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Indigo, by Britta Benson

I follow Mark S’s blog ‘Naturalist Weekly’ and enjoy his posts about the micro seasons. They are always accompanied by a thoughtfully curated selection of haiku. It’s the micro season of ‘The rainbow hides unseen’, the time of year when rainbows are less likely to be seen. You can read Mark’s full blog post here:Continue reading “Indigo, by Britta Benson”

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Satellite, by Britta Benson

Here’s my response to this week’s W3 poetry challenge set by Aishwarya Kannan. You can find her prompt poem and full guidelines here: https://skepticskaddish.com/2022/11/23/w3-prompt-30-weave-written-weekly/ This week, the poem has to include the word ‘mother’. So for me, the direction was clear. I wanted to write a poetic tribute to my mum who died three yearsContinue reading “Satellite, by Britta Benson”

Thanksgiving, by Britta Benson

Thanksgiving isn’t one of my holidays. Still, I like the idea of giving thanks and I also appreciate this time of year. Late November, I’m readying myself for winter. I’m taking stock. I’m smiling. Thanksgiving Winter connects worlds. Words of gratitude summon souls, love, leaves and life.

Preparation, by Britta Benson

I follow the Naturalist Weekly and love learning about the micro seasons (https://naturalistweekly.com/2022/11/18/micro-season-the-daffodil-flowers-2022/) We are currently in the micro season of daffodil flowers. At first, that sounded quite bizarre to me. It’s past mid November. Certainly no daffodils here in Scotland. Then, of course, I realized, that that wasn’t strictly true. Here’s my haibun aboutContinue reading “Preparation, by Britta Benson”

Camellia Sasanqua, by Britta Benson

Here’s my response to the micro-season of the first camellia blossoms on ‘Naturalist Weekly’. I love the idea of weekly micro-seasons. You can read Mark’s full blog post by clicking on this link: https://naturalistweekly.com/2022/11/11/micro-season-the-first-camellia-blossoms-2022/ I struggled with this particular micro season. I see camellias as early bloomers. Turns out, though, that there is one variety,Continue reading “Camellia Sasanqua, by Britta Benson”

The nature of autumn, by Britta Benson

Here’s my response to the November Poetry Challenge over on Fake Flamenco. This month, Rebecca asks us to write a haiku about something that fascinates us in nature. You can find the Rebecca’s full blog post by clicking on this link: https://fakeflamenco.com/2022/11/08/november-2022-poetry-challenge/ Oh, and here’s the best part: If you participate in the challenge andContinue reading “The nature of autumn, by Britta Benson”

The grand finale, by Britta Benson

I wrote this haibun in response to Mark S’s micro-season blog on Naturalist Weekly. You can read the full post by clicking on this link: https://naturalistweekly.com/2022/11/04/micro-season-the-maple-and-ivy-turn-yellow-2022/ The grand finale Autumn, performing a beautiful return to primaries. Reds and yellows replace attention grabbing green. The surprising chemistry of self-preservation. Letting go, such an intentional process, aContinue reading “The grand finale, by Britta Benson”

November, another way, by Britta Benson

Yesterday, I wrote a poem about November. Perhaps not my favourite month. I asked myself, why I don’t like this time of year. The result, a question, in the form of a haiku. November, another way Overripe autumn, or immature winter? Fruit, ill judged, unprepared. Ya, so that’s the poetic outcome of my day… let’sContinue reading “November, another way, by Britta Benson”

Rosetta Stone, by Britta Benson

My haiku on history, ‘Rosetta Stone’, has been published on Whispers & Echoes today. Click on this link to read the full post: https://whispersandechoesmag.home.blog/2022/10/17/rosetta-stone-britta-benson/ Rosetta Stone Each mark, a window. Rock weathers forgetfulness. Echoes seal the deal.