Form poems, Haiku, nature, Personal, Poetry, Tanka

Random act of poetry–on Aging

Did you know that practically every day of the year is a celebration of a cause, or society segment, or historical event, or something? Check out for lists of celebrations that range from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Last Friday (October 1), for example, was International Day of Older Persons. Today (October 6) or the first Wednesday of the month is Random Acts of Poetry Day.

For my post today, I’m combining the two. For your reading pleasure, a Random Act of Poetry on the theme of aging in nature and personally, along with a tidbit of wisdom about the passage of time.  

Cattails – Photograph by V. Nesdoly

fluffy, pale, shapeless

with just a hint of young self

cattails in old age

Haiku by VN (2015)

Leaf painting – VNesdoly 2021

Aging Summer

Cool brisk air meets us
park path strewn with cracked, dun leaves
perfume of compost
dust-covered lace foliage—
summer in its senior days.

Tanka by VN (2014)

Hydrangea – VNesdoly (from a tutorial on

I Am Hydrangea

I am hydrangea
pink-to-blue chameleon of the soil
August-to-September bloomer
cultivated for December’s
bouquet of everlastings.

Let me mature
on the stem of toil to leisure
allowing sap its own
timetable of diminishment
so I hardly sense the lack.

VN (2016)

So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom” Psalm 92:12 NKJV.

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