Sunday, April 22, 2012

Grasset's April

'April' - from Eugène Grasset's Calandrier 'La Belle Jardinière' 1896

Grasset’s April

April’s surely the sweetest time,
where flowers bloom and tendrils climb.
In my mind’s springtime eye, I see
you…with a nosegay of sweet pea.

Meandering rills frame a scene
that’s dotted with pink and soft green
but the fairest of all must be
you…with a nosegay of sweet pea.

And, oh, how I find myself spun
in pastoral dreams, with the sun
spreading its warmth.  Beside a tree:
you…with a nosegay of sweet pea.

O in this garden, by Grasset,
the centerpiece this April day
is just the one who’s dazzingly
you…with a nosegay of sweet pea. 


Notes:  The inspiration for this poem originally came from Sepia Saturday's prompt of a black and white World War II era photograph of some people working in a garden.  Now, as you may have already guessed from earlier posts, I'm a huge fan of the poster art of La Belle Epoque, so this Grasset poster worked really well for the words that were playing in my head.

On another note, most of the other poetry I'm penning this month can be found at Robert Lee Brewer's April PAD Challenge.  In case you might wonder, for the most part, I've 'challenged' myself to write in the form Kyrielle.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Apocalyptically speaking...

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Zombie Apocalypse

“Zombies are people, too.  Okay, dead people with poor grammar skills.” ~Night of the Living Dead

Let’s celebrate apocalypse –
the zombie kind. Here are my tips:
So…one: you moan, and two: eat brains.
Three: Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ reigns.

It’s ‘Doomsday’ – zombies can be found
at Starbucks, Game Stop…all around
the shopping malls and bowling lanes
where Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ reigns.

Their biggest problem? When they talk.
But only zombies rock ‘the walk.’
It’s even better done in chains
‘cause Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ reigns.

Zombies, existentially,
are what the world will zombday be.
If zombies are the last remains,
then Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ reigns. 


Notes:  The form is Kyrielle.  Over at the Poetic Asides PAD Challenge, Day 14's theme is 'Doomsday.'  Well, anyone who knows me knows my poetry typically doesn't want to be a downer. It's meant to be clever and funny (I said 'meant to be', you know) and it's really just shiny, happy people poetry.  


I mean, I have my causes and my rants (and don't get me started, okay?)  But I also believe that life is too short ('though not in a doomsday kind of way, of course) so why not laugh.

After all, the zombies will get you zombday anyway.

Propeller Tales

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Air Mail

Postmaster, here’s another dime.
Please get my package off in time,
and tell my Bobby, ‘Yes, I’ll wait!
With hugs and kisses.  Love you, Kate.”

This faster service, this ‘air mail’
I hope will, in the end, prevail.
Five cents is worth it. (I’d pay eight.)
With hugs and kisses.  Love you, Kate.”

Dear Bobby, here’s your 'Miss You' box
with goodies like some hand-knit socks.
I’ll gladly pay the extra rate.
With hugs and kisses.  Love you, Kate.”

And so, I’ll wait for your reply
that comes when e’er the mail planes fly
and bring their cargo – precious freight!
With hugs and kisses.  Love you, Kate.”


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The Swingin’ Stews of 1965

I dream of flying in a plane
to London, Paris or to Spain.
The stews in flight quite happily,
will offer, “Coffee, tea or me?”

The year is sixty-five and I’m
a handsome fella in my prime.
Those swingin’ stews, I guarantee,
will offer, “Coffee, tea or me?”

Up in the clouds, I will applaud
the safety demo.  I’ll act awed.
I know this trick will work.  You’ll see.
They’ll offer, “Coffee, tea or me?”

Perhaps one stew will be ‘the one.’
A guy can dream ‘cause it’s in fun.
But so you know, my choice ain’t tea,
when she says, “Coffee, tea or me?”


Notes:  Sepia Saturday provided the prompt of 'flight.'  So...I looked for some vintage (or vintage-ish) pictures from which I could make a couple of narratives which might reflect the mores and attitudes of the times.  

What's odd about me writing for this theme is that I hate to fly!  Yes, I do fly  - because it's the most expedient way to get to a destination that's way far from home, but the strange thing is that I fly to places with my husband, who has his private pilot's license - because I encouraged him and gave him his first lesson as a gift.

And also, when I was younger, I actually considered a career as a flight attendant ('though not a 'swingin' stew.')

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Branching Out

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Slumber Leaves

There is a tree on my front lawn
where all the mourning doves are drawn.
They caw, they woot and even peep.
What’s in my tree won’t let me sleep.

Some gusts whip branches high atop
this tree, now banging without stop.
Between the doves and branches … *bleep*!
What’s in my tree won’t let me sleep.

And just when I might think, ‘That’s it,’
cicadas in my tree transmit
‘cicada song.’  I want to leap.
What’s in my tree won’t let me sleep.

At last, I doze, but not for long.
Woodpeckers?!  Buzzing bees?!  Wind gong?!
They join the noisefest as I weep.
What’s in my tree won’t let me sleep.



“You can’t sit in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you.  You have to go to them sometimes.” ~Winnie the Pooh

A canopy of leaves may arc
above my head.  Tree limbs and bark
may give me shelter, but I know
my friends are waiting.  Gotta go.

That old bear understood the need
which says, ‘Once anchored, then proceed
to branch out.  Life is waiting.’ So…
my friends are waiting.  Gotta go.

A forest corner’s safe…secure,
but only briefly.  Trees obscure
the view until their leaves will blow.
My friends are waiting.  Gotta go.

A metaphor can only state
the obvious, so let’s translate:
I’ve got my roots; now I must grow.
My friends are waiting.  Gotta go.


Notes:  Poetic Asides' PAD Challenge sported a two-fer today:  trees and forests.  Both of my poems, are you might have already figured out, are Kyrielles.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Contrast Sketch

Image courtesy of Kapajen/'Reverie', 2003 - Conté crayon

Contrast Sketch

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” ~Carl Sandburg

A voice, with Conté crayon, draws
the light and shadow, all because
imagination wants to fetch
a life in words: a contrast sketch.

An echo is a study of
the shades and tints of hate and love:
a danse macabre, a blooming vetch,
a life in words: a contrast sketch.

In bright sunlight, a shadow grows
but not in silence: Poems. Prose.
It’s  ballet…jazz…it’s movement…stretch…
a life in words: a contrast sketch.

The shady sides of streets are just
one place to hide the pixie dust
which, when it’s found, can score and etch
a life in words: a contrast sketch.  


Notes: The form is Kyrielle.  My poem was inspired by the Poetic Asides' PAD prompt today of 'shady' (or shade and shadows, if so interpreted.) My muse also got a happy little assist from Saint-Saëns and Sandburg...and Bob Ross.