me and the old oak

communicate silently

at one with the earth

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©Jane Paterson Basil


Safar over at Blisters, Bunions & Blarney came up with a Haiku Challenge, and passed it on to Calen, who has now handed the baton to me. The way it works is:

Person 1 (Safar)
1. Create a haiku – no constraints
2. Pick a person to create the next link in the chain.
3. Person 2 (Calensariel)

Person 2 (Calensariel)
1. Create a haiku with one constraint
2. The first word of the haiku you create is the last word of the previous haiku
3. Pick a person to create the next link in the chain

Persons 3-20
1. Repeat the instructions for Person 2

Person 21 (that’ll be the last person in the chain)
1. Create a haiku with two constraints
2. The first word of the haiku you create is the last word of the previous haiku.
3. The last word of the haiku you create is first word of the first haiku in the chain.
And so the circle is closed.

A couple of ‘rules’ so that we get to keep track of the links in the chain:

When you participate, you agree that others are able to share your haiku, using the credits and the link back to the post that you provide.
Post all previous haiku on your blog, including all the credits and links provided.  Add your haiku to the chain.
Credit yourself, and include a link back to your post.  You might need to edit your post and add the link in retrospect.
Create a link back to this post.
Have fun!!
OH! And if you’d like to join in, please leave a note in the comments!

Raili, at Soul Gifts, says she’s no good at haiku. We’ll see about that Raili – I’m asking you to be the next link in the chain, and I know you won’t want to let us down 🙂

So shall we see how far we can get??? Here we go!


Mountain of paper noodles,
earthworm fodder to
keep mycelium running.

(Safar Fiertze, Blisters, Bunions & Blarney)

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running down life’s path
many trails beckon my heart;
which one leads to me

(Calensariel, Impromptu Promptlings)

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me and the old oak
communicate silently
at one with the earth

(Jane, Making it Write)



59 thoughts on “Oak

    1. Thank you. Did you see that lovely video Safar put up about the way trees communicate and nourish each other? For years I’ve been telling people that trees are social beings, and everyone thought I was stupid 🙂

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    1. Now you come to mention it, I think it very well could be. I pulled it from Pixaby, but with all that publicity whipped up by Edie, the old man of Drake Lane got his picture taken on a regular basis. He must be all over the internet 🙂

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  1. I love this too, it’s so close to my heart, and given this started by ruminating on talking trees, I like a haiku that engages in listening to their wisdom. Bravo!!

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    1. Thank you Safar. I’ve always been close to trees, particularly oak and beech. A couple of years ago I spent six months living in a wood in Sussex, and was thrilled to discover Hornbeam (I live in Devon, and they don’t grow here – or in Yorkshire, come to that). I found them to be very protective.

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      1. Hornbeams are beautiful. Yes, you’re right, I haven’t seen one since I was very little. I believe they have medicinal properties?

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        1. They have antiseptic and astringent properties.
          I’ve just checked online, and they do a whole lot of good things. They’re haemostatic, they relieve stress, anxiety and depression, they revitalize the body and mind…and more.
          And their young leaves, when they unfurl in spring, are heartrendingly beautiful. I’ve never seen anything quite like them.


    1. That would be great. Although it says to shout out if you want to join in, I’m not sure how you get into the chain. I’ll check and get back to you – or maybe I’ll start a new one up, if Safar doesn’t mind me copying the idea. I’ve been thinking about it anyway.


        1. I don’t think it can work properly if people join in uninvited. The chain would becoem a tree with ever increasing branches, and the twenty-first person is meant to link the first and the last chain together. I’d love to write that final link. It could be challenging.


        1. I see what you mean, but I can’t figure out how else it would work, as it’s meant to make a kind of necklace.
          Maybe I’ll give it some thought as I find the idea inspiring.


                  1. I have never in my entire life had shoes that I could walk and stand in for hours at a time without excruciating pain. I should, however, refrain from wearing older ones that don’t fit me. 🙂

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                    1. Shoes are a nuisance. As a child I went barefoot a lot of the time, and my mum never put me in shoes that were too small. A lot of kids were less lucky, so my feet were larger than average. In my teens I often wore men’s shoes – women’s ones didn’t fit. Luckily, these days feet are bigger, because there’s more awareness of the harm that too-small shoes can do, so shoes come in larger sizes. It’s made a lot of difference to me.


                    2. high heels were my downfall, not stilletos, just regular three-inch pumps. I had a pair of knee-high boots once and wore them once when we walked and walked (my husband was a great walker) and my left foot hurt so much that even after I removed the boots the pain was still too bad. Finally started wearing sneaks and carrying heels in a bag if I had to have them.

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                1. The last link – to your own post – is toatally unnecessary. I just went to your post, and your haiku is absolutely lovely. I left a comment, but I think it went to your spam folder. Could you find it and click ‘not spam’ please? If you don’t know where your spam folder is, go to your site, hover over “My Sites’ (top left of screen) then click on ‘Comments’ in the drop-down box. At the top of the comments page click on ‘Spam.’ You may find other comments in there that aren’t actually spam. It would help those bloggers if you re-instated their comments too.
                  The spam bots are over sensitive, and once a blogger’s comments start going to spam it becomes a real problem for them.


                  1. I thought I just followed what had been done before. It seems confusing without the final link because of the numerical order…Sofar being 1, Calen 2, You/Jane 3, Raili 4, Spiritualdragonfly 5, Gradmama/Me 6.

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