Posts from the ‘Tropical Garden Stories’ category

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  I’m a crazy lazy timeworn man. The game no longer has meaning for me. I sit on a warm bench watching carambolas rot on the…

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Dim light Rats feast on birdseed tonight Alone I walk on black polished stones Rodent smell Coconut falls Thunder Far Away Tree frog Follows me Wants…

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Hand-picked tomatoes Grown with love for table Topping fresh salads Mixed in pasta with scallops Homemade sauce fit for a palace   Copyright© Edge of Humanity…

Artist Exposé | Scanography

  Photographer Dorothea Garbisch is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images.  From the ‘Scanografie’ series.  To see Dorothea’s body of work, click on…

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Moist summer evening Poignant angel’s trumpets scent Bees hide inside hive   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2019   If my poetry helped or entertained you,…

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digging holes plants  gently placed in soil dirty hands simplicity laboring on my piece of land   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2019   If my…

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Swinging in hammock morsels of sleep between light rain heat mosquitoes pestering me   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2019   If my poetry helped or entertained…

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  Careful Early morning garden walk Quickly Takes the place of Chasing Things   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2019   If my poetry helped or…

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While on my knees, cutting herbs for tonight’s soup, I stop and observe a snail with determination, marching across a giant elephant ear leaf.   Copyright©…

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Window Shaker Outside Drain hole Drip Drip Drip Frogs Visit Enjoy Sips   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2019   If my poetry helped or entertained…

Fading

  Photographer Vicki Reed is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the ‘Ghost Garden’ series.  To see Vicki’s body of work,…

Root Bound

  Artist Francis Baker is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the project ‘Everyday Garden’.  To see Francis’s body of work,…

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Garden Wood chair Again Requires Repair We Collaborated On Numerous Poems Together Hopefully  Our Relationship Lasts Forever   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2019   If…

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Dry coconut frond falls Cardinal Takes Quick Sips From Water Tray Squirrel resting in shade Koi slowly move in pond Turtles lazy Massive procreation this year…

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windy days ficus leaves fall on stone patio sweep sweep come back sweep some more   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2019   If my poetry…

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  The hermit spends a part of each day quietly working in his garden. Digging, weeding, planting, trimming, mulching, and watering. These are all gardening chores…

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  During a full moon, with garden lanterns, on a cool night, I’m sitting with a cup of hot chocolate, while watching the bamboo in the…

My Zen Tropical Garden

It was a heavy summertime nighttime rain. Thunder and lightning provided a sound and light show that was free of charge. After the rain stopped, I…

Just Be

  Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series   Source:   Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768) “Everyone is born a Buddha. Why start seeking and trying to become one?…

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Lizard hanging upside down Turtle marching on the ground Cardinal sips from water fountain Coconut falls For just a second Everyone anxiously looks around   Copyright©…

Haiku #260

Delicate blossoms Casually fall in pond Beauty- koi do not care   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2019         Thought-provoking T-Shirts by Edge…

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Chop down bamboo Constructing new gate Garden Watermelons Ready to eat I sit and take break Soon Dozens of pesky flies Sneak Bites Communicate To their…

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Rainy season I’m top of a ladder Tube of caulk Filling crack gutter Looking down and around 100’s Of Wet Bromeliads Display Kaleidoscope Jungle Colors  …

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    It is early morning. The sun has not even started to poke thru the thin layer of fog. The weather is cool, but not…

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  lounging in hammock small irritating bird “peep, peep, peep” ripe papayas hang from tree my stomach complaining “give me a treat” I’m trying to fall…

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purchased in 1991 sitting under blistering sun terracotta pot survived tropical storms hurricanes deteriorating bit by bit sinking into the earth |   eBook | Travels…

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  1st light morning pickings searching finding filling basket with cucumbers lettuce peppers scallions ripe tomatoes   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2019     |…

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Tired Injured Lost  Spider Crawling  Inside crack of walkway Fire ants mobilizing Nature  Does not pick favorites Gargantuan Lizard  Quickly moves in Snatches  Spider While Fire…

