Friday, October 4, 2013

A clearing

a clearing—
without this camera
the flock
of black-eyed Susans
I might have missed

GUSTS, #17, Spring/Summer 2013

The "flock," huge, but it never returned this year!


  1. Oh bummer! Black-eyed susans are so is your tanka.

  2. thank you, jennifer. maybe our drought conditions (a bit worse than last summer's, perhaps) prevented them from growing back. my above photo doesn't do them justice, there was such a mass of them in 2012.

  3. Love Black-eyed Susans, beautiful poem.

  4. I've always thought of black-eyed Susans as tiny little sun flowers (and I gather they are related). Both flowers are so cheery. A sunny tanka with a nod to that, all too often, "if-only-I-had-a-camera" missed photo opportunity.

  5. yes, they are cheery, aren't they? thanks, lisa and wendy.

  6. I don't know if I've ever seen a black-eyed Susan. Lovely!!

    1. Tallish daisy plants.

      Love your name! Thanks for posting.

      From Wikidpedia:
      "Rudbeckia hirta, black-eyed Susan, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the central United States. It is one of a number of plants with the common name black-eyed Susan. Other common names for this plant include: brown-eyed Susan, brown Betty, gloriosa daisy, golden Jerusalem, Poorland daisy, yellow daisy, and yellow ox-eye daisy."