empty vase

Painting: “Branches of an Almond Tree in Blossom” by Vincent van Gogh (1890)

I’m a flatbed full of fresh-cut flowers that simply cannot be kept.

lament, mourning dove
cerulean crypt daybreak
blade of grass turns blue

© Grace Black

I’ve combined the #OctPoWriMo Haiku today with the prompt at dVerse (Haibun Monday) And I selected this Kahlil Gibran quote for inspiration. Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.”


31in31The October Poetry Journey continues… #OctPoWriMo

Today is Day 6 of OctPoWriMo  join me, 31 poems in 31 days. Do you dabble in word play as well? Let’s create 31 in 31!

Love and Ink,


  1. Cerulean is not only a favorite hue of mine but a favorite word as well.
    Such a beautiful way to honor that painting.

  2. I’m intrigued by the haiku as sentence; is that an American sentence? Imaginative take on the prompt; conjures imitation soon.

    1. I’m sort of confused as to why some read the sentence as a haiku. And how do you mean an American sentence? I’d intended the sentence to be the stand-alone prose. (To make a statement.) And the haiku is below in the more traditional 3 line format. Thanks for stopping by, Glenn!

        1. No worries! The flat-bed was full of cut flowers. You were not mistaken. But it’s metaphor, or my attempt at any rate. This is what I love about poetry. All the different interpretations. And what we see as we read. We all see something different. Thank you for fostering a discussion! Happy poeming. : )

        2. Haha. Well, I fear that some metaphors go over my sometimes too literal head. I really would like to hone that skill I think. It really is interesting how people interpret what they read. Happy poeming, Grace. :)

  3. This was purely amazing–beautiful, bittersweet, and the picture accompanies it perfectly!
    Some people roll their eyes at Haikus–personally, I love them. But it’s rare to find one this poignant!
    Thank you for visiting me at poetryofthenetherworld dot blogspot dot com

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