Last week, Ruth Ayers invited her online writing group (SOS: Sharing Our Stories) to write about 7 small things. Instead, I chose to write about anger. Anger is not a small thing. Anger is a big thing, an explosive thing. It starts small and then grows.
As I read some members’ blog posts this week, I was reminded about the importance of simple joys. All week, I kept turning lists of small things over and over in my mind. I have always been attracted to the small seemingly insignificant things: stop to notice the dandelion blooming between the cracks in concrete. I’m a photographer, and so as I make my way through a mountain pass or a city street, my eye is always on the small things that most people would miss. Those small things aren’t always aesthetic or beautiful, they were just common, ordinary things. In their ordinariness lies their unique importance.
Poet, Valerie Worth, wrote a book for children called All Small. I’ve used her poems to teach children to notice the wonders of small things. Small IS beautiful. The world consists of countless small things and those small things are what what makes the world an incredible place of wonderment.
As I made those lists in my mind of small things, as I reflected on a selection of small items, I thought about the work of Basho, the 17th century Japanese poet who was a master of haiku – the 3 line poem of 5-7-5 syllables.
The old pond. A frog leaps in. Sound of the water.
Their own fire Are on the trees, the fireflies Around the house with flowers.
I decided to try my hand at some haiku for this last week of April, focusing on the small all around me. I offer these seven small things to you now.
Apple blossoms pink Branches tap on my window A burst of bright spring
Here pinecones scatter
Among the gray-green bracken
Thorny and silent
Petals on petals
Center holds beauty
Salt, sand, surf meets shore
Shells in pink light perfect
Curves – one to another
Perfect sculpted fur Squirrel’s not camera shy Swishes his puffed tail
Egret stands alone
Graceful curved neck – peaceful
Alert – swish of fish
8 thoughts on “Invitations to Wonder…”
I am a fan of Valerie Worth’s poems. Just as I am a fan of the way you made the words dance for each of your photos. My favorite is the peony, but the squirrel is a close second.
Thank you! I’m partial to peonies! The photos were hard for me to upload – took hours to do. Have to find a better way. I’m so glad you enjoyed them.
That last, gorgeous picture of the egret was amazing! As a fellow searcher for small things, I loved your haiku. This was beautifully written!
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Love that I you always gift me with some new small treasure, Jojo! I hadn’t heard of Valerie Worth or that great book. Her poems are like paintings — giving such remarkable visual detail.
Your photographs and haikus are beautiful. I like the peony one the best. Maybe because of the visual image it gave me.
The photos are beautiful, and your haikus are so focused. In a minimalist genre, so many images burst. I loved them.
Wow….just wow. I love the big meaning in your small poems. I love the way you see the world. Thank you for letting us peek into your corner!
PS — If you can reduce the resolution to 72 ppi (pixels per inch), then that should make the images more manageable to upload and doesn’t effect the quality on the web.
That means so much to me, Ruth – Thank you!
I will take your advice about the resolution – I was playing with it, and I will continue!
I love the haikus with the picture that inspired it. Beautiful way to share small joys.