Poetry Friday – tree branch edition

22 May

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Welcome to Poetry Friday. I’m delighted to host you today from the branches of the latest avian property.

bird in blossoming tree

Lark Listing

You don’t need a formal foyer
mudroom and a laundry too
kitchen with a granite counter
fireplaces not a few
great big master, walk-in closets
double basins in the loo

when your wallpaper’s spring blossom
floor is mossy, damp with dew
vaulted ceiling—it’s the highest
painted in the softest blue
living room is the whole meadow
open concept—what a view!

© 2014 – Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

Yep, I obviously watch too much HGTV!  It was the background of blossoms in this photo that made me think of wallpaper—and what if this bird was twittering the advantages of its little spot in the woods like one advertises a house for sale?

Now it’s your turn. Fly over to Mr. Linky to leave links to your Poetry Friday offerings and read what is on everyone elses mind this beautiful May day!


Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Light, Nature, Poetry Friday


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55 responses to “Poetry Friday – tree branch edition

  1. margaretsmn

    May 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Love the lark’s home. If only we could live like that, open and free, but we’d be covered in bug bites. Especially here in the deep south. Thanks for hosting today!


    • Violet Nesdoly

      May 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Margaret. I never thought of the bugs. I wonder if birds get bothered by them.


  2. Carol Varsalona (@cvarsalona)

    May 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Clever to use nature as the backdrop to the lark’s home. Thank you, Violet, for hosting Poetry Friday and providing space for my poem, My Eyes Speak.


  3. Kimberley Payne

    May 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    What a fabulous poem. Love it!


    • Violet Nesdoly

      May 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Kim. Hope you’re enjoying lots of vaulted blue ceilings!


  4. Laura Purdie Salas

    May 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Oh, that vaulted ceiling is glorious, Violet! Thanks for hosting–I’m happy to be sharing a lovely tide poem from a new ocean collection by Richard Michelson. It’s wonderful!


  5. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    May 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    You’re so right, Violet! The lark’s heavenly abode is enviable. Love your poetic approach to interior decorating. 🙂


    • Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

      May 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Ack! Totally didn’t mean to double post in Mr. Linky. If you can, please feel free to delete one.


      • Violet Nesdoly

        May 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

        It’s fun to see the posts add up for Poetry Friday!

        Michelle, the double post is deleted.


  6. Robyn Hood Black

    May 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Love this bird’s eye view of interior decorating, Violet! Thanks for sharing and for hosting. (I’m waving from the beach today without a full post, but pointing folks over here.)


    • Violet Nesdoly

      May 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks for popping in even though you didn’t have something to share, Robyn! Have fun at the beach.


  7. mattforrest

    May 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Love it, especially the last line – open concept, indeed! Today, I’m featuring a poem that was going to be included in an anthology, but never made it…but might bring back some middle school memories:


  8. dmayr

    May 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Lovely poem, Violet. What more do you need when you have nature?


  9. jama

    May 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Love your poem — sky high real estate without sky high prices!

    I’m celebrating Bob Dylan’s birthday a day early with a peek at a new picture book featuring his song “If Dogs Run Free.”

    Have a nice weekend and thanks for hosting!


  10. Tara Smith

    May 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    That’s fabulous – the best kind of interior decoration draws from nature! Thanks for hosting!


  11. Linda Baie

    May 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    The lark sings one of my favorite tunes, but I’ve never thought of how beautiful his living room is, Violet. I love your ‘wallpaper’ idea, and that ‘vaulted ceiling’. Thanks for hosting. I’m sharing a review of Jeannine Atkins’ book about writing and life, Views from A Window Seat.


  12. Sylvia Vardell

    May 22, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you for hosting today! My post includes videoclips from my poet panel’s presentation at the recent IRA conference.


  13. Julie Larios

    May 23, 2014 at 12:30 am

    What a great bunch of posts this week! Thanks for hosting, Violet, and thanks for that HGTV style episode of Nest Hunters! My post this week is over at Books Around the Table – it takes a look at a poem about a game of musical chairs by the wonderful Canadian poet Josephine Jacobsen.


