Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Imagine Yourself

imagine yourself
in the center
of a flower

on pillows
of soft petals

perfumed by
of sweet nectar

as you drift
into sleep

the fading light
of stars

a nightingale's
your lullaby

I hope you're still reading and this poem hasn't mesmerized you into sleep! After a long day at work, it's nice to visualize something positive, take a deep breath, and relax into the night. At first, I imagined myself in a garden, but then I thought, what about in the center of a flower? Now that would be something, wouldn't it? This is posted for The Imaginary Garden, where MZ invites us to write a poem "in the safest place you've ever known."

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Art in the Park

meet me at the park
lie down with me
on luscious lawns
i crave sunlight
and open spaces
where i can think freely
where i can feel my colors
the energy of red
the joy of yellow
the serenity of blue
it is here
that i find myself and you

There is a new art exhibition at Madison Square Park in New York City, Red, Yellow and Blue, created by artist Orly Genger. Hand-knotted nautical rope in three primary colors surrounds the park's lawns. Here it is in red. 

Here it is in yellow. Altogether, it's 1.4 million feet of rope! The rope has been collected and repurposed from up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

Here it is in blue. This colorful art exhibition certainly makes visiting the park an interesting experience! I enjoyed walking around and relaxing on this beautiful, sunny day!

The poem is posted for The Imaginary Garden where Shay invites us to write a poem with "location" as the central and integral part of the writing. Enjoy my poem and photos and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Tulip Giveaway!

Original Watercolor by Rita Vaselli
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true friendship
is like a watercolor tulip
it will never wither
forever painted
on the canvas of my heart
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l'amicizia vera
e' come un tulipano
non appassira' mai
sara' dipinto per sempre
sulla tela del mio cuore

Original Photograph and Poetry
by Loredana Donovan
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I received as a gift a beautiful, original watercolor by my friend Rita Vaselli who is an extraordinary artist from Italy. Her gift inspired my poem about friendship, which I translated in Italian and I dedicate to Rita. Thank you, Rita! To show my appreciation to Rita and all my wonderful readers, I will in turn send Rita a set of 10 note cards featuring my tulip photograph here. Also, if you leave a comment, I will generate a random drawing and the lucky winner will receive a set of 10 tulip note cards! This giveaway is on until Memorial Day weekend, when I will announce the winner. This month, I have reached over 30,000 views since I started blogging a little over a year ago. I'm so thankful for your support and friendship, my lovely readers. A special extra hug to Rita! xx

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pink Rain

after the rain
I'm feeling like a violet
dew drops on the petals of my soul

yearning for a sun ray
to caress me gently
bring me back to a pinker hue

nevertheless embracing
shades of blue
without rain, would I bloom?

It rained all day today and rather than complaining about it, I decided to embrace it. Petals fell underneath blossoming trees like pink rain. Rain drops on violet pansies seemed to sparkle. The rain is beautiful after all. This poem is posted for the Imaginary Garden where Kim invites to explore the color violet. Enjoy my poem and photos! Wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms in the world and especially mine! xx
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

City Streets

After the break-up,
her heart is still intact;
she takes another step
towards freedom
from foggy, uncertain days

Truth is as clear as water
cascading from a fountain
amidst glass buildings;
she sees her reflection
knowing at last who she is

A flower blooms
rising from cement
on this forlorn city street;
new heights on the skyline
she looks on--

I have been experimenting with writing poetry in an urban setting with fictional characters. This turned out to be a creative endeavor for me. After my previous post on Country Roads, I now share with you City Streets. I took all the photographs in New York City, capturing different street scenes, the first on Park Ave, the second on Lexington. The third photo shows the Chrysler building, one of my favorite skyscrapers in art deco style. 

The poem was inspired by the challenge at The Imaginary Garden where Kerry invites us to write a Prelude poem. A Prelude is meant to be an introduction to another, longer piece. So, who knows, maybe I'll write a sequel! What do you envision will happen to this character after reading the Prelude? Do you believe in second chances? I do!
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