Thursday, February 9, 2012

Poetry Jam "A Recipe for "I'm Sorry" and Friday Flash 55 and "Rural Thursday"

For "Poetry Jam", "Friday Flash 55", "Friday Fences" & "Photo Art Friday" scroll to the bottom of page) 


A gentle surge undulates
upon the straw,
pink cherub bodies
ride springtime's current
fall, ripple, sway,
roll forward
like a miniature wave train
gathering force
only to fall back again,
as squeals rise in pitch
against a warm shore
quivering snouts snuggle,
round elfin beach balls
bumpily bump about
tummies content
as spirits flourish,
life will forever be 
a safe harbor.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, revised 2-9-2012 (original 1-2-11)

I have a linked Mama pig & piglets to "Rural Thursday #2" .  

This poem is one I blew the dust off and rearranged a bit.  When we lived in Michigan, the girls and I often went to Pond Hill Farm.  One day we went, we were luck enough to see new born piglets (above).  We went back several times just to watch them grow a bit and romp around the barnyard (below).

The photo below I will be linking to "Friday Fences #20"

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I was honored when asked to host an interview over at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.  Please hop on over and read about a fascinating woman, Mary Ann Potter.  She is a gifted writer, poet, and photographer!

Below is a poem for Poetry Jam - this week's challenge is to create a recipe!  Since it also turned out to be 55 words, I will link this to Mr. Know-it-Alls' "Friday Flash 55"(a story in 55 words, no more, no less!)

A Recipe for "I'm Sorry"

A dozen roses I offer
and a heart
filled with regret.

I'll throw away all excuses,
smash the sarcasm, the bitterness
and spread a more tolerant
state of mind all over my body,
top it off with a soft
lingering kiss of humbleness
seasoned to perfection
with passion and persistence

if you will forgive me.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, February 9, 2012

And this beautiful textured photo I was able to create for "Photo Art Friday"  using Bonnie's texture "Goodness".  Click the link to see other entries and explore other free textures Bonnie offers.  She also has a plethora of others for sale at a reasonable price.

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AND, earlier this week, my horse, Sebastian, wrote a Friday Flash 55!  I have reprinted it below and added the YouTube video of him as a colt of about 4 months old:

Tamed Passion

Passionately I prance
to my own rhythm
structure unacceptable.

A noble steed am I
breathing in untamed freedom,
all rules cast aside.

Intensity shines forth
from my poetic soul,
feet drumming
a mystical beat,

but I confess
I'll humble myself,
cast it all aside
for a tempting morsel
of apple, carrot, or grass.

By Sebastian, Art Happens 365, February 3, 2012


Tanya said...

oh my gosh, i love those piglets!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Those piglets are seriously cute! I want one. Or ten.

Thanks for linking up with Rural Thursday!

Mary Mansfield said...

Nothing cuter than little piglets! What great photos!

And I love the recipe you came up with for Poetry Jam. "smash the sarcasm" is a practice I probably should think about adopting. Very nicely done :)

Nancy said...

That mom has her hands full but they do grow so fast....such cute pictures......

TexWisGirl said...

oh, those cute baby piggies!

gtyyup said...

Those piglets are just too cute!!! Don't ya just wanna squeeze them til they squeal?!?

Evelyn S. said...

Oh, I'm happy I found your blog again, Margaret! This blogging experience takes me so many places that I can't keep up with (ended with a preposition there!)....but I'm always happy to re-connect again. Piglets are so cute and the poem is wonderful! I do appreciate your poetry, as well as your photography.

Jan n Jer said...

How sweet...great shots n poetry to go with them!

Jennifer said...

Piglets are just so darn cute!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Your site is awesome, Margaret. A little bit of everything that anyone can enjoy!

Love the little and big piggies, of course. Your poem was so sweet...

Thanks so much for sharing with us at Rural Thursdays.

Brian Miller said...

tolerance and humility i think are great ingredients to go in the recipe...

and the piggies are cute..ha

barbara l. hale said...

Wonderful poetry! And I love the photos of those cute little piglets. And the roses.

Mary said...

Lots of wonderful offerings here. As I am visiting from "Poetry Jam" I will comment on the poem "A Recipe for I'm Sorry." You are so right on with this poem. We all blow it sometime. I also try to say "I'm sorry" when i know I made a mistake. Recently I apologized to my granddaughter for being a grouch at a particular occasion. I do think that most people respect a person who is willing to say "I'm sorry." I know I do. If someone says it to me, I will always forgive!

SquirrelQueen said...

I love those little piglets!
Your roses are just gorgeous.

PrairieJill said...

Great images! I really love the Photo Art Friday piece.

Heaven said...

Beautiful pictures ~

And I like that recipe Margaret...indeed it is hard to say I'm sorry sometimes but it is essential for relationship to survive ~

Happy day to you ~ Thanks for visiting my blogs ~

Bonnie said...

Wow Margaret this post is full of so many inspiring things that I don't know where to start!

Love your poetry!! The piglets are adorable. Your photography is stellar....and what a beautiful application of of a texture on your gorgeous rose. Your talents are legion! Thank you for sharing your textured image on Photo Art Friday.

izzy said...

My my you have been so busy! Nice piglets and poems- thanks for the video!

g-man said...

Margaret Bednar...
Not only are you multi- talented, but your horse writes too?
What a family!
Loved your 55 My Friend
Loved the Porcine Poetry
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week End

Lolamouse said...

