Photo: David Slotto

Photo: David Slotto


bearded irises

like so many tongues of fire

consume my garden.


Photo: wikipedia

Photo: wikipedia


digging damp spring soil,

i disrupt your enterprise;

back to work my friend.


Linked to dVerse Poetics where Patti Wolfe invites us to share our Microworlds. I’ve spent the better part of the past week or more in the garden, so this was perfect timing.


20 thoughts on “Iris

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Perfect descriptions. Love David’s photos.


  2. annell4 says:

    The iris are my favorites.


  3. annell4 says:

    I decided last year to stop pretending to be a ‘farmer.’ I don’t have time, but the weeds don’t agree.


  4. billgncs says:

    nice Victoria – I hope all is well there. I never know if earthworms are coming or going 🙂


  5. kanzensakura says:

    Indeed…the little gardener helping the big gardeners. the iris against the sky is gorgeous. And tongues of fire consuming….oh that just takes my breath away.


  6. I love irises. My last bloom faded with the rain yesterday and I’ll have to be content with other flowers for the rest of the summer. Love your use of the fire analogy for the iris consuming the yard. Nice. Peace, Linda


  7. Sherry Marr says:

    Love the iris, love the worm, each doing its part! That is one spectacularly beautiful iris! My fave flower.


  8. Kathy Reed says:

    Love this…I’ve tried to paint them and don’t do them justice.


  9. That iris is so dramatic–three-dimensional almost. And I would encourage that worm to get back into the ground, too. I have a worm phobia!


  10. Glenn Buttkus says:

    David is quite the photographer. I, too, really dig (no pun) the perfection, the brevity of your haiku; those tongues of fire haunt me. I have been using haiku as opener & closer, prologue & epilogue on my maverick Haibun these days; letting a dialogue take up the body of the piece. We live in a river bottom valley, near a river, but oddly do not see many earthworms.


  11. wolfsrosebud says:

    a slave driver you are… 8 hours a day of gardening… extreme… LOL… and that poor worm… thanks for taking time for this prompt.


  12. ManicDdaily says:

    Super sweet–we have a compost area and I am quite astonished by the work of those worms! Thanks, Victoria. k.


  13. Grace says:

    What beautiful irises they are ~ And those worms are hard at work, smiles ~ Thanks for joining us Victoria ~


  14. Ayala says:

    Love this 🙂 charming


  15. DELL CLOVER says:

    I absolutely LOVE the iris haiku–Perfection!


  16. That spire of iris is piercing the sky – they are wonderful at this time.

    Worms, the gardener’s friend, are diminishing because all the heavy farm machinery compacts the ground, so they need your encouragement..


  17. I think the two haiku are a perfect pair, the earthworm being the little gardener who help those irises to grow.


  18. Beauty of the worm
    and purple tongued
    Iris.. do work A
    way into.. soils
    of soul..:)


  19. X says:

    Ha. The worms have all come to the top here. We have been pounded by rain. I love irises, so beautiful and frilly. You must have quite the pretty garden.


  20. lynn__ says:

    My mom raised irises so I especially like the first one…and that photo of David’s should win an award!!


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