Nature’s Blessings

Mid night rains nurture
palmetto and loquat trees,
pinball through ridges
on Bermudian white roofs,
then steep in afternoon tea.


Tanka verse form: 5 lines of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables. Photos and explanation: Fruit of the loquat tree in Bermuda – ripe when very yellow. Bermuda has no rivers or lakes or island-wide plumbed water supply. Each household must collect and store rainwater. Roofs are treated and always white with ridges that take rain water to each home’s underground water tank. A household that runs out of fresh water must pay to have a company “top off” their tank. And yes, the water is absolutely safe to drink – I do it every day! Photo is taken from hill overlooking St. George’s – the town we are staying in for 2 months. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded in 1612, and a British overseas territory, hence the reference to steeping tea. The Kiskadee is a beautiful yellow bird found in Bermuda.


4 thoughts on “Nature’s Blessings

  1. Misky February 7, 2016 / 7:38 am

    What does that fruit taste like? Lovely white buildings, too. Charming.

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    • lillian February 7, 2016 / 7:47 am

      Tart! It makes excellent jam and are also used in a liqueur here.


  2. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack February 7, 2016 / 8:43 am

    what is amazing here, my friend – is how you so very eloquently parceled together these “beholdings” of Bermuda. Thank you for explaining in vivid detail the subject matter, as it really showcases your creative talent for capturing vast beauty in a few perfect words…
    I hope you’re relaxing as well as enjoying the fruits of your travels:)


    • lillian February 7, 2016 / 8:54 am

      Thank you, my friend! About to attend church in St. Peter’s, established in 1612, Their Majesties Chappell…basically across the street from our St George’s apartment. Oldest Church in the New World — and beautiful simplicity inside and out – rough hewn cedar pew boxes. Future poetic muse no doubt 😊. Hoping for a relaxing/love filled weekend for you.


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