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