ネブラスカ便り

Collaborative Haiku Poem – ひまわりすだれ

sunflowers
block afternoon sun
like a bamboo blind

(Yoko Kelley)
ひまわりや西日遮る簾かな
ひまわり や にしび さえぎる すだれ かな 

All these years, a hot, summer afternoon sun was blocked conveniently by maple trees in a neighbor’s yard, until one of trees was felled in this past winter storm. We thought that a line of mammoth sunflowers might do the substitute job. Mammoth sunflowers grow almost 12 feet tall and flowers can be 15 inches wide. If they grow as expected, they may look like a bamboo blind. In addition, seeds of the sunflowers are good feed for squirrels and cardinals.

 これまではお隣の楓の木がうまい具合に夏の午後の陽光を遮っていましたが、この冬の暴風で木が倒れてしまい遮るものがなくなってしまいました。そこで、この夏は家の西側にマンモスひまわりを8本植えてみました。マンモスの名前の通り高さ2メートル以上、花は直径30センチ近くと大きいひまわりで、順調に育てば西陽を遮る簾のようになるのではと期待しています。また、花が終わった後にできる種はリスやカーディナルの大好物です。

Collaborative Haiku Poem
Yoko Kelley
Illustration by Norman Kelley
Omaha, Nebraska ネブラスカ州オマハ市
陽光を受けて明るく大きく育ちますように!
(美智子編集長)

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