Saturday, 20 April 2013


    Will you hug her close
 stray into her spicy spines
    face tingled with glee

    She loves to clean house
     and massage hard surfaces
          Stallions love her

   Allure of laughter
separation of distance
 notes in the pickings

    Dry and thirsty land
long miss the sheen of her oil
    yearning for her touch

©Adura Ojo - April - Day 20 - NaPoWriMo 2013

Posted to Haiku Heights - Prompt: ROSEMARY

image: wikipedia

When I was younger, we had a Ghanaian househelp called Rosemary. She was my favourite of the ones we were fortunate to have as the years rolled by. Her laughter was infectious. She never tired of cleaning, cleaned all day whether it was necessary or not - it was her favourite thing. I remember mum often telling her to stop. (And that was quite something as my mum loves cleaning, herself). Now that I think about it, I wonder if Rosemary had OCD or some past trauma that led to her compulsive cleaning habit. Her other obsession weakness was an insatiable appetite for men. They loved her too. Amazing personality - but you could never get emotionally close to her. Every prying question was met with a laugh. Her laughter made you warm up to her but also kept you at arm's length. We were sad when she left. I hope she's happy wherever she is today. 


  1. Sounds like a person injured by life, yet determined to laugh her way through it. I hope her laughter was healing and she is truly happy now!

    Thanks for sharing that!

  2. Such a wonderful haiku set and a wonderful shared memory. Nicely done!

  3. These are so exquisite =)

  4. Beautifully expressed...


  5. A nice gift of gratitude, respect, and admiration to Rosemary!!

  6. I hope she is happy too...

  7. Beautiful, and the rosemary is one of my favourite herbs.

  8. smiles...she sounds like someone i would love to meet...

  9. She sounds like a wonderful person to have in the house ~

    Happy Sunday ~

  10. Rosemary sounds like a fascinating person, Adura! I enjoyed your word picture.

  11. The gift of rosemary on my table wafts new poetry. Thank you

  12. Hi Adura .. I love rosemary in cooking and that scent it brings after being bruised between the fingers/thumb ... and your help - she does sound one of those characters that you will never forget ..

    Lovely R .. cheers Hilary