The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
of JzB
see my other blog,
Retirement Blues. (There be dragons!)

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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, September 2, 2014

Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #23, "Honor the Little Creatures"

 Mr. Toad comes to call

I have a great fondness for amphibians.  There is no reason for it that I can identify.  Something about their squat lumpiness and agile leaping simply pleases me and soothes my soul.  My yard is a haven for toads.  They live in the garden and under the bushes.  I've seen tiny toadlings, smaller than your fingernail, galumphing across my lawn.

Earlier in the Summer, I went walking in a wetlands area near my house with a few of my grandchildren.  As we crossed the street to get there, we saw dozens of miniature toads bouncing on the pavement.  Sadly, many of them must have perished there.  As we walked the gravel path around the ponds, we had to watch our footsteps carefully to avoid stepping on the many miniature toads moving along there.

There were hundreds of these little toads everywhere along the path, and who can say how many thousands were hidden among the wild flowers.  We did our best not to harm them, but I doubt that many live to be adults.

songs from my garden
each night of love and want
voice of a toad

Grandson Nate with a Toadling in Hand

my lovely wife - no
fan of toads - agrees that they're
better than chipmunks


  1. You have a knack for haibun, Jazz. I enjoyed this post a lot.

  2. What a nice story/haibun JzB. That first haiku is really gorgeous and in my opinion a masterpiece in the same sphere as the haiku by Issa. I love to use this one for a Tan Renga Challenge if that's ok.

    1. Kristjaan -

      I would be delighted.


  3. That was a heartfelt, sincere post and a very interesting read that I enjoyed a lot. The struggle of the toad...a new one, and written with fine compassion.

  4. What a pleasant haibun, Jazz. Lighthearted and heartfelt at the same time.

  5. I too love those toads. And those little ones are so special, and when they are crossing the road they perish en masse.. Sometimes in spring we go out and help them cross the road.


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