Warm August sunshine
spreads green freckles of duckweed
on summer pond-skin.
[Note: I have revised my original post by changing “across” to “on” – a special thanks to Kimberly (see comment below) who noticed the extra syllable. Modern English haiku don’t always follow the traditional 3 line format with syllable counts of 5-7-5 BUT that was what I was intending this time, so I must learn to double check my arithmetic 🙂 Here’s a good couple of pages on writing haiku.]
NOTE: An hour ago, I ALMOST pushed the WordPress PUBLISH button and posted a longer poem in which I railed and wailed on about how duckweed is a horrible danger to aquatic life – but it turns out I was confusing duckweed with algae!! I hang my head in shame (especially since my educational background/work experience is in agricultural science/biology!!)
In the nick of time, I googled and found out duckweed has many fine attributes – there’s lots at this Duckweed Gardening blog . Perhaps duckweed will help save the world.
Oh there’s a great big duckweed world out there – here’s another good site- The Charms of Duckweed.