A garden visit

Swarms of garden gazers
gleefully swoop on bold bedding, right-royal roses,
past pools of voluptuous vegetation, they stream
along water features for refreshments

As solitary bee, I skulk behind bamboo
conjure haikus and listen to the quivering, quaking stems
when human hubbub trails away

Just 44 words for De’s quadrille prompt: Quiver

33 Comments on “A garden visit

  1. Oh, that last stanza is so wonderful! The sounds in bamboo/haiku…and the image created. Just stunning.

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  2. Killer second stanza, love the bee’s POV, helping us to be even more aware of what goes on beneath our feet, and in the tall grass.

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  3. I love the perspective of your quadrille, Laura, and the image of a bee conjuring haiku while humans create a hubbub in the bamboo!

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  4. Just read it again, but this time aloud. Loving the sounds in this. That human hubbub being one. The alliteration is wonderful.

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  5. Crowd scenes in quiet gardens are not my favourite place either. Oh, to be a bee, and just get on with something useful.

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  6. Yes, we have to wait for the rest to leave us – quiet gardens are wonderful. And I prefer photos with no strangers…

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  7. Love the two different moods of the swarm and the solitary and how your use of words changes for each ‘right royal roses’ verses your beautiful (as much mentioned) bamboo/conjure haiku. Truly beautiful. Quiver inspired you to bees and me to pregnant cats 🙄

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    • very well observed and spot on – deliberate use of swarm/people and solitary/me/poet.

      p.s. maybe our inspiration for quiver has something to do with milk and honey

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