haiku prompt – “submit”

“Submit”

by Mami Watu

three bows to Buddha

we submit to your wisdom

your Truths tried and true

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Imagination Garden

by Sha’ifa Dietra Malik  (Mami Watu)

c 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Imagination Garden

there once was a little

girl whose imagination

was fertile soil

she absorbed every book

she read

like rain on the Sahara

like a sponge on the bottom

of the deepest

darkest ocean

she absorbed everything

time passed

and that little girl grew

into a woman who loved

words

words became a garden in which she could always play

words nurtured her

like the sun nurtures

a tree

they protected her

from cold winds

and changing tides

even now

this girl-woman

sees every book

that lands in the hands

of every child

as if it were a seed

being planted in the most fertile of ground

the imagination of a child

and what will grow there?

ideas as brilliant as tulip bulbs

laughter as robust as cabbages

faith-hope-charity

sprouting

from beans, squash and corn

and how can we be sure?

because there once was a little girl

whose imagination was fertile soil

she absorbed every book

she ever read

like rain on the Sahara

like a sponge on the bottom

of the deepest

darkest ocean

she stands before you now

having absorbed everything

she ever read

and so

may the planting of nature’s seeds

and

the nurturing of young minds

be forever entwined…

Plastic Bag Caught in Tree Branches

plastic birds

     caught in trees

undisturbed

     by the breeze

          unendowed with a song

featherless

     yet strong

plastic birds

     you will flutter

          long after atomic sirens have been uttered

 

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