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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Influence and Perception

The words for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #132 are Influence and Perception, #Synonyms Only.

 

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Love of Reading

 

I came back from a trip watching my granddaughter for eight days while my daughter and her hubby went on vacation. It was a wonderful time to watch her play and do new things every day. My daughter started reading to Autumn on day one coming back from the hospital. In the early days, Autumn’s play area and car seat always had books made with soft plastics or fabrics. When she could hold things, board books took place of the soft books. It made this Grandma happy to see her turning the pages.

When she was about 12 months old or even earlier, she recognized and could say “apple,” “ball,” “puppy” and a few other items in the books. When we read passed those pictures, she would turn the pages back to see the pictures and say the names. She loves to pick out the books with her favorite pictures and wanted us to read to her again and again.

My child development background confirms the children enjoy repetition because they love the familiar sights and sounds.

Autumn is 21 months and her vocabulary has grown fast. My daughter couldn’t keep track of the new words she gained and new things she learned to do. During my eight days of watching her, there was a book she wanted me to read to her over ten times. The title of the book is How Kind, about animals sharing with other animals. I also found her reading that book by herself.  I think she enjoys sharing. Upon my daughter’s and her hubby’s return from vacation, during a snack time, my daughter gave Autumn some green beans in a bowl. She gave each piece to her Mommy, Daddy, and Grandma before she ate the rest of them.

 

Child’s love to read

Greatly impacted by adults

Her idea of books

Is no different than toys

Both are fun, enjoyable

 

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Influence and Perception

 

 

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN

This is my first entry of Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, and the first Haibun I have written.

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN

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Stone Wall

Stone wall standing between the next door neighbor and our home, built to the maximum height of six feet tall. The neighbor originated the idea as I remember.  The new neighbor took a different turn. Neither the branches of my trees nor leaves of my plants are welcome to extend past the wall. I trimmed the orange tree to a half dome shape and make my plants behave.

Stone wall separates

Faces, communications

Turn to lone castles

The neighbor on the other side greets me in the morning, praises the plants and flowers in my garden. This is one of the two neighbors of twenty-five years. Other homes have a great turn over. New people seem to have stone faces. I try to reach out, yet favors didn’t receive any return.

Mystery of faces

Impenetrable stone

Some turns we have made

Retrieve to cautious islands

Never give, never receive

We had a neighborhood watch. A neighbor rang the doorbell when our garage door was still open at midnight. Where did the friendly neighbors go? Why have the neighborhood parties slipped away? I wonder!

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Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN