It’s the first of the month! Happy April! Poets choose their own words!
I visited the nursery this morning to get new flowers. I brought a list with plants that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
The bees have been working hard to pollinate the plum and orange blossoms. The apple trees just budded. I want to have different flowers to attract the bees to stay around. Besides the fruit tree blossoms, I’ll plant sunflowers for the bees.
For the hummingbirds, there are two feeders, one in the front yard and one in the back. Yet I wanted to get flowers with nectar enjoyed by the hummingbirds. I only have Salvia flowers they like. So, I’ll make hanging baskets with petunia and hang them by the bird feeders.
There were Monarch and Mourning Cloak butterflies flying by my garden, but they visited the flowers in my next-door neighbor. I would like to have flowers attract them to stay longer. For the butterflies, I bought marigold and delphinium. I’ll get milkweed on my next trip.
Bitter cold is gone
Fresh fragrance drifts in the air
Answered the invitation
Creatures joined in the spring dance
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The prompt words for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry challenge #129 are Hobby and Play: Synonyms Only.
Love of Music
I loved music, photography, and drawing as a kid. If I had a choice of a different career, I would prefer to do something with music. The popular vocations for girls were being teachers or nurses at that time. For the practical reason, I chose to be a teacher and took part in music as an enjoyment at leisure. I have had fun singing all my life. My two sisters, Yolanda and Queenie, and I sang in Mercy’s wedding in 2011. I sing in chorale groups and Messiah concert on a ongoing basis.
Live a balanced life
Keep a reasonable job
To afford pleasure
Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 126, “Poet’s Choice of Words”
The last eight weeks, our family went through many special occasions and experienced extreme emotions.
My nephew got married on January 19 this year. He met Summer when they studied for the master’s degree program. Enoch speaks Cantonese and Summer speaks Mandarin. During their courtship, they learned each other’s language. Of course, Summer’s parents speak Mandarin and my sister Yolanda, her husband Patrick and their daughter Eva speak Cantonese. Some family and friends speak English. So, the wedding was conducted in three languages. The vows in the wedding ceremony were done in Mandarin. During the break of the evening wedding banquet, Enoch serenaded Summer in Cantonese. It was the most romantic song I had ever heard.
The wedding was a whole day event. The groom and best men played the games responding to the bridesmaids when picking up the bride in the morning. The church wedding followed by a garden cake cutting ceremony in the afternoon, and the nine-course banquet in the evening.
The family and friends rejoiced with the young couple and celebrated the new beginning of their marriage.
The prompt words for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 125 are “Origin & Write” – #SynonymsOnly
A Newborn in the Family
My niece’s first child
Into the family
Eager waiting is over
Magic of baby’s first cry
Cast away worries and doubts in mind
Mother’s painful labor forgotten
Holding and beholding the miracle
Amazed by life’s fresh beginning
Shared by parents, grandparents
Siblings, aunts and uncles
New page of a book
Invites us all
To pen in
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Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – It’s the first challenge of the month which means Colleen let poets get to choose their own words.
Spring is Coming
Four winter rains
Came seven days straight
Brought sixteen inches water
Measure by the water gauge
Garden soil soaked many inches down
Best time to add nutrient and prepare
Spring’s glorious blossoms coming to town
My chirping friends of mourning doves, blue jays
House finches, song sparrows and hummingbirds
Flapping back after southern stay
Crossing a thousand miles
With no GPS, satellite
Brought us big smiles
By showing up
Here is this week’s Colleen’s 2019 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 121, “Slow & Work,” #SynonymsOnly
January 12 to 20, 2019, a group of family members from West Coast of the U.S.A. traveled to Hong Kong to celebrate my nephew’s wedding, a joyous begging of a new journey. It was a marathon ceremony of playing Chinese traditional games when the groom picked up the bride in the morning. The games were set by the bridesmaids and responded by the groom and best men. Only when all the games were responded, the door was open for the groom to pick up the bride. Then a modern church wedding and garden cake ceremony were held in the afternoon, and a nine-course Chinese banquet was served in the evening when the bride and mother-in-law (my sister) changed their gowns four times.