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Moss clings to Buddha statue Cowbell rings Finches congregate to eat Days pass Seasons do not last Small changes Peaceful exchanges Garden Provides Refuge From World’s…

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Pick cucumbers Slice Mix with rice vinegar and salt Stimulate appetite Multiple course delights  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge…

Haiku #258

Fresh bird seeds fall sprout Sunshine and rain pull the chain Doves walk feed from ground  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE  …

Haiku #257

Tall trees block sun Late afternoon shade controls day Price old garden pays  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of…

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3 a.m. Walk around garden I hear movement Cannot see anything They are out there That pungent animal smell  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO …

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Wind blows Ficus leaves fall Completely cover ground I accept nature’s gift  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity…

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Quickly With precision Cardinal Lands Feeds Leaves Seeking Refuge in trees  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC…

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Lost Injured Bee Crawls Along Pebbles & stepping stones Determined To find way home  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge…

Haiku #256

Dirty hands and knees Treasures inside of a box Assortment of seeds  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity…

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drip drip drip slow motion days sweeping weeding pruning sun rises sun falls watching the moon soon time for bed  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK…

Haiku #255

Soft breeze falling leaves Spider constructs new web Dove lands on Buddha head  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of…

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Middle of October Hot Southeast Florida day Fresh squeezed orange juice Bananas from tree Swinging in hammock Butterflies drift around me  * Find More Poetry HERE  …

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Make the land work for me Building West side fence From Bamboo Coconut tree fronds Travelers Palm dried bracts  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO …

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Squirrel Fell hard One meter from my feet I looked at him He at me Embarrassed Squirrel Scurried back up palm tree  * Find More Poetry HERE…

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The Hermit Poet’s newly designed coconut tree super-duper bird feeding station is in place. I’m ready for visitors from the cold North to stopover at my warm…

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Seeds Plants In the ground Mulch & love Spread all around First planting of season done Soon Homegrown Vegetables In Salads Wok Slow Cooker Oven  *…

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Cool breeze rain starts to fall Slumbering iguanas Do not seem to care  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of…

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Sunset Birds settle comfortably in nests  Squirrels nibble on last bits of corn Morning More caterpillars born  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE…

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Two visiting parrots Interrupt  Early morning silence  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2018

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Extreme hot weather over soon Will be planting Vegetable garden Fresh soups and salads   Note: South Florida, USA vegetable growing season is approximately October 10th-May…

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Independent Coconut tree Grows In its own direction  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2018

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Moss hangs low from ficus tree Slow grow No place to go * Who is The Hermit Poet?  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME…

Haiku #253

Sound of garden gong Birds sing drink eat seeds fly by Silent butterflies  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of…

Haiku #252

  Drops summer rain Heliconia & gingers No longer thirsty  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2018

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Working the land Hands in dirt Clipping Raking Digging Cutting Planting Harvesting Spending as much time in garden as I can * Who is The Hermit…

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Bending down Pulling weeds Picking up Gigantic Sea grape tree leaves Natural Garden Exercise Relaxes Me  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE  …

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First morning duty Barefoot Sweeping All 187 Stepping stones That Form Winding Pathways Throughout Zen Tropical garden  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE…

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Gravel path Lizard Gingerly Maneuvered Around Snake Catching Summer Rays  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2018

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Midday Digging holes Feel worn out Stop Chew on three chunks 100% cacao Rejuvenates Me Back Digging Planting Two Royal Palm trees * Who is The…

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I’m Under attack Summer rain Termite wings On Between Typewriter keys   * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC…

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Always Alone Sitting on garden swing While Delicate White Frangipani Flowerss Fall around her *  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright©…

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Worn hands Holding onto shovel Stuck into ground Gardener needs rest  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC…

Haiku #250

Tree Frog sits waits Camouflaged on travelers palm Nibbling all–night  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2018</p

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  Summer Heat Rain Cutting Bamboo Endless Supply Building material From Tropical garden    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge…

