Posted by: janetleigh | May 28, 2008

Haiku 4 U

Stately red poppy
singularly dejected –
discovers new bud!


Photo by Steve FE



  1. I like the hopefulness in that poem. :)

  2. living in nor cal i am blessed with the resurgence of our beautiful native poppies every spring.. they are one of my favorites…

  3. sometimes we all feel like the red poppy

  4. i had to change my domain name to please change your links and or feed as necessary

    all you will have to do is remove the – from between why and paisley,, everything else will remain the same and will redirect you to the correct page…. sorry for the inconvenience…

  5. Yes, yes, there it is standing alone /stately red poppy/ in a field of white or undeveloped flowers, so conspicuous, the rugged individual, the pariah/singularly dejected/–yet entirely able to persevere, to promulgate its message, to be proud of its individuality, its uniqueness, as it /discovers new bud!/. Yes, as one of your commentors mentioned, sometimes we all have felt this way, the black sheep in the herd of white, the white tiger in a sea of orange stripes, the Scottish Highlander, hairy and long-horned billeted in a herd of Herefords. So, you the poetess, the poet, the woman, the person, has had this moment of introspection leading to a smile, an epithany, a realization that your very redness is God’s gift. So go forth, kiss the bees and birds, and spread your seed, smear the fields with your vermilion vigor.


  6. It’s a darling!

  7. Hi Janetleigh, hope your having a relaxing weekend.
    This single red poppy, may stand alone,… but….it stands out from everything else beautifully. :-D

  8. Uplifting words. And the image — it’s like a pep talk in visual form. ;) I can’t stop staring and grinning. (It also reminds me of the scenery in the TV series ‘Pushing Daisies’.) Cheers.

  9. nice;

  10. I loved this.

    The words suggest a dejection. The picture, to me, was resplendent with joy. I loved the dichotomy. Maybe it was a reflection of what I am feeling lately — a mixture of pleasure (good riddance to a job that caused me endless grief) and trepedition (being “unemployed” can be a scary place to be). Little wonder then that I feel like that flower – dejected and yet eagerly looking for new buds, new opportunities, new ways of enjoying life.

    Thanks a ton for this vignette, Janet. (Also thanks for your posts at my blog. My blogging has become very irregular lately… might as well not do it than do it irregularly, I feel sometimes. And yet — why restrict myself by these self-made rules. I’ll blog when I feel like. :))

  11. The words fit perfectly with the image, the poppy has such a expectant look.

  12. Strange, I thought I commented on this. oh well, the poppy is my favourite flower, that colour, the flash of it in green fields, beautiful fire flickers, I love this photo and your words.

  13. I was reading some Tole the other day, and he made a statement, that became a haiku:

    Do not quote the Buddha,
    be the Buddha,
    be the enlightened one.

    Pretty heavy stuff about living in the NOW, and only “visiting” the past and the future. I wonder how poetry fits into this maxim?


  14. cool photo and haiku! I like haiku!

    Your banner photo is great and there are lots of other great posts.

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