Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Carpe Diem #1720 Zinnia

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our wonderful "field of flowers" month here at our wonderful Haiku Kai, the place to be if you like to write and share Japanese poetry with the world. I am grateful that CDHK is still alive and kicking and I am so glad to see even new faces, new names appear here ... that makes me proud.


Today I have chosen a nice prompt, "Zinnia". You’ll find zinnias in nearly any color you’re looking for—pink, orange, yellow, red, white, purple, and more, meaning there’s probably a beautiful option to fit the vision of nearly any gardener. As an annual, they will only last one season, but they put on quite the display while they’re around. Zinnias grow well and look great in a number of settings whether it’s in a garden, container, or window box. Because of their beautiful shape and vibrant colors, zinnias are also very popular as cut flowers. (Zinnias grow and bloom from March to October).

Look at the above image of "Zinnia" it's really a game of colors ... awesome don't you think so too? I have to say that I didn't know this flower, but I like it very much. So I have tried to create a haiku about it:

winter's twilight zone
first colors in the backyard
zinnias are blooming

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 14th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... enjoy a rainbow of zinnias.


  1. thank you for all your hard work and time Chèvrefeuille - it's appreciated - and your joy and enthusiasm shines for us all :)

    and wow - I really like your haiku --- the first line really is delicious, as are the other two - and it sets an image in my mind of cosmos and stars and planets - the zinnias being the spot-light brought to earth ....

    Zinnias are wonderful plants. They are hard workers in their profusions and don't ask much - other than some considerate deadheading. Lovely plants really. :)

    Have a most wonderful day, rest of the week -


  2. as a post script: I've just come across this information, which I find curious - and thought I'd share it with you:

    "Experimentation aboard the International Space Station has demonstrated the capability of zinnias to grow and blossom in a weightless environment."

    how intriguing and fascinating is this?


  3. Her first painting
    Purple Zinnias
    this old dry spot
    KSB, New Orleans, LA