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#Tanka Tuesday: #223 Pick a Flower

Poppies posed for a custom color shot.

This Sunday morning I wanted to welcome you to the week through Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday theme prompt – pick a flower!

Precious Poppies

Traditional Haibun © 2021 Marsha Ingrao

Golden beauties glow
Catching sunlight in petals
Close at night to store

We thought we’d have to leave behind our glorious California flower when we moved to Prescott, Arizona.

Lining the entrance
Gold poppies welcome us home
Beaming, cheery spring

The previous owners in our condo planted these carefree smile-makers. Their upstairs neighbors hated them glowing at the bottom of the stairs, and sprayed them with weed-killer.

Persistent joyful
Overcoming obstacles
to garner more sun.

“Who hates a flower?” said Mark, the new neighbor upstairs when he heard the grumpy story. The sour one is gone. Precious poppies survived to reign over the dry earth with the glee of victory.

Precious poppy is about to close for the night.

Also posted for Cee’s FOTD.

Why I Chose the Haibun

A journalist at heart, the Haibun gives me the chance to explain the back story.

Tip: Editing Pictures without Photoshop

This morning I read the list of block types. Editing pictures is a snap. Last month, for Becky B’s BrightSquare Challenge, I struggled to make pictures exactly square in Photoshop Elements 15. I would get between 1-10 pixels off unless it luckily snapped into place. With the block editor you don’t even have to try.

It did not add a watermark and when I cropped it, the old watermark was either cut in half or disappeared.

have a great week. enjoy spring!

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    • I’ve done seeds. It’s a mixed bag, too. At least you don’t spend a fortune on plants that the bugs and birds eat. Generally you have more than an army can eat. Did you read April’s Story Chat? It’s about a gardener written by Doug Jacquier. https://tchistorygal.net/2021/04/06/april-story-chat-miniature-planet/ I think you will appreciate it. I’ll check out my emails again. I’m excited about yours and Colleen’s new journal. I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I’m interested to find out. 🙂

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      • Fun read left a comment for you and Doug at the post. 😀

        Syllabic verses just means one has to pay attention to the counts of syllables of various forms. Other than that Word Weaving is a poetry journal. The theme will be out May 15th. 😀

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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