Amy Barlow Liberatore… stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz

Tag Archives: Trees


Artwork by Chelsea Bednar, used by permission of artist

In the Forests of Time

In the forests of time
grows a tree of great stature
and mythical powers

A statue and a garden and
a haven for those who crave
a little time

The Key of Life stands guard
ensuring time is not wasted
but hasty exits are seldom

Linger in this forest with me
as we examine the footprints
of the mysteries of life

Take a branch, any branch
Hunker down a spell
Lost in the growth of time

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

Chelsea Bednar is an up-and-coming artist; she lent us use of this image for Margaret’s “Artistic Interpretation” prompt at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads. I was inspired by the clocks and the small ankh on the left side, known as the “key of life.” For more poets’ interpretations, click HERE, and for Chelsea’s website, click HERE. Also for dverse Open Mic Night.  Peace to all, Amy


Slowly, Slowly (an ekphrastic poem: inspired by an image)

image: Blondine and the Tortoise, Virginia Frances Sterrett: Old French Fairy Tale

Slowly, Slowly

Dim, the forest
Hushed is the breeze
Stars sing o’er us
Quiet, the leaves

Travel slowly
on her smooth back
through the midnight
rambling, the track

Dodge all fauna,
trees of the ages
Carry me home
in dreamlike stages

© Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

Imaginary Garden With Real Toads’ Kerry O’Connor granted me welcome release from events of the past week by gaving us several works by the same artist, Virginia Frances Sterrett, an American artist who died of tuberculosis at 30.  The illustrations, so intricate and dreamy, were the antidote, for a while, anyway, to Boston and its nightmarish week.  Who can imagine what this wildly talented woman could have produced, had she been granted a fuller lifetime?

I saw this image of the woman riding the tortoise and was thrown into a dream all my own. Who could see her work and not be entranced?  To view more of her sumptuous illustrations, click here.  Peace and prayers for the same, Amy