The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
of JzB
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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.

Friday, April 26, 2013

FSF - Shadows, plus Carpe Diem - Story Teller

The damned thing is still following me.

All morning, throughout the day, even at sunset - especially at sunset - sticking to me like a tail pinned on a donkey.

Silent, always so silent, and moving more stealthily than I ever could.

No doubt it's even a better dancer than I, no matter how hard I stomp on it.

So resolute, it never leaves me alone  .  .  .  until I turn off the lights.


mine hides behind me
of the light but not in it
leaves me in darkness


Here's a bonus at no extra charge - a poem my granddaughter Alexa wrote two years ago when she was in the 5th grade.


With a shadow by your side
You'll never be alone,
Even down the emptiest street
Of a deserted town,
Down a long, twisted road
Both of you walk together,
With haunting memories
Following close behind,
Ghosts of memories
That will never leave your side.

© 2011 by Alexa

Lillie McFerrin Writes

Carpe Diem #181


  1. Amazing poetry and even words for a 5th grader! Love your wit shining through your shadow story and haiku.

  2. Thanks, Maggie. We are very proud of our 11 grandchildren.


  3. Nicely done JzB, a wonderful short haibun on shadows and thank you for sharing that beautiful poem written by you granddaughter.

  4. Looks like you have a poet there! I hope she keeps writing! I missed moose and goose today. Are they going to return once the shadows are gone? :)
    American Goldfinch Haibun

  5. M & G might take the occasional day off, but thay'll be back.


  6. Bravo, both of you :)

  7. Simple description of our shadows. Your grand-daughter a future author? I'm amazed at the grasp of words she has at such a young age.

  8. First kudos to Alexa.. great poetry...

    And your haibun made me happy as well

  9. Liked the poem very much.

  10. Nice light touch, a fun observation. Your granddaughter seems to be following in your footsteps... like a shadow

  11. This is really beautiful and heartfelt combination. Touching, JzB.


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