Monday, March 26, 2012

Open Link Monday with IGWRT's "The Garden Path"

Magenta Park - Favim
The Garden Path

A garden path beckons
its whisper a gentle breeze,

"Relax under my parasol
of soothing violet,

savor mint julep with weary eyes,
feel cool magenta
drape about your shoulders,

shed all pretense,
and shroud yourself within
my protective embrace."

I hesitate,
ponder her pebbled path,
and take a life-saving step her way.

by Margaret Bednar,  Art Happens 365, March 26, 2012

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It is "Open Link Monday" at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.  The photo above is one Kerry put up to welcome us today at The Garden", and I really loved it.  I might start a new challenge for myself every Monday by responding to a photo and give myself only 15 minutes to write it. Is this a good idea?  I don't know ... readers might hate my feeble attempts :)  This poem took me less than 10 minutes.  Kind of fun to go with my first response, type up a whole bunch of words and images and then go back and edit like hell.  :)


16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love that: 'life saving step'

perfect...

Kerry O'Connor said...

I think it is a good idea - I like short exercises to keep the ideas of writing flowing - not every poem we write is 100%, but we are practicing method all the time. This picture is particularly engaging - something magical in the colours, and the invitation of the benches. I'm so glad you liked it too.

barbara l. hale said...

What a lovely setting and poem.

turtlememoir said...

what a beautiful photo, and I love the tenderness of your colorful response to it and the calm your poem engenders

Mary said...

I think anything that keeps us writing is good. If we set a goal and accomplish it, it is a very good thing. A poem can never be measured in the number of minutes it has taken to write it. I enjoyed this photo and poem!

Heaven said...

You drew a beautiful garden in your words...I do like parasol of soothing violet ~

hedgewitch said...

I agree with Kerry, sounds like a good exercise to me(not that I could ever do it. ;_) My poems take forever--but they do all come from little jottings.) I like the immediacy here, and the use of colors. You made that grouping of patio furniture into an oasis.

justine said...

what beautiful words and I agree, a lovely photograph.

Daydreamertoo said...

Sometimes wonderful poetry happens in the blink of an eye.
This is lovely. Give it a go.
Can I ask you why you always put your website addy as blogpspot and not blogspot. Is it a slip up or intentional? Took me ages to spot why I could never find your blog. I have to edit it every time you comment before I can click the link to come visit you. Just wondering :)

G-Man said...

Margaret Bednar...
You are Cool beyond words!

Margaret said...

Thank you, everyone! And G-Man... it was ALMOST a 55! :)

Susie Clevenger said...

A beautiful garden of words..I usually write in one draft. For me to over think something it loses my original intent. I am simply a fly by write poet. :)

Ed Pilolla said...

experimenting with writing methods can't be bad. they say many great inventions were products of accidents. i like the poem. mint julep and cool magenta were breezy treats.

Ruth said...

I think it is Merwin who challenged himself to write a poem a day. As far as I'm concerned, all writing is good writing, because it's practice. Some pieces will be more "successful" in the reader's mind, but does that matter? I dunno.

I do know that nature heals, and I like how your poem gets at that tentativeness I sometimes have about getting out there.

Wolfsrosebud said...

nice margaret... love the colors in the pic... words like a whisper wind

Margaret said...

Thank you! A poem a day might be a bit much, BUT I do like to think of photography as visual poetry... so perhaps in that sense I do write a poem a day. :)