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Out In The Garden – #DVersePoets #MondayHaibun

The peas have podded. I’m not sure if it’s the snap, or your bog standard, good old trusty garden type, but they’ve podded first with the white petals of the flowers still stuck to the green of their shells.

Inside the crop is still too small, too young. I checked today. Popped my nail into the seam, slit through the flesh, cracked it open. New growth, old book. They both sound the same.

They are not ready for harvest, but when you bite down they explode. They taste like spring, or summer, or something else that’s hot days and sudden rain storms. They tasted like they should do. New and fresh.

It’s been a wet one,

this spring, this downpour of water

thickening the green.


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. I love this: “They taste like spring, or summer, or something else that’s hot days and sudden rain storms. They tasted like they should do. New and fresh.” It has been a wet one, and it is very green!

  2. Pea pods are wonderful. I grow the sugar snap and snow peas, in the fall I grow field peas. Yes, the pods do taste of spring. What a fun haibun!

  3. Brings back memories of a much younger me sitting on the shaded back porch with my Grandpa, shelling fresh-picked peas for supper.

  4. “They taste like spring, or summer, or something else…” Like taking spring or summer into your being. I like that.

    • Interesting though Bjorn. You’re right in that it does bring us so much closer to nature when we’re able to see where our food is coming from and pick it ourselves rather than just buying it from a supermarket.

  5. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says

    I love all the greenness after a wet Spring and the fresh taste it brings, a beautiful haibun Carol 🙂💜🌿

  6. Fresh, snapping, and sweet, the new bursting out forth, exploding. Youth regenerating and adding to the joy. We check in on our children, worried if they are ready or not quite right, but when we are honest and let them find that which brings them joy, rather than our own imperatives, we more often find out they are just as they should be, nevertheless… we can’t help but check. Peas were always my favorite in the garden, they always popped, like your fine Haibun does here. put some twigs in the pod and float it down the stream and it was also a toy boat for races. Just how it should be. Such a vivid and precise write, every word does some lifting.

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