dVerse — Haibun — Summer’s Growth Bath

Merril is the host of dVerse today. Merril says:
So today, I want you to conjure the magic of nature in your haibun. Think about the words, too, as of course, you do in poetry anyway.

With the almost-daily rains, every herbaceous being grows lush with green. Where the bearded iris have two blossoms other years, this year there were four or more on each stalk. The peonies took longer to blossom, but the buds were more numerous and grew rotund and tight before bursting into bright pinks and frosted pinks, side by side. Even the cut willow pieces from the fallen limb sprouted and hoped to reach soil to continue.

With so much water and herbiage, faunal forms are burgeoning also. From the sounds of the peepers earlier and now the bullfrogs, there is a plethora of procreation going on. The mosquitos fly in clouds and are ravenous, but they feed so many others I don’t begrudge their snacking on me once in awhile if they are quick and are not seen. Parent birds are starting to bring their fledglings to the feeders, with their plaintive cries if mom or pop doesn’t hop-to with the morsels.

Along with the welcome flora and fauna are the unwelcome – like poison ivy. Every year it continues to encroach into “my” space. I went to pull some last week, wearing gloves. I put it into a 5-gallon pail to die. Three days later, where even the slightest touch of its leaves on my skin, is blisters. As I walked down the back hall this week and looked out of the window, a tendril is growing tall and keeping an eye on me, and waiting for me to come out and play again.

Raincloud umbrellas
drench all life forms without bias –
summer’s growth bath.

poison ivy

Video of peonies in the yard:

36 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    You should be very careful around it. Don’t go out to “ play “ with it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I swore I’d never go near it the previous time, and I was so careful this time. I learned my lesson. No more playing with poison ivy.

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  2. merrildsmith says:

    You are right–everything is lush here, too! I hope you aren’t too allergic to the poison ivy.
    I really the images in your haiku.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Merril.

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  3. Grace says:

    Such is life, we have to battle with weeds. Rain invites life of all kinds.

    And I can’t wait for my peonies to bloom.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, but do they have to be weeds with vengeance? 😉 Please will you post pictures when your peonies bloom??

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  4. gillena cox says:

    Take care of yourself. Enjoy the Summer rains.
    Happy Monday

    Much❤🕊❤love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gillena!

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  5. kanzensakura says:

    Ha! after being in hospital with poison ivy and oak, I avoid it at all costs. I love your peonies! They are gorgeous. Rain is indeed the summer’s growth bath. We haven’t had any in awhile but our time is coming! Great haiku.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Toni for the compliments. I’m so sorry to hear those evil plants put you in hospital. Did you burn it? I did read if you try to burn it, the poisonous oil is dispersed into the air and can be breathed into your lungs and airway passages. How did they treat you in the hospital if you don’t mind my asking?

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  6. Maggie C says:

    Ah, those peeping tendrils! Be careful!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I will thanks, Maggie. It really feels like it is taunting me. I want to go out and cut it down in a bad way, but I can’t take a chance 😦

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  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    There does seem to be a lot of rain this year. I like how the cut willow took advantage of it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, the willow has a will to live, piece by piece.

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  8. Lovely from start to finish—the story, the images and that final, gorgeous wet haiku 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you ❤

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  9. calmkate says:

    sounds deliciously lush but that ivy needs another intervention …

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    1. msjadeli says:

      the “spreaders” on the vine are trying to grow into my screen now, and that is happening in a matter of days! this plant is sheer evil!

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      1. calmkate says:

        sounds like you do need to call in the ivy busters, do they have such a team 😉

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I don’t know, but I’m going to find out. Ivy Busters, I like that 🙂

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          1. calmkate says:

            derived from Ghost Busters, who ya gonna call!

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  10. I’m so grateful not to have to deal with poison ivy… other weeds we can deal with.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I need to get a plant exterminator in to get it away from the house. You’re blessed not to have it in your area.

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  11. memadtwo says:

    It is a lush summer indeed. My plants are twice as big as last year. No poison ivy yet, though…(K)

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  12. Lona Gynt says:

    Still go out and play, we can’t let the terrorists win! Plus poison ivy is good for business says Dr. Lona. 😉
    Seriously, hope you can be all summer girl and still avoid the poison vine. This reminds me a bit of the leveling, rain falls on it all. Indifferent and lovely.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Thank you for your lovely comments, Lona.

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  13. Nature’s Vines in all Things
    Nourishing Life Verily
    DiViNE
    Do Hug
    And yes
    Strangle
    Life too.. hehe..
    Helicopter
    Parent
    Mother
    Nature
    Will Thrive
    No matter
    what We Do
    With THiNK TanK SiNK..;)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      hugs and strangles indeed. I went out with the loppers today, my hands inside of plastic bags, handles at max extension, and cut short a dastardly vine with glee. this piece of nature thrived in victory this day lol

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      1. HaHa DiViNE
        Defeat The Vine Day..;)

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        1. msjadeli says:

          It felt so good to smite the vine!

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          1. HahaDiViNE HuMoR
            ALways Happy Enough..:)

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  14. rothpoetry says:

    Beautiful! Rain on the just and the unjust! How fitting for our time. Love the video!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dwight, yes, let it rain/reign over us all.

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