Wonder & Spy: A Haiku Challenge


The words for Ronovan Writes #weeklyhaikuchallenge this week are Wonder & Spy. Sunday, I walked around our property to wonder and spy. What might I find to photograph? When I saw the prompt words, I knew I would write haiku using my photos.


Strawberry blossoms and even some tiny green strawberries


I walk and wonder

What will my eyes spy today

Blossoms fresh and new


Some of our blueberry blossoms survived the recent cold snap.



As I continued my walk I found some surprises. I saw pansies that survived the winter hidden under weeds. When I pulled away more weeds I saw more surprises. 


I love pansies. These almost look velvety


Garden under weeds

I wondered what was hidden

Then spied herbs and kale


Parsley, sage, oregano, thyme and kale…


With wonder I spy

Leafy vines climbing a tree

Yikes! Poison ivy


Pretty sure this is poison ivy and not Virginia Creeper.




There is much beauty in creation and much to ponder when we take time to slow down and savor the richness. 


Our God gave us all this to enjoy and to reveal a part of who He is. When I walk I am more aware of the beauty of God’s creation. Sometimes I pray while walking alone. As the sun begins to set, and gentle breezes blow, I am refreshed. I pray that you, too, will find a way to be refreshed today.


Woods behind our house.


Check out Ronovan Writes to find more haiku and add your own if you like.

I’m linking up with: #RaRaLinkup, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #TeaAndWord, #FreshMarketFriday

16 thoughts on “Wonder & Spy: A Haiku Challenge

  1. Dear Gayl,
    I love how you incorporated your Haiku in a walk all around your property. What fun to be able to “walk” with you! Pansies were my Mom’s favorite spring flower, so thank you for stirring that sweet memory for me! Your yard looks like such a pretty place to be refreshed. Isn’t God so good to give us places where we can see His wonder! May you have a Blessed Holy Week, Dear poet/sister/friend! xoxo

    1. Dear Bettie,
      I thought of you when I was putting together the post, because I knew you always like to see the photos. 🙂 Wish you were actually here to walk with me. 🙂 So glad to remind you of your mother’s favorite flower.

      There is a lot of beauty here but also some not so beautiful, but I guess most of us have that. I love the view and to be near the woods! Yes, God is good to give us places to enjoy his creation.

      You have a Blessed Holy Week, too, dear poet/sister/friend! xoxo I’m so glad to know we walk this road together even if it’s just online.

  2. Oh, how lovely it all is, Gayl…the wonder of nature, the beauty of God’s natural world, words that meld to say so much in so few! Those pansies are such a deep purple. They look velvety. I wanted to touch them.
    Blessings to you…~ linda

  3. Beautiful! Reminds me of this great quote from Martin Luther “Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

  4. Oh how lovely to go on a ‘virtual walk’ with you today! I love the images you’ve shared from your garden. Because actual walking is so challenging for me, I really appreciate seeing these sights.The signs of incipient life are one of the joys of spring arriving. And look what lovely poetic haiku blooms the walk has stirred in you! I’m rather fond of pansies as well, especially the purple ones. I can’t play favourites here today, Gayl, because I love each one of your haiku for different reasons. Good work, dear poetic friend! Blessings, love and hugs to you. xox <3

    1. Thank you, dear Joy. Wish you and Bettie could have actually walked with me. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and haiku!

      Thank you so much for your encouragement!

      Many blessings to you with love and hugs! xoxo

  5. Beautiful haiku and beautiful pictures, Gayl. “Our God gave us all this to enjoy and to reveal a part of who He is.” So grateful that he did! Have a blessed Easter.

  6. Thank you for this refreshing tour around your yard, Gayle, with all the signs of new life. I love your haikus and photos. Also this truth – “There is much beauty in creation and much to ponder when we take time to slow down and savor the richness.” And how God gives us all of this and reveals a part of who He is. Have a life-filled Easter! Love and hugs!

    1. Trudy, thank you so much for visiting, and I’m glad you enjoyed the “tour” and the haiku! Yes, God is so good to us.

      May you also have a life-filled Easter full of blessings! Love and hugs to you, too! xo

  7. Hello Gayl! What wonderful surprises you found on your walk, except maybe for the poison ivy. 😮 I wonder if maybe that’s what weeds are for––to protect plants during the winter months. I loved all your haiku and the pictures are lovely too. 😀 xx

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