#Haibun: Spring

My Garden of Wildflowers
Mesa, AZ

Winter is different here in the desert southwest. While others up north have snow and more snow, we have sunshine days with a few freezing nights to keep us humble. Last night was one of those nights.

I awaken to the garden fountain frozen and crusted with ice, yet it still labors to move the water. The birds, hungry from a long night of cold temperatures are having a feeding frenzy at the feeders. Scattered around the fountain edge are bodies of dead bees. They drink from this fountain daily, but the cold snap must have surprised them.

I’m sad for the bees, but there is life in the garden, for a garden is a constant cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

spring’s eternal hope
from tiny seeds to blossoms
wildflowers blooming

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Garden Fountain
Mesa, AZ

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Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 23 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and on her Amazon Author Page

30 Comments on “#Haibun: Spring

  1. A gorgeous Haibun and an amazing photo. I was shocked at how cold it feels here in Arizona in the winter. I don’t remember it feeling so cold when I lived in Peoria (many, many years ago). I’m sure climate change has changed the temperatures here too. But that sun… we are lucky to feel the sun. ❤

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  2. We haven’t had a real snowfall this year at all (yet) here in south Jersey. This is so true: ” for a garden is a constant cycle of life, death, and rebirth.” Spring is a time of hope.

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  3. I immediately felt sad for the bees but your beautiful poem made sense with the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Simply wonderful imagery, vivid descriptions and a gentle, uplifting ending, bravo Linda 🙂

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  4. I love the simple eye here, reading what is, the life which surrounds, the death of those who can’t survive. The ice and the blooms both. Thanks so for bringing this to earthweal. – Brendan

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  5. Thank you for the reminder Linda. Your words and the photo of the fountain took me back to my life in Southern Africa. WInters were a few frosty mornings, brilliant sunshine and clear blue skies for months and being quite comfortable in a shirt and shorts after 9:00 am. After 15 years, I still find Canadian winters a bit harsh although this one has been,mild..

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