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Written for:  V.J.’S WEEKLY CHALLENGE #20: RIVER

I live by the river, this is my view from the bedroom balcony.  We have these fabulous sunsets throughout the year, especially in the summer.  The sun rises in my living room,  that is East exposure.


©Hélène Vaillant


fresh, clear, Mother dear
reflection of Father Sky,
quiet ripples sparkle

heart soothing murmur
source of life, nature respond

©Hélène Vaillant





Forgotten garden
Mysterious surrounding
Weeds sprout in moon glow

Roots encroaching at my feet
Fear rise veiling sage purpose

Scorching toil by day
Nonstop discarding freak weeds
Wise eyes questioning

Songbird spectator observe
Offer no song at high noon

Angel comes in the night
Warm embrace cushion my head
By morning she is gone

Rabbits munching greens
Marvel at deft gardening

Hélène Vaillant©

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