“The songs of our ancestors are also the songs of our children.” — Philip Carr-Gomm ancestor’s playthings suggest songs and stories past DNA passed on *   *   * My Father’s Portrait ~ Dad at age one with favorite toys • Photographer unknown • “Ancestry” haiku by Mary O’Connor © 2023  


“The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.” — Arthur Miller lost leaves spell drama branches write on cloudless sky Hitchcock storyline *   *   * On Stage ~ Manuscript of Lines • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Drama” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2023

Inner Spring

“The well is within us, and if we dig deeply in the present moment, the water will spring forth.” — Nhat Hanh deep hole in the ground entryway to earth’s essence healing spring water *   *   * Cool Water ~ Deep spring water held in rock-clad well • Photo at Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, … More Inner Spring


“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.” — Jules Reynard warm sunshine in spring nourishes one’s comfort zone builds lazy habits *   *   * Sheep on Hillside  ~ Soaking up the sunshine • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Laziness” haiku by Mary O’Connor © 2023

Sparks of Hope

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny inner sparks of possibility into flames of possibility.” — Golda Meir red, orange, yellow hot embers erupt as torches dreams burst forth as stars *   *   * Tulip Embers ~ Open tulip petals release bursts of springtime hope • Photo and “Sparks of Hope” haiku poem … More Sparks of Hope


“I am struck by how precarious it all is. How the things that hold us are only as strong as the faith we have in them.” — David Levithan shaky foundation future built on lies won’t stand needs cement of truth *   *   * Strong Walls ~ Surging waters encircle solid walls • Photo at … More Precarious

Digging Deep

“If you dig a hole and it’s in the wrong place, digging it deeper isn’t going to help.” — Seymour Chwast holes hiding acorns buried treasures without maps tenuous at best *   *   * “Where did I put that?!” ~ Red Squirrel digs for buried treasure • Photo by Andrew Finn • “Digging Deep” haiku … More Digging Deep

Shiny Jewels

“See what’s inside a drop of water. The whole seed of the universe.” — Manuel Rivas jewels that sparkle wet splashes of fountain spray capsulized sunshine *   *   * Cooling Drops ~ Florida’s Boat-tailed Grackle enjoys fountain’s cool splash • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Shiny Jewels” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2023  


“Find comfort in the knowledge that no imitator ever comes off as well as the original.” — Ann Landers sculpture can’t compete nature’s color outshines all imitation fails *   *   * Original Design ~ Terracotta sculpture loses to beauty of Rainbow Lorikeets • Photo and “Imitation” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor © 2023

New Beginnings

“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.” — Josiyah Martin   fresh start means clean slate promise of blossoming growth buoyancy of youth *   *   * Songs and Nests and Eggs ~ Pair of House Finch set up house and fill it with future hopes • Photos by Jan … More New Beginnings