In looking about the internet for inspiration, I ran across a new blog. Here’s a link to the article that hooked me, but I hope you’ll take some time to explore more of Margaret Emerson’s excellent writing:
Check out Dave Bonta’s latest poems. Notice at the bottom of this one – Red Trillium, he has added navigation – so you can click back to Spring Beauties and forward to Painted Trillium.
I’m just so excited about this collaboration that I’m going back to my photos to see if I have more! (Poor Dave… I’ll work his poetry-writing brain cells to exhaustion!)
Sometimes, all you have to do is ask.
I had this vision of a book – hand made by my friend Deb Eck –
containing my photos of wildflowers
punctuated with poems by poet Dave Bonta.
Prim pink pinstripes
beckon from the wet soil
beside the creek. But like
most beauties, they’re choosy
about their suitors,
unmoved except by just
the right bee visiting
in just the right order:
one day they hokey-
poke their stamens out;
the next, it’s the anther’s turn.
Petals close even for a cloud.
And when flowering’s done,
they do their best
to pass for grass.
Who wouldn’t be wary
with such a large
& edible heart?
And so it begins!…
Deb’s blog: http://dryadart.wordpress.com/
Dave’s blog: http://www.vianegativa.us/2011/01/spring-beauties/
I just added this link to my Blogroll.
Check it out!
I am humbled to have been placed in the same sentence with names like Emerson, Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold and Mary Oliver – and Dave Bonta! And, I may steal this idea for an activity in some future workshop…
(Thank you Mavis!)