Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sunflowers and Friends



sunflowers in hand
as we greet with a warm hug,
forever best friends

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bench in the garden
as we share a cup of tea,
memories and smiles 

~ ~ ~

sun comes out inside
as we spend the afternoon,
butterflies nearby



This is my contribution to Haiku Heights at http://haiku-heights.blogspot.com/ where the prompt today is warmth. I wrote a set of three haiku in a 5-7-5 syllabic form on friendship, using sunflowers as a metaphor. In my photo, I wanted to highlight the warmth of yellow sunflowers near other elements--wood, brick, tile. I'm contributing my photo to Floral Friday Fotos at http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/ and Pixel Dust Photo Art at http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/

I'm blessed to have great friends both near and far, and I'm grateful to have made even more wonderful friends since I started this blog. I find this community very supportive, and I look forward to make more friends here as we all share our thoughts, poetry, photos, and art. May friendship shine like a sunflower!

58 comments:

  1. I love the striking simplicity of the angle, straight lines against the yellow circular petals. The Haiku makes it even more lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Ceevee. I had fun experimenting. I took this shot from different angles and liked this one the best :)

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  2. Beautiful!!! Love the post and the photo. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much. Have a great weekend, too :)

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  3. They are such happy flowers, beautiful words too!

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    1. Thank you, Ruth. Yes, sunflowers are so cheerful :)

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  4. Wonderful spring time haiku ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  5. Beautiful image! (Sunflowers are my favourite flower!)

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Isn't that a sunflower in your profile pic? :)

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  6. Beautiful picture. I think you've inspired me to try my hand at a Haiku, as I said last week. Is a 5-7-5 format the standard format? It seems to flow very well.

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    1. Thanks, Keith. It's 5-7-5 or 3-5-3 as long it's 17 syllables or less. That's the pure haiku. If you're interested, check out the Haiku Heights site where I linked. More info about haiku format there and nice haiku from other poets. Good luck trying it out!

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  7. A very happy-happy Haiku! Sweet!

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  8. Lovely picture and fantastic haikus!

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  9. Beautiful picture you show.
    Wishing you a good weekend.
    Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

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    1. Thank you, Hanne, have a good weekend, too :)

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  10. Sunflower's name is very apt for their bright-yellow cheerful color and they're beautiful but so is friendship also ! Have a nice weekend :)

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    1. Thank you! You've been cooking some delicious meals. I'll visit your blog a little later :)

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  11. Lovely post, both words and photo! Sunflowers are such cheerful flowers, are they not?

    Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos!

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    1. Thanks, your sunflowers were pretty, too :)

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  12. Nice and warming set of haiku! Friendship is really a great comfort and warmth!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. What a bright and cheery photo...and a beautiful, uplifting poem! Thank you for sharing your words and image; they both made me smile. :)

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    1. Thank you, Sherri, glad I made you smile :)

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  14. Really wonderful, well-executed composition of photo and poetry! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. This is lovely It captures the warms of summer and friendship.

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    1. Thank you, Patti, a warm combination indeed :)

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  16. Beautiful warm haiku set! I also like your words after the haiku series - very emotionally and rightly said!!!

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  17. Each haiku a delight for my heart.. but my favourites have always been butterflies.. RS:)

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    1. Thank you, Ramesh. Yes, butterflies are lovely and so carefree :)

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  18. Your Haiku is lovely. I especially liked the last portion. Sunflowers are very cheerful and you combined them in a wonderful way with your poetry.

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  19. I love these haikus Loredana, and what a perfect image to go with them.
    Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, have a great weekend, too! :)

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  20. I love the image of the sunflowers, and your words!
    Have a wonderful weekend:)

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    1. Thank you, Monica. Loved your moon shot. Have a nice weekend!

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  21. Nice use of metaphor of warmth and happiness ~

    You are doing very well in this form ~

    Just a small suggestion, you might want to use a comma to cut your images into two like this:

    sun comes out inside
    as we spend the afternoon,
    butterflies nearby

    Cheers to you ~

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement and suggestion, Grace! I added a comma in each haiku after the second line. You're right, it does show the two images better. Ah, the wonders of a comma :)

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  22. Lovely sunflowers and haiku.
    Very nicely done!!

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  23. Delicious diagonal composition, I love this beautiful picture of sunflowers, beautiful colors.

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    1. Thanks, Leovi. So glad everyone is enjoying the sunflowers!

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  24. Beautiful photo and haiku!
    Have a great day.
    Mette

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  25. Can't think of a better symbol for friendship than your sunflowers Loredana! Love the image and the sentiments in the three haiku. Thank you for sharing your talents with Photo Art Friday.

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