10 Line Poem Challenge 20 – Double Tetractys – Peace


10 Line Poem Challenge 20 – Double Tetractys – Peace

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# Decastich Challenge – 20

If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

Life Tension Warnings – Peace

don’t think
best answer
to a problem
not always easy to do in one’s life
little problems keep slowly approaching
tormenting me
the old mind

 Double Tetractys is

  • A decastitch (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line.
  • Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1
  • It should express a complete thought and may be on any theme and express any mood.
  • Rhyme is optional.

#ForgivingFridays – https://forgivingconnects.com/2018/03/02/todays-forgiving-fridays-endless-possibilities/

Weekend Writing Prompt #33 – Time


Weekend Writing Prompt #33 – Time

Thank you, Sammi Cox, for the prompt – Time

Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge.


Prose Challenge – Write a story in 175 words where the central theme is time travel.

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem of no more than 20 lines where the first line:

  • starts with the word “Time”
  • is repeated at least twice

Measuring Time

Time is a progress of existence
In the past, present, onto the future
Time measured by the hour
24 hour day is 86400 seconds
You may stand still but the seconds
Still keeps turning over every day

Time measured by a sundial
Using a gnomon to cast a shadow
On a set of markings
Calibrated to the hour
The position of the shadow
Marks the hour in local time

Whatever way you measure time
Enjoy every single minute of the day
As the sand in a hourglass flows
Measuring the passage of time
It is the same all around the world
We can not escape time ever

All About Orchids – Beautiful Flowers

Orchid 2017

All About Orchids – Beautiful Flowers

Orchids are a beautiful flower, that you can get weeks of joy in admiring the bloom before they fade and die.

Maybe it was a passing fad, but orchids were one of those crazes I had, I still love orchids, and my family still give me orchids, but I have found I do not look after them as well as I used to.

The main problem is, I never seem to get them repotted after flowering, that is what they need or they just seem to die or not flower the next year, they need a lot of feeding in the spring and summer.

They are not cheap to buy and I thank my family for all those beautiful orchid they have gifted me.


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Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium Orchids have been gracing living rooms and conservatories for decades, they survive a surprising amount of cold, even thriving light frosts that catch me out in late autumn.

Living in the hills in eastern Taranaki, they did not like the cold winds even in the autumn, it knocks them.

I get caught out with the slugs and ants getting at the flower spikes before they have really formed.

If you are growing Cymbidium orchids, in the summer place them outdoors under the shade of a large tree, and give them plenty of water.

Decrease the water in the autumn and overwinter – only water once the plant is completely dry.

Feed them frequently in spring and summer, but give them a rest from feeding in the winter.

There are hundreds of hybrids available in stores, but it pays to purchase plants in flower so you know what you are getting unless you know the names of the plant you are purchasing.

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Phalaenopsis – Moth Orchids

I have had Moth Orchids flowers to last for over two months inside they are well worth the price you pay for them, as one plant is more economical than buying fresh flowers every week.

But to make them last they need a little bit of tender loving care.

Place them in a position that receives filtered natural light, constant warmth, high humidity, good air circulation and minimum nighttime temperature of 15 c.

Set the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and topped with water to help maintain humidity levels.

Feed them weekly, year-round, with dilute soluble fertilizer, applied when watering.

Water only when the plant is almost, but not quite dry.

Cut flowers stem back to just above the second node from the base to promote further flowering – but don’t chop off the strange looking aerial roots sticking out of the soil.


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Cattleya Orchids

Cattleya orchids are often used as corsage flowers because of their size and fragrance.

They require the same temperature and light conditions as moth orchids.

Water and feed Cattleya regularly in spring and summer.

Reduce watering in autumn and winter (or after flowering), allowing them to dry out between watering as they are very susceptible to over-watering.


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Paphiopedilum – Slipper Orchid

Slipper orchids have been classed as a poor man’s orchid, but I never thought of it as that, it is a beautiful orchid, well worthy of there name.

The slipper orchid is fascinating, the little pouch on the front lip of the flower is designed to trap small insects, which become covered in pollen.

When they escape, the insects transfer the pollen to another orchid.

When treated correctly slipper orchid flowers will last for months, and they do.

Place them in a high light position out of direct sun. They prefer day-time temperatures in the region of 21c to 26c and night temperatures of 15c, although a period of lower night temperatures in autumn will help initiate new flower buds.

Keep them constantly moist, but not soggy over summer and just moist in winter. Keep water away from the leaf base where flowers emerge to prevent new buds rotting.

Feed orchids with a weak solution of soluble plant food every fourth watering. Re-pot every second year.


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Disa Orchids

Disa orchids grow naturally amongst reeds on the banks of cold mountain streams in their native homeland, South Africa.

Unlike most other orchids which are grown in a bark mix, Disa orchids are grown in chopped sphagnum moss or a peat and pumice mix.

Grow them in a sunny to semi-shaded area outdoors anywhere the temperatures do not fall below freezing.

Water them with fresh rainwater and feed with 1/4-strength soluble plant food over spring and summer.

Re-pot new shoots each year and be sure to discard old flower shoots.

A tip or two about repotting orchids   Don’t over-pot orchids, they resent being in containers much larger than their root system.

Re-pot when roots have just started coming through the base of the pot.

Feed with well-diluted soluble fertilizer while watering and go easy on fertilizer – little and often is the key

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 5


#NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 5

What is Nano Poblano?

