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Thursday, June 6, 2013
Carpe Diem #215, Botan (peony)
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are busy with classical Japanese kigo for Early Summer and today we have Botan (peony) for prompt. I think this is a real fun prompt. I see the Peony as the Queen of Flowers. In my opinion the Peony is the most wonderful flower we have.
The Peony starts blooming in early Summer and if you have a male and a female Peony-plant the Peonies will become even more beautiful. I had a wonderful peony in the garden, but this one went dead through the strong cold winter we had last year. I know it's a pity, but well ... that's life, that's Mother Nature.
The peony has a deeper meaning, maybe you know that, but I will share that here with you all:
The lush, densely ruffled blossom of the peony contains many mysteries. That is why the peony has become the special weapon of those who wish to communicate their love in a secret manner. So whether you’re a secret admirer or the recipient of a lush, lovely bouquet of peonies, you’ll know the special message these flowers contain.
Isn't it a wonderful deeper meaning? I like those special meanings of flowers and this one is really a beauty.
hidden in the Peonies -
face behind a bouquet of Peonies -
the first step
the first step
sending Peonies to my love
A nice cascading haiku, but more for it's imagery than for it's poetry. Not a strong one I think, but I loved writing it for you all. Be inspired and share your haiku on Botan (Peony) with us all.
This prompt will stay on 'til June 8th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode, U No Hana (Deutzia Flower), later on today around 10.00 PM (CET).