City Manicures (April 13, 2013)

April 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Once a month I take my pup, Junior, for a walk in a different neighborhood. He loves the new scents and I house and yard watch. I’m bad at maintaining my house and leave my yard to survive on its own, but I love seeing the beauty others bring to their homes.  Because of our Hill Country’s drought, some Austinites are bringing hearty, desert-y plants to their formerly 50’s suburban lawns. Ironically (and this brings me to today’s prompt — take a walk, observe, and write), they force wild beauty into traditional patterns.

I wrote three haiku takes on the same content.

City Manicures

If we manicure
trim carefully — neat and clean —
the yard appears wild.

Trim lightly, just so;
bind limbs in graceful arcs
to look wild and free.

We trim tightly so
wild limbs and flowers seem to
be perfectly free.


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