The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Carpe Diem #149, Tsukushi (horsetail)

 Photo by Kim Willis found Here

I did a little research and confirmed that the horsetail is commonly found in Michigan, and a wide variety of other places.  I guess I need to examine my weeds more carefully.  Horsetail is a primitive plant that  reproduces by spores, not seeds, and spreads underground via rhizomes.  Both moose and goose will eat horsetail, though "horsetail stems and branches are covered with silicate deposits that keep many animals from eating them." [from the website linked above]  Interestingly, though, the plant is toxic to sheep, cows and horses.   This is not the European purple horsetail flower.


~ 1 ~

primitive plant
do you remember a time
before wanton men

~ 2 ~

primitive horsetail
with rhizome tuber and spore
still so complex

~ 3 ~

moose and goose
disdain the cattle's warnings
dine on horsetail

~ 4 ~

fine field of horsetail
moose laments his own scant stub
goose preens tail feathers

~ 5 ~

amid the horsetails
orb weaver spins her new home
safe from cattle's jaws


Carpe Diem #149


  1. Very fine haiku! I think my favorite is #2.

  2. careful moose and goose!!! watch out for poisonous species. really like #1 and #2, brilliantly done

  3. before wanton men - aren't they poor mathematicians?
    I hear they're dim sums anyway.

  4. Oh, poor stubby Moose! Maybe he should tie some horsetail to his tail?

    Craving Horsetail Soup

  5. loved the first one, the primitive view of the primary life.

  6. The spider one today was my favorite.

  7. LOVE moose and goose. I have a vision of a table set in the field with cloth,wine, candles etc and moose and goose seated at a formal dinner! (with horsetail soup as the first course)

  8. No kill moose and goose please. Put up sign "No eating, Moose & Goose". Or poison yucky face sign. I did chuckle at your first one. Very funny and yet...was there ever a time?

  9. Forgot to say how much I love the photo you found!


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