wilderness
one more stop to speak
a flower’s name


10 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

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    wilderness
    one more stop to speak
    a flower’s name

    —PHILIP WHITLEY

    The first word/line almost makes for a haiku like 'tundra' by Cor van den Heuvel!

    I think your haiku is fantastic. I can see why you didn't use the definite article [the] as it would detract into something else.

    I love how you have used the line break, even if it's the right place anyway, but there is something special about:

    "one more stop to speak"

    perhaps it's the alliteration and how the line interacts separately with the opening line and then the closing line.

    wilderness
    one more stop to speak

    *

    one more stop to speak
    the flower’s name

    Thank you, it's a poem that has lifted me, by a lot.

    warm regards,
    Alan

  2. Mike Schoenburg Says:

    ROSEBUD!

    my own backyard
    I forget
    to love it 🏡

  3. agnesevasavich Says:

    I love this so much! A simple thing – to name a flower – to acknowledge its existence by name rather than just passing by. Maybe in answer to a child's question, or a friend's, or just whispered to the self because you know or because you had to look it up on your phone. The joy of knowing by name, of elevating to importance. Love everything about it.

  4. Liz Gibbs Says:

    canopy of rowen leaves
    small islands of green
    fill the evening sky

  5. Carole Says:

    A lovely haiku Philip! So much in that last line, 'to speak a flower's name'. 'One more stop" seems filled with delight and awe in discovering yet another flower you know by name.

  6. Garry Says:

    wilderness
    one more stop to look up
    a flower’s name
    .
    To be used in the event of forgetfulness.

  7. Liz Gibbs Says:

    wilderness
    the for get me nots
    are not forgotten

  8. janewilliams Says:

    Immensely joyful. Love it.

  9. MaryJo Says:

    " to speak a flower's name"–to elevate it by naming it. A beautiful haiku. It makes all the difference in the world to be called by name.

  10. Philip Whitley Says:

    Thank you all for such kind remarks. It's a joy to communicate! I'm looking forward to tomorrow's poem.

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