I wrote a Haiku on a flower that made me look at life differently. I like writing poetry. A Haiku is poetry in 3 lines. I have been intrigued by Haikus, that can say so much by writing so little. So I checked online on how to write a Haiku. I also discovered that when writing a Haiku for Nature..there is a specific format..5 syllables in the 1st line, 7 in the 2nd and 5 in the last line.
The yellow glows bright,
Red energy at its core,
Spreads sheer joy around.
So what got me to write this?
A friend shared a picture of a flower, marvelling at its beauty. I dismissed it as a hybrid flower and said I preferred the natural ones. Yet, something made me stop and look again. I suddenly saw so much more in it than just a flower..it radiated so much energy.
I had just finished doing a pencil sketch of a little bird and thats when this flower caught my attention. I have very little skill in doing watercolor images..but decided to try my hand at painting that flower.
After that I shared these pictures with a few artist friends for feedback. An art therapist friend made me dig deeper about the images..she made me bring out a story about the 2 images..and the result is below.
A tiny little bird – black, grey, white and brown
With a small yellow beak.
(But where has all the colour gone?)
Flits here and there,
Its fragile wings spread out.
Pecks at a seed, a berry, a tiny insect,
Chirping its faint bird song.
Spies a flower big and bright,
Bright as the sun – radiating joy all around.
The deep red within,
Beckons for a closer peep.
Ah! What does little birdie see?
A nice fat caterpillar for it to feed.
Now satiated, it rests a while,
Beside this golden aura,
Its wings dusted bright with yellow pollen.
Up, up and away into the blue skies,
It soars and flies again,
Joyful and free.
Back again to rest a while.
August 13th 2021
So why is this date important? Well, I was trying my hand at poetry, and art ..especially watercolor for the first time. Apart from that, it made me realize how our beliefs cloud our perceptions..when I was open to relooking at the flower, so much emerged about life. By having a conversation with the bird and the flower more thoughts emerged.
How often we dismiss simple things around us. This exercise taught me a lot…never to dismiss anything lightly, look deeper and we can find joy and meaning beyond what seems at the surface.
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