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  Morning Feeling Blue Strolled Outside Took a long view At Laughing Buddha Now alright  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright©…

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Years go by Watching Old Man Palm’s Beard Grow Topical garden Teaches Patience Let life flow * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE  …

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Heavy summer rain Backyard Under Veranda Smoking pipe filled with cherry chocolate tobacco Drinking Dr Pepper & coconut rum Feet soaking in warm water & Epson…

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Climbing Top of fig leaf Lizard Looks around Resembling King Tropical garden  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity…

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  Immersed in tropical garden habitat Wearing my straw hat Slowly Spreading Fertilizer around plants While light summer rain falls * Find More Poetry HERE BACK…

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Last hurricane Avocado tree Broken Halfway point Slowly Strangled By Aggressive Unforgiving Vines   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2018  

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Midsummer Hot Afternoon Tropical Garden Nothing moves All hiding in shade Except lone crow Loudly Complaining Water trays dry  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO …

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Just before sunset Swinging Slowly Back and Forth On Cedar Wood Swing Sipping Chamomile tea  bit of honey Observing Birds’ last feeding Soon I go to…

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Dwarf Buddha Belly Bamboo Grows  Slow Unique texture Canvas that is homegrown    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of…

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Weathered Terracotta pot Half full of rainwater Miniature birdbath Frogs splash Mosquito eggs hatch    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright©…

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August night Tropical garden Soft Easterly Atlantic Ocean breeze Lighting small candles Surrounding Black marble Buddha I begin to meditate    * Find More Poetry HERE  …

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Ants find comfy home Inside folds of staghorn fern Stuck on sea grape tree  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of…

Haiku #247

Large ancient ficus tree One small leaf falls to ground Life continues on    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge…

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Rusting metal chair Covered with vines not alone Far corner garden    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity…

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Painting stepping stone walkway blue Looks brand new Cat walks across Leaving paw prints Giving me more work to do  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK…

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Trimming Leggy Hibiscus tree Two black butterflies Fluttering Between Red Flowers, green leaves and me    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE  …

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Late afternoon Large Green Iguana Crawling Across Polished Japanese black stones Stops Sniffs Dead frog’s bones Again starts moving its feet Looking for plant treats Climbs…

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Shaved head Bellyful Holding his cane The garden stone Buddha Laughing Though rain and sun Always having fun  * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME…

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Droplets of rain fall Beam of sunlight cuts through shade Eastside of garden    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge…

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1 a.m. Full Moon Ax stuck into fallen coconut tree Baby tree frog Sits on top of metal blade Patiently Waiting for snacks    * Find…

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Summer afternoon heavy rainstorm stopped Barefoot throughout garden I walked Earth provides security for me Decided to rest and have a seat Wood bench Metal wash…

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Shredded wood mulch Spread Between Around Stone walkway Pink Plumeria flowers Fall Gently Decorate    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright©…

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Expanding web Obstructing main garden pathway I sit down Observe Spider Accumulate prime real estate    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE  …

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I have a new friend Oversized Lizard Two white paint spots on gray skin Last couple of weeks Follows me around garden    * Find More…

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Piano keys sticking on me Cannot find harmony Wander outside Fog covers countryside Frogs and ducks only sounds I hear My Body attached to strings Controlled…

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lazy Sunday soft rain falling on banana and heliconia leaves homemade chicken soup fresh-cut garden salad listening to classical music eating reading sleeping cuddling at our…

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Open garden gate  First light Rabbit Enjoys Tasty Heist    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2018…

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Windy dusty day Garden hit by wrecking ball Cleanup Cherish more tomorrow    * Find More Poetry HERE   BACK TO  HOME PAGE   Copyright© Edge of…

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Winter South Florida Early morning Tropical garden Sitting On cold cement bench Observing Listening Migratory birds Feeding Singing Goosebumps On my arms Positive Energy Flowing  …

Haiku #234

  When feeling alone I visit snakes in garden Outcasts-Friends that last           Copyright© Edge of Humanity LLC 2018