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    • Kim Simpson
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      Ann Eliza Bleecker, ‘Return to Tomhanick’

      HAIL, happy shades! Tho’ clad with heavy snows,
      At sight of you with joy my bosom glows;
      Ye arching pines, that bow with every breeze,
      Ye poplars, elms, all hail my well-known trees!
      And now my peaceful mansion strikes my eye,
      And now the tinkling rivulet I spy;
      My little garden, Flora, hast thou kept,
      And watch’d my pinks and lilies while I wept?
      Or has the grubbing swine, by furies led,
      Th’ enclosure broke, and on my flowrets fed?
      Ah me! that spot with blooms so lately grac’d,
      With storms and driving snows is now defac’d;
      Sharp icicles from ev’ry bush depend,
      And frosts all dazzling o’er the beds extend:
      Yet soon fair Spring shall give another scene,
      And yellow cowslips gild the level green;
      My little orchard sprouting at each bough,
      Fragrant with clust’ring blossoms deep shall glow:
      Ah! then ’tis sweet the tufted grass to tread,
      But sweeter slumb’ring is the balmy shade;
      The rapid humming bird, with ruby breast,
      Seeks the parterre with early blue bells drest,
      Drinks deep the honeysuckle dew, or drives
      The lab’ring bee to her domestic hives:
      Then shines the lupin bright with morning gems,
      And sleepy poppies nod upon their stems;
      The humble violet and the dulcet rose,
      The stately lily then, and tulip blows.
      Farewell, my Plutarch! farewell, pen and Muse!
      Nature exults—shall I her call refuse?
      Apollo fervid glitters in my face,
      And threatens with his beam each feeble grace:
      Yet still around the lovely plants I toil,
      And draw obnoxious herbage from the soil;
      Or with the lime-twigs little birds surprise,
      Or angle for the trout of many dyes.
      But when the vernal breezes pass away,
      And loftier Phœbus darts a fiercer ray,
      The spiky corn then rattles all around,
      And dashing cascades give a pleasing sound;
      Shrill sings the locust with prolonged note,
      The cricket chirps familiar in each cot.
      The village children, rambling o’er yon hill,
      With berries all their painted baskets fill,
      They rob the squirrel’s little walnut store,
      And climb the half exhausted tree for more;
      Or else to fields of maize nocturnal hie,
      Where hid, th’elusive water-melons lie;
      Sportive, they make incisions in the rind,
      The riper from the immature to find;
      Then load their tender shoulders with the prey,
      And laughing bear the bulky fruit away.

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      We are looking for poetry in any form containing:
      – A nature theme
      – A list of related objects found in the natural world (e.g. types of birds, flowers, weather)
      – Evidence of more than one sense – sight, smell, touch, taste, sound

      Good luck & we look forward to reading your take on Bleecker’s garden!

    • Miriam Al Jamil (Homerloner)
      Post count: 17

      Bees

      Each hum a different chord
      an impromptu chorus made
      Bumbling and dislodging
      pale drifting petal showers
      Twitching black and yellow limbs
      through pollinating hours.
      Restless and unceasing in
      a full-blown noon
      A shiver in the branches
      of a droning April tune.
      Sensing every stamen with
      a teasing penetration
      Touching softly, surely, swiftly
      till the deepening shadows fade.
      The urgent rite and focussed task
      anticipates a harvest,
      The promise sweet and sure is made
      for human consolation.

      • Kim Simpson
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        Post count: 42

        This is lovely – many thanks, Miriam. Love the imagery of the ‘full-blown noon’, and the sounds are really coming through here as well.

    • Kim Simpson
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      Post count: 42

      TASK 1: Creating Word Clouds

      It can be useful to do a word cloud once you’ve found an area of nature you want to write about. These are helpful for when you need more words on the topic to slot into your poem, or to maintain a theme. For example, if you were to start off with the moon, the next step would include the stars, asteroids, meteors, the sun, the sky, the planets, clouds, the moon phases. Then expanding to words that fit into your theme such as lunar, orbit, shine, dark, light, eclipse, gravity, crescent, solar, ethereal. Try making word clouds in a few areas of nature you’re inspired by to bring your nature poem to life!

    • Kim Simpson
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      Post count: 42

      TASK 2: Getting in Touch with the Senses

      Nature is all around us in very personal and unexpected ways, and a great way to show this through your poetry is by using your senses to connect with the world around you. Try listing the senses and then describing the same natural object using those senses.

    • Manil
      Post count: 17

      How meticulously you plan
      To obliterate all my efforts
      To stay away from you..
      You have a new agenda
      To embrace
      All those places
      I wouldn’t dare to explore
      If not for you.
      My beloved..
      You take such risks
      To reach all those heights and depths
      You wouldn’t dream of leaving
      A single nook unexplored
      But you must understand
      All that stretching
      And bending
      And waltzing
      Each morning
      Oblivious to the rest of the world
      Is no longer possible
      I’m too old
      A mother of two adults
      One on the threshold of
      Tying the knot..
      So please do understand
      If you do not control your vigour
      I have no choice
      But invest in a noisy monster..
      Unlike me
      Without any passion
      It’ll suck you up
      With such rage….
      Our waltzing
      Will be forgotten
      My beloved…
      Speck of dust! Speck of dust!

      • Kim Simpson
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        Post count: 42

        Superb! We think this is something that many of us can identify with, & will pass the loving message on to all those specks of dust we battle at Chawton House!

    • Paula Eliason
      Post count: 17

      Very Nice Poetry Keep writing

    • Liza Roze
      Post count: 17

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