March 7: Nature

into the forest
humanity’s footprint crept
creating a morgue

 I was absolutely amazed at this thing, the McMillin Mausoleum.  In the middle of the forest, man’s creation of a mausoleum honoring self.  Upholding ego.  The prompt today is about a scientist who has developed new plants and flowers.  It isn’t really “natural” as we know nature.  It is humanity’s tampering with nature.  The chairs are headstones where their ashes are buried.  The hallmarks of this clan are, in this order, “Templars, Methodist, and Republican.”  Something about Sigma Chi, too.  More info can be found here.   But every single piece in this mausoleum has symbolic value, even including the number of steps.  Absolutely fascinating!  I wish the photos were better.  All I had was my cell phone.  Also, please disregard the random captions.  I’ve tried to get them removed, but am defeated.  (rolling eyes).

 McMillin Mausoleum
Through the Top of the Mausoleum

On this day in 1849, scientist Luther Burbank was born.  Burbank was a botanist, or someone who studies plant life.  He was known for developing new types of flowers and plants.  Reflect on nature

Please add your link in the comments or paste your submission into the comments.  Be a good neighbor and visit and comment on other folk’s works!  Please tag your work “MarchChallenge”

P.S.  A compilation of all links can be found here.

Today’s Postings:

Viv in France

Lady Nimue

Renee (scroll down to comments)

Cloaked Monk

Buddha’s World of the Arts

Mange Tout Etc.

Viv in France II

Becca Givens

Direct Dilse

Light Verse

Lola Mouse

Mike Patrick:  The Poet’s Quill

Pat Kegan

Art Happens 365

Honey Haiku

Verse in a Nutshell

Otter Blossom

31 thoughts on “March 7: Nature

  1. Luther Burbank resided in Santa Rosa, CA for fifty years and was credited with 800 new varieties of plants. March 7, his birthday, is also known as Arbor Day in CA and some schools would have tree planting ceremonies.
    With all that mankind does to destroy nature, it was fantastic that one man tried to make the world a better place.


    • I probably would’ve approached this prompt with a much different mindset if I hadn’t just been to the McMillin Mausoleum. It was totally fascinating and creepy at the same time!


    • It is amazing, I agree. And I vascillated from fascinated to repulsed. What adds to the fascination is that there is a “cemetary” on the hillside that leads up to the mausoleum. It’s where the little people were buried, clearly! I just wonder what the whole area was like “back in the day.”


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  3. What a captivating excursion. McMillon seems to have a solid history. Near the farm where I grew up, we stumbled over an overgrown cemetery–a family plot I suppose. The tombstones were of sandstone and most had fallen over. The names and dates were weathered away. We decry man’s damage to the Earth, but in reality, our footprint erodes quickly.


  4. A brilliant and powerful haiku, my friend! Why does mankind have to go and tread on and spoil everything that’s pure (including itself)!!

    Perfectly stated!!!


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