Our days have shortened and gotten dark here in the Midwest U.S., so I’m going to share some colors of the season in poetry and art for Poetry Friday. The art is: Poinsettia, a WIP watercolor and watercolor pencil painting. I brought this in for my watercolor class to work on and was able to make a quick drawing while working with them.
I learned a little bit more about Poinsettia’s as I was revising my poem. They are named after a botanist, Joel Roberts Poinsett, who discovered them in Mexico and “sent cuttings of the plant” back to the U.S. in 1828. He was also a physician and the “first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. The colorful leaves of the Poinsettia aren’t called flowers but are called “bracts (modified leaves).” Here’s a link if you want to read a bit more about Poinsettisa’s
ODE TO POINSETTIA
Red flames of winter,
maroon magic bracts,
velvet green toss-a-turn leaves–
What wisdom’s in your perfect serrated edges,
and your densely foliated under-twinning’s?
What knowledge will you pass on from your
full-canopied sea of softly lit vermillion?
What questions will you pose of our over scheduled days,
our lack of time to wonder and contemplate?
How long will you hold your perfect form–
Before transforming my mesmerized
image of your entrancing self?
I’ll remember your pointed edges
curling ever so gently at their apex.
Your contrast of toothed and curved blades,
your seductive deep reds,
and coveted, concealed flowerets.
I’ll be thankful for this magnetic attraction
you lassoed around me in the darkening
days of the season.
© 2017 Michelle Kogan
I was hunting around for some poetry to share along with my poem and came across this poem by Muriel Rukeyser called [Murmurs from the earth of this land], you can find the rest of her poem over at the Poetry Foundation
[MURMURS FROM THE EARTH OF THIS LAND]
By Muriel Rukeyser