 It is thirty posts in the month of November for National Blog Posting Month (or as we call it over in Cheer Peppers town – NanoPoblano!)

A quote – giving you food for thought about writing.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” 

― Louis L’Amour


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Also Written for – Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017 ‘Life is Beautiful’ Day 22

Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017, 30 days of writing haiku and tanka, one a day on a theme.  For this CDHK Retreat Chevrefeuille have chosen the theme “Life is Beautiful”.

choppy flood waters
sweeping away everything
alarming local humans

Carpe Diem #1282 Sacred Stones


Carpe Diem #1282 Sacred Stones

Copy from Chevrefeuilles Blogspot

“sacred stones” (or Ovoo). An ovoo (heap) is a sacred cairn found in Mongolian shamanic religious traditions, usually made from rocks with wood or from wood.

Ovoos are often found at the top of mountains and in high places, like mountain passes. They serve mainly as Tengriism religious sites, used in the worship of the mountains and the sky as well as in Buddhist or Shamanist ceremonies, but often are also landmarks.

In our lives we have all places we have sweet memories at, we have points in our life that are our milestones, our sacred stones, our Ovoo. Isn’t that a nice idea that the Ovoo stands also for the milestones in our life?

sacred stones
built like a memory on the way
high in the mountains

© Chèvrefeuille

deep silence
taking the right path ?
stepping stones

© Chèvrefeuille

My thought’s about life

Sacred Stones to me are the stepping stones in life, each point is a milestone as the years go by, in old age if you can sit back in your armchair and feel contented with what you have achieved over the years, then you can live those golden years in peace.


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is not the key to success
start now take small steps
your rewards will be tenfold
enjoy the climb as you go

This tanka poem is my contribution to life and success, it does work, I’m living, prove.

Carpe Diem #1280 Wheel of Creation


Carpe Diem #1280 Wheel of Creation

Seeking Peace Within

Haiku is not only the poetry of nature, but it is also a way to find that peace. While strolling through nature we become one with nature, become part of nature (as it was once meant to be) and then we experience the beauty of our Earth. We have to cherish her beauty, Earth is the only source to find peace of mind and heart. Isn’t that what we all see as our goal?

cherry blossom
long cold night

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

Continuing our walk down memory lane Chèvrefeuille is reminding us about our search for peace within and reading Bhagavad Gita.

The Bhagavad Gita often referred to as simply the Gita is a 700 verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.Wikipedia


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achieve inner peace
by practicing forgiveness
letting go the past

Carpe Diem Time Glass #1 re-start


Carpe Diem Time Glass #1 re-start

“Time Glass”. The goal is to create haiku or tanka inspired on a theme within 24 hours.

As you all know haiku is an impression of a moment, as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into the water.

That short time can help you to create your haiku (or tanka) based on that single moment.

That theme can be a haiku, a tanka, a waka, an image or just a word  And for the “restart” of this feature, I have chosen a haiku to inspire you.

And here is Chevrefeuille haiku to help find an inspiration:

a little verse
lighted a fire in my heart
addicted to love

My Image for inspiration


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Re-Start Haiku poem

a perfect white rose
gesture of remembrance
joy light and glory

Carpe Diem #1275 nakedness


Carpe Diem #1275 nakedness

Nakedness is maybe somewhat controversial at CDHK, but let Chèvrefeuille gives you his idea about “nakedness”.

We were all born naked, but as we grow up we learned that one cannot go naked through the streets.

Nakedness is private, so if you love to be naked, then you have to that in your own home, maybe your garden, but not on the streets.

In my opinion “nakedness” is part of nature, there are no living creatures, except us humans, that use clothing to cover their nakedness. So if we are part of nature, as we surely do, why not going naked?

Why do we feel ashamed as we walk naked through our own home, not for our loved ones around us, but maybe for those who walk outside your window, they maybe see your nakedness?


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Nakedness Haiku

every human child
born naked has angels wings
to the mothers eyes

Carpe Diem #1274 Ryuko-ji (compassion)


Carpe Diem #1274 Ryuko-ji (compassion)

Today Carpe Diem have chosen one of the temples on Shikoku Island to inspire you with. This temple is named Ryuko-ji and is devoted to the Buddha of Compassion. One of the main ideas of Buddhism. In that episode (HERE) I also told you a little about the “State of Zen” in haiku and I remember that I told you a little bit more about “wordlessness”.

“Wordlessness” (in  Chèvrefeuille opinion) is one of the pillars of haiku. Look at haiku. Three lines, approximately 17 syllables and around 15 or 20 words. It’s a very short poem, but in that poem, the strength is the scenes that are tools about without words. So “wordlessness” is part of haiku.

at dawn
dew shimmers
morning glories

© Chèvrefeuille (“wordlessness”-haiku)


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My haiku telling a tale with very little words using the image above

autumn in the air
leaves falling

7 words, 10 syllables.

Carpe Diem #1265 perfume


Carpe Diem #1265 perfume

Celebrating Five Years of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Todays Prompt is Perfume

 Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, not only for the colorful trees and bushes but also for the perfume of autumn. I like the smell of decaying leaves, the smell of roasted chestnuts … the warm cider in front of the fireplace. It’s all autumn …

sweet perfume
decaying leaves dance
through the street

© Chèvrefeuille


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Elsie’s Haiku

perfume harvest crop
sweet smell of straw still lingers
weather cooler now