They spread their leaves (haibun)

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. Kahlil Gibran Sketch by Kahlil Gibran

In her youth she had  many plants in her home.  Begonias, African violets, dieffenbachias, spider plants, cactus and ivies. Oh! how she loved them!  Those years trying to have children, she treated each one like her baby.  Each plant had different needs… watered once a week, some twice, some once a month. All had their special personality, some shied from the sun, others rose with the sun and her prayer plant that folded at night reminding her always to say her prayers before going to sleep.  Now she had her mother and this plant to remind her.

One year she adopted  a beautiful fern that she kept in her bedroom where it was cooler and visitors might not rub on it.   And then, she had babies which took up all her attention. Most of her plants left for foster homes.

Her family moved to a home in the country, where there was room to run and play and plant a huge vegetable garden.  She planted marigolds around the vegetables to protect them from unwanted visitors and petunias and begonias in the front flower bed.

That was long ago. She’s  moved since then; the children grew up and left. She and her cat look out at her humble herb garden and a mother-in-law tongue sits in the dining room. Now the plant serves her, wagging its tongue and purifies the air.

© Clr '15
© Clr ’15

flowers blossom,
spread their leaves – then,
  the sun sets

© Tournesol’15

DversePoets – Haibun Monday

34 Replies to “They spread their leaves (haibun)”

  1. I wish I can maintain and keep up a garden ~ Plants do need mothering, specially if they have special requirements ~ A wonderful journey of life, told in the eyes of the gardener ~

    Life goes on, like the sun setting ~

    Thanks for joining us at Haibun Monday ~


  2. PerHaps trueSt
    form human
    is in a Temple
    of expression’s
    Kahlil Gibran
    sees this paint of
    greaTest beauty
    and thanks GOD
    it is still not
    from online
    poetry of
    less than

    God lives
    in Truth and Light
    Naked eYes
    wArm ReAl..:)


  3. I love how you visualize the life through the flowers.. how they change you, and you change them.. To have them serve you was a wonderful touch, and then there are the sunflower in your name as well, I love that you came and linked up with us.


  4. I went through times of much attention to gardening…I immersed myself in it and it gave to me as much as I gave to it. Now, I’m in a dry spell and let my daughter do the tending and “mothering.” Lovely haibun.


  5. Gardening is fulfilling, but time-consuming. And very much like bringing up children. Obviously one’s patience is fully tested in both situations. Thoughtful thoughts Cheryl



      1. I didn’t know that the link didn’t go down in the usual 33 hrs, looking at the prompt this morning I saw it was still up, so wrote one of my haibun this morning for it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention dear!


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