Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Overlook

The Overlook

Spring trees are rowdy, elbow each other below 
as I sink into the terrain before me, 
ravine full of wordy beech, birch, and buckeye.
Tulip tree steals the scene, her full dowry
on display, trillium's satin white sprinkled beneath.

I might be a bit naive, but I listen to their spirited stories,
spruce-fir whispering his tall tale from a distance
and believe every word as it sinks into my skin;
breathe deeply and settle myself.

Just before pink's onset and the subtle change 
of yellow to gold, I watch the hand of God 
brush over the bluest of skies with the rosiest silvered glaze
and reset the scene.  

I'm still no saint and this is no Garden of Eden, 
but all have become silent; even black-capped chickadees 
have stopped their sorties as I lean back upon outcropped stone.  
I know it's late, but I'm lulled by the Master's touch,
stream's serenade, and the hint of a thousand nightlights
beginning to twinkle above my head. 

by Margaret Bednar, May 28, 2020

This is linked with the fabulous "Poets and Storytellers United - Weekly Scribblings #21 - Anagrams" I used the following:  below/elbow, dowry/rowdy/wordy, ravine/naive, sink/skin, listen/silent, trees/reset, satin/saint, rosiest/sorties/stories, subtle/bluest, late/tale, stone/onset, masters/streams.

I have been absent from writing poetry for almost 2 months.  We have a house full because of this pandemic.  I am thankful I am able to help my oldest children out and have them and their spouses/significant others stay with us for a while.  They hailed from NYC and San Francisco.  I also was homeschooling my youngest son and my high school daughter is on autopilot - I just allow her to do her thing.    Summer has finally begun for me, school is out and the older ones are going back to their places in a few days.  

So, I'm back and I have missed everyone.  I can't wait to read your poetry.  (and thank you, Jim, for checking up on me)


Kim M. Russell said...

The anagrams you chose are seamlessly embedded in your delightful poem, Margaret! I especially love the rowdy spring trees elbowing each other, the ‘wordy beech, birch, and buckeye’, and the stream's serenade. Great ending!

Gillena Cox said...

Hi Margaret, your images are gorgeous. I enjoyed this poem.

Especially luvved
"Tulip tree steals the scene, her full dowry
on display,"


Helen said...

Master class Ms. Margaret in how to use the anagram effectively! Hat's off to you for taking on the biggest challenge of them all ... home management. I have been thinking about Spencer, waiting for another poem.

Love you,

Magaly Guerrero said...

No one who can listen and see Nature can truly be naive.

I’m happy you and yours are together and doing well.

Helen said...

PS, forgot to say how much I love the photograph you posted .... NC is a lovely place.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

It's good to know that there are things that can still lull us during these times of terror and uncertainty.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Lovely to read you, Margaret, you must have loved your full household.........your poem is beautiful.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Such a stunningly beautiful poem, I just sank into the experience of it and quite forgot about anagrams until later!
(But now I see you found some good ones.)

Jim said...

I really like your into, "elbow each other below" (great use of the anagram also!!). Looking down upon the scene you showed in your picture meant you meant business.
I always look forward to your writings, thank you for this one. And glad too that you could be of help during a time like this as well.

Humblekind Poet said...

very nice work! refined and eloquent. i give you a salute, well-done! said...

Beautiful writing, with excellent anagrams. Good to see you here, Margaret.