Clotted mottles of burnt ember
anchor spindled legs: beige, green, bearbrown
From these spring tangled weaves in shades of
olive, speckled moss, faun tendrils
dodging one another, cat and mouse
Then triffidian horror movie monsters
crowned by iridescent tangerine, muted lavender,
or snow white as biblical innocence
First rains dribble weaker petals back to clay soil
Garden in bloom
© 2012 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil
For We Write Poems (unexpected descriptions, with thanks to the inimitable Joseph Harker for leading the way!) and ABC Wednesday, brought to you by the letter “C.” Also at my poetic garden (the one without the toads), Poets United.
NOTE: The adjective “triffidian” is made up in honor of one of my favorite sci-fi movies, “Day of the Triffids,” original story by British writer John Wyndham, about root-bound plants that suddenly become mobile after a meteor shower. The story is every bit as good as the movie, which starred Howard Keel as an American in London, one of his few non-musical roles. Read more about the story HERE. Peace and firmly rooted plants, Amy
July 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm
What a beautiful way to describe a garden in bloom. I have to disagree with the Howard Keel version of ‘The Day of the Triffids’ which altered the story and in my opinion was a real bomb! The BBC (I believe) did a mini series which stuck to the story line and was scarily effective.
August 1, 2012 at 12:19 am
Really nice! I do work for an anti-death penalty journal – NYADP Journal – and we publish poetry there:
Our editor David posted one of the poems on his blog as well as the link here:
If you’d be interested in submitting, let me know! Thanks for dropping by my blog!
August 1, 2012 at 1:41 am
yes, the first word i thought of was DESCRIPTIVE also…
August 1, 2012 at 3:18 am
Very good use of words. They were tender and beautiful. I could see myself in such a garden (smile). Thanks for sharing my friend.
August 1, 2012 at 3:32 am
Love this! 🙂
August 1, 2012 at 7:53 am
I’m picturing the ground coming to life after a wild fire….nice write♫
August 1, 2012 at 8:09 am
Fantastic imagery. Carver, ABC Wed. Team
August 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm
I take a lot of photos in my sister’s garden, often coming home afterward to play at digital art because the colors always inspire me. Which is to say, I followed your very vivid process, could see everything emerging, changing, being rearranged with a few strokes. Wonderful experience, wonderful read,
August 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm
What a lovely splash of nature’s colors, Amy. Wonderful.
August 2, 2012 at 4:58 am
A vivid description of a beautiful garden with all its colors bursting out of the canvas! This is a perfect oil painting! Amy!
August 2, 2012 at 8:54 am
I like ‘… rains dribble weaker petals back to clay soil’ reminiscent of our summer in UK … heh-heh – nice write, good read Amy 🙂
August 2, 2012 at 9:17 am
Hey, thanks for going back to the first piece of my 55 and leaving a comment!( I am trying #3 for this week-) I really like your garden piece- lots of great descriptive words. I am going to pass on a caution that one benefactor of my writing gave me long ago ‘lists are tough to make into poems.’ I guess I fell in love with sounds and sights;but lost my aim of who, or why I was writing- I still do sometimes! 🙂
August 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm
what a great canvas…nicely done…and thanks for sharing this
August 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Wonderful strokes of color, and bonus points for “triffidian”. 🙂
August 3, 2012 at 4:34 am
“Triffidian”!!! I saw that when I was little, and it stuck in my head. Doesn’t everybody go blind, or something? And they kill the things with sea water, if I recall correctly.
Thanks so much for your recent visits and comments, Amy. Summer has been wearing me down and I have not been able to keep up with my own visits, so I hope you will forgive me for my late arrival here.
PS–“bearbrown” is very cool, too!
August 3, 2012 at 6:26 am
smiles…wonderful descriptions….and what a lovely garden….i love your made up word and its homage…at least its not tribbles…but then again a garden like that reproducing at a high rate might not be a bad thing…smile.s…
August 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm
I giggled when I saw Triffidian. Great use of a word, Amy.
August 5, 2012 at 4:23 am
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August 6, 2012 at 6:45 am
Gorgeous…. rich, colorful, and in bloom!
August 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm
The artist in my loves this! Can you tell! I’m catching up!
August 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm
I love `triffidians’!