My Response to Today’s Word of the Day Challenge: Fresh

suburban wanders
as fresh cut grass’ scent dances
memories awake

Today’s Word of the Day Challenge features “fresh”. As it’s spring here in the suburbs of Seattle, and I’m listening to a mower’s drone, this flowed from my keyboard.

Word of the Day Challenge: Traffic, A Haiku

Along The Road

feet moving southwards
a moment free of traffic
memories of the road

Today’s Word of the Day Challenge is Traffic. I took the photo above on one of last week’s daily walks. Memories of long-ago road trips. That moment of breaking free from the urban, of the slog of traffic, facing the freedom, and cruelty, of the road. Washington and Oregon’s backroads, where one goes for miles without seeing other cars. When you do, only the briefest intersection, a burst of rushing wind, abruptly quieting to nothing. Only my engine’s hum remains.

Word of the Day Challenge: Abandoned

Photo by Cu00e9line Chamiot-Poncet on

troubling my mind
why was this place abandoned?
these lives forgotten

Today’s Word of the Day Challenge features the word “abandoned”, which reminded me of all the houses I’ve seen, empty, decaying. I wonder about the lives that were there before. I wonder about what caused these places to be left behind. What joys, sadnesses and pain have faded into oblivion?

Word of the Day Challenge: Habit, A Haiku

walking every day
my delightful new habit
feeling the sunlight

Today’s Word of the Day Challenge is to use the word “Habit”. As one of my key foci in 2021 has been daily walks, this seems a relevant post. This photo is from one my neighborhood parks from a walk this week.

Today’s Word Of The Day Haiku: Sad

do you know I’m sad?

walking alone on concrete

tears hidden by rain

This is my contribution to today’s Word of the Day Challenge: Sad. Fitting, I guess, for a rainy, gloomy day in Seattle. Many days like today’s hosted sadness. Lately, though, even in the midst of the pandemic, I feel calmness, tranquility.

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WordPress Word Of The Day: Vendetta

standing under clouds
the squirrels and crows arguing
ancient vendettas?

I discovered the WordPress “Word of the Day” challenge a long-time ago. Getting these prompts helped keep my creative side engaged. Then the WordPress team ended that project. Fortunately, others have stepped up to keep that initiative going.

Today’s word is “vendetta“. A challenging word, especially for my focus on haiku. As I watch the crows and squirrels quibble over the breadcrumbs in my backyard, I came up with this one. I hope you enjoy it!