A bit of nature – Haiku

The traditional Japanese Haiku requires a turning point after line 2 and an element of nature. This natural-world feel is often ignored by modern writers as one no longer wants to be restricted by convention. Every so often, I see a moment that demands the real thing.

My thanks to Vern Smith (Flickr.com) for posting the above growth of a fungus emerging from her timber retaining wall – thankfully in New Zealand. I don’t want one!

Here is my picture from an East Riding forest. It tempted the Haiku pen, too.

For phone users –

Dead vegetation

Offers life to dormant raiders.

Waiting spores oblige.

Fungi are often the first invaders when decomposition of organic matter occurs. This requires the spores to be omnipresent and cast off their dormant cloak the moment warmth and moisture allow. The fungus will break down the heavy stuff, leaving the path free for bacteria and small animals to set up home.

Published by Clive La Pensée

Clive La Pensée, ex-science teacher, recognised writer on history of beer, novelist, expressionist, dreamer, believer in never giving up, empathiser, hopeful for a future without class, gender or racial prejudice. It's tough and at the moment, one has to remember distance travelled, rather than where we are at.

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