Those piglets are too cute!!! I need to keep your recipe for saying "I'm sorry" so that I'll remember to use it when needed! Especially the part about the sarcasm! Great job with all of the prompts!

Fireblossom said...

That's it, I'm in love with Sebastian. What can I say? :-)

Margaret said...

Thank you, everyone. Obviously, the "I'm Sorry" poem was totally fiction as I never do anything wrong... ha ha

Fireblossom - I cant' even tell you how awesome that horse is... and he is still just a young one.... not quite 4.

Teresa said...

This is a packed full post! I love the piglets. It's about one of the few animals I don't have on the farm.

TALON said...

The piglets are delightful and I love the plea for forgiveness.

Sebastian is gorgeous - both as a colt and as a grown-up :)

Terrie said...

Gorgeous PAF rose image as is your black and white one - just stunning how sharp they are. Lots of good images here - thanks for sharing.

Leovi said...

Nice photos, I like, are so tender ... is precious. Greetings.

MorningAJ said...

Great words here.

My 55 are here

Jinksy said...

Those pigs are sure in clover! LOL

NatureFootstep said...

looking for PAF, but what I loved here is the horse head and all sweet pigglings(? can you say that?)


Love the textured rose...seems with that text filter added to the image, it makes it all the more worthy of a work of art!!

Oh, and I can't pass up commenting on the beautiful horse profile...simply a gorgeous animal.

Today, I have two art church and one iris. You'll need to scroll down a bit on my blog entry to view. Do come by and visit if you can find time. CLICK HERE Have a great Friday.

Ruth said...

That horse is a beauty, I love the rose with the texture, it really works so well! Art happens...and piglets happen! Soo cute :)

Tammy said...

The piglets are so cute. Mama looks like she's smiling in that third shot.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Beautiful, Margaret! :)

Daydreamertoo said...

Fabulous photography!
Pigs are lovely creatures too and can be so loving. We don't eat too much meat and we don't eat any pork at all.
You have some wonderful poetry mixed in with the equally fabulous photography and the animals are lovely.

Dani said...

Your photography is beautiful, Sebastian gorgeous
Sorry... Recognition that we have the power to hurt or love
Happy weekend!!!

Mama Zen said...

Piglets are so cute!

JANU said...

All the poems n pictures are nice.

Sherri B. said...

What beautiful poems AND images! I loved every one...thank you for sharing!

hedgewitch said...

The piglets(and poem) are most fetching but Sebastian steals the show--what action he has--it looked like he was pacing there in one part--but every movement was just grace and energy and beauty personified. (And such a talented writer, too.) How lucky, Margaret, to be his human! :_)

moondustwriter said...

Thank you for sharing beauty and goodness with us each week.
Your poetry inspires us to be gentle and humble your Sebastian inspires us to be free but not reckless
He is a beauty / his stride is like a dance

Beth said...

wow, great shots. i want a pig now ... but i bet that would get to be a pretty big pig as time went by. so cute!! thanks for sharing at friday fences. (:

Marilyn said...

The rose is so beautiful with Bonnie's texture. Sebastian is even more beautiful.
Love the piglets!!

Alice Audrey said...

"If you'll forgive me" really makes the poem.

Akelamalu said...

The piggies are lovely as are all your photos. Loving your 55 too.

Pat said...

I love all these entries Margaret - those little pink piglets are adorable. Watching the video, I was enchanted by young Sebastian and his total poise and grace. He seems to float just above the ground joyfully and effortlessly.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful photographs.

Regards and best wishes

Kathy said...

Those piglets are just over the top on the awwwww factor!

Rose said...

Oh, goodness, they are adorable.

Ida said...

Wonderful post. Those Piglets were so cute.
Loved your Texture Rose and the Poetry was lovely as well.
Visiting from PAF

lime said...

love the pigs. my dad raised them when i was a kid and they were my pals.

Steve Isaak said...

Good writes, good pix. Enjoyed your work muchly. =)

Faye said...

Goodness! I've never seen piglets that young--those little transparent pink ears--sweet. As to Momma, I'm not sure that fence is going to keep her for long. I'm re-reading D. Gabaldon's Outlander series and a main character is the White Sow, a most diabolical animal who resides under the cabin and strikes fear in all. Have you read?

Taylor Boomer said...

the farm with piglets reminder me of my childhood experiences.

love the lat photo shot with the horse,

very pure beauty in your poetry shared.

keep it up.

Bodhirose said...

Love those baby piglets...just darling. And I loved all your beautiful postings...your horse looks most majestic and proud--but not too proud for a carrot offered..sweet!

Doctor FTSE said...

Lovely, Margaret, lovely. And surely anyone would forgive you anything.

Helen said...

Everything you do is beyond amazing .. I grew up spending many hours on my grandparent's farm. Saw many little piglets born, grow into big piggies. I had names for all of them.

Enchanted Oak said...

I enjoyed the metaphor of the piglets with its wonderful end lines, as well as the powerful message of humility in your recipe. It's worked well for my spouse and me for 20 years.

hot hot HOT

Dom said...

OMG... the ears, the snouts!

kareninkenai said...

Beautiful post and really like the rose and texture from pdpa. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from PAF. Karen

Ginnie said...

I LOVE your images of animals...and flowers...and everything. How many times have I toold you that? :)