Every day, a photograph, a poem. Today we excitedly enjoyed the opening of the magnolia bud we have been watching throughout our daily spring walks around town.
“Oh!” We said. “It’s tinged in brown.”
Scott said, “It was probably the frost, since it was the first to bud.”
Shadow of the Bud
It was the first one
the first bud in a furry pussy willow
We watched it grow
We imagined its open wonder
We envisioned the magnolia
opened as a full gown of white satin
Every day we stopped to look;
We marveled at each push out into the sunshine
Slowly, day by day, it pushed
away its fuzzy blanket
It dared to grow ahead of all the others,
pushing out just above the sidewalk
In our daily walk we watched it bob
in the cold breeze when winter wandered back;
Still, it pushed out ahead,
eager, I suppose, to be first in spring’s warmth.
And then, it did: it spread its satin
fingers wide open in a welcome to the sun—
Its rounded petals smiled up
Glad to show its open beauty—
Glad to show its success to share
Glad though winter left its mark
a stain on its satin now tinged in brown—
Still, it proudly sang to the sun.
Sheri Edwards 040121 09136521 Poetry/Photograph
You can join in by writing poetry, sharing poetry, reading poetry. Just be aware of the wonder of words and the emotion and imagery they share.
My poem today is from a prompt from a site I found for this poetry month. It’s a wonderful program by Dr Sarah Donovan called Ethical ELA. She will provide a daily prompt to consider [or not] with the hashtag #verselove. The entire goal of the site and the poetry is to read and write to uplift each other in our daily ups and downs.
Today’s prompt theme is “Shadow.” I chose to write about the shadow within us– the things that hurt us yet we continue to move forward, sometimes pushing ourselves into something we may be unfamiliar with or something we love. The little magnolia bud kept going and growing despite the frost and still opens proudly for the trials and the success.
I hope you like the poem.
I hope you join in some way and share!
#napowrimo #verselove #shadow
Sheri Edwards 040121 09136521 Poetry/Photography
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
Art from the Heart