haiku Master of HubPages...Your inspiration guides my words...You have given me a gift that I will cherish for a lifetime...I usually write at least one haiku every morning, but publish rarely...Go well, my talented friend...Larry