Belted Kingfisher and Tulips, WIP, © 2019 Michelle Kogan, Watercolor and watercolor pencil
Happy Poetry Friday! I have Spring on my mind, hence I’m focusing on Spring poems and Spring Art. To all my friends in colder climates, wouldn’t you love some of these tulips popping up in your yard or deck, (or your pond…) so come on let’s all think SPRING!
Laura Purdie Salas is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week on her blog: Laura Purdie Salas Writing The World For Kids Thanks for hosting Laura! Laura has asked us to write an equation poem–she has a spank’n new book out that’s all about writing equations called SNOWMAN-COLD=PUDDLE Spring Equations, stop by and check it out, looks like an intriguing book!
INGREDIENTS FOR EARLY SPRING
Get some tulips–any kind
the ones that are in your grocery store.
Pick a color that you like
Bring them home
Put them in a spot that gets light,
but not blinding light–
Now look at them
Reeeally look at them
Study their contour edges
their deep rich colors as they
come together between petal segments.
Admire their long stems that hold them up
their leaves that wrap around
them like blankets.
If you have one’s exposing their bulbs
study them too.
perhaps they’re wrapped in deep,
purplish, burnt sienna (reddish brown)
highlighted with a splash of orange
perhaps they’ve shed their paper skin
and are a lovely shade of jaune brilliant (cream color).
And now for the crème de la crème
Look at those luscious tendril roots
shooting off of their bulbs, all that growth
stretching out into the atmosphere…
When you go to sleep tonight,
you might just dream about your tulips, or some tulips.
Maybe these dreams will touch a
wavelength with nature and,
maybe it’ll bring us just a bit closer to spring.
Even if you don’t dream about them,
think about all that goodness these tulips bring.
© 2019 Michelle Kogan
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Albert Ernest Flemming
I nearly always have fresh flowers in my home, and you’ve brought me to a closer look at tulips. I often choose sunflowers, bringing smiles every time I look. I do love the voice in your poem’s challenge, Michelle. Here, stop, look and look again! And Rilke is always a joy. I do love the idea, to me, in your painting, the tulips unfinished, waiting for spring? Lovely post.
Thanks Linda, perhaps I’ll leave it partially unfinished…
Stunning watercolor paired with lovely poems. Let’s hope the groundhog was right about that early Spring.
Thanks Kimberly, I’ve been listening for the birds–so far I just hear sparrows but perhaps more will join in.
Dear Michelle, your poem is like an art lesson! Thank you! And the art – yay for early spring and tulips and happy thoughts. Thank you! xo
Thanks Irene–perhaps we can fool Mother Nature…
For someone who has never experienced 4 seasons, this poem just felt so Spring-y. The cadence, the colors and just the whole feel of the poem. Beautiful poem.
And i love Rilke. Thanks for that treat at the end.
Thanks Iphigene–I’m always ready for Spring, especially in February.
Thank you for the early Spring delights. What a beautiful painting and poem!
I can’t decide which I love more, your painting or your poem. They are both lovely. Thank you for a little taste of spring!
Thanks Linda–hope Mother Nature heeds my messages…
I will follow your instructions! I love the feathers on the head of the kingfisher.
Thanks Liz, they’re intriguing and gorgeous birds.
Oh, yet another PF post that has me exclaiming aloud this week. This is a beauty, Michelle! Your art is stunning and that tulip poem is a wow! I actually wrote a quick noticing in my notebook this morning about tulips with the idea of turning it into a poem. Now I’m doubly motivated! That final Rilke poem is so soft and lovely. All these spring thoughts and images are a welcome balm on a day when the wind chill is currently 8˚.
Thanks Molly, I’m really ready to fly away to some warmer retreat–perhaps the writing and painting will vicariously take me there…
Oh, Michelle. What a winter you have had in your neck of the woods. I will not complain all winter! Love your floral shape poem. It reminds me that I need to bring some bulbs in for my Kindergarten scientists to explore in their observation notebooks. So many details to see! Be well and warm!
Thanks Christie, sounds like your students have a wonderful teacher with all you offer them!
My mother-in-law brought me tulips this week. Love your instructions for enjoying them. Will do.
Thanks Margaret-hope you are enjoying your tulips too!
Lovely, and I JUST 2 minutes ago got off the phone with my dad, who lives in Florida. He has bought 18 small tulip plants From Walmart in the past two days. Tulips are my favorite flower, and they were my mom’s favorite too. Seeing your luscious art work in progress is very cool. Thanks for sharing this!
Thanks Laura! The blooms are moving along too fast to capture them all–might have to get another one to finish the painting.
I’m going to be dreaming of tulips for sure! I am ready for spring, too! I love the flow of your poem and your invitation to “Reeeally” study them!
You have brightened my cold winter day, Michelle, with your artwork and poetry. Colors spring all over your post. “Maybe it’ll bring us just a bit closer to spring.” => Would love that!
Me too Carol, I’m more than ready.
I like that brown bulb in your painting especially!
I bought a bouquet of chamomile to bring a little spring indoors and ended up feeding a bunch of it to its biggest fan — our bunny.
Lucky bunny! 😉
I love how you idolize the bulb, not just the bloom. And the Rilke is lovely, “expression in the empty trees.” That is what my post on Thursday will be about. I just wrote it this morning.
Looking forward to reading it Brenda. My post is going to be on Valentine’s Day ❤
I always post a day early for the part of the world that’s a day ahead. 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day early!
The shape of you poem fascinates me. Did you write the poem first and the shape it or was the shape part of writing the poem? I love the painting too.
Hi Jone, I did both together. I wrote it in my notebook first and was playing with the shape–then adjusted it when typing it up, Thanks!