POETIC BLOOMINGS is a Phoenix Rising Poetry Guild site established in May 2011 to nurture and inspire the creative spirit.


Things take on a different slant when we give them human traits. And imagined conversations between inanimate objects could be as interesting. Couple that with the simplicity of our INFORM Hay(na)ku, and we are back on track with some excellent (and always difficult) choices.

First for the “PERSON-TO-PERSON” prompt, Michelle Hed takes us outside for this bit of joyful banter.

The Grass and The Trees but Not the Bumblebees by Michelle Hed

“Here she comes!
Where? I don’t see her!

Ah, her feet are bare,
her skin caresses my blades.
What are you talking about,
she is crushing you!
No, no it feels good.

I think you are nuts.
Oh, she is coming towards me,
she has more suet to put in the feeder
that I hold for her.
You mean that box,
hanging by a wire that is cutting into your skin?
It’s not cutting me!
See, she is smiling
and oh.my.gosh.
she just patted my trunk!
I’m melting.
You are pathetic.

You are just jealous
Because she only touches you with your feet!
I am not!

Oh look, it’s sprinkler time!
Aw, that feels so good on my roots.
Yeah, my blades are soaking it in
and standing tall.
I love that woman.
Yeah, me too.”

(C) Michelle Hed, 2014


The Hay(na)ku form seems to have become a favorite alternative to the haiku, tanka, pi-ku genre of short form poetry. It can express a statement, or linked together become a complete thought. Many were deserving. My choice this week is Paula Wanken’s  Carpe Diemesque “We Are Still Here”

WE ARE STILL HERE by Paula Wanken

Summer is waning.
Daylight hours,

Do not lament.
Enjoy what’s

Here’s proof…we
are still

P. Wanken



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  1. Wonderful!! Congratulations Michelle and Paula!!

  2. Thank you so much Walt! What a lovely surprise to wake up to this morning!

    Thank you Viv, William and Hen!

    Congrats Paula! Love your poem – enjoy what’s left indeed.

  3. Congrats, Paula and Michelle!

  4. Congratulations to two very talented ladies!!

  5. Walt – thank you for the honor. I don’t know if the Hay(Na)Ku will surpass the use of Shadorma for me, but it is a great form that I used many times this week already! Thank you for informing this poet! 🙂 And congratulations to fellow Bloomer, Michelle! And…for those who linked over to my blog to see the poem paired with the photo…thank you. I’m nearly 2/3 of the way through a “100 Days” project and the photographers with whom I’ve been collaborating have been very inspirational…the more people I get to see their work, the better. 🙂

  6. Both were SWEET! Excellent choices! Congrats to Paula & Michelle. 🙂

  7. connielpeters on said:

    Congrats Michelle and Paula. Great pics!

  8. Michelle and Paula, congrats on lovely work.

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