Counting up to 70 – “Up a Tree”

“Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.” Baha’i

As I “count up” to my 70th birthday” I think more and more about choice & inevitability,  and the wonder of the unknown.  When I received these pictures from my friend Sharon they struck me as reflecting the human condition . . . mine included. 

unnamed-11Tree, speak to me

of essence

Speak to me.

unnamed-10reaching ever reaching

for the Source

unnamed-9clinging to the sky

soaring from the earth

unnamed-8growing visible invisible patterns

in time and space

unnamed-7clinging tenaciously

clinging by my roots 

 to a passage yet unknown

Thanks Sharon for sharing!

Becca Givens posts pictures of  trees she photographs on her blog Sunday Trees.  Becca has much more discipline than I do as it is every Sunday!  Here’s some of her “trees” Sunday Trees 03Sunday Trees 08Sunday Trees 26 in the Mayan Ruins



Hooked on the Haiku BRANCH – tu haiku for yu

 Rooted in God’s love

we are all leaves of one tree

and fruits of one branch

“A fundamental teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith,  is the oneness of the world of humanity. Addressing mankind, He says: “Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.”  

“In this way His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh expressed the oneness of humankind whereas in all religious teachings of the past, the human world has been represented as divided into two parts, one known as the people of the Book of God or the pure tree and the other the people of infidelity and error or the evil tree.”

“The former were considered as belonging to the faithful and the others to the hosts of the irreligious and infidel; one part of humanity the recipients of divine mercy and the other the object of the wrath of their Creator.

His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh removed this by proclaiming the oneness of the world of humanity and this principle is specialized in His teachings for He has submerged all mankind in the sea of divine generosity. Some are asleep; they need to be awakened. Some are ailing; they need to be healed. Some are immature as children; they need to be trained. But all are recipients of the bounty and bestowals of God.”

Golden Snub Nose

Golden Snub Nose

When you’re stuck in mud

need to climb to higher ground

any branch will do


Haiku Horizons – prompt BRANCH

On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea, Becca Givens 

The Baha’i World Faith

Small Stones

Love, Love, Love this post by Becca!

by Becca Givens

Small Stone
garden path
with autumn leaves
squirrels hunt
miser hoards

“What are small stones?”

“A small stone is a short piece of writing (any style) that precisely captures a fully engaged moment for you. The process of discovering small stones is as significant as the finished creation. Searching for small stones encourages you to keep your senses on the “alive and alert” status. Involve yourself with a new set of eyes, ears, nose, mouth, fingers, feelings and mind. In short … OPEN, OPEN, OPEN!” Becca Givens



Here’s my pebble

The feel of dog’s wet nose & schmutzy face:

Health and love.

The Ultimate Grace of Gratitude

Becca Givens always inspires me with her poetry, her art, her vision of the world. She reposted this short film, THE ULTIMATE GRACE OF GRATITUDE, by Jamie Dedes from INTO THE BARDO

I can’t say it any better than Becca: “May this touch your heart, soul and spirit in the ways you need – as it did mine! Enjoy with many blessings ~”

Becca Givens “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”

Becca’s Meditative Art Note Cards


Flawed Fleas by Max

I’ve reposted several of Becca Givens’ haikus.  Becca created another memorable vision in the elegant haiku form:

Goal of Perfection

Goal of perfection
Flawed, disenchanted burden
Precious time wasted

by Becca Givens

I read her haikus regularly. Today, for the first time, I clicked on the link on her blog and came upon ANOTHER blog

Haiku Heights – which gives out word prompts for haikus.

Sounded like fun so I tried my “hand” at the new haiku prompt FLAW

And Max tried his “paw” too!

Perfection no flaws
Nothing more and nothing less
Can’t tinker with God

by Judy

Flawed Fleas by MAX

Lick their little lips

When taking a bite of me

Flawed and hungry fleas

Try it yourself!

  1. First line 5 syllables
  2. Second line 7 syllables
  3. Third line 5 syllables.

Brushes Jump! and so do Hearts

Love these poems by Becca Givens.  Check out her blog.
She posts her picture poems like these almost everyday.

P.S. For those not familiar with paint: Water color is fluid, acrylic is water based, will overwhelm water color, dries quickly and oil paint takes about 3 centuries to truly dry.  In other words, loading all onto one brush watch the . . .

Brushes Jump!

 by Becca Givens:    

Watercolor, acrylics, oils
Mediums so diverse
Brushes jump 

And this is Max’s favorite!

Heads nuzzle and bump
Tails wag like airplanes
Bubbling joy contagious

Haynaku, for you, Becca’s Drift Wood (6 words . . . get it?)

Dear My Best Friend Becca,  

My human took this post from your blog because she likes it so much.  I hope you will not be made at her because she will pout and I will not get the treats I’m due.  I know you, of all my best friends, understand my plight because not only are you an artist and poet – you are an animal communicator, for real. (If you don’t believe me look at my best friend Becca’s blog)  

 Lickingly LLLLLLLLLL, 



Water gypsy
Adventures to share

by Becca Givens

writing in Hay(na)ku form.

“Hay(na)ku is a 3-line poem with one word in the first line, two words in the second, and three in the third. There is no restriction on syllables or rhymes.

Variations:  In the ‘reverse’ haynaku, the longest line is placed first and the shortest last. The total is still 6 words: 3 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 1 in the third line.

Multiple hay(na)ku can be chained to form a longer poem.”


Pondering my next creative endeavor

My Friend 

Writes tasty treats

for you


by Max, the Doget Laureate