EXOTIC STRAIN

OFF THE CUFF Writing

When someone sent me this unusual image which is Hindu Kush, I had to find out about it.  Research tells of its medicinal properties for those who suffer chronic stress and insomnia taken in the form of cannabis oil.  My heart and prayers go out to anyone struggling against these conditions.

HAIKU

Fighting anxiety

Hoping for a good night’s sleep

Grateful for relief

‘PORTRAITS OF TIME’

HAIBUN

Beth Moon is an American photographer who for the past 14 years has captured on film the strangest, most ancient trees in the world and depicts them in books.  Some of these rare trees are over thousands of years old.  Many of them have survived only because they exist in remote uncivilized regions. It took 3 years for her to visit this Shebehon Forest in Yemen.   As she puts it, her efforts “celebrate the wonders of nature that have survived throughout the centuries.”

HAIKU

Ancient majesties

surviving time’s ravages

photographic wonders

…thanks to Beth Moon’s passion for ancient exotic trees…

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“I cannot imagine a better way to commemorate the lives of the world’s most dramatic trees, many of which are in danger of destruction, than by exhibiting their portraits.”