Tall bushy green hair tops over thick black poles,
Standing, ‘fro touching ‘fro, as a living gateway
to a field that is somewhere between fresh cut
and gone to seed. The welcome mat is wide
for the feet of grazing deer at dusk, frisky rabbits,
and the occasional whooshing wings of a hawk.
Green and purple dragonflies patrol and chase
gauzy clouds of gnats, lacewings, and mosquitos.
Beyond the welcome, wild grain, papyrus, and
young cottonwood sway in wispy, tentative breeze.
The raised edge is an appetizer to a main course of
a clan of willows of various ages, all dipping their
toes into the ponds. Mallards nest and herons hunt
amongst them. All are welcome. Minnows, thin
and thick, are dashes puncuating the sun’s
yellow spotlights into the brown-green water.
The perfume of red, white, and purple clover calls
to the noses of humans and hungry honeybees.
Milkweed, with their soft green, veined leaves wait
to sacrifice themselves to hungry monarch caterpillars.
Kingfisher, pheasant, and crow set it all to music.
I checked out one of Amy Lowell’s poems, “The Pike,” which spurred this. Thanks Amy!
You have here a description of what I see and know is beyond my sight when I look out my back window. I have no idea if this poem fits imagism. Please, feel free to critique, offer suggestions, feedback, etc. I’m here to learn!
Frank J. Tassone is today’s host of dVerse. Frank says:
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a poem utilizing the aesthetics of the Imagists. Use free verse, imagery, a focus on the “thing” of your choosing, and an economy of language in service of your presentation. As a haijin, I welcome the use of Japanese haikai forms, of course, even if they are not free verse forms. If you are writing haiku, however, write at least two in a sequence. Additionally, if you are enamored of Sappho’s Greek lyric, have at it. Otherwise, keep it free verse.