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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nancy's Poppy

Blink away tears
 take a swipe

 the wetness blinds you
 blurring hope
laying close by
all in a heap

waiting for you 
to pick it up
 shake it out
smooth the wrinkles

 put it on
keep it there 
till spring thaw

it belongs on
wear it
 button it up 
close under your chin  
warm the wintery
ache inside

ideas will hatch 
incubated so
nurse them 
tend to them
feed them hearty
watch their 
colorful heads pop
open and out

Nancy took an amazing picture of a poppy, half bursting it's cap. The exuberance in its posture, and the colors, reached out to me through the screen. It prompted this poem. Check her picture and poem out. 

9 comments:

Maureen said...

It's fun to see how an image inspires words and vice versa. And how the words create new images, such as those here ("ideas. . . their colorful heads...). Like it!

nAncY's poppy image was wonderful. You give it homage.

M.L. Gallagher said...

Wow! Kathleen, on this snowy day you lifted my spirits! Thank you!

Your words are almost as lovely as you!

Lyla Lindquist said...

Kathleen, love this. Especially the way you take and connect to nAncY where she is from where you are. We get to see that, lucky us.

And thanks so much for the note in my mailbox. Undeserved, you spread such grace.

Laura said...

it reminded me of on of those troll dolls. or a smurf. it was beautiful.

Kathleen Overby said...

Louise, I'm so sorry you are still dealing with winter! It happened to us last year the same. I went nuts. Lyla, Laura, Maureen-We all agree about Nancy's poppy.

A Simple Country Girl said...

Wonderful words--pick it up and shake it out. Isn't this what we do daily with God's Words?

I saw the photo and was also inspired to pen words. I left mine at Nancy's. Thanks for sharing all the beauty here.

Blessings.

BrainD_Swi2148 said...

God helps those who help themselves. ....................................................

Heather of the EO said...

Wow, you have such a gift!

And I also wanted to say thank you so much for the fun mail. It warmed my heart and brightened my day and I appreciate you taking the time to send it so much. I am SHE. Yes. :)

shrinkingthecamel.com said...

Beautiful poem... I was also inspired by that picture, but didn't quite go in the same awe-inspiring direction that you went. (You would have to see my comment over there to see what I'm talking about...)