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Beijing Magpie

magpie in smog

Beijing Magpie

“May the magpie of happiness return to roost in our trees” – Chinese saying

Pica pica please don’t fly away
Our smoggy air is not a Four Pest ploy.
For health, good fortune, wedded bliss please stay.
We need your dapper black and white for joy.

So you are thief, rogue, louder than a jay
deceptive, sneaky, flashy, brash and coy.
Bold happy bird don’t disappear in grey.
Without you I won’t be a lucky boy!

© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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Prompt – Inspiration
This is another poem inspired by one of the photos in the Shadows and Silhouettes collection from the Boston Globe. This poem was in response to photo is #24

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VintagePADThis April I’m celebrating National Poetry Month by posting some not-as-yet published poems from my files, along with what inspired them. If the prompt inspires you to write a poem of your own, you’re welcome to share it in comments. Just one more day and we’re done with posting this collection. It’s gone by quickly. Thanks for dropping by!

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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Ekphrastic, Nature, People

 

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Tea Dialects

Afghan tea

Tea dialects

I flick on electric kettle
and offer chamomile, peppermint
Red Rose, Earl Grey, or green
pour steaming water over gauze pouches
into clear mugs that show off
emerging jewel colors.

Recall the ceremony of biscuits
and creamy English Breakfast on a tray
served in porcelain by an aunt
before breakfast in a Winchester cottage.

Dream of spicy chai, bought outdoors
just after sunrise from an Afghan tea-wallah
water heated over his smoky fire
poured from a copper teapot into a glass
and sipped through lumps of sugar.

Know that wherever I am
the warm, fragrant
steeped-to-perfection
language of tea
needs no interpretation.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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Prompt – Inspiration
Last January my friend Laurel and I wrote ekphrastic poems inspired by photos in the Shadows and Silhouettes collection, one of The Big Picture series in the Boston Globe. This poem was in response to photo is #20.

Laurel’s poem “Tea for Two” prompted by the same photo is HERE.

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VintagePADThis April I’m celebrating National Poetry Month by posting some not-as-yet published poems from my files, along with what inspired them. If the prompt inspires you to write a poem of your own, you’re welcome to share it in comments. Whether you write or not, thanks so much for dropping by!

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Poetry Friday LogoThis post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Joanne Early Macken at Teaching Authors.

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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Ekphrastic, Personal, Poetry Friday

 

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Tambourine

HE IS RISEN
HE IS RISEN INDEED!

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Image: Pixabay

Tambourine

(Inspired by “THE DANCE” a painting by Donna Smallenberg)

Strike me with your hand
beat me on your hip
join harp and lyre band
rejoice with voice and lip

Jingle glad hello
Celebrate goodbye
Let the worship flow
Praises vault the sky

Hear approaching song
of tambourine and flute
castanets and harp
prophets no longer mute

Instrument of war
timbrel marks the blow
in battle of Yahweh
that conquers deadly foe

See our mighty God
in victory parades
singers, harps, a band
joined by the timbrel maids

Dulcet moons of grace
in city from above
joy dances in the hands
of faith, hope and love

© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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Prompt – Inspiration
One of Diane Lockward’s newsletters challenged:
Let’s do an ekphrastic poem. First find a painting or photograph that captures your imagination…. Let your imagination be stimulated by the artwork.

The piece of artwork I chose was “The Dance” by Donna Smallenberg.

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VintagePADThis April I’m celebrating National Poetry Month by posting some not-as-yet published poems from my files, along with what inspired them. If the prompt inspires you to write a poem of your own, you’re welcome to share it in comments. Whether you write or not, thanks so much for dropping by!

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Posted by on April 16, 2017 in Ekphrastic, Objects, Religious

 

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Reading the prints

A bit of miscellany today and a poem…

Poetry Coloring Pages

The adult colouring craze has come to poetry via Tweetspeak Poetry. I love coloring so  it was a natural for me to follow the links on their weekly newsletter, download the pages and have some fun.

Coloring Page - "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe

Coloring Page – “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

Coloring Pages - "Birches" by Robert Frost

Coloring Pages – “Birches” by Robert Frost

Find the collection of poetry coloring page links HERE.

Found Object Photo/Poem challenge

I’ve enjoyed writing with other Poetry Friday poets this week. Using prompts from found-object photos collected by Laura Shovan, each day brings a new photo. It is fascinating to see how these photos take the writers in different directions.

On day 9 (Tuesday) the photo was sent in by Mary Lee Hahn. And the poem that photo inspired in me is below the photo.

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Found Object for Day 9 – Photo by Mary Lee Hahn

Reading the Prints

The animals that passed by here
were very focused and in gear
their noses sharp, following prey
perhaps a mate, or the day’s pay.
And the exhaust-filled oily scent
suggests excessive speed their bent.

The younger of this species, though
lie lazy angels in the snow
their tracks often defined by curve
of laughing play and show-off verve.

© 2016 By V. Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

 

Go HERE to read all the Tuesday poems. Laura’s doing this challenge to help celebrate her birthday month. I believe this is the third year she’s writing a poem-a-day in February and inviting others to join her.  What a great tradition!

Poetry Friday LogoThis post is linked to Poetry Friday hosted today by Kimberley Moran at Written Reflections.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2016 in Ekphrastic, Poetry Friday

 

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Memory

Photo © Roger Allen Bout

 

Memory

Contemplation skims
glassy surface
peers and sees
in limpid depths
fingerlings darting
in and out
the algae-furred
wreckage

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly

This poem was written in response to the One Shoot Sunday challenge at One Stop Poetry.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Ekphrastic

 

Blessed

“The Show Must Go On” by Jacob Lucas

(© Jacob Lucas – Used with permission)

Blessed

After the curtain has tattered after the floor is rot after the plaster has blistered and all the windows are shot after the seats are vacant hauled away to the dump after the cabinet's ravished script is a sodden lump still the tree, river-rooted flourishes center-stage leafy and bountifully fruited into a ripe old age

© 2011 by V. Nesdoly

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I wrote this poem for the Photo Prompt Challenge which happens at the One Stop Poetry Blog. This week Chris Galford interviews Seattle photographer Jacob Lucas (who took the photo for the prompt).

You’re welcome to join the challenge. Read the interview here, then scroll down in the post to the challenge photo and directions on how to participate.

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Ekphrastic, Religious