It has been 2 weeks since I wrote some poems for my blog, I think. It’s about time to get back to my poetry writing every week. 🙂 I took my parents and brother to Bali for a family holiday last weekend, and the beautiful Balinese landscape and greenery has inspired me to come back to write anew. 😀
For RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #116, the word prompts are ‘home’ and ‘leaves’. I wrote a haiku about the little garden in my parents’ front yard that is overflowing with all kinds of plants.
Dreams of Home
Dreams of home sweet home
Where leaves flutter in the wind
And flowers glitter
Fresh new beginnings
Fly by on the winds of change
To scale greater heights
Khor Hui Min
16 June 2016
Let’s look forward to a better tomorrow, and actively and collectively work towards making today better than yesterday, and tomorrow better than today. If everybody does a little good, no matter how small, it will contribute directly or indirectly towards the well-being of oneself and the collective well-being of others in the long term. This is because doing something good not only benefits the recipient of the good deed, but it also makes us feel good about ourselves. 😀
Today is the first day of the Blogging A to Z Challenge, and for 2016, I have decided to combine the A to Z Challenge with National Poetry Month.
So, every day, I will put up a post that has a poem in it. 🙂
A for AZALEA
When I went to Taiwan in the spring of 2015, I loved the flowers – gardens, parks, and sometimes shrubbery planted along the streets would be full of blooms. Cherry blossoms can be found in parks and the mountainous countryside. While azaleas can be found growing wild together with these cherry blossoms wherever they appear, they are also grown as shrubs in the cities, in the gardens of houses and parks as part of the landscaping. They are really beautiful in full bloom, where it is common to see shrubs entirely covered with bright pink or red blooms. I also liked the pure white blooms.
Yangmingshan National Park
The most memorable spring flower place where I saw lots of cherry blossoms and azaleas was at the Yangmingshan National Park of Taipei. The park can be reached via public bus Red5 from the Jiantian MRT station. That was the bus I got on.
The Yangmingshan Flower Festival is divided into three phases:
The first stage happens between January and February, when the Formosan cherry blooms along the mountain trails of Yangmingshan Park.
The second stage begins from the Chinese New Year till early March, when the Showa cherry and Japanese flowering cherry bloom. The peony and azalea are also two main attractions during the flower season.
The third stage of the flower season is from mid till late April, during which the sage grass, Formosan cherry and calla lily take center stage.
The flowers bloom continuously throughout the January till April period.
To find out more about the cherry blossoms of Taiwan, you can read the article I wrote entitled ‘C is for Cherry Blossoms‘, which I wrote for the Blogging A to Z Challenge last year (2015).
What is the difference between an azalea and a rhododendron?
An azalea is a deciduous flowering shrub with clusters of brightly coloured, sometimes fragrant flowers. Azaleas are typically smaller than other rhododendrons and there are numerous cultivars.
All Azaleas are actually Rhododendrons, but not all Rhododendrons are Azaleas. Rhododendron is a genus (a group of plants with shared characteristics) and Azaleas are a group within that genus, rather than forming a genus of their own. They can be differentiated using these characteristics (Millais Nurseries, 2016):
An Azalea has 5 stamens while other Rhododendrons have 10 or more
Azaleas may be deciduous or evergreen and other Rhododendrons are all evergreen
Azaleas are small to medium shrubs but other Rhododendrons range from prostrate shrubs to trees
However, they all require the same conditions to grow.
Azaleas flourish Blossoming in profusion With the winds of spring
I love writing poetry every week, and this week, it’s about our home planet – Earth. For the last #MYWritersPoetryPrompt for February 2016 in the ##MYWriters FB group, it is haiku writing time. I put up the word prompt EARTH, and we shall pay homage to Mother Nature, on which we all depend on for our survival. 🙂
Mother Earth watches
As we scorch the land with greed
Riches to ashes
With the New Year, comes new beginnings, new experiences, and new challenges. Let’s welcome them with open arms, and with the passing of each challenge, grow to be better and wiser, as well as more resourceful and resilient. Wishing everybody an exciting year ahead.
Blossoming new hopes and dreams
The story unfolds