Monday, September 17, 2012

IGWRT's Sunday Challenge & Open Link Monday "Stonewalled" & "Cursed"

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This is for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads "The Sunday Challenge" this week's theme "Poetry for the Firefly Jar".   The challenge was to write poetry fragments, pieces that are short and can stand alone or become part of a bigger poem in the future.  Also linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Open Link Monday."

I don't have a jar full of written fragments, but I do have a box full of photos for inspiration.

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The little background:  The name comes from the Greek (orkhis), literally meaning "testicle", because of the shape of the root.  The Greek myth of Orchis explains the origin of the plants.  Orchis, the son of a nymph and a satyr, came upon a festival of Dionysios (Bacchus) in the forest.  He drank too much, and attempted to rape a priestess of Dionysios.  For his insult, he was torn apart by the Bacchanalians.  His father prayed for him to be restored, but the gods instead changed him into a flower.

25 comments:

Cad said...

A curse and a half, to some curses!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Wow! The cursed orchid... that is so cool!
I love the way you have presented these pictures and words, Margaret.

Mary Mansfield said...

Just beautiful! Very creative way to take on the prompt.

Helen said...

... and now you have fragments to go with those lovely photos.

Kim Nelson said...

Oh, the barricades built by the righteous! You've hit on a truth with brevity and candor.
And I love what I learned about the orchid today. You are a well, overflowing.

Ella said...

I love the way you combined both art forms, so beautiful~

Beautiful words such a gorgeous pairing with your stunning photos!

Whoa...what a curse~
Thank you for sharing...the first one touched me the most~

barbara l. hale said...

Both are wonderful but that first one really speaks to me.

aprille said...

The Moth orchid flies at night, clearly doing unusual things.

Green Speck said...

Very creative !!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

BEAUTIFUL, photos and fragments......love the cursed orchid. A woman should always have one on hand, hee hee.

Teresa said...

That first poem is absolutely beautiful! I love your pictures as always, and the background of the orchid is quite interesting.

Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful words and photographs. I believe each photo is a poem. Love the orchid one and the background.

RMP said...

your verses compliment your photos quite beautifully. I admit, cursed made me smile.

Heaven said...

Beautiful fragments...and your pictures are lovely. It was interesting to read about the orchid ~

Happy day Margaret ~

Paige + Shauna said...

adore the quiet, quaint church and the pretty orchids, however the
prose companion for each is
emotinal and beautiful.

hedgewitch said...

Your photos would inspire a statue, I think, Margaret. I like the background on orchids--I've got a few I've had for years that bloom for me every so often, but I never looked up the history. Those gods, always cluttering up the biosphere with former humans turned into plants!

manicddaily said...

Beautiful pics and words both. k.

sreeja harikrishnan said...

So cool and taking so much of my attention and imagination.....loved this post so much......

kaykuala said...

Wonderful fragments and the photos are the icing. Testicles? the story is interesting. Thanks for sharing Marge!

Hank

Fireblossom said...

Thanks for the background on the orchid. I hadn't known the story from myth.

I would curse that unfaithful lover, too. Eating the last Girl Scout cookie can be forgiven...barely. But other things cannot.

Daydreamertoo said...

Love what you did with the pics and your words.
The explanation of the orchids is so interesting too! An altogether, original, creative lovely post Margaret.

Archna Sharma said...

And if those hearts are not willing to bend they will surely break.

Margaret, these pieces are lovely. I love the mythical bit and your own display of transforming deviance into the beauty of an orchid. Beautiful and twisted.

Far Beyond The Ridge said...

We should all fare so well in punishment. Beautiful images and now i know~the rest of the story.
Rick

Marian said...

been reading many, many Greek myths with my kids lately but i guess they leave the stories about rape out of the children's texts. i did not know the story of Orchis and appreciate learning it. your poem fragment tells it all. very lovely, if cursed.

Laura said...

exquisite!