  14. Tabatha

    May 23, 2014 at 1:05 am

    The lark sold me — I’ll take one!
    Thanks for hosting, Violet!


  15. Becky Shillington

    May 23, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Beautiful poem, Violet! Thanks so much for hosting Poetry Friday today!


  16. maryleehahn

    May 23, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Your title is perfect! Lucky Lark…
    Thanks for hosting!


  17. Irene Latham

    May 23, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Thanks so much for hosting, Violet! Your lark’s wallpaper is fabulous, and I, too, love an open concept floor plan. 🙂 Wonderful!


  18. Tamera Wissinger

    May 23, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Hi Violet,

    Thanks for hosting Poetry Friday. What a delightful poem and a striking photo! Well done.



    • Violet Nesdoly

      May 23, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you Tamera! I find some photos are great poetry prompts. This was one such.


  19. Jessica Bigi

    May 23, 2014 at 5:13 am

    This is a beautiful poem 🙂


  20. Laura Shovan

    May 23, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Thank you for hosting today, Violet! Your poem made me think of a robin’s egg turned outside in, with the walls of the room colored that lovely speckled blue.

    Today, I’m continuing my “In Residence” series from a local third grade class. My poetry students invite you to their Poetry Zoo — animal opposite poems that roar, howl, and trumpet.


  21. Little Willow

    May 23, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Good morning, larks, poets, and readers alike! I posted Elder Olson’s poem The Russian Doll at my blog, Bildungsroman:


    • Violet Nesdoly

      May 23, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thanks, Little Willow. I checked and your link wasn’t on the widget so I added it for you. I’ll delete any doubles, in case it shows up twice.


  22. Lorie Ann Grover

    May 23, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for hosting! We were both inspired by flowers this week. Thanks for sharing!


  23. @Kellylou

    May 23, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I love this reflection on how inexpensive true beauty can be! I’m headed out this weekend for my first ever overnight backpacking trip, so I hope to see lots of beauty in the woods! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this.


    • Violet Nesdoly

      May 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      I do believe nature is the most talented decorator! Have fun on your camping trip!


  24. greenlightlady

    May 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Violet, I love Mr. Lark’s home decor and the lovely message in your poem.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀


    • Violet Nesdoly

      May 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks, Wendy! You’ll have to join us on Poetry Friday one of these weeks!


  25. Janet Squires

    May 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for hosting.
    My selection is “Fireflies at Midnight by Marilyn Singer with pictures by Ken Robbins.


    • Violet Nesdoly

      May 23, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Janet, I see you forgot to add your link to the widget, so I added it for you. (If you’ve added it in the meantime, I’ll delete any doubles.)


  26. Keri Collins Lewis

    May 23, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Hi Violet! We both must be “bird brains” today — my cinquain is about a bird’s nest. All of the cinquains on Michelle’s blog challenged me to try this new-to-me form.


  27. teachcmb56

    May 23, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Here is a traditional Memorial Day poem, “In Flanders Fields”-post written after an 8th grader recited this in my office yesterday. Alas, no birds…but the red poppies could be part of that meadow? Thank you for hosting this week.


  28. Karin Fisher-Golton

    May 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    What a beautiful visit to a lark’s house. I love how the second stanza keeps expanding. Makes me want to go outside!


  29. bjleepoet

    May 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Lovely poem, Violet! I don’t believe I have ever seen a lark, but perhaps I have and didn’t know what it was. BTW, I seem to have messed up on Mr. Linky and posted twice. Can you remove one if you get a chance. Thank you!.


  30. Carmela Martino

    May 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    What a terrific poem, Violet! Thanks for sharing it, and for hosting today.


  31. Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

    May 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Lovely poem! Thanks for hosting!


  32. Pam

    May 23, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Oh, that is so sweet. Love it, Violet!!


  33. haitiruth

    May 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you for hosting! Can’t wait to be done with school so I can relax and enjoy Poetry Friday for a few weeks!


    • Violet Nesdoly

      May 27, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Thanks Ruth. I hope you have a wonderful, restful and well-deserved holiday! Safe travels, good health, and relaxing Poetry Fridays for the weeks to come. 🙂



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