Thursday, January 19, 2012

Grace

Written for d'Verse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar "Imagism" 1/19/2012


Swift silent glide through backyard
to light on lavender buddleia.

Pale lemon trimmed in ebony
touched with sapphire, her

wings pulse softly, finding
balance against breeze;

extends proboscis straw, sips delicately,
finding succor in sweet nectar.

Common yellow swallowtail
graces with her beauty.


© Ginny Brannan January 2012


30 comments:

  1. Very beautiful words, Ginny! Great images projected here!

    http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/black-words/

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  2. balance against breeze...LOVE that line! This is a perfect example of Imagism from my understanding. The language couldn't be more "thingy" but your chosen words sing poetically! And so happy you made it too! :)

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  3. Beautiful. Soft, gentle, just like the beautiful picture.

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    1. pretty sure you nailed this...it is a beautiful capture of that butterfly...little sky dancer...really a lovely piece...

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    2. @Daydreamertoo, thank you.

      @Brian, Thanks, appreciate your thoughts."Little sky dancer"... like that, wish I'd thought of it!!

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  4. Lovely...your words float like the fluttering of the butterfly

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  5. Thanks Susie. I know how much you like butterflies!

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  6. a lady indeed, such tender elegance..as in your words...love how you captured her and now i can't wait to see them fly again..

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  7. "finding balance against breeze" is such a lovely way of describing this. K.

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  8. I love the gracefulness of a butterfly in flight, such a thing of gentle beauty. You've touched on its delicateness in the middle stanza, yet it seems to covey strength as well. Enjoyed reading this. :)

    Ravenblack
    http://theotherdayplace.blogspot.com

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  9. nicely written Ginny...are you assuming this butterfly is a female or did you check? Remember I did take courses in Butterfly Biology.

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    1. I am assuming, and how can you tell? Actually had thought that if butterflies are like other species, than the male may have the brighter colors. Let me know if I have to change my adjectives!!

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  10. So far the images that I have either written or seen have been simple. This has a bit of an intellectual flavor and is stunning. Love this line: "extends proboscis straw, sips ladylike,"

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    1. Thank you. Actually had to look the term up for how the butterfly feeds. It basically rolls its tongue into a straw that is called a proboscis--and all this time I thought a proboscis referred to a 'nose!'

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  11. Gorgeous and lighter than air feel to this. Well done.

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  12. I love this...you feel the grace and beauty of the butterfly through your words...Oh and I so love butterflies. :)

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  13. Just like it's subject, so pretty, so delicate, so intense, "...finding/balance against breeze" absolutely lovely!

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  14. really beautiful Ginny - had such a tranquility about it - the slow suck of the probosis filling of nectar - sublime - Lib

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  15. Ginny...love it as much now as I did my first visit :) Thank you for finding the time to share this with NWCU...a perfect response to the prompt! Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend ahead :)

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  16. Glad you reposted this piece. Fits in perfectly for the wake up call this week. Excellent write, beautifully composed. Thanks

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  17. Ah, the Zebra Swallowtale! What a magical creature, and what wonderfully descriptive lines!

    "Pale lemon trimmed in ebony
    touched with sapphire..."

    Images for the mind!

    Roger ☺

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  18. I love and admire you who see the gentle side'o things. I've never been able to in my dark corner lol you've captured the exact beauty in the image with your words . .something I've want to but usually can't. nice supple write :)

    Monty

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Thank you for reading my poetry and sharing your